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BASF Asks State Bar To Reconsider Annual Meeting Hotel
Hotel Owner Was Substantial Financial Backer of Proposition 8

January 29, 2009 - San Francisco -- The Bar Association of San Francisco today asked the State Bar of California to reconsider holding it annual meeting, as well as the Conference of Delegates of California Bar Associations (CDCBA) meeting, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego in September. The hotel's owner, Doug Manchester, contributed $125,000 to the Yes on 8 Campaign which supported the passing of Proposition 8 in November 2008.

State Bar President Holly Fujie announced on January 23, 2009, that the State Bar Board of Governors voted to honor their contract with the Manchester Grand Hyatt.

According to BASF President Russell S. Roeca's letter to Ms. Fujie, "BASF still strongly encourages the State Bar to reconsider its decision to remain at the Manchester Hyatt for this year's CDCBA and annual meeting. There are times where doing what is right plainly trumps simple dollars and cents considerations. This absolutely is one of those times. We also strongly encourage the State Bar, in the future, to select venues whose owners and management share our commitment to equal rights for all people."

BASF, along with co-sponsor Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF), announced in September that their emergency late-file resolution against Proposition 8 was passed with overwhelming support from bar association from across the state at the 2008 Conference of Delegates of California Bar Associations in Monterey .

Read the letter (198KBPDF) from BASF to State Bar President Holly Fujie.

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
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Sayre Happich, Assistant Director of Communications & Public Relations
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