The Bridge - September 17, 2018 Print

Upcoming Events

Light the Night!

Each year thousands of people participate in the San Francisco Light the Night walk, raising millions of dollars for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).  The LLS is the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding research, finding cures and ensuring access to treatments for blood cancer patients.  To date, the LLS has invested more than $1.2 billion dollars in cutting edge research funding nearly all of today’s most promising advances, and bringing us closer to cures.  In addition, the LLS provides free education and support services to patients, survivors, families and health care providers.  The work they do is meaningful and impactful. 

This year, the Light the Nigh Walk will take place on Thursday, November 8, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.  This is our night to pay tribute and bring hope to thousands of people battling blood cancers and to commemorate loved ones lostPlease consider joining team ALA Golden Gate and helping to fundraise for the LLS.  You can join our team by following this link and click Join under the Join Our Team Now banner.  Our team goal is to raise at least $7,500 and we are asking everyone who walks to commit to raising $100 toward that goal.  Fundraising is as easy as letting your friends on social media know you are participating or adding a link to your email signature.  Last year we raised over $7,235.00 for this important cause. (AMAZING!).  If you cannot participate in the walk, please consider making a donation.  To donate to the team, please click here

We all know someone who has been affected by cancer. Please join the Golden Gate ALA team and "walk the talk.”

For more information, please visit the event page on the ALA Golden Gate Chapter website, or email the Community Connection Co-Chairs Kira Hansen ( and Charity Woodward (

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Feature Article: 11 Tips for Building Better Business Relationships 

By Katie Bryant, CLM, Executive Director, Udall Shumway PLC

We've all heard that to be successful we need to build good, strong, lasting business relationships. But it takes a great deal of time and energy, and people don't seem to want to put in the work. News flash: Lasting business relationships just don't happen without dedicated and consistent work.

Here are 5 of 11 ways to build lasting business relationships. For the full article (all 11 ways), read Legal Management's September issue that's out tomorrow.

  1. Be authentic. Be who you are and accept others as they are. Find people and companies you feel a natural connection with, are easy to communicate with, and you have things in common with.
  2. Identify shared goals and values. Seek out people who share similar goals and values. Are they honest, knowledgeable and helpful? How do they treat others? We may not always share the same point of view with everyone, but shared values are a must.
  3. Develop mutual respect. This one definitely takes some time. We prove ourselves over time and through different activities and experiences. Be patient and selective, and watch people in action. Building mutual respect is an essential for growing relationships.
  4. Don't be afraid to get vulnerable. We are all human, and sometimes that means sharing and supporting people through difficulties, challenges and change. Showing vulnerability is part of revealing your authentic self, but use good judgment — this is best shared with a select few rather than publicly.
  5. Demonstrate loyalty. Show people you have their back by not partaking in gossip or unnecessary conversations.

Our business network should be a qualified, selective group of people we count on and rely on for support, direction and insight. But we can't just give or take, we need both. Selectivity, consistency, engagement and balance are essential for finding great people and growing relationships that become mutually beneficial.

Katie Bryant, CLM, serves as the Chair of ALA's Business Partner Relations Project Team. She is the Executive Director of Udall Shumway PLC in Mesa, Arizona.

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Meeting/Event Information


September 18, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton
4 Embarcader Center, 17th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

Please come and join your fellow Large Firm Administrators for an egaging, collaborative discussion on challenges and opportunities large lawfirms are facing and how they are managing these challenges. Please come with a challenge or opportunity that you




September 19, 2018
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Littler Mendelson
333 Bush Street, 34th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104

Design Thinking goes beyond the confines of appealing aesthetics and creating desirable environments.




October 04, 2018
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

Reed Smith, LLP
101 Second Street, Suite 1800
San Francisco, CA 94105

Board Meeting




Mike Hammond:

Phone: (972) 571-8754



Amy Kosey
Phone:  (512) 947-3311

William Pate
Phone:  (512) 947-3311

Sue Hammer
Ph: (415) 720-6229
Lucy Huete
Ph: (415) 913-0196

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Member Spotlight

Jackie Peters

Office Administrator
Jones Day


If we went to happy hour, what would you order? 


Finish this sentence. On Sunday mornings, you can usually find me...

Enjoying a little quiet time and drinking my coffee before my family wakes up.  Sometimes I can squeeze in a bit of crafting in my Mom Cave.


Name a few of your daily habits (other than a shower and brushing your teeth).

I spend a great deal of time in the car taking my son to school and commuting to work.  There’s not much time left in my day but I try to squeeze in a bit of exercise when I can.





What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working? 

I love to be in the water (lake, pool, ocean).  My family loves Hawaii.  Home is my happy place and I love to host parties.  My husband does not share my enthusiasm for entertaining. 

What would be your personal motto? 


Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer? 

What do you think about when you’re alone in your car? 

All the things I could be doing if I wasn’t in the car.  I use the time to call friends and relatives.  

If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why? 

My dog, Hershey, has a pretty good life.

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently? 

We got stuck in Hawaii for an extra two days thanks to Hurricane Lane.  It was not too severe where we were but the build-up was pretty dramatic as the whole island shut down.  This photo is the sky as the storm was rolling in. 

What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume alone?

I was a bone marrow donor for a 36-year old stranger (mom to a 6-year old child).  You can do it too!

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Job Bank

Staff Accountant

Bartko Zankel Bunzel & Miller

Job Posting
Sep. 11, 2018


Job Posting
Sep. 11, 2018


Legal Administrative Assistant - Litigation

Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.

Job Posting
Sep. 11, 2018


Human Resources Manager

Greenberg Traurig

Job Posting
Sep. 11, 2018


Human Resources Manager

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Job Posting
Sep. 11, 2018


Job Posting
Aug. 22, 2018


Legal Secretary

Manning Gross + Massenburg LLP

Job Posting
Aug. 16, 2018


Marketing Coordinator

Dannis Woiliver Kelley

Job Posting
Aug. 16, 2018


Legal Secretary

Freeman Mathis & Gary

Job Posting
Aug. 16, 2018


Job Posting
Aug. 16, 2018


Litigation/L&E Paralegal

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Job Posting
Aug. 16, 2018


HR Coordinator

Allen Matkins

Job Posting
Aug. 1, 2018


Check out ALA's Career Center for more information on job postings, hiring and career resources.  


Scott Reis
Phone: (650) 270-3958


John Dorning
Phone:  (415) 397-6800

Ezra Mann
Ph: (213) 407-0148
Karly McShane
Ph: (415) 813-3758

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ALA News

ALA chapters have been (and continue to be) the target of phishing scams. In addition to the tips provided here, ALA's legal counsel has shared an article that you may find beneficial in your role as chapter leader. Chapters are encouraged to review their policies and procedures for processing financial transactions and adhere to the same procedures they always do. Do not hesitate to reach out to ALA headquarters staff or your Regional Leadership Team with any questions or concerns.

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