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BASF sends letter to Obama Administration Regarding the appointment of Sharon Browne

January 22, 2010-- San Francisco
-- BASF President Arturo González requested the Obama Administration withdraw the nomination of Sharon Browne to the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) on the basis of a conflict of interest between Ms. Browne and LSC. 

Citing numerous instances where Ms. Browne, in her role as principal attorney and a member of the senior management of the Pacific Legal Foundation, "has spearheaded numerous efforts at odds with the mission of the Legal Services Corporation, and her organization has taken a position that LSC should not be funded by taxpayers." 

Additionally, Ms. Browne has directly opposed funding for legal services agencies, twice filing amicus briefs in support of litigation challenging the legality of IOLTA accounts, which provide essential funding for legal services throughout the country.

González's letter calls for President Obama to withdraw the nomination and allow "the Senate Minority Leader to offer a candidate who will seek to strengthen the Legal Services Corporation."

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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