The Bridge - January 21, 2020 Print

In Celebration

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

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2020 Knowledge to Leadership (K2L)


Registration to The Knowledge to Leadership Conference and Exposition includes a variety of high quality educational opportunities featuring three keynote speakers and 9 breakout sessions to choose from at three times throughout the day. Network with fellow administrators and business partners in the exhibit hall and at breakfast, lunch and a wine reception and exhibitor raffle.

To view other registrants to this meeting, please click here and select the meeting name from the drop down box.

Registration is $250 for ALA Golden Gate Chapter members, $275 for ALA members, $300 for LMA members, and $395 for non-members. The early bird discount ends January 8, 2020 and the price goes up $50 after that time.

When you register, you will be asked to choose which sessions are your first preference. This is preliminary for space planning purposes. You can decide to attend different sessions on the day of the event.

 Email: [email protected]

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Upcoming Events


January 22, 2020
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Morrison & Foerster LLP
425 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Understand five primary modes of conflict; assess a conflict and an effective approach; implement a collaborative approach to conflict resolutions, prepare for difficult conversations with colleagues; and apply these techniques to case studies.




January 29, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
560 Mission Street, 27th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105

Please come and join your fellow Large Firm Administrators for an engaging, collaborative discussion regarding challenges and opportunities large lawfirms are facing and how they are managing these challenges.




January 30, 2020
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Palace Hotel
2 New Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Don't miss our signature one-day event



Kevin Valine 
Guy Wallrath


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



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Job Bank

Executive Director

Miller Starr Regalia, Walnut Creek

Job Posting
Jan. 4, 2020


Office Manager

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati

Job Posting
Nov. 29, 2019


Industry Group Marketing Specialist

Farella Braun + Martel LLP

Job Posting
Nov. 13, 2019

For ALA job postings, click Here!


Melissa A. Carver, President
Ph: (415) 230-5398


Christopher Crowley
Ph: (415) 391-2060


Amy Kosey
Ph:  (415) 800-0662
Ted Glutz
Ph: (512) 744-6913

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Member Spotlight


John D. Moore is celebrating 46 years as an ALA Member. 

As an old codger, I was the 5th National President of ALA.  The Golden Gate Chapter is the only chapter to have three (3) Past National Presidents as I helped Beverlee Johnson and, then later, Nancy Siegel get elected.

I was born in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, graduated from Muscatine Community, Augustana, and State University of Iowa colleges. My wife Katie and I have been married 62 years.  We have one (1) daughter, 3 sons, seven (7) grand daughters, and 1 grandson, who now beats me at golf.

Here are examples of the impact legacies have on others.

The Golden Gate Chapter is so lucky to have the legacy member, John Moore.  I got to know John when I started doing the special events (then called quarterlies) for the Chapter. John was a faithful attendee.  I remember planning the menu for one of the first events and it did not include beef.  John pointed that out to me and from then on, I was sure to have a beef option!  As I took on more leadership responsibility, John always made me feel special and thanked me for what I was doing.  Happy 46th anniversary John – the Chapter (and this member) has been made better by your presence!  ~ Ceanne Herndon

John has been an incredible champion of ALA and of our chapter, and I truly appreciate the support he gave me during my presidency in 2017.  That year, I was also charged with organizing the Chapter’s 40th anniversary event, and during the planning stage, John regaled us with wonderful stories of the early days of the Chapter at the Past President’s lunch and at the Anniversary event.   His contributions are many and his mentorship has been invaluable to me.  Happy Anniversary John!  ~ Annie Lathram

I have known John Moore for over 25 years!  What stands out for me about John are three things. His love for the Golden Gate Chapter and ALA, his unique and fun ties and he always made me feel special every time I saw him.  He has deep bench of knowledge about the legal industry. I have learned a lot from him!  Congratulations John on your anniversary. Take care and best regards, Jennifer Connon.

John was one of my early mentors, generous in sharing his time and expertise when I was a new Administrator. When John became national President of ALA in 1981, he appointed me to Co-Chair the ALA Conference in New Orleans, a big leap that marked my start in ALA leadership roles. In 1991, John and I had the privilege of being invited to participate together on a panel at a management conference in Tokyo. What an amazing experience! Thank you John, mentor and friend. — Nancy Siegel

John is a Lifetime Member of the Golden Gate Chapter. I got to know him during my first year as co-chair of the membership committee about 20 years ago, and we had an instant connection. He became a trusted mentor and friend. Year after year, John would put my name in to run for Chapter President as he had more confidence in my leadership skills than I did.  I feel like he’s been my cheerleader all these years, and when I finally said yes, he was one of the first people I told. He has always checked on my well-being professionally and personally. I’ve been fortunate to call him my ALA Dad! Congratulations on 46 years as an ALA member.

Your daughter, Kim Coates

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The Agitated M.L.K. I Came to Love

We’ve come to know a more complex King, one who reacted realistically to white backlash.


Opinion Columnist

When I was young I idolized the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the way most boys look up to athletes or pop stars.

I had a poster of him. I had a T-shirt with his face on it. I recited his “I Have a Dream” speech. It seemed to me that he was a role model, an example of a life for a Southern boy who loved books and learning, leadership and public speaking.

There was a dignity about King to which I aspired, a politics of character, a Southern erudition that was rooted in religion, but encompassed an exquisite learnedness.

He was a black man who most people had come to venerate, one existing, it seemed, above the trivialities of tense day-to-day racial exchanges, one existing on a higher moral plane.

 But, as I grew older and learned and read more about King, it became ever more clear to me that the King I had been fed was a caricature of the man he was. I had been taught a reduced King, smooth and polished, a one-dimensional impersonation of a person.

I had been taught only the “Dream” King. That is what America wants King to remain: Frozen in perpetual optimism, urging more than demanding, appealing to America’s better angels rather than ruthlessly calling out its persistent demons.

But, that must not be done. That must not be done.

As King said in a 1967 interview when asked about the “Dream” speech, after much soul-searching he had come to see that “some of the old optimism was a little superficial, and now it must be tempered with a solid realism.”

To read the entire article, click here.

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