Upcoming Events

Bay Area Chapter Happy Hour

January 29, 2010

Join progressive law students, lawyers, and other legal workers from around the Bay Area to make connections, chat, and learn about NLG's Bay Area work. We will start arriving around 5pm to Somar (1727 Telegraph Avenue in Oakland) and plan to stay until 8pm.

Non-lawyer legal workers are welcome to mix and mingle with us!

MIXER: 5-8pm

Then stay after as Somar Presents: Friday FUNK!

It doesn't get much better than Fridays at Somar! End with a phenomenal mix of music by DJ Kimani!

King Hall NLG Week - Day Five

January 29, 2010

Day 5: Friday, January 29th - Moot Courtroom - Fundamentally Flawed: The Death Penalty in California: The California state death penalty system is procedurally complicated, failing to bring justice swiftly and burdening our state budget. Join us for a panel discussion which includes three prominent attorneys who work with condemned inmates, clinics, and defense organizations to discuss what can be done to help by raising awareness, making legislative changes, and moving to abolish the method altogether.

King Hall NLG Week - Day Four

January 28, 2010

Day 4: Thursday, January 28th - Room 2011 - Worth the Cost? Reform and The War on Drugs: Panelists will discuss the social and economic costs of the "war on drugs" and the urgent need for reform. Featuring Allen Hopper, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Drug Reform Project; Lee Berger, Lee Berger & Associates (Portland, OR); Tamar Todd, Staff Attorney, Drug Policy Alliance Office of Legal Affairs.
Location: Room 2011
Lunch: Dos Coyotes

King Hall NLG Week - Day Three

January 27, 2010

Day 3: Wednesday, January 27th - Tackling Homelessness: Legal Solutions and Direct Action: Attorneys, judges and activists on the front lines of the struggle against the causes of homelessness will discuss the challenges facing the homeless and the steps being taken in the legal community to confront and overcome them.

Bay Area Military Law Panel Meeting

January 26, 2010

The next Bay Area Military Law Panel meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 26 at 7:00 p.m. at 3050 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley; 510/848-4752, x4. The office is 2 blocks east of the Ashby BART, between Ashby and Alcatraz.

Tim Kingston and Jeff Patterson will present a program on Effective Media Strategies in Military Cases. Tim is a free lance reporter. Jeff works for Courage to Resist. This should be an interesting program of practical use when we consider whether media attention would help clients.

After the presentation we will discuss current cases and trends.

King Hall NLG Week - Day Two

January 26, 2010

Day 2: Tuesday, January 26th - Careers Serving the People: Movement, Law and Social Change: Wondering how to navigate your career path in the public interest? In this panel workshop, lawyers from diverse public interest practice fields share their insight and experience in the field with an interactive Q&A session on how to grow and sustain an effective and rewarding career in the service of human rights and social justice.

King Hall NLG Week - Day One

January 25, 2010

Day 1: Monday, January 25th - A Conversation on Palestine: A forward-looking presentation by noted scholars and activists regarding the occupation of Palestine within a legal and historical framework. Featuring Richard Becker, A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition Western Regional Director, and As`ad AbuKhalil, Visiting Professor, UC Berkeley.
Location: Moot Courtroom (1008)
Lunch: Shah's Halal Cart

Testimonial Dinner Committee Meeting

January 13, 2010

The next meeting to organize our chapter's annual Testimonial Dinner will be on Wednesday, January 13, 6:30 PM in Oakland.

The Testimonial Dinner, this year on March 27, is the biggest fund raiser for the chapter. Getting involved in planning and executing the event is a great way to contribute to the chapter, meet other volunteers, and add your voice and creativity to a project that highlights our chapter and some of its members to hundreds of attendees every year. Please join us.

Ethics Jeopardy & Coping with the Challenge of Legal Practice MCLEs

January 11, 2010

Sponsored by BALIF, California Young Lawyer's Association and NLG San Francisco Chapter

Attention all attorneys with last names ending in the letters A-G! BALIF, in partnership with the California Young Lawyers Association and NLG San Francisco Chapter, is offering two opportunities for attorneys to meet the ethics and substance abuse MCLE requirements:

Ethics Jeopardy with Bob Hawley

Coping with the Challenge of Legal Practice (Substance Abuse Issues) with Richard Carlton, Lawyers Assistance Program

Dates: November 30, 2009 or January 11, 2010

State Bar Committee Meeting

January 10, 2010

Wednesday evening, January 20, 2010, at 6:30PM we will hold a State Bar Committee Meeting at Don Ramon's Mexican Restaurant, 225 11th St. San Francisco, CA. We have changed our name to the Doris Brin Walker Law Reform Committee in honor of Doris, who was the leading light of this committee and did this work for decades.

We will be discussing upcoming changes instituted by the California Conference of Bar Associations and planning resolutions for the coming meetings.

Executive Board Meeting

January 6, 2010

Our chapter Executive Board meetings are generally held every first Wednesday of the month, alternating between the East Bay and San Francisco. The board governs the chapter and is elected by the Bay Area membership. Any current member may attend, though only board members may vote. The current board list can be found by clicking here.

Our January meeting will be from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM at the office of Golstein, Demchak, Baller, Borgen & Dardarian, 300 Lakeside Drive, Suite 1000 in Oakland.

Wherever There's a Fight: A History of the California Civil Rights Struggle

December 18, 2009

The NLGSF is cosponsoring this event with the Bay Area Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society.


Elaine Elinson
Co-Author of Wherever There's a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California and Media Relations Advisor, Equal Justice Society

Demonstrations Committee Meeting

December 15, 2009

Join our Demonstrations Committee for our monthly meeting. We review past and future demonstrations, protests and other actions. We discuss our chapter's legal support of activists, evolving laws, and police practices.

We meet each 3rd Tuesday of the month, 6 pm at 558 Capp Street, 2nd Floor in San Francisco.