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The Bar Association of San Francisco and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe Host Third Annual Bay Area Diversity Career Fair

August 8, 2007 - San Francisco - The Bar Association of San Francisco's (BASF) Third Annual Diversity Career Fair and Welcome Reception were held August 3-4 and offered prominent law firms and government legal departments in the San Francisco Bay Area a chance to meet with highly qualified and diverse second year law students.  Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe underwrote the event for the third year.

The Career Fair was established in 2005 and provides a much needed event for employers in the Bay Area, as well as law students across the country, who previously had to travel great distances for job fairs that targeted diverse candidates. In addition to the interviews, BASF sought to provide participating students with other educational and networking opportunities and combined the fair with a networking reception and panel discussion. Panelists included Judge Martin Jenkins, U.S. District Court; Angela Padilla, Morrison & Foerster; Edwin Prather, Clarence & Dyer; Jill Dessalines, McKesson Corporation and Jennifer Kelleher, Legal Advocates For Children & Youth, Silicon Valley Law Foundation.

The annual career fair has earned a reputation as "the place to be" for students and employers alike, as more than 325 students applied to the fair and 57 law firms and government entities participated.  About 210 students were accepted for interviews. Participating students came from distinguished local law schools, as well as other top schools from around the nation to participate in summer associate programs.  

"The Bay Area Diversity Career Fair was a fantastic event," said Michael Wu, Northwestern Law Student, "I really appreciated the opportunity to meet with attorneys that are committed to improving diversity at their firms. Considering the large number of students and firms that took part in the career fair, the entire event was organized superbly."

To see a complete list if participating firms, visit

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