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The Bar Association of San Francisco Passes Resolution Urging Boycott of Arizona

 

May 19, 2010  – San Francisco – The Board of Directors of The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) today unanimously passed a resolution urging its members and their law firms to boycott the state of Arizona in response to the adoption of the State of Arizona’s immigration law, Senate Bill 1070.

BASF is encouraging its 8,000 members and their law firms “(a) not to purchase goods or services of any kind from any company that is headquartered in the state of Arizona, (b) not to schedule or attend any retreats, conferences, or conventions in the state of Arizona, and (c) not to schedule any vacations in the state of Arizona unless and until this draconian law is repealed, rescinded or declared invalid.”

According to Arturo J. Gonzalez, BASF’s 2010 president and co-chair of the litigation department at Morrison & Foerster LLP, "I am proud that The Bar Association of San Francisco has once again taken the lead in taking a stance against unjust laws.  We will encourage other bar associations to take a similar stand." 

Additionally, BASF is encouraging its members, members of the State Bar of Arizona and other legal professionals to volunteer their time and resources to challenge the legality of the new law and to represent persons arrested pursuant to the new law on a pro bono basis. 

Read the resolution. (13KBPDFPDF)

 

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:

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(415) 782-9000 x8792

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