Weekly Newsletter        |        December 5, 2017
In This Issue
Message from the BALIF Board 

WINTER IS HERE!
 
December is upon us, which means that your calendar and Facebook notifications are flooded with holiday parties, clam bakes, and trips to the cape.  If you don't already know, this year BALIF's Annual Holiday Party will be held at The Stud on Thursday, December 14th from 6 - 9pm.  Come drink and be Mary!
 
This Wednesday., December 6th, BALIF will be hosting a sober happy hour at the Castro Country Club located at 4058 18th Street.  Networking at a bar isn't for everyone, so come enjoy the coffee bar or take a much needed study break from law school examinations.  
 
I hope to see all your smiling faces out and about.  When confronted with all of those tasty holiday pastries and treats, remember one thing.  It's bulking season!
 

Happy Hanukkah and Merry Indictments,
 

Stephan Ferris
BALIF Social Committee Chair
Mr. Friendly SF 2018

BALIF December Happy Hour

Join BALIF for our December Happy Hour and a Mock Tail!!
When:  Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Time:  6 - 8pm
Where: Mock Tails at the Castro Country Club
4058 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94114  

BALIF Partner Exchange - Location Change
Monday, December 11, 2017 
LOCATION CHANGE!
BALIF Partner Exchange - Monday, December 11, 2017 and save the date for future months

When:  Monday, December 11, 2017, and Wednesday, January 17, 2018 (save date; location to be determined)
Time:  12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Where: Credo, 360 Pine Street, San Francisco, CA 94611 - reservation under Dupree
What: Lunch with other partners and firm owners
Cost: divided by guests present - cash appreciated

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 years or more of experience. 
Space is limited so only the first 7 to RSVP to  jdupree@fddcm.com  may attend. 

APABA Silicon Valley Annual APA Women Trailblazers Panel
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
6:00PM-8:30PM
 
Location:
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
650 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA
 
Please join the APABA Silicon Valley Women  in Law Committee on December 13, 2017 for its annual informative and engaging conversation with trailblazing female APA attorneys who have established themselves as respected pioneers in their areas of practice.  A reception will follow the panel.
 
PANELISTS:
 
  • Marie Oh Huber - SVP Legal Affairs, General Counsel & Secretary at eBay Inc.
  • Sallie Kim - Magistrate Judge,  U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • Magan Pritram Ray - Partner, Greenberg Traurig
  • Shirin Sinnar - Associate Professor of Law, Stanford Law School

Our panelists will share how they navigated the legal and business environment to arrive at their current positions, and will share practical advice on maximizing professional development. The panelists will also share their thoughts on how we can best work to improve diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, both as individual attorneys and as members of a growing collective of female APA attorneys.
 
The conversation and reception are generously sponsored by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.
 

BALIF Holiday Party! 

Join us for our annual holiday party and ring in some holiday cheer!! 

When:  December 14, 2017
6:00- 9:00 pm

Where:
The Stud Bar
399 9th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103


Pronoun Power: 
The Standard for Gender Neutrality

Is your communication conveying information, or bias? Check out "Pronoun Power: The Standard for Gender Neutrality," available in the upcoming issue of  The Bar Association of San Francisco 's magazine. Article co-written by BALIF Board Member  Stan Sarkisov , &  Stanford University  Disability Advisor  Carleigh Kude .

Transgender Law Center is now accepting applications for the third cohort of Legal Information Helpline response volunteers!

The Helpline is our largest legal services project, providing legal information and resources to over 2000 transgender community members and their families a year across many areas, including employment, health care, housing, civil rights, immigration, prisoners' rights, and identity document changes.
 
If you are looking for a way to empower trans community members to advocate for themselves by expanding access to critical legal information, I hope you'll consider joining us to keep this vital program going.
 
The program is designed with busy lawyers in mind: we will provide you with training, access to our extensive database of information and resources, and ongoing support from TLC staff and the community of fellow volunteers.
 
Simply answer at least 10 questions a month for three months (this generally comes to a few hours a week), working from your own computer and on your own schedule. You can select which questions to respond to, based on your interest, expertise, and capacity.
 
If you would like to get involved, please fill out this form: https://tlcenter.box.com/s/121morf4f8cg1erx6ni3plf3nad6m6ry and return it to me (Ian Anderson) at  ian@transgenderlawcenter.org whenever you have the chance. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at the same address.

The AIDS Legal Referral Panel 
FREE Fall 2017 
MCLE Training Programs


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

Representing LGBTQ Clients in Immigration Court
* Tuesday, December 5, 5:30-7:00pm - 1.5 Elimination of Bias CLE Credit
* Presented by Gam Galindo, Esq. - Galindo & Associates, P.C. (gamgalindolaw.com)

Mediation Strategies that Work for Your Client and YOU!
* Thursday, December 7, 5:15-6:45pm - 1.5 General CLE Credits
* Presented by Guy Kornblum, Esq. - Kornblum Cochran Erickson & Harbison LLP (kcehlaw.com)

Asylum Claims for LGBTQ and HIV+ Clients
* Tuesday, December 12, 5:30-7:00pm - 1.5 Elimination of Bias CLE Credit 
* Presented by Jose Z. Marin, Esq. - Jose Marin Law 

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 2017 - 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.
December 6 - BALIF December Happy Hour
December 11 - BALIF Partner Exchange Luncheon @Credo
December 14 - BALIF Holiday Party
Our 2017-2018 Sponsors
Partner Level


 
Counsel Level



Fenwick


  
Mofo



Sedgwick2
Seyfarth


Advocate Level

A.L. Nella & Co., CPA
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Jones Day
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Pacific Gas & Electric
Sanford Heisler, LLP
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
Sidley Austin LLP
Uber
Weaver, Austin, Villeneuve & Sampson LLP
Wells Fargo Legal Specialty Private Bank
White & Case LLP
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Benefactor Level


Individual Sponsors


BALIF Board of Directors
Nyla Moujaes & Peter Catalanotti
  
Jennifer Orthwein
Secretary &

Felicia Medina
Mario Choi
Treasurer

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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BALIF Foundation


BALIF Foundation
 Board of Directors
Jamie Dupree, Chair
  
Shay Gilmore

Chelsea HaleyNelson, Secretary

Laura Maechtlen

Nina Paul

Linda Scaparotti

David Tsai

John Unruh, Treasurer

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