The Bridge - February 11, 2019 Print

In Celebration of 

My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.  -  Desmond Tutu



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President's Message

Jennifer L. Murov

2018-2019 Chapter President


Hello Golden Gate Chapter colleagues! There are two things happening with ALA International I want you to be aware of. First, there are proposed bylaw changes to the governance structure. The recommended changes are the elimination of the existing regional structure in favor of a stronger level of support from the international association to the Chapters and our independent members. Instead of regional support, there will be a Chapter Resource Team whose members can be dispatched as needed to assist Chapters and independent members according to their needs. Issues with membership? There is a resource for that? Changes in the BP Program? There is a resource for that. Chapters would not necessarily be separated by regions either--we could possibly partner up with Chapters of similar size or with similar challenges regardless of geographical location, for our mutual enrichment. No additional costs have been incurred, nor are any anticipated to implement this change.  


Take a well-deserved coffee break in the next few days to check out the proposed changes and the FAQs. Here's a link to that information or you can visit, click on "About" and then you'll see "Governance Structure" at the bottom of the list. The recorded town hall meetings on the topic are at the bottom of the page.


Most importantly, please be sure to cast your vote by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on Sunday, February 24. Every member is entitled to a vote and the outcome will be shared with the membership shortly thereafter. If voted in, the new structure will go into effect at the National conference. Speaking of which, that is the other thing I wanted to mention. Early bird registration has been extended through Monday, February 11th.  That means you have another full week to save as much as $200 on your registration for the 2019 Annual Conference & Expo.


Have a great day!

Jennifer Murov

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Golden Gate Chapter 2019 - 2020 Executive Committee

From Your Chapter President:

I’m thrilled to present your 2019/2020 Executive Committee!  It’s been a pleasure serving you all this year and I look forward to working with the new leadership team.  Welcome!

Jennifer Murov

President 2018/2019

Linda Belcher


DeAnna Ouderkirk
Vice-President / President Elect

Scott Spranger

Lisa De Zordo
Vice-Treasurer / Treasurer Elect 

Betty Smith

Hannah Lincecum

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Upcoming Events


March 28, 2019
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Arent Fox, LLP
55 2nd Street, 21st Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105


Please join the ALA Golden Gate Chapter for its Inaugural Business Partner Exposition and Educational Session!  This is a free event where our Business Partners will showcase their services to our membership. It is a no-pressure informational Exposition much like our K2L and other conference exhibit halls, focusing on what Business Partners can bring to our members and their firms. 





February 27, 2019
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Blacker Sammis & Blacker
435 Pacific Ave., Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94133

Please come and join your fellow Small Firm Administrators for a discussion on challenges and solutions in managing a small law firm.




March 07, 2019
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

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

Board of Directors/Chapter Leadership Meeting



March 26, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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

Please join us for an engaging, collaborative discussion regarding challenges and opportunities large lawfirms are facing and how they are managing these challenges.





April 02, 2019
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Wine and Wall Room, One Market Restaurant
One Market
San Francisco, CA

Installation of Officers for 2019-2020 Board Year



Valerie Mazzilli-Brown
(415) 442-6770
Gordon Silvera
(415) 442-6770



Kendra Edson
Ph: (310) 478-4148



Tony Forde
Ph: (213) 362-5622 x 401


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Diversity and Inclusion

There is more to Black history than the Underground Railroad and the iconic “I Have a Dream” speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. This month’s articles in celebration of Black History Month will feature lesser known moments and facts in Black history. 

Martin Luther King Jr. improvised the most iconic part of his “I Have a Dream Speech.”

On Wednesday, August 28, 1963, 250,000 Americans united at the Lincoln Memorial for the final speech of the March on Washington. As Martin Luther King Jr. stood at the podium, he eventually pushed his notes aside.

The night before the march, Dr. King began working on his speech with a small group of advisers in the lobby of the Willard Hotel. The original speech was more political and less historic, according to Clarence B. Jones, and it did not include any reference to dreams. After delivering the now famous line, “we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream,” Dr. King transformed his speech into a sermon.

Onstage near Dr. King, singer Mahalia Jackson reportedly kept saying, “Tell ‘em about the dream, Martin,” and while no one will know if he heard her, it could likely have been the inspiration he needed. Dr. King then continued, “Even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream….” And then the famous Baptist preacher preached on, adding repetition and outlining the specifics of his dream. And while this improvised speech given on that hot August day in 1963 was not considered a universal success immediately, it is now recognized as one of the greatest speeches in American history. For more information on the 1963 March on Washington, visit

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Member Spotlight


Phyllis O'Dea

Administrative and Paralegal Manager
K&L Gates LLP

 What would you do on Mars for fun? 

 I’m not feeling Mars.  Venus, now that sounds like somewhere I would go and find lots of fun, such as music festivals and cultural events.   


What is the one thing you have always wanted to do? 

Swim with whales.    Over the holidays I saw video of my nephew’s experience and it was stunning.  The whales were singing and nudging people.  The visual was so serene and I’d love to have that experience.  I was smiling for days after seeing that video.

 What is your least favorite beverage?

  Mezcal, it tastes like gasoline. Yuk. 

 Use one word to describe your computer ability?


What fashion trend do you just not get? 

The tiny sunglasses trend -   are those considered attractive?

 If you could choose your nickname what would it be?

 I have one - Skippy.  That’s the name of my alter ego.  She’s hilarious.  Anytime I get into mischief, I tell people ‘it wasn’t me, it was Skippy!’

 What have you done that you are most proud of?

Two things I have done that I am super proud of: 1) raising an amazing son.  He is kind, compassionate, smart, the list goes on.  It’s as if he absorbed all the best qualities from the people in his life.  He is truly an exceptional human being. 

2)  I completed an ‘uniki or graduation of Hawaiian hula dance rituals.    The process is to learn a number of hula dances, chants, and practices and ‘graduate’ once the dances, chants, and practices are perfected.  I graduated as a master dancer, chanter, and drummer.  The process was grueling and exhausting but so completely worth it.

 What advice did you get that was the most rewarding?

 To breathe.  

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Renew Your Membership


** 2019 Membership Renewal Reminder **


Postmarked by February 15, 2019




Postmarked February 15 -28, 2019


ALA Golden Gate Chapter’s Annual Membership runs from January 1 through December 31.

Payments postmarked after February 15, 2019, are not eligible for discounts.

 Please visit the Members Only section of the Golden Gate Chapter website - [Click here] -
log in
and select Member Dues to make your renewal payment.


Now is the time to renew your Golden Gate Chapter Membership and save!

Don’t let your membership lapse and lose access to the chapter website, Listserv and The Bridge. 

Early bird deadline extended to February 15, 2019!

 Note: These are dues payable for membership in the Golden Gate Chapter, NOT the national organization.


If you experience any difficulties or have any questions, please reach out to the Membership Committee at [email protected].

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Job Bank


Office Manager

Dannis Woliver Kelley

Job Posting
Feb. 11, 2019


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Feb. 11, 2019


Corporate Practice Assistant

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Job Posting
Feb. 6, 2019


Job Posting
Feb. 6, 2019


Job Posting
Feb. 1, 2019


Director of Finance

Meyers Nave

Job Posting
Feb. 1, 2019


Legal Secretary - Litigation

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Job Posting
Jan. 24, 2019


Job Posting
Jan. 24, 2019


Trademark Paralegal

Fenwick & West LLP

Job Posting
Jan. 21, 2019


Office Administrator

Tucker Ellis LLP

Job Posting
Jan. 4, 2019

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

Larisa Villa
Phone: (415) 230-3800 ext. 120



Steve Gomez 
Phone: (415) 857-4520
Shareen Fanburg
Phone: (415) 215-2432


Sebnem Erogan
Phone (415) 217-3376
Catherine Tapia
Phone (415) 217-3340



Andrea Tobias
Phone: (415) 846-2804


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San Francisco Legal Professionals Association (SFLPA) Secretarial Training Course

The SFLPA and SFSU Paralegal Program are co-hosting a multi-week educational seminar and training workshop February 2, February 9, and February 16, 2019.  This is a great basic training course for new legal Secretaries.  

For more information, go to:

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ALA 2019 Annual Conference

Extended! Annual Conference Early Bird Is Now Feb. 11


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ALA Value in Partnership (VIP) Savings

ALA Value in Partnership (VIP)SM Savings

Discounts, Coverage Enhancements and More

Your membership gives you access to exclusive services and discounts from nationally known companies in solutions categories like security, technology consulting, office products and video conferencing. Savings can be up to 70 percent — enough to potentially cover your annual membership dues!

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