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The Bar Association of San Francisco Expands Diversity Efforts
New Diversity Director Position Created

December 20, 2006 - San Francisco - The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) announces the position of Diversity Director has been created in an effort to increase and enhance the bar's programs that work to expand diversity in the San Francisco legal community.

BASF has served as a national leader in efforts to achieve equal opportunity in the legal profession for women, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBT lawyers, and lawyers with disabilities. A pivotal 1987 study, commissioned by the University of California, discovered "profound disadvantages within the city's legal workplaces." Acting upon this report, in 1990 the BASF Board of Directors adopted Goals and Timetables for Minority Hiring and Advancement. These goals and timetables have become the cornerstone of BASF's diversity efforts over the past 16 years, and have lead to the establishment of numerous diversity programs within the organization.

2007 BASF President Nanci Clarence stated, "BASF's leadership in diversity literally is a model for the entire nation. Countless bar associations base their own programs on our groundbreaking work. Our efforts will be given a shot in the arm in 2007 when the organization brings on a full time Diversity Director. With that key player in place, we will continue to make sure that we increase minority representation in the legal community.

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