SOURCE: Golden Gate University

Golden Gate University

February 24, 2015 10:56 ET

New Grant Provides San Francisco Legal Association Memberships for Golden Gate University First-Year Law Students

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 24, 2015) - First-year law students at Golden Gate University School of Law (GGU Law) can receive a fully-paid, one-year membership with The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) or the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (SFTLA) thanks to the newly established Mark E. Burton Grant for Professional Engagement. The grant, sponsored by GGU Law alumnus Mark Burton (JD 95), will offer more than 100 GGU Law students access to the broad array of educational and social activities enjoyed by BASF and SFTLA members.

"This grant offers new law students opportunities for professional development and discussion on a broad array of legal topics," said Burton, "as well as for conversations and networking with the Bay Area's top legal minds." Eligible students will be notified by email and invited to sign up for the program by the deadline of March 13, 2015.

Burton has a long history of service to the Bay Area's legal community and to GGU Law. As a partner at San Francisco law firm Hersh & Hersh and Of Counsel to Audet & Partners, he manages, prepares, and handles a diverse group of personal injury matters, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, motor vehicle collisions, and wage and hour class actions. He has a deep background in mass tort litigation, which includes cases concerning medicine and medical devices. He also serves on the Board of Trustees at Golden Gate University and on the GGU Law Dean's Advisory Board.

Burton was named a 2009 Northern California Rising Star by Law & Politics Magazine and a Super Lawyer every year thereafter. He is a member of the American Association for Justice, American Inns of Courts, The Bar Association of San Francisco, the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, and California State Bar Arbitrations.

"We are very grateful to Mark for this generous grant to support the career development of our newest students," said GGU Law Dean Rachel Van Cleave. "It is wonderful that Mark appreciates how important it is for aspiring lawyers to engage with the legal community early in their career and that he is making it possible for them to get involved."

About Golden Gate University School of Law (GGU Law)
GGU Law offers full- and part-time law programs that blend practical skills training with legal theory to prepare students to be critical thinkers, problem solvers and leaders with the flexibility to respond to changes in the legal profession. Founded in 1901, GGU Law is accredited by the American Bar Association and the American Association of Law Schools.

About Golden Gate University
GGU, a private nonprofit, has been helping adults achieve their professional goals by providing undergraduate and graduate education in accounting, law, taxation, business and related areas for 114 years. GGU is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

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