Lawyers in San Francisco join professional organizations and voluntary bar associations. These non-profit legal organizations serve attorneys by providing discounts for continuing legal education (CLE) seminars, invitations to events and social gatherings, networking opportunities and business development programs.
Many voluntary legal organizations are focused on a georgraphical region or specialty practice area of the law. Other legal organizations are focused on a minority, ethnicity, multicultural status.
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Founded in 1872, the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) is a nonprofit voluntary membership organization of attorneys in the greater San Francisco Bay Area including attorneys,in-house counsel, law students, and non-attorney legal professionals. Today, the organization has more than 7,500 members.
The BASF is governed by a board of directors. Tasks are performed by committees and attorneys who volunteer their time to help the legal community. Members are encouraged to take on leadership roles by joining sections or committees. BASF manages a blog at https://blog.sfbar.org.
Benefits of membership include discounts on Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars, invitations to events and social gatherings, networking opportunities, and business development programs such as the San Francisco-Marin Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS).
The Lawyers’ Club of San Francisco Inn of Court (LCSF Inn) is a San Francisco chapter of the American Inns of Court. The mission of the LCSF Inn is to promote professionalism, ethics, civility, and excellence in the legal community.
The LCSF’s Inn upholds the mission of the American Inns of Court by providing for professional growth through regular Inn meetings. During the meetings, smaller teams present through program research, preparation, and performances.
Meetings are held on the evening of the second Wednesday of the month at the San Francisco Superior Courthouse on McAllister. The meetings are followed by a reception or dinner on-site or at a nearby restaurant. Except for in December, regular meetings are held from September through May.
For the past 50 years, the San Francisco / Bay Area Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild (NLGSF) has supported the resurgence of social movements demanding racial and economic justice in the Bay Area. With a membership of over 700, NLGSF is the largest NLG chapter in the country. The Executive Director is Jay Kim.
The San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (SFTLA) promotes civil justice through education and trial advocacy in Northern California. With more than 860 members, the organization supports plaintiffs attorneys, defense attorneys, law students, and law office support staff.
In addition to serving civil trial and personal injury attorneys in San Francisco, California, the SFTLA also provides opportunities to law student through internships, fellowships, and cooperation with law student chapters.
The Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (ACFLS) was formed in 1980, after the California Board of Legal Specialization certified the first group of Family Law Specialists. Originally called the Northern California Society of Certified Family Law Specialists, the ACFLS has grown to more than 600 members with chapters for family law attorneys in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, and a provisional chapter in Orange County.
ACFLS is a non-profit organization of lawyers who have been designated as a Certified Specialist in Family Law by the California Board of Legal Specialization ("CBLS"). The ACFLS website contains a search feature to access a database of its members who are all Certified Family Law Specialists in California.
Founded in 1971, the San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association (SFLRLA) serves as a resource for and advocates on behalf of the Latino legal community in the San Francisco Bay Area. The organization provides support and networking opportunities to attorneys in San Francisco, CA, that support the local Latino legal community.
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Areas (LCCR) advocates for civil rights had to be codified into law and partners with the private bar to protect civil rights in the courtroom and legislative process.
The core of the Lawyers’ Committee is a group of dedicated volunteer attorneys who provide professional legal consultation and/or representation for clients with matters that would otherwise be jeopardized without professional help, due to lack of funds.
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This article was last updated on Friday, January 17, 2020.