The 415 area code is made up largely of the city of San Francisco. It also includes the smaller (yet still prominent) cities of San Rafael and Daly City. Because much of the 415 area code is racially diverse and made up of Asians, many lawyers take part in legal aid organizations representing the rights of Asian-Americans. Additionally, the Financial District in San Francisco is one of the largest corporate headquarters in Northern California, and many lawyers work for large law firms there. Many nationally renowned criminal defense attorneys practice law as well in the city by the bay.
San Francisco is one of the premiere cities in Northern California. It has the largest population out of all the cities in Northern California, with a population of around 815,000. The city of San Francisco also encompasses the County of San Francisco as well.
This 415 area code city is made up of many distinct and well-known neighborhoods. Market Street is a major street running through both the Financial District and Union Square neighborhoods of San Francisco. The Financial District is notable for being the center of much of the corporate activity in the 415 area code. Many financial professionals and lawyers all work here. For example, lawyers work in large law firms such as Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP and Bingham Mc Cutchen LLP. Union Square is located next to the Financial District, and is the center of much shopping. Many professionals, including lawyers, often shop for much of their business attire or other needs in Union Square.
Nob Hill is another well-known neighborhood in this 415 area code city, and it is a steep part of the city where many large and expensive residential homes are located. The professionals who work in San Francisco, including lawyers, often find Nob Hill an attractive place to live. Russian Hill is also another residential neighborhood where many lawyers reside. For recreation, many lawyers go to the famous tourist attraction of Fisherman's Wharf. Near Fisherman's Wharf is the Marina, where many lawyers and other professionals also reside and find as a good place to relax in. North Beach is another popular area for entertainment among professionals such as lawyers. Many Italian restaurants and bars are located in this 415 area code neighborhood.
Other well-known neighborhoods in the 415 area code include Chinatown, the Mission District, Haight Ashbury, and the Castro, just to name a few. These neighborhoods are often centered around a particular ethnic or cultural group (such as Chinese in Chinatown, or hippies in Haight Ashbury, although Haight Ashbury has evolved in recent years to become less bohemian). These neighborhoods are not as corporate-friendly as a neighborhood such as the Financial District, though some lawyers can still be found working here.
Much of this 415 area code city is made up of minorities. In fact, Caucasians make up less than half the city's population. Asians make up about 31% of the city, Hispanics around 14%, and African Americans about 7%. The legal industry in the 415 area code has evolved to this racial demographic as well. For example, the Asian Law Caucus, a well known organization advocating for civil rights and made up of many lawyers, is located in San Francisco. As another example, Dale Minami, of Minami Tamaki LLP in San Francisco, is a prominent lawyer who rose to fame advocating for the civil rights of Asian Americans.
The 415 area code is also well-known for having a high percentage of gay and lesbian individuals, at about 15% of the population. This demographic is also reflected in the legal industry. The San Francisco LGBT Community Center is a prominent organization in the 415 area code offering aid to the LGBT community, and many lawyers have volunteered their services here as well, supporting gay marraige and domestic partnershops.
The gay community (and organizations such as The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center) generally supports progressive politics (a strong and vocal faction in San Frnacisco politics), and for its pivotal leadership in the fight against AIDS. There are many citizens with AIDS and receiving Social Security disability benefits.
The 415 area code also has an incredible number of residents with a college degree, and in fact, is second only to the city of Seattle in this regard. About 44% of the residents here have a college degree or higher. This is reflected in the large number of lawyers who both work and live within the city. Many wealthy people also live in San Francisco, including billionaires and other successful lawyers. On the other hand, the city also has a large homeless population, and homelessness has been a persistent problem in the city for quite some time. Many lawyers work for legal aid organizations to combat this problem. For example, Bay Area Legal Aid provides many legal services to the homeless and poverty-stricken individuals who cannot afford the services of a bankruptcy attorney.
Given the hub of activity going around the 415 area code, it's not surprising that San Francisco has many schools as well. In fact, several of the state's most prominent law schools are located in San Francisco. The University of California, Hastings College of the Law, is the oldest law school in California. The school produces hundreds of newly-minted lawyers every year. Additionally, UC Hastings has also produced more lawyers who have later become state judges than any other school.
Another reputable school training students to become lawyers in the 415 area code is the University of San Francisco. This law school is noted for the practical aspects of its legal education, and graduates possess the skills to work immediately as lawyers after completing school. Golden Gate University also has a strong graduate program in law. This school also focuses on teaching students the practical skills and aspects of being a lawyer, and is often a lower-cost alternative to the other law schools in the area.
The 415 area code also has one of the most well-known high schools in the country, Lowell High School. Lowell is actually the oldest public high school in the country west of the Mississippi, and was recently voted as the 28th best high school in the country. Many of its graduates have gone on to become lawyers as well.
Many federal offices and agencies are located in San Francisco. For example, the U.S. Court of Appeals, the Federal Reserve Bank, and the U.S. Mint are all located in the 415 area code. Many state agencies are also located in San Francisco, including the California Supreme Court. For this reason, many of the lawyers working in the 415 area code hold government positions. For example, there are numerous lawyers who work as employees of the federal or state court system, not to mention former lawyers who now act as judges. Government agencies also hire many lawyers in order to ensure that they are acting in compliance with the law or to help draft new regulations.
415 Public Transportation
San Francisco probably has the most developed public transportation system out of all the cities in the San Francisco Bay Area, although it is not necessarily enough to meet the needs of the residents either, depending on who you ask. Reports indicate that a third of commuters in this 415 area code city use public transportation.
The San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni) is a popular option for public transportation. Busses are popular as well, though less common. Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) is very popular for not only commuting within the city of San Francisco, but for all over the peninsula as well. Finally, Caltrain is another popular transportation option that also runs up and down the peninsula. These transportation systems are heavily utilized by lawyers and other professionals working in the city, especially during the early mornings and after work.
Ferries are also used to travel through waterways. These ferries depart from the Ferry Building and Pier 39 to places in Marin County and Oakland. While many lawyers and professionals might use these ferries for business purposes, riding these ferries can also serve as a fun recreational event in itself.
Many Northern Californians might argue that the San Francisco Bay Area has perhaps the greatest concentration of available sports, natural and cultural activities of any urban area in North America. There are six major league sport franchises in the area, two baseball teams (the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Atheltics), two football teams (the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders), one basketball team, the Golden State Warriors and a hockey team, the San Jose Sharks.
Also of note are the many parks in the area, starting with the world famous Golden Gate Park, and also including the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Muir Woods National Monument, Point Reyes National Seashore, numerous State and County parks and many public open space preserves.
The year-round mild climate is also conducive to popular outdoor activities that include running, hiking, wine tasting tours in the Napa Valley, whale watching, ferry excursions to Angel and Alcatraz islands, surfing on Ocean beach, and sailing on San Francisco Bay.
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