Weekly Newsletter        |        April 10 , 2018
In This Issue
Message from the BALIF Board 

I hope you had a wonderful weekend, and are easing back into your work week. This week is a busy one for BALIF, and I hope you are able to make it to the awesome events we have planned!
Thursday, April 12th @ 6:30pm It is our annual  BALIF Board Election night   at the Sausage Factory in the Castro. Come out and support your fellow BALIF Board candidates, enjoy a drink, and indulge in some delicious pizza. 
Saturday, April 14th @ 11am BALIF is hosting its yearly Career Development event for law students and new attorneys at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw (Four Embarcadero Center, 22nd Floor)! The event will kick off with a fantastic panel of experienced attorneys from various sectors. They'll provide tips on how to stand out as an applicant to hiring employers, as well as advice on how to get on your dream career path. After a catered lunch, students will go through rounds of interviews and résumé review with experienced BALIF attorneys. Don't forget to RSVP on our website! If you have questions feel free to e-mail younglawyers@balif.org.
Sunday, April 15th @ 11am Come join other BALIF members at the Bagels & Bubbly with Bisexuals in the Bay at Sydney Walton Square SF. Meet and mingle with other bisexual identifying professionals in the Bay Area, and enjoy some drinks and bites!
Thanks for being a part of BALIF, and I hope to see you at the events this week!


Lauren Pietsch
BALIF Young Lawyers Chair

Elections and Annual Membership Meeting Happy Hour this Thursday Night!


Voting is now open to elect the BALIF Board of Directors! We have a fabulous and diverse group of candidates this year. Click here to read the candidate statements.

All BALIF members should have received an online ballot on April 3. Voting will be online until 4 pm on April 12. You can also vote in person at the Annual Meeting and Election Happy Hour at the Sausage Factory on April 12. If you haven't received a ballot, email balif@balif.org. Don't forget to vote!

Elections will be online from April 3 until 4 pm on April 12. You can also vote in person at the BALIF Annual Meeting and Election Happy Hour on Thursday (April 12) at the Sausage Factory from 6 - 8:30 pm. In-person voting will end at 7 pm, and the election results will be announced at the end of the meeting.

Free food and drinks will be available, so meet the candidates and join us for a great event even if you plan to vote online! The results will be announced at the end of the meeting.

BALIF has gone to the Supremes! 
On December 22, 2017, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the District of Hawaii's preliminary injunction barring enforcement of #45's discriminatory travel ban.  Immigration Equality, BALIF, and many other organizations submitted an amicus brief in favor of the injunction and against the ban. The Ninth Circuit cited and discussed the amicus brief (a rare occurrence) in support of its conclusion that the injunction is in the public's interest.
The Trump Administration appealed the Ninth Circuit's decision.  Amici, including BALIF, revised their brief and submitted it to the United States Supreme Court on March 26, 2018.  Read that brief here.  BALIF will update the community on this important case going forward. Want to get involved in BALIF's amicus efforts? Please email  amicus@balif.org for more information.

BALIF Congratulates 
Board Member Jennifer Orthwein

BALIF congratulates Board Member Jennifer Orthwein for receiving the Pride Freedom Award in 2018's SF Pride! This award is given to leaders in the movement for advancing LGBTQI civil rights.  Read about Jennifer's award and the other honorees here! 

Résumé & Interview Workshop

BALIF is hosting one of the largest annual events for students, our Résumé Review and Mock Interview Workshop! We will have LGBTQI attorneys from various sectors (e.g., big law, public service, government, academic, judges, in-house counsel, etc.) that will provide 1:1 feedback to law students. All class levels are welcome!

The event will commence with a panel on how to navigate your legal career, interviews, and networking. After a catered lunch, students will go through rounds of interviews and résumé review. 

Confirmed panelists include: 
David Tsai - Managing Partner at Vinson & Elkins
Ariel Ruiz - Senior Litigation Counsel at Uber
Melanie Rowen - Public Service & Fellowship Advisor at UC Berkeley.

Wh en: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Where: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP - Four Embarcadero Center, 22nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111 (right next to Embarcadero BART)
Time: 11 am-2pm
Lunch: Provided
Attire: Business / Interview Attire Highly Recommended

Please be sure to RSVP here!

Bagels and Bubbly with Bisexuals in the Bay

What:   Bagels and Bubbly with Bisexuals in the Bay
Who:   Legal Professionals and their partners who identify as bisexual* 
(*The term bisexual is used as an umbrella term for people who have the potential for sexual, emotional, and/or romantic attraction to more than one gender.  This includes people who may identify as bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer, and questioning.)
When:  Sunday, April 15th, 11am - 1pm
Details:   An opportunity for discussion and activities focused on bi-visibility and community within the bi-community.

In late 2017, BALIF's CCBA Committee debated a resolution at the CA Conference of Bar Associations (CCBA) Conference of Delegates that provides for equal access to rehabilitative and other programming opportunities to LGBTQI and other prisoners at high risk for sexual assault placed in solitary confinement for their own protection. The resolution overwhelmingly passed.  That portion of the resolution has now been included in current legislation being considered by the CA legislature: SB 990.  SB 990 will help ensure that the dignity of transgender people is honored in incarceration settings and that LGBTQI people and others at high risk of sexual assault and harassment have an equal opportunity to access rehabilitative, educational and work programs. SB 990 will also require that people entering jails and prison be given an opportunity to specify their preferred first name, gender identity, gender pronoun, and honorific (e.g., Mr., Ms, Mx.) and will require all facility staff to use the designated name, pronoun and honorific when addressing the person. SB 990 will further require that people housed outside of the general population for their own safety be provided equal access to rehabilitative, religious and educational programs.
We are very proud to support SB 990 and submitted our Letter of Support to Senator Wiener on April 2, 2018. You can view that letter here. We are also proud to have ensured the support of CCBA's lobbying staff as this bill moves through the legislature.

Joint APABA-BALIF Scholarship

The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley Charity (the "APABA Silicon Valley Charity") and the Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom Foundation (the "BALIF Foundation") are pleased to announce a special joint scholarship for law students who have a demonstrated commitment to the Asian Pacific American and LGBT communities.
To recognize law students in the greater Bay Area who have shown excellence and achievement in law school, and:
  • Overcome personal hardships or challenges; and
  • Demonstrated leadership and service in support of their local Asian Pacific American ("APA") and LGBT communities.
One joint scholarship of $3,000.
Application for the scholarship includes the following:
  • Résumé submission.  Please include grade point average if applicable.  The applicant's grade point average and law school enrollment are subject to verification.
  • Essay submission (two page maximum).  The essay should address how the applicant fulfills the above-mentioned purpose of the scholarship.
  • Interview.  Scholarship finalists will be interviewed on Sunday, April 15, 2018.
The APABA Silicon Valley Charity & the BALIF Foundation also require that the recipient:
  • Attend and volunteer at the APABA Silicon Valley 33nd Anniversary Gala, at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, on October 5, 2018;
  • Attend the BALIF Annual Gala in 2019 (invited but not required to attend);
  • Become a Student Member of APABA Silicon Valley (free of charge) and BALIF ($10.00);
  • Participate as an APABA Silicon Valley Student Liaison at his or her law school by (i) advertising APABA Silicon Valley events and scholarships, and (ii) encouraging fellow law students to attend events and apply for future scholarships;
  • Join an APABA Silicon Valley Committee; and
  • Become a New Member with APABA Silicon Valley and BALIF upon graduation.
Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m., April 5, 2018. 
Please submit applications to scholarship@apabasv.com

Please also feel free to contact us with questions at scholarship@apabasv.com .

The AIDS Legal Referral Panel FREE Spring 2018 MCLE Training Programs 

Email:  mcle@alrp.org or
Call: 415-701-1200 ext. 303

Top 10 Things You Should Know About Employee Benefits Law 
* Thursday, April 19th, 5:30pm - 7:00pm 
* Presented by Kirsten G. Scott, Esq. - Renaker Hasselman Scott LLP 

Representing LGBTQ Clients in Immigration Court 
* Tuesday, May 1st, 5:30pm - 7:00pm 
* Presented by Gam Galindo, Esq. - Galindo & Associates, P.C. 

Disability Rights in the Workplace - Reasonable Accommodations and Medical Privacy 
Sponsored by the State Bar's Labor & Employment Law Section 
* Tuesday, May 22nd, 5:30pm - 7:00pm 
* Presented by Noah D. Lebowitz, Esq. - Duckworth Peters Lebowitz Olivier LLP 

Long Term Disability/Veterans Benefits Training 
* Thursday, June 14th, 5:30pm - 7:00pm 
* Presented by John Unruh, Esq. - Unruh Law 

Negotiating for Tenant Attorneys: How To Do Right for San Francisco Tenants 
* Monday, June 25th, 5:30pm - 7:00pm 
* Presented by Deepa Varma, Esq. - San Francisco Tenants Union 

301 Battery Street, 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA

Meet the Judges:  California Judges 
 and the  San Francisco Community 

KABANC Spring Mixer

Thursday, April 26, 2018
Location: Dirty Water, 1355 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Join KABANC for their spring mixer and make connections with the board, attorneys, and students in the Bay Area. Appetizers will be served. The first 20 guests will receive a ticket for a free drink!

37th Annual Real Property Law 
Section Retreat

37th Annual Real Property Law Section Retreat
Thursday - Sunday, April 19 - 22, 2018  
Hyatt Regency Embarcadero 
Five Embarcadero Center 
San Francisco

Online Registration HERE

Earn up to 15.75 Hours MCLE Credit Including Credit in Legal Ethics, Elimination of Bias, and Competency Issues

Key Deadlines
March 26:  Hotel Reservation Deadline 
April 5: Early Program Registration Deadline 
April 12: Pre-registration deadline. 
Register onsite after April 12.

Program and Special Activities Highlights
  • Choose from 47 Education Programs 
  • Includes Credit in Legal Ethics, Elimination of Bias and Competency Issues 
  • More than 100 Speakers Covering a Wide-range of Program Topics, including Perennial Favorite Top 10 Real Estate Cases of 2017
  • Featuring Special Documentary Presentation "Balancing the Scales" with filmmaker Sharon Rowen and California Supreme Court Justice Therese Stewart 
  • Complimentary Breakfast (Friday-Sunday) and Lunch (Friday/Saturday
  • Networking Receptions 
  • Special Offsite Events including Chinatown Walking Tour and Dim Sum Tasting, Alcatraz by Night, Beach Blanket Babylon, and more!
Registration Fees and Deadlines
  • Early-bird pre-registration: April 5 
  • Final pre-registration:  April 12
  • Full 4-day Registration Fee or a One-day Registration Fee
  • Full Retreat Fee (if registered by April 5; prices increase after this date)
    • Section members:  $695 
    • Non-section members: $790, includes free 2018 Section membership
    • Discounted full-retreat fees offered for young attorneys, in-house counsel, government, professor and full time law students
  • One-Day Fees (if registered by April 5; prices increase after this date)
    • Thursday:  $75 | Friday or Saturday:  $275 per day | Sunday: $150
Registration/General Information & Special Assistance
For Registration Assistance please call  415-795-7025 .
For General Information and Special Assistance please call  415-795-7185 .

Join us for LGBTQ Advocacy Day in Sacramento on May 21!

Join Equality California and our partners for our annual LGBTQ Advocacy Day on Monday, May 21 in at the California State Capitol. Register today at  eqca.org/advocacyday Highschool and college students can register for free, here:  action.eqca.org/studentreg
Our  Advocacy  Day will welcome hundreds of LGBTQ leaders, activists and allies from across California for a day of grassroots political action to raise awareness about critical priorities for the LGBTQ community, people living with HIV, and all communities impacted by the divisive actions of the Trump Administration. 
Participants of LGBTQ Advocacy Day will:
  • Learn how to harness grassroots political power
  • Receive training on our legislative priorities and how to advocate for them
  • Attend a rally and press conference on the West Steps
  • Meet face-to-face with California legislators and staff, urging them to pass key legislation to protect and expand the civil liberties of all Californians
When: Monday, May 21, 2018
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Where: West Steps, California State Capitol, Sacramento, CA
Registration is $25 and includes lunch and training.   Register at:  eqca.org/advocacyday
Limited scholarships and travel grants are available.
Apply for a travel grant at:  action.eqca.org/travelgrant2018
We will be lobbying on a variety of issues important to the LGBTQ community including healthcare, education, HIV/AIDS, transgender rights, criminal justice reform, and immigration.
If you have questions about the advocacy day, registration, travel grants, or accessibility accommodation requests (materials, translation, on-site interpretation, and more), please contact Brad Lundahl at brad@eqca.org.
Together, we can ensure that our legislators and policymakers continue to make California a beacon of hope for the rest of the country. 

2018 Arturo Gonzalez Summer 
Law Student Fellowships

Giving to the BALIF Foundation

Please consider making a tax deductible donation to the BALIF Foundation.  The Foundation recently launched and is working to assist BALIF in bringing LGBT judges to the bench and supporting scholarships, stipends and fellowships for law students and attorneys working in the LGBTQ community.  You can donate here.  In the four years ahead, we believe the Foundation's work will be critical in helping to protect our community.

And the Foundation is looking for Founding Circle members through the end of 2018 - pledge and pay as little as $1,000 to always be listed as a Founding Circle member of the BALIF Foundation.

For more information about the BALIF Foundation or how to get involved, contact Jamie Dupree jdupree@fddcm.com.  
BALIF & The BALIF Foundation

BALIF is the Bay Area's LGBT Bar Association, which is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit, which can engage in political activity.  Its Board members are elected by the BALIF membership and chair various committees of the BALIF bar association.
The BALIF Foundation is BALIF's charitable arm.  Donations to the BALIF Foundation are tax deductible because it is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.  The BALIF Foundation is dedicated to increasing the number of LGBT judges on the bench through educational programming, supporting LGBT community organizations, and providing scholarships, summer stipends, and fellowships for LGBT  law students and young attorneys seeking to help the LGBT community through legal work.  It gave its inaugural summer fellowship for the summer of 2017.

Job Postings Now on BALIF Website
Looking for a job or a law school internship?  As a BALIF member you get access to all job postings.  Click here to see the opportunities, or log into the   BALIF website with your membership ID and password, and select JOBS on the menu on the left.
April 12 -  BALIF General Meeting and Elections Event
April 14 - Résumé & Interview Workshop
April 15 - Bagels and Bubbly with Bisexuals in the Bay
Our 2018-2019 Sponsors
Partner Level

Counsel Level

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Advocate Level

A.L. Nella & Co, CPA
Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Pacific Gas & Electric
Perkins Coie LLP
Sanford Heisler Kimpel, LLP
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
Sidley Austin LLP
Tycko & Zavareei LLP
White & Case LLP
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Benefactor Level

Baker Botts LLP
Bonora Rountree, Trial Consulting & Research
Callaway & Wolf
Clarence Dyer & Cohn LLP / Swanson & McNamara LLP
Cooley LLP
Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP
Danko Meredith
Epiq Global
Farella Braun + Martel LLP
Futterman Dupree Dodd Croley Maier LLP
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Golden Gate University
Helbraun Law Firm
Jackson Lewis P.C.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
Minnis & Smallets
Perkins Coie LLP
Pritzker Levine LLP
Reed Smith LLP
Robert Half Legal
Roeca Haas Montes De Oca LLP
Sally Morin Professional Law Corporation
San Francisco City Attorney's Office
San Francisco District Attorney's Office
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Troutman Sanders
Vinson & Elkins LLP

Individual Sponsors

Joanna Barron - ADR Services, Inc.
C. Todd Norris - Bullivant Houser Bailey P.C.
Michael Colantuono - Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley, PC
Gordon Atkinson - Gluck Daniel, LLP
Peter Borkon - Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP
Frederick Hertz - Law Offices of Frederick Hertz
John E. Hill - Law Offices of John E. Hill P.C.
Kelly McCown - McCown & Evans
Jahan Sagafi - Outten & Golden LLP
Saya Wallace - Paul Hastings LLP
Teresa Renaker - Renaker Hasselman Scott LLP
Peter Pierce - Richards, Watson & Gershon
Debra Schoenberg - Schoenberg Family Law
Bao M. Vu - Stoel Rives LLP
John Robert Unruh - Unruh Law, P.C.

BALIF Board of Directors
Peter Catalanotti
Jennifer Orthwein
Secretary &

Felicia Medina
Mario Choi

Annick Persinger
Judiciary Chair

Sarah Nicole Davis 
Gala Co-Chair

Alex Touma
Meaghan Zore
Stan Sarkisov
Communications Chair 

Jamie Dupree
Stephan Ferris
Ashley Pellouchoud
Community Ambassador Chair  

Jaclyn Gross & Kevin Jones
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Jamie Dupree, Chair
Shay Gilmore

Chelsea HaleyNelson, Secretary

Laura Maechtlen

Nina Paul

Linda Scaparotti

David Tsai

John Unruh, Treasurer

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