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BASF Diversity Director Yolanda Jackson Named Deputy Executive Director

June 17, 2008 - San Francisco -- The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) is pleased to announce the promotion of Diversity Director Yolanda Jackson to Deputy Executive Director and Diversity Director. Jackson joined BASF in May 2007 and has worked tirelessly to increase and enhance BASF programs that are working to fill the diversity pipeline and to expand recruiting and retention of minority attorneys in the San Francisco legal community.

Reporting directly to BASF's Executive Director and General Counsel, Daniel Burkhardt,  Jackson will continue to oversee BASF's diversity and pipeline programs and also will work to align all functional areas closely with BASF's communications efforts and technology initiatives. In addition, Jackson will work to maximize operational effectiveness, increase efficiencies, and achieve financial goals across the organization.

According to BASF President James Donato, a partner at Cooley Godward Kronish LLP, "Yolanda Jackson's promotion is a milestone in BASF's administration. Yolanda combines outstanding management experience with a proven commitment to BASF's mission and values.  She also brings a strong commitment to fiscal discipline and efficiency that will benefit our operations and delivery of services.  She and Dan Burkhardt will be an ideal team to advance BASF's goals and member priorities."

Jackson, along with BASF, has recently been recognized for her diversity work by the California Association of Black Lawyers. BASF was chosen to receive the David Cunningham Corporate Community Service Award for creating the diversity director position and furthering BASF's goal of having diverse representation in the legal community. Jackson received the group's President's Award in recognition of her service to the organization. She also received the Association for Dispute Resolution of Northern California's 2008 Gil Lopez Award which is given to a person of color who has made outstanding contributions to the field of conflict resolution.

Prior to joining BASF, Jackson worked as a consultant and mediator/arbitrator for her own company - Jackson Alternative Dispute Resolution Group. She serves as an adjunct instructor at U.C. Hastings College of the Law and prior to that served as senior director of litigation at Fireman's Fund Insurance Company.

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