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January 2016

Gordon & Rees Sponsors BASF & BALIF Diversity Event

Gordon & Rees LLP is pleased to co-sponsor an upcoming event titled, “Pathways to the Judiciary: Conversation with LGBT Judges.” The event will take place on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at 5pm at the Bar Association of San Francisco (“BASF”) located at 301 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111. The panel is being presented by the Equality Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (“LGBT”) Issues of BASF and Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF).

The Gordon & Rees co-sponsored event will feature various judicial panelists leading an in-depth discussion on topics such as information on nomination vetting of judicial candidates, advice for LGBT attorneys considering a career in the judiciary, and LGBT judicial officers discussing their personal pathways to the bench. Gordon & Rees is pleased that its former partner, Shay Gilmore, currently senior counsel at Norcal Group, is on the distinguished panel in his capacity as a member of California’s Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation.

“Gordon & Rees proudly supports BASF and BALIF and their sponsorship of this event to support LGBT diversity in the legal profession. There is a real need that our judiciary reflect our composition as a community and this program helps in achieving this goal,” said partner Franz Hardy, Chair of the firm's national Diversity Committee. Gordon & Rees partner, Dominic Campodonico, who is a member of BASF’s Equality Committee on LGBT Issues, added, “I am proud that Gordon & Rees continues its partnership with BASF and BALIF in promoting diversity in all facets of the legal profession.”

BASF is designed to serve its members and the San Francisco community. It fulfills this commitment in many ways including through its Justice & Diversity Center which offers Pro Bono Legal Services, a Homeless Advocacy Project, and Diversity Educational Programs. BALIF is the nation’s oldest association of LGBT persons in the field of law. BALIF’s members and supporters include San Francisco Bay Area judges, lawyers, law students, and legal workers.

Among the fastest-growing firms in the country, Gordon & Rees is a national litigation and business transactional law firm with more than 650 lawyers in 37 offices across 24 states. Gordon & Rees is currently the 71st largest law firm in the United States, and ranks No. 26 on the American Lawyer’s Diversity Scorecard. Gordon & Rees is proud to be identified among the Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality by the Human Rights Campaign.

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