Weekly Newsletter        |        August 16, 2016
In This Issue
Message from the BALIF Board 

It's hard to believe we're already midway through August! So as not to make anyone feel down, I'll keep this short.
Check out our upcoming happenings: 
August 24: BALIF August Partner Exchange Luncheon at the City Club. RSVP with jdupree@fddcm.com.
September 8: BALIF Women & Wealth Event at Greenberg Traurig. Jointly organized with BAPHR and Lesbians Who Tech, come hear Laura Jarrell, financial advisor with Morgan Stanley and long-time BALIF supporter, speak on strategies for handling money issues and investments, college savings, retirement, long term care considerations (for you and your parents), short and long term investment strategies, and overall wealth management issues. RSVP on our website!
October 5, 2016 - BALIF's Legacy Event at Pillsbury Winthrop. Save the date!!
Happy August!


Mario Choi
BALIF Board Treasurer
BALIF Partner Exchange Luncheon
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Time:  12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Where: San Francisco City Club (155 Sansome, 10th Floor)
What: Gourmet buffet lunch with other partners and firm owners
Cost: $40 payable by cash or check only
BALIF has created the BALIF Partner Exchange to bring together our members that are looking to network and exchange business and ideas.  This event is exclusively for BALIF members who are partners or owners   of their firm with 7 year or more of experience. 
Future topic:  Many in our group have transition from one firm to another in the past year or so.  I would love to have a lunch discussing those transitions, some involuntary, some sudden, some long planned.  What issues do you need to consider, what painful lessons can be avoided, what are the mechanics of how to do it. 
What other topics are of interest?  Politics?  Civil Rights?  Business development?  Mentoring?  Business tools?  Please chime in to me separately or to the group.  
Space is limited so only the first 11 to RSVP to  jdupree@fddcm.com  may attend. 
RSVPs being accepted for Wednesday, August 24, 2016 only. 
Save the date for out September Luncheon, September 22, 2016

Women & Wealth Event

Women & Wealth Event
Thursday, September 8th 5:30-7:30
Greenberg Traurig
4 Embarcadero Center, Suite 3000
San Francisco, CA 94111
Calling all LGBT professional women! Come out for an educational discussion on money management, followed by wine and networking with other LGBT professional women in the Bay Area. Laura Jarrell, a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley, long-term BALIF supporter, lesbian and mom, will be speaking on strategies for handling money issues and investments, college savings, retirement, long term care considerations (for you and your parents), short and long term investment strategies, and overall wealth management issues. Laura primarily works with woman, and she will share some of the most common financial mistakes she sees women make so that you can avoid them.  This will be a joint BALIF event with BAPHR and Lesbians Who Tech, so come to network, mix and mingle, as well as learn some key financial lessons.
Food and drinks will be served!
This is an RSVP only event, as there is a maximum capacity.

Halloween Extravaganza Committee
The Social Action Committee is looking for help with this year's Halloween Extravaganza.  The Halloween Extravaganza is Social Action's main annual event where we throw a party to benefit an amazing local LGBT community organization.  In the past, our beneficiaries have included El/La Para Translatinas and LYRIC.  In you are interested in being on this year's Halloween Extravaganza Committee, please email  socialaction@balif.org .
Please Donate Today!
LavLaw Conference Scholarship 
The Lavender Law Conference is just around the corner! This year, the annual conference hosted by the National LGBT Bar Association is in DC from August 4-6. We hope to see you there!
We are still seeking additional donations for our Lavender Law scholarship! If your company has not already done so, please make a contribution to help Bay Area LGBT law students attend Lavender Law.  Please send your check to BALIF with "Lavender Law" in the memo line, at BALIF, P.O. Box 193383, San Francisco, CA 94119.

Congratulations from BALIF!
BALIF sends congratulations to the following BALIF members selected by the National LGBT Bar Association as Best LGBT Attorneys Under the age of 40: Jessica Bogo, Felicia Medina, and Daniel Redman.  Congrats!
Jessica Bogo
Felicia Medina
Daniel Redman

Joint Picnic / BBQ 

Saturday, August 20, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Crissy Fields (Tables near Warming Huts *look for the AABA Banner/49ers Flag, San Francisco CA 94129)

Please join AABA, FBANC & KABANC for a family-friendly picnic and BBQ. There will be great company, games, foods, drinks, and hopefully the radiant sun under the Golden Gate Bridge. While the sponsoring organizations will bring the big food and drink items such as hot dogs, hamburgers, and beers, we ask all attendees to bring a side dish or appetizer to share with the group. 
Parking is available but public transportation is encouraged. 
For any questions, please email  elvin.vu@gmail.comginastsai@gmail.com, or yunah.rha@blackletterdiscovery.com
Please RSVP here: http://jointpicnic.eventbrite.com.

Annual Minority Bar Coalition Mixer!
Thursday, August 25, 2016
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
at Everett & Jones
126 Broadway near Jack London Square
Oakland, California
Join MBC organizations on August 25, 2016 for great barbeque, heavy appetizers, and drinks. 
Free admission for members of co-sponsoring organizations - catch up with your mentors, mentees, and meet members of the sponsoring bar organizations.

To have your organization co-sponsor, email  lauren.young.epstein@gmail.com  , dwei@axlaw.com or 

Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representative Application- Open Until September  9
The United States District Court for the Northern District of California is currently seeking applicants to serve as Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representatives. Lawyer Representatives serve three-year terms and are responsible for planning the Northern District Judicial Conference, attending the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference and otherwise engaging with judges and lawyers at the district and circuit levels to improve the administration of justice.
Applicants should:
  • be admitted to practice in the Northern District of California and be active in federal practice;
  • be interested in the purposes and work of the annual Northern District of California Judicial Conference;
  • be willing and able to contribute actively to the Conference;
  • be willing to assist in implementing the Northern District of California's programs with the local bar; and
  • constitute a fair cross-section of practitioners before the Northern District of California.
For more information,  please read the full announcement on the court's website and download the application. The deadline to submit applications is  5 p.m. on Friday,  September 9, 2016.

AABA Career Workshop Event
The AABA Employment Committee is hosting its annual Career Workshop Event. This is an opportunity for junior attorneys and law students to learn about developing their personal brand and how to form organic relationships with other professionals. The event will take place at Golden Gate University School of Law (6209-11) on September 13, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

After the career workshop, we are hosting an informal reception (in the same location) to give attorneys and students an additional opportunity to meet and mingle. Food and drinks will be provided.

Space is limited to the first 50 people who RSVP.

Please contact Andrea Loh for inquiries: aloh@ggu.edu

Homeless Shelter Arbitration Training
The San Francisco Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing announces the following free Arbitration Training to prepare attorneys to help homeless shelter single adults and families with due process when denied shelter for rule infractions. The arbitration experience provides an excellent opportunity to help the homelessness by providing pro-bono services. 

What:   Homeless Shelter Arbitration Training 
When:   Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 4:00 to 7:00 PM
Where: Duane Morris LLP 
   One Market Plaza, Spear Tower, 22nd Floor, Suite 2200      San Francisco, CA 94105

This training is approved by The State Bar of California for 2.5 MCLE credit.

Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.
Program Responsibilities:  Arbitrators agree to conduct three one-hour hearings, a total three-hour session, on either Tuesday afternoons or Thursday mornings at least once every two to three months.  Arbitrators choose dates they are available.   Arbitrators decide the hearing outcomes after listening to both sides of the denial of service from a shelter. The client is usually represented by a trained Client Advocate.  Managers of shelters present their documentation for the denials of service.  Arbitrators complete minimal paper work documenting the arbitration and decision.  Arbitration procedures are based on the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing Shelter Grievance Policy. 

Arbitration Training Application - please submit the application to register for the training by September 14, 2016 to  ed.demasi@sfgov.org.

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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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?


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.

August 24 - BALIF Partner Exchange
September 8 - BALIF Women & Wealth Event
October 5 - BALIF's Legacy Event
Our 2016-2017 Sponsors
Partner Level

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Advocate Level

Benefactor Level

Individual Sponsors

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  


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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