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2010 BASF President Continues to Give Back, Establishes Fellowship Program

 

The Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) of The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF), in partnership with 2010 President Arturo González, Morrison & Foerster, recently announced the Arturo González Summer Law Student Fellowship.

The fellowships are for law students who want to gain exposure to key practice areas and acquire significant practical experience. Law student fellows receive a stipend in the amount of $2,500 for an eight-week fellowship, which will occur in June and July.

González will fund Fellowships this summer for two JDC programs and a fellowship with California Rural Legal Assistance. For JDC, the fellows will work with its Immigration Legal Defense Programs and its Family Law Program.

González has challenged partners at San Francisco law firms to follow his lead, saying, “There is a tremendous need for increased legal services and for summer jobs for law students. If we all chip in, we can help to address both issues.”

As chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Commercial Litigation and Trial Practice Group, González is well respected by his peers and legal professionals throughout the country. He started his career at Morrison & Foerster and in 1992 became the firm’s first Latino partnerHis work as BASF president, where he created the Bottom Line Partnership Task Force to study diversity in San Francisco law firms, exemplifies his commitment to giving back to the community.

BASF/JDC Executive Director Yolanda Jackson was delighted to learn of the new fellowship program and the opportunities it will provide to law students. According to Jackson, “Arturo’s commitment to diversity within the legal profession has long been an inspiration to the staff and leadership of BASF and JDC. His tireless efforts to promote diversity combined with his work to ensure that legal services are available to those who need it most, but cannot afford it, has been transformational for scores of San Franciscans. We want to thank Arturo for his continued vision for diversity and access to justice.”


 

Seeking Law Students with Diverse Backgrounds

Apply now for the Arturo González Summer Law Student Fellowship

Criteria

  1. Current enrollment in an accredited law school as a rising 2nd or 3rd year law student;
  2. Good academic standing; and
  3. An interest in advocacy and/or public interest law

Applicants must submit the following by April 1, 2017:

  1. Statement of interest not to exceed 500 words
  2. An official law school transcript; and
  3. Two letters of recommendation.

Please mail the above documents postmarked by April 1, 2017 to

Attention: Steve Love/Gonzalez Fellowship Program
The Bar Association of San Francisco
301 Battery Street, Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

If you have any questions please contact Steve Love at slove@sfbar.org.




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The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) is a nonprofit voluntary membership organization of attorneys, law students, and legal professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area. Founded in 1872, BASF enjoys the support of more than 7,300 individuals, law firms, corporate legal departments, and law schools. Through its board of directors, its committees, and its volunteer legal services programs and other community efforts, BASF has worked actively to promote and achieve equal justice for all and oppose discrimination in all its forms, including, but not limited to, discrimination based on race, sex, disability, and sexual orientation. BASF provides a collective voice for public advocacy, advances professional growth and education, and attempts to elevate the standards of integrity, honor, and respect in the practice of law.