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BASF Urges Senators to Consider Latino and Asians for Northern District Court


February 10, 2009 – San Francisco -- The Bar Association of San Francisco is urging Senators Boxer and Feinstein to seriously consider well qualified Asian and Latino candidates for upcoming court vacancies in the Northern District of California.

According to a letter from BASF President Russell Roeca, a partner with Roeca Haas Hager LLP, to Senators Boxer and Feinstein, "We understand that a number of respected and eminently well qualified Latino and Asian lawyers will be applying for appointments to the Northern District.  On behalf of BASF, we strongly encourage you to give serious consideration to these candidates."

Currently there are no Latino or Asian district court judges in the Northern District, even though these communities account for a significant percentage of the population. 

Roeca's letter continued, "Central to the BASF mission is to 'cultivate diversity and equality in the legal profession.'  One way to accomplish that objective is to ensure that the significant Latino and Asian communities are represented on the federal bench."

Read a copy of the letter. (185KBPDF)

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

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Sayre Happich, Assistant Director of Communications & Public Relations
(415) 782-9000 x8104