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The Bar Association of San Francisco Defends Judicial Independence

October 25, 2006 - San Francisco - The Board of Directors of The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) approved a resolution urging voters in the State of California's upcoming General Election to base their decisions on whether to retain Justices of the California Supreme Court, the Courts of Appeal, and the Superior Court on the individual merits of each Justice. These merits include positive attributes and sound and principled decision-making.

Judicial independence is essential to California's legal system and BASF opposes special interest groups that disregard that independence," said Joan Haratani, BASF president. "We urge BASF members and all Californians to challenge the agendas of special interest groups and look beyond their political nature.

BASF encourages voters to evaluate Justices on the following positive attributes: integrity and character; judgment and intellectual capacity; professional experience; industry and diligence; judicial temperament; decisiveness; ability to transcend personal biases; professional ability and knowledge of the law; health; general reputation in the community; civic and community activities.

According to Michael G. W. Lee, chair of the BASF Board's Judiciary Committee, "BASF is taking a stand on judicial independence. I encourage voters to look at all factors in the upcoming November 7th election. Voters must take into careful consideration the positive attributes of Justices of the courts."

Download a copy of the resolution.

The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) is a nonprofit voluntary membership organization of over 8,000 attorneys, law students and legal professionals in the Bay Area. Founded in 1872, BASF is one of the largest and most dynamic metropolitan bar associations in the U.S., with a long and distinguished record of community action, public service and service to the legal profession.

Questions about media relations, BASF issues currently in the news, San Francisco Attorney magazine, marketing and communications:

Ann Murphy, Director of Communications & Public Relations
(415) 782-9000 x8792

For general communications inquiries:

Sayre Happich, Assistant Director of Communications & Public Relations
(415) 782-9000 x8104