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Annual Day at Law School

On Saturday, October 26, the tenth annual Day at Law School will invite hundreds of middle and high school students (and their parents) from across California to visit UC Hastings and learn more about the importance of completing high school and graduating from college - especially for young people from low-income communities and communities of color. Day at Law School is unique in that it is often the first opportunity for these young people to visit an institution of higher education, and more importantly, meet law students and attorneys who can serve as academic, career, and peer mentors for a day. More information about Day at Law School is included in the attachments below.

Day at Law School is organized by the minority law student associations of UC Hastings and the Legal Education Opportunity Program. As such, MBC member organizations are particularly welcome to make Day at Law School a success.

To that end, Day at Law School welcomes volunteer attorneys to sit on law student/attorney panels that will answer questions from students and their parents about the importance of higher education for young people from low-income communities and communities of color. The panels will provide perspective by illustrating how diversity continues to be a challenge in professions such as the law. It also represents one of the first opportunities for a young person to meet law students and attorneys who share similar personal backgrounds and common life experiences.

Volunteer attorneys are needed for the following panel times:

- 10:00 to 10:50
- 10:55 to 11:45
- 12:45 to 1:35
- 1:40 to 2:30

Volunteer attorneys are also welcome to help in other ways (e.g., having lunch with Day at Law School participants; participating in mock trials; engaging young people in small roups).

If you are available to volunteer on a panel, or know someone who is, please contact Alfredo Coria at with a brief bio/resume and your availability.

If you are available to volunteer in another capacity, please contact the Day at Law School committee at

Please feel free to widely distribute this message. Thank you!

Ethnic Subgroups Committee of the BASF Goals & Timetable

The Bar Association of San Francisco is seeking volunteer attorneys to serve on the Ethnic Subgroups Committee of the BASF Goals & Timetable study that will be produced in June 2015.

This is an amazing opportunity to take part in what we hope will be a groud breaking study that will reveal the different experiences among attorneys of different ethnic subgroups.

Over 20 years ago, BASF began to study diversity in the legal profession. In an effort to advance racial and ethnic minorities in the San Francisco Bay Area legal community work force, BASF Diversity Task Force has adopted a set of goals and timetables and periodically conducts surveys measuring the success of the initiative.

In 2015 BASF will be publishing the Goals & Timetables report which will assess the experiences of minority attorneys, retention and turnover of minority attorneys and trend data on ethnic minority groups within the legal profession. We know that seems like a ways off, but there is a great deal of work that has to be done to conduct our study and produce our findings. There will be four working groups and we are seeking members for the Ethnic Subgroups team:

The Ethnic Subgroups team will be assessing the experiences of multiple sub-groups that make up Asian attorneys; multiple sub-groups that make up Latino attorneys (next conference call meeting to discuss details is on 11/1/13).

Here is a timeline of the work that each working group will be doing:

September – October 2013: Sub-committees begin to meet and design the study and questions and interviewers identified; meet with interviewers and prepare interviewers.

January 2014: Begin Interviews of attorneys and management and data gathering begins

June- July 2014: Interviews complete, notes compiled and submitted

July 2014 – May 2015: Task force and co-chairs draft the report and BASF staff edit and lay-out for publication

June 2015: Study published

Time Commitment:

Our best estimation is that between now and the end of first quarter 2014 that you will participate in 4-6 meetings of approximately 1-2 hours each to strategize and determine the focus, to begin to come up with questions to ask in the interviews, to come up with the list of interviewers and interviewees. High end is 12 hours over 5-6 months. Once interviews begin, if you are one of the interviewers, our guess is that you will spend maybe 6 hours between prep, interviews, and summarizing your notes from the interview. This time span will be March – June/July. From there, folks from the committee will volunteer to help write your section of the report based on all of the work and interviews done by the entire committee.

The report is scheduled to be published in mid-2015.

Each working group will consist of 10-15 people. We have identified most of these group members, and we hope that you will be able to participate in this project

Please contact Nicole Britton-Snyder at if you are interesting in joining the group.

American Bar Association

ABA Commission on Women in the Profession

Call for Nominations --
2014 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Awards

Do you know an outstanding woman lawyer who has achieved professional excellence in her field and has paved the way to success for other women lawyers?

The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession is seeking nominations for the 24th Annual Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Awards. These awards will be presented at a luncheon on Sunday, August 10, 2014 during the ABA Annual Meeting in Boston.

Submit your nomination

The deadline to submit the nomination form and supporting materials is the close of business on Monday, December 2, 2013.

If you have nominated someone previously and want to nominate her again for 2014, please submit (1) the nomination form, (2) the award criteria narrative, and (3) a current resume. With respect to articles and letters previously submitted, contact Beverly Tate at 312-988-5668 or

For more information, please click on the links below:

Nomination criteria and application requirements

Nomination form

View the list of distinguished award recipients

View the 2013 luncheon tribute program book (PDF)

View video introductions of recent honorees

If you have further questions, please contact Beverly Tate at 312-988-5668 or via email at

Thank you - The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession

Call for Nominations for the 2014 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Awards

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