Weekly Newsletter        |        July 19, 2016
In This Issue
Message from the BALIF Board 

This is a hard time emotionally.  A little over a month ago, a gunman shot and killed 49 people and wounded 53 others out dancing at Latin night at an LGBT club in Orlando in a hate crime/terrorist attack.  Earlier this month, Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, and Philando Castile in Minnesota, were shot and killed by police officers.  Days later, another gunman with an assault rifle shot and killed 5 Dallas police officers at a Black Lives Matter protest rally.  The pain from these events is still very raw and I am shaken about the safety and fate of our country.
But I am listening.  And watching.  And talking.  And it seems like so many others of us are too.  From this extreme pain, I think there is an opportunity for meaningful change in our country.  For us to empathize and understand each other.  And work together to make a better world for all of us. 
BALIF continues to try to do its part.  On August 10, 2016, BALIF and the American Constitution Society are co-sponsoring a panel addressing how our business leaders, government and activists are working together via litigation and public policy to promote civil rights for transgender persons.  Come listen to Sasha Buchert and Ilona Turner from the Transgender Law Center, Roberta Steele from the EEOC, and Kyle Graden from Salesforce address these cutting edge issues in the LGBT movement.  RSVPs are necessary with lunch graciously being provided by Morrison & Foerster LLP. Please click here for more details!
And don't forget to come to BALIF's joint happy hour with SFTLA on July 21 from 5:30-7:30 at the Patriot House in 2 Embarcadero Center. Watch for BALIF's Women and Money event on September 8, 2016 - more details coming soon.
Each of us has the power to make the world a better place.  Try smiling at a stranger today.  Or take a minute to help someone else.  It is amazing how infectious positive energy can be.


Jamie Dupree
BALIF Board Programs Chair
BALIF / SFTLA Joint July Happy Hour

Thursday July 21, 2016 
5:30- 7:30

The Patriot House
Two Embarcadero Center, Level P
San Francisco, CA 94111

Please mark Thursday, July 21, 2016 from 5:30-7:30 on your calendars, as BALIF is joining forces with SFTLA to have a joint mixer. We hope to see you there!
Lavender Law 2016 - 
A Washington Welcome
LGBT Bar Association
of the District of Columbia
Lavender Law 2016 - A Washington Welcome
Please join us on August 3, 2016 at City Market at O in downtown DC for an Affiliate Welcome Reception during the Annual Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair!
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
City Market at O 
800 P St NW
Washington, DC 20001

Practical Steps in Working with Social Security for the LGBT Community & Joint Happy Hour

Thursday, August 4, 2016
10:00 am-12:00 pm CT
Morrison & Forrester LLP
425 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

This will be a highly interactive program to provide practical information  for lawyers and other legal practitioners who work with the LGBT  community in how to obtain a Social Security card for a name change,  birth of a child, how to confirm reported earning, to apply for retirement  benefits or disability benefits.

The program will include a power point presentation and step by step instructions from the Social Security Administration. Presenters also will include private practitioners and Administrative Law Judges.

Moderated by Judge Lodi Levine,
U.S. Administrative Law Judge at SSA/ODAR

Speakers will include members from the
Social Security Administration

Presented by:
The ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF)
AIDS Legal Referral Panel

Cosponsored by:
The ABA Judicial Division
The ABA Senior Lawyers Division
The ABA Commission on Disability Rights Law

Please Join BALIF and ABA for a Joint Happy Hour after the program!

Thursday, August 4, 2016
Jillian's at the Metreon
175 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
The Next LGBT Rights Battleground:
Transgender Rights in Court and 
Public Policy
The Bay Area Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society and Bay Area Lawyers for  Individual Freedom present:

Following the Supreme Court's historic marriage equality ruling last year in Obergefell v. Hodges, reactionary forces at the  state level are scrambling to rebuild the crumbling edifice of discrimination by passing hateful "religious freedom" laws. In a  revealing and disturbing twist they are now targeting transgender Americans in their push to enshrine hate in the law. This  panel discussion will focus on the efforts of those groups to support LGBT rights, particularly those of transgender people  who are being targeted. We will hear from transgender advocates on their cutting edge litigation, a representative from the  Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on what the agency and the administration are doing to stamp out  discrimination, and a representative from Salesforce to talk about how the business community is putting its weight (and
money) behind LGBT equality.

Wednesday August 10, 2016
12:00 p.m.
Morrison Foerster
425 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-2482

BALIF Scholar Recipient
BALIF and the  Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley (APABA-SV) are pleased to announce Ian Barber, a rising 2L at Hastings, as their 2016 BALIF/ABAPA-SV Joint Scholarship recipient.  Out of many applicants who submitted applications by 06/13/16, Ian was selected to receive the one $3,000 scholarship. Ian's commitment to LGBT representation and helping asylum seekers find safety in the United States were some of the determining factors leading to his selection.  Congratulations, Ian!

Hello from the Board:
The BALIF Board meets every month to plan events and partnerships, discuss amicus briefs and allot funds to non-profits and scholarship.  Want to get involved and join a committee? Let us know!

African American Partners & 
Associates Reception
Please join us for the African American Partners & Associates Reception on  Thursday, July 14th, 2016 at Sheppard Mullin Richter and Hampton.  This is a free event and we would be delighted to see you there.  
Please RSVP at:  
Latino/a Partners & Associates Reception
This is a reminder that the Latino/a Partners & Associates Reception is on Wednesday, July 20th at Cooley from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  This is a free event.  We hope to see you there!

Annual Social Justice Attorney Mixer & Panel Discussion: Riot or Uprising?
Finding Common Ground
Progress comes when people work together.  Join us as we attend the Asian American Bar Association's Annual Social Justice Attorney Mixer and Panel Discussion: Riot or Uprising? Finding Common Ground.  

When: July 26, 2016, 6-8:00 p.m.

Farella Braun + Martel
235 Montgomery Street 17th Floor
San Francisco, CA  94104

Get all the details:  
SABA-NC July Happy Hour
Time: July 28, 20166-8pm
Place: B Restaurant & Bar
Address: 720 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Come mingle with fellow attorneys from SABA-NC at B Restaurant & Bar! First Legal Deposition Services is sponsoring our event and will provide free food and drinks. This is a perfect opportunity to expand your horizons and meet new people while having free food and drinks!

ALRP Free 2016 MCLE Trainings
More dates coming soon!

All Classes take place at:
Bar Association of San Francisco
301 Battery Street, 3rd Floor, Board Room
San Francisco, CA 94111

Call: 415-701-1200 ext. 303

ALRP from the Heart 
33rd Annual Reception & Auction


The AIDS Legal Referral Panel, formed in the early 1980s by a group of BALIF attorneys, is holding its ALRP From the Heart 33rd Annual Reception & Auction on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 6:00-9:00pm in the Julia Morgan Ballroom at the Merchants Exchange in San Francisco (465 California Street, near Montgomery Street).

ALRP's reception features gourmet catered hors d'oeuvres,
wine and beverages, a silent & live auction, and great networking.

During this special evening, we will honor those who have made a lasting difference in the lives of people with HIV/AIDS and recognize ALRP's 33 years of achievement. ALRP will be presenting its 2016 Clint Hockenberry Leadership Award to Jerome Fishkin, Esq., the ALRP 2016 Attorney of the Year Award to Okan Sengun, Esq., and the ALRP 2016 Firm of the Year Award to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

Tickets start at just $100 and can be purchased by contacting Jim McBride at (415) 701-1200 ext. 301,  jim@alrp.org, or simply pay at the door on October 19th.

SPARK! Transgender Law Center's 
14th Anniversary Celebration
SPARK! 2016: A 14th Anniversary Celebration of Transgender Law Center

October 20, 2016 
6 p.m.  Reception
7 p.m.  Awards Ceremony and Program 

Julia Morgan Ballroom
465 California St
San Francisco, CA 94104

In 2016, Transgender Law Center will celebrate 14 years of igniting changes to law, policy, and attitudes so that everyone can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression. For the last several years, we have held a widely popular anniversary celebration, called SPARK! This year, we anticipate over 400 of our most generous supporters, corporate partners, organizational allies, and elected officials to participate as we come together and recognize outstanding community leaders and businesses making huge strides in advancing transgender rights.
BALIF Amicus Brief Archive Now Online
For more than thirty years, BALIF has been participating as amicus - a friend of the court - in major cases raising issues of concern to the LGBT community and our allies. Check out the new archive on BALIF's website, where you can learn more about BALIF's amicus participation and read BALIF's briefs on a wide range of issues, including: the rights of same-sex parents and partners; the unconstitutionality of state sodomy statutes; the interpretation of disability civil rights laws to people with HIV/AIDS; Don't Ask, Don't Tell; the scope of Title VII and other workplace protections for LGBTs under federal and California law; the asserted First Amendment rights of organizations that explicitly exclude LGBTs; marriage equality; medical care for transgender prisoners; and more.
Please contact BALIF's Amicus Committee Chair, Julie Wilensky, amicus@balif.org, with any questions about or additions to the archive.
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We Want Your BALIFBuzz

We all love that section in our alumni newsletters that talks about who's doing what.


Well, we're introducing the BALIFBuzz to show-off all the great things that our members are doing.  BALIFBuzz will be appearing in the weekly BALIF newsletter.   


New job?

New client?


Court victory?

Significant settlement?

Baby on the way?

Recently married or engaged?

Speaking engagement?

Award, recognition, certification, or degree?  

Or anything else you're excited about...


Keep it to one or two lines.  Please send to membership@balif.org.


Can't wait to hear your great news!


Alex Touma

BALIF Membership Co-Chair


Job Postings Now on BALIF Website

All job postings can be found here!  


BALIF membership must be current to view the job postings. Simply log into the BALIF website with your membership ID and password, and select JOBS from the menu on the left.

July 21 - BALIF / SFTLA Joint July Happy Hour
July 26 - Annual Social Justice Attorney Mixer & Panel Discussion
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BALIF Board of Directors
Jessica Bogo & Peter Catalanotti
Julie Wilensky
Secretary & Amicus Chair

Mario Choi

Nick Clements
Judiciary Chair

Sarah Nicole Davis & 
John Unruh
Gala Co-Chairs  


Shauna Madison & Alex Touma
Shauna Madison

CCBA Chair

Stan Sarkisov
Communications Chair 

Jamie Dupree
Programs Chair

Ashley Pellouchoud & David Sims
Young Lawyers & Law Students Co-Chairs  

Daniel Faessler
Social Action Chair

Jennifer Orthwein
Lauren Pietsch
Lindsey Rosellini
Community Ambassador Chair  

Sam Potts & Stephan Ferris
Katie Carlson
BALIF Administrator 
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