A generational shift was in the air at the Bar Association of San Francisco on Thursday, as Arturo Gonzalez was inducted as the 97th president of the organization.
Arturo Gonzalez/By James Block
Gonzalez, who will be BASF's second Latino president, said the theme of his presidency will be "How can I help?" and outlined simple ways senior lawyers of any race can promote diversity in the profession: taking younger, diverse lawyers to lunch, for example, or giving them work. He paid tribute to the MoFo partners who had played that role for him, including three past BASF presidents -- Melvin Goldman, James Brosnahan and Robert Raven.
"Having mentors like Bob, Jim and Mel," he said, "it is no surprise I have prospered at their firm."
Among specific initiatives, Gonzalez said he would launch a "bottom line task force" on law firm diversity and resurrect a legislative initiative that aims to govern lawyer conduct in depositions.
— Scott Graham