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BASF Endorses Public Broadcasting of District Court Proceedings

January 8, 2010-- San Francisco
-- On behalf of its nearly 8,000 members, The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) today endorsed the proposed amendment to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Local Rule 77-3 to permit public broadcasting of proceedings.

In a letter to the Honorable Phyllis Hamilton, chair of the Rules Committee and the Honorable Vaughn Walker, chief judge, BASF stated that the organization “…believes that the upcoming Proposition 8 trial, Perry v. Schwarzenegger, is an appropriate matter for public broadcasting because of the widespread public interest about the important constitutional issues raised in the case.  The Perry case is of enormous significance to millions of Californians and to people across the United States, and the importance of accurate coverage on issues of constitutional significance cannot be underscored.”

According to BASF President Arturo J. González, a partner at Morrison & Foerster, “Open government is the foundation of our democracy.  There is no reason why the public should not be able to observe these important proceedings.”

Read the letter. (145KBPDF)

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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