Weekly Newsletter        |        July 5, 2016
In This Issue
Message from the BALIF Board 


 
Happy Independence Day BALIF Community! I hope you enjoyed the long weekend and the gorgeous weather to go with it.
 
What I love most about the summertime is that it gets me out of the house and excited to socialize. Nothing makes catching up with friends, family and colleagues better than some beautiful sunshine! If you're familiar with BALIF, then you know we are a very social organization. One of the ways I got involved when I was first starting out as an attorney, was joining BALIF and going to one of our monthly happy hour events. I met many great people who I still keep in contact with regularly. 

Come see for yourself at our July Happy Hour hosted jointly with the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association. The event takes place on Thursday, 7/21 at 5:30 - 7:30 PM at The Patriot House, Two Embarcadero Center! 

We hope to see you there! 
 

Sincerely, 


Lindsey Rossellini
BALIF Board Community Ambassador 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!
Pride 2016
It was great to see everyone this weekend at the 8th Annual Pride Breakfast.  If you want any of our delicious recipes, just ask!  A big thank you to Jones Day for hosting and letting us add some color to the office.  We want to make sure you join us next year!  If you didn't get an invite this year, please make sure to  register as a BALIF member and be proud with us in the future!


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.

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

Get all the details:  
http://www.aaba-bay.com/events-and-information/calendar-of-events/
Free CLE: Increasing Diversity Among Federal Magistrate Judges
THE FEDERAL MAGISTRATE JUDGES ASSOCIATION
The FMJA Board and Diversity Committee
PRESENT a free CLE:
INCREASING DIVERSITY AMONG
FEDERAL MAGISTRATE JUDGES

Please join members of FMJA's Diversity Committee for a conversation with  esteemed Federal Judges and colleagues from across the country as we discuss  the significance of diversity on the bench, the path to becoming a Magistrate  Judge, life as a Magistrate Judge, and more!

DISTINGUISHED PANELISTS:
The Honorable Edward M. Chen
U.S. District Court Judge (N.D. Cal.)
The Honorable Peggy Kuo
U.S. Magistrate Judge (E.D.N.Y.)
The Honorable Alicia O. Valle
U.S. Magistrate Judge (S.D. Fla.)
The Honorable Linda T. Walker
U.S. Magistrate Judge (N.D. Ga.) - Moderator
The Honorable Kandis A. Westmore
U.S. Magistrate Judge (N.D. Cal.)
Charles F. Robinson, Esq.
General Counsel and Vice President of the University of California

When: Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 3:30-5:00 p.m. Check-in begins at  3:00 p.m. A reception will follow immediately in the  Courthouse.

Location: U. S. Courthouse
450 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco, CA, 94102
Courtroom No. 12 on the 19th Floor

Registration: Space is limited. Register early. Deadline is July 8, 2016.

For questions and to register contact Bambo Obaro at Bambo.Obaro@weil.com

Supported by:
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
Federal Bar Association, Northern District of California Chapter
MCLE: (pending) 1 hour of California CLE

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

To RSVP
Email:
Call: 415-701-1200 ext. 303

ALRP from the Heart 
33rd Annual Reception & Auction

PLEASE JOIN US on OCTOBER 19, 2016

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.
Follow BALIF on Twitter!

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Stay looped in on the latest BALIF events, LGBT news, scholarship opportunities and #ThrowbackThursday post.  Connect by clicking the Twitter button in the right hand column of the  newsletter or here .

Join the BALIF Listserv!

 

Have a job or need one? Civil procedure question? Need a

referral? Have something important to ask ... or news to tell? Want to get to our members quickly? Join our Listserv!

 

BALIF members should have received our invitation to join our newly-created Listserv. You must proactively respond to the request in order to be added to our Listserv. If you didn't get a request, please let us know by emailing technology@balif.org or balif@balif.org.

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?

Promotion?

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
Treasurer

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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