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The Bar Association of San Francisco to Host Town Hall Meeting to Discuss Civil Representation Justice Gap on October 28


September 30, 2008 -- San Francisco --The Bar Association of San Francisco is hosting a Town Hall Meeting on October 28 from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. with the goal of educating the legal community and public in regards to the right, or lack thereof, to a lawyer in civil cases. The discussion, moderated by San Francisco Chronicle Editor-at-Large Phil Bronstein , will be held at the BASF Offices at 301 Battery Street in San Francisco.

State leaders on the topic will participate in this Town Hall-style meeting with the goal to launch an effort to press legislators and executive officers to implement mandates and funding for civil representation to make equal justice under law a reality in California .

The Honorable Earl Johnson, Jr. (Ret.), Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Los Angeles , will discuss the history of civil representation. Additional topics that will be addressed include assessing the impact of the justice gap and addressing solutions and practical considerations.

Additional speakers include The Honorable Steve Austin, Access to Justice Commission Chair, Contra Costa County Superior Court; James J. Brosnahan, Morrison & Foerster, LLP; BASF 2008 President James Donato, Cooley Godward Kronish LLP; Holly Fujie, President of the State Bar of California, Buchalter Nemer; Michael Hennessey, San Francisco County Sheriff; Bruce Ives, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Hewlett-Packard Company; Clare Pastore, Associate Professor of Law, USC Gould School of Law and Of Counsel, ACLU Foundation of Southern California; The Honorable Maria Rivera, Associate Justice, First District Court of Appeal; and Mark Schickman, ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono & Public Service Chair, Freeland Cooper & Freeland LLP.

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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