Mission Statement: San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (SFTLA) promotes civil justice through education and trial advocacy.  For over fifty years, SFTLA has served the needs of the plaintiff's bar. Continuing the traditions started by a small group of legal warriors, SFTLA is committed to providing quality continuing legal education, preserving access to justice for everyone, and creating social and networking opportunities.

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                          Guardian of Justice Sponsors

                          The Dolan Law Firm,  Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky LLP, The Veen Firm

                          Partner of Justice Sponsor  

                          Bohbot & Riles, PC



SFTLA is Proud to Present our Member of the Month

Therese Lawless


Therese Lawless is a partner in the law firm of Lawless & Lawless where she practices employment law on behalf of employees. Ms. Lawless is a former president of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association. She is a member and past board member of the Consumer Attorneys of California and is a member of the National Employment Lawyers' Association and the California Employment Lawyers' Association.

Ms. Lawless has practiced employment law exclusively on behalf of employees since 1988. She has litigated hundreds of employment and civil rights cases and has achieved substantial verdicts and settlements on behalf of her clients. Ms. Lawless frequently lectures and speaks on employment law matters and has written numerous articles for professional publications.

Ms. Lawless earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell University in 1982. In 1986, she graduated Order of the Coif from George Washington University where she was an editor on the law review. Ms. Lawless clerked on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for the Honorable Warren J. Ferguson from 1986 to 1987. She then briefly worked for a large Boston law firm, Gaston& Snow, before deciding to join her partner and sister, Barbara Lawless, in San Francisco.

In 2000, Ms. Lawless was awarded the Trial Lawyer of the Year Award by the San Francisco Trial Lawyers' Association. She was a top ten finalist for the California Consumer Attorney of the Year Award in 2002.

Ms. Lawless has been named one of the top plaintiff employment lawyers in San Francisco by The Recorder legal newspaper for several years.  She has been named a Northern California Super Lawyer annually since 2004.  For several years, she also has been named one of the top 50 Northern California female attorneys.  Lawless & Lawless also has repeatedly been named one of the top ten plaintiff employment law firms in San Francisco by The Recorder legal newspaper.

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Law student resources internships, Fellowships, law student chapters and more....

Consumer resources visit www.sftlacares.org to learn more about ways you can protect yourself and your family.

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Medicare Public Service Memo

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Upcoming MCLE's

Negotiation Skills
December 1, 2015

Who Ya Gonna Call? Ethics & Conflicts
December 15, 2015

Why aren't More Female Lawyers Making it to Trial?
January 7, 2016

It's Their Fault: Landlord/Tenant Premises Liability
January 12, 2016

What's New in Tort & Trial (PM Class)
January 19, 2016

Law Office Series: Starting Your Own Firm
January 26, 2016

New Lawyers Division Ski and CLE
January 28-31, 2016

Creating Diversity at Your Firm
February 2, 2016

Class Actions (Half Day)
February 9, 2016

The Secrets of Visual Storytelling (Half Day)
February 16, 2016

Paralegal Series: Effective Use of Databases to Locate Witnesses and Defendants
February 23, 2016

Women Judge Series: Common Mistakes Lawyers Make
March 3, 2016

Winning Isn't Everything
March 8, 2016

Law Office Series: Hiring/Firing
March 15, 2016

Trial Bootcamp Series: Part 1
March 22, 2016

Controlling the Courtroom IV 
April 5, 2016

Anatomy Series: Head/Brain
April 19, 2016

Government Tort Liability
May 10, 2016

Law Office Series: Benefits for the Law Office
May 17, 2016

Trial Bootcamp Series: Part 2
May 24, 2016

Workers' Comp Cases Hiding in Your PI Case
June 14, 2016

Perceptions of Women Lawyers and Cross-Examination
July 28, 2016

Liens (PM Class)
September 13, 2016

Trial Bootcamp Series: Part 3
September 20, 2016

Law Office Series: Wage & Hour Issues in Your Law Office
September 27, 2016

Anatomy Series: Back/Spine
October 25, 2016

How to Win the Battle of the Experts
November 1, 2016

Dissecting/Using the Economist
November 15, 2016

Openings & Closings: Creating Themes
November 29, 2016

Employment Cases Hiding in Your Workers Comp and PI Cases
December 13, 2016

SFTLA Events

Women's Caucus Holiday Party
December 3, 2015

Happy Hour Takeover
December 8, 2015

Holiday Cocktail Party
December 10, 2015

Board Installation Dinner
January 21, 2016

Women's Caucus/CAOC Mixer
February 4, 2016

Diversity Committee Poker Party
February 18, 2016

Diversity Committee Mixer
March 10, 2016

NLD Happy Hour Takeover
March 24, 2016

Trial Lawyer of the Year Gala
April 14, 2016

Diversity Committee Fundraising Party
May 12, 2016

Board Dinner
May 19, 2016

NLD Happy Hour Takeover
May 26, 2016

NLD Summer Bash
June 9, 2016

Diversity Committee Mixer
July 21, 2016

Membership Party
September 1, 2016

Women Referring Women
September 15, 2016

Board Dinner
September 22, 2016

NLD Happy Hour Takeover
September 29, 2016

Judges Dinner Dance
October 14, 2016

Board Retreat
October 21-23, 2016


The Application for the 2016 Summer Fellowship is now CLOSED

U.S. Chamber - Legal Reform Summit
a policy parade on how to eliminate Americans' rights. To push back on this effort, AAJ Research has created a new online slideshow detailing the top 10 ways the U.S. Chamber hurts Americans. Click here to view the slideshow.

Open Courts Coalition Presentation
Click here to view the presentation!

Effect of Patient Safety Program on MedMal Occurance 
The heart of Medical Malpracitce suits is Medical Malpractice
American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology FEBRUARY 2011

AAJ presents Final Medicare Seminar - More Info Here

"A World Without Lawyers" Video submitted by CAOC - Click Here to view!

The Expert Witness Arsenal Packet on Dr. Charles DiRaimando is complete! Click here to purchase!

New Pictures Posted!  Check out our updated Photo Album!

Shannan Dugan presents on civil justice at Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo
May 13, 2010

Michael Kelly wins Trial Lawyer of the Year 2010
April 22, 2010

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