Past Presidents Reflect

Essays and Videos from our Past Presidents

In celebration of the Bar Association of San Francisco's 150th anniversary, we invited our past presidents to contribute short reflections on their tenure. BASF has been in the vanguard of every civil rights and social justice movement over its 150 years, from civil rights work to bail reform, from gender equality to the representation of those with AIDS, the promotion of LGBTQI rights and marriage equality, the representation of and advocacy for the homeless, the promotion of diversity in our profession, police reform, conflict intervention, and more.

This collection of essays from our past presidents will grow, as we periodically add new contributions. We celebrate the achievements of each of our past presidents in making BASF one of the finest bar associations in the country!


BASF Celebrates 150 Years

Doris Cheng, 2019

Building Advocacy Skills and Courtroom Experience for Women and Minority Attorneys

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Malcolm A. Heinicke, 2018

Promoting Justice & Diversity on the Pro Bono Roadshow

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Stephanie Skaff, 2014

It Starts With a Day

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Chris Kearney, 2013

Mind the Gap

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Arturo González, 2010

Bottom Line: Improving Diversity in the Legal Profession

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Hon. Russel Roeca, 2009

Joining Forces to Form the Marriage Fairness Taskforce

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Nanci Clarence, 2007

Everything is Possible in San Francisco

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Joan Haratani, 2006

BASF, My Presidency, and the Number Four

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Jim Finberg, 2005

Good People Helping Others

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Hon. Jeffrey Bleich, 2003

Strengthening BASF Youth Programs

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Hon. Angela Bradstreet (ret.), 2002

BASF Has Made Some Big Cracks in the Glass Ceiling for Women in the Profession

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Douglas Young, 2001

Grace, Courage, and the Rule of Law

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Fred W. Alvarez, 2000

Reflections on BASF in the Year 2000

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Hon. Therese M. Stewart, 1999

Strengthening the School-to-College Pipeline

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Hon. Jeff Ross, 1997

Launching the Law Academy

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Raymond C. Marshall, 1994

Pushing the Bar, Building a Profession that is Welcoming to All

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Karen Kadushin, 1993

A Life-Changing Year for the San Francisco Legal Community

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Michael G. W. Lee, 1990

Memorable Minutes: Opening Doors for Parents and Minority Attorneys

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David M. Balabanian, 1986

Strengthening the Bar with a New Membership Model

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Jerome B. Falk, Jr., 1985

Oh, For It To Be 1985 Again!

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Jim Brosnahan, 1977

Young Attorneys Take Over the Bar Association

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e. bob wallach, 1975

An Unprecedented Act

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Michael Traynor, 1973

The Emergence of BASF as a Public Interest Force

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Visit the History Archive

Throughout this year, we are adding historical documents and articles to the newly created history archive in our online documents library.

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