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BASF President Appointed to Commission on Judicial Impartiality

 

September 5 , 2007 - San Francisco - In response to threats against the independence of state judiciaries across the country, Chief Justice Ronald George, Supreme Court of California, named a statewide commission on impartial courts in early September. The purpose of the commission is to recommend ways to preserve judicial quality, impartiality and accountability.

BASF president Nanci Clarence, Clarence & Dyer and BASF member Therese Stewart, San Francisco's Chief Deputy City Attorney will serve on the Task Force on Public Information and Education, along with eighteen other attorneys, judges and members of the public. This task force will evaluate and make recommendations regarding proposals to improve public education and information about the judiciary, judicial elections, and judicial candidates.

Clarence says, "I look forward to working with this distinguished group of lawyers, jurists and educators to focus on what we can do in California to avoid increased partisanship and politicization of the judiciary. Ultimately, we also need to educate the public that without taking steps to safeguard our courts, this kind of manipulation system will have a detrimental impact on judicial independence and, ultimately, on the rule of law."

The Task Force on Judicial Selection and Retention will evaluate and make recommendations regarding proposals to improve the methods and procedures of selecting and retaining judges. This 20-member task force includes BASF members William Edlund, Bartko, Zankel, Tarrant & Miller and Jack Londen, Morrison & Foerster LLP.

The Task Force on Judicial Candidate Campaign Conduct will evaluate and make recommendations regarding proposals to promote ethical and professional conduct by judicial candidates. This 19-member task force includes BASF members Thomas Burke, Davis, Wright & Tremaine, LLP, James Penrod, Morgan Lewis & Bockius and BASF board member and San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera.

The Task Force on Judicial Campaign Finance will evaluate and make recommendations regarding proposals to better regulate campaign financing and advertising. This 14-member task force includes BASF Board Member Angela Padilla, Morrison & Foerster, LLP.

"BASF is proud to be included in the Chief Justice's task force which will work to ensure that we have a judicial system that functions free of political influence, manipulation and inappropriate interests," says Clarence. "This is a great opportunity to build on the work we have done this year on judicial independence locally, and take our efforts to a state-wide level."


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.

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