Yesterday at the ABA’s annual meeting, Legal Pad heard one of the thousands of attendees from around the country remark on San Francisco’s cool summer weather — in a good way. (He, after all, had just experienced 100-plus degree temperatures in D.C.) Today, some of the lawyer attendees rang another note of appreciation for a local signature — the San Francisco city attorney’s office, which has long been known for pushing the envelope of municipal government practice.
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Legal Pad is roaming the floor of the annual meeting of the American Bar Association. Check back over the next few days for fresh reports. Previously:
City Attorney Dennis Herrera accepted the Jefferson Fordham Society’s “law office accomplishment award” at one of the annual meeting’s many luncheons today. The ABA’s state and local government law section established the society back in 1997 as a conduit for honoring work in its area. Named after a municipal lawyer who used to be dean of the law schools at Ohio State and the University of Pennsylvania, and who chaired the ABA’s municipal law section from 1949 to 1951, the society has formally met just four times.
As Jesse Smith, one of the top lawyers in the city attorney’s office now, introduced his boss Friday, he cited the office’s litigation to legalize gay marriage in California, and its consumer protection work as “cutting edge.” While he made a point of calling his boss courageous, Herrera spread the love to the other 200 or so lawyers in his office, calling them “high quality” and innovative, and to his predecessor, Louise Renne. “She really helped develop the ethos, the ethic, the foresight,” he said, “that I have tried to carry out.”
— Pam Smith