Weekly Newsletter        |        February 27 , 2018
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Message from the BALIF Board 

On behalf of the entire BALIF Board, I wanted to invite and welcome you all to Friday's upcoming BALIF Gala! This year's theme is Resilient Together, and we look forward to all of our friends and allies uniting. The Board is very excited for this year's 38th annual party, and we hope you can share in our festivity.

This year's Gala will include a new twist: the BALIF Foundation Silent Auction. Items for bidding include a special dinner with NCLR's Kate Kendell (who helped welcome the 2017 BALIF Board at our retreat last year), vacation getaways, yoga passes, dinner at a Castro gem, artwork, specially curated wine, and more!

We are all looking forward to seeing you Friday! 


Katie Carlson
BALIF Administrative Director

BALIF's 38th Annual Gala
Friday, March 2, 2018

38th Annual Gala: Resilient Together
March 2, 2018 7-11pm
VIP Reception 6pm

Bently Reserve, 301 Battery Street

BALIF Gala: Resilient Together! BALIF's 38th Annual Gala is on March 2, 2018. If you haven't done so yet, now is the time to  sponsor BALIF and purchase your tickets to the Gala. This year's format is an elegant cocktail party with food stations and drinks sprinkled around the venue. It's a fabulous format for mingling with old friends and meeting new ones. Don't miss the best party of the year!
Purchase Tickets or Sponsor
Help us Celebrate our Awardees!

2018 Legal Service Award
Toby Adams
Intersex & Genderqueer Recognition Project (IGRP)

2018 Community Service Award
Justice Now

BALIF thanks our current incoming 2018 BALIF Sponsors:
Partner Level
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Counsel Level
Arnold & Porter LLP
Dolan Law Firm P.C.
Fenwick & West LLP
Hanson Bridgett LLP
Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Medina Orthwein LLP
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
TM Financial Forensics
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
Sanford Heisler Kimpel, LLP
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
Shook Hardy & Bacon 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 & Mallets
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
Sidley Austin LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Troutman Sanders
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Weaver, Austin, Villeneuve & Sampson 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.

First BALIF Gala Silent Auction!  
Prepare to Party and Bid!

This year's BALIF Gala will feature the BALIF Foundation's first silent auction. The BALIF Foundation is BALIF's charitable arm.  Please assist the Foundation's work supporting  LGBTQI judges, public servants, private attorneys, and law students, including providing summer stipends for law students and aiding LGBTQI community organizations. 
Items for bid include an intimate lunch or dinner with NCLR's Kate Kendell, a weekend at a beach house at Faria Beach, a 2-night stay at the centrally located 4-star San Francisco Marriott Marquis, an estate plan by Linda Scaparotti, a St. George Spirits Private Tour and Tasting for 10, a romantic dinner for two at Castro gem Eureka Lounge, a handcrafted wooden serving board, gift certificates to Asta Yoga, a Rock Wall Winery Tour and Tasting for 8-10 people, three 1:1 personal trainer sessions, a spectacular framed photo of Havisu Falls, a house at Dillon Beach, a private  6-course dinner experience with wine pairings for 4 with chef Taylor Pedersen at his new restaurant "Ukiah Brewing Company" in Ukiah, California , handcrafted kilnformed glass platters with silver, a professional headshot session, photographs of pelicans at Faria Beach, five sessions at Barry's Boot Camp, a home-cooked dinner with wine pairings by BALIF Foundation Board Member David Tsai, a Faction Brewing Tasting for 5-10 people, a physical therapy evaluation, a handcrafted wooden cutting board, a Salon Boaboa haircut, a basket of wine hand-selected by the seven BALIF Foundation Board members, and much more! 
See you at the Gala and be ready to bid! 

Good Luck on Cal Bar Feb 2018

Good luck February 2018 California Bar Exam-takers.  The now two-day California Bar Exam is  February 27 & 28, 2018.  We look forward to a new batch of LGBTQI colleagues & attorneys.

AABA LGBTQ Committee Kickoff Meeting

The Asian American Bar Association LGBTQ Committee will be hosting a kickoff meeting to discuss the exciting events planned for the year. Anyone interested in joining as a Committee member, helping with events, or learning more about the Committee is welcome to attend. Drinks and snacks will be provided.
Date:  Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Place: Vinson & Elkins LLP
555 Mission Street, Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94105

The AIDS Legal Referral Panel FREE Winter 2018 MCLE Training Programs 

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

Post-Death Administration: Basics of Handling Affairs When a Loved One Passes 
* Wednesday, March 7th, 5:30pm - 7:00pm 
* Presented by Alma Soongi Beck, Esq. (Lakin Spears LLP) 

#MeTooLawyers - Sexual Harassment Experienced by Lawyers 
* Tuesday, March 20th, 5:30pm - 7:30pm 
* Presented by Kenneth D. Martinson, Esq. (Kenneth Martinson San Bruno) and Heidi A. Machen, Esq. (Machen Law - machenlaw.com) 

Don't Drink and Debate: Stay Sober, Be Calm, and Carry On 
* Thursday, March 22nd, 5:30pm - 7:30pm 
* Presented by Kenneth D. Martinson, Esq. (Kenneth Martinson San Bruno) and Michelle Leigh Kral (Morse Giesler Callister Karlin & Hiura LLP) 

Asylum Claims for LGBTQI and HIV+ Clients 
* Thursday, March 29th, 5:30pm - 7:00pm 
* Presented by Jose Z. Marin, Esq. (Jose Marin Law) and Melanie Kehr, Esq. (Jose Marin Law) 

301 Battery Street, 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA

2018-2019 FAIR Fellowship Opportunity
The Foundation for Advocacy Inclusion & Resources (FAIR) is now accepting applications for its fifth annual FAIR Fellowship  (formerly called The Sanford Heisler Public Interest Diversity Fellowship) , which will enable a new attorney to work full-time for two consecutive six-month terms at (1) Legal Aid at Work and (2) a law practice affiliated with the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), an organization of more than 1200 workers' rights advocates throughout California. 

FAIR will fund a Fellow with salary and benefits during the first six months the fellow is working at Legal Aid at Work. The applicant will then be matched with a CELA affiliated firm for the second six month term and be paid a salary and benefits by that entity.
Applicants must have superior academic qualifications, be members of the California Bar (or anticipating becoming members by fall 2018), be committed to a career in social justice, and have 0-3 years of legal experience. Preference will be given to applicants with diverse backgrounds, demonstrated interest in employment law, clinical and/or pro bono and social justice interests, and plans to practice in California. Foreign language abilities and judicial clerkships/externships are also valued. 
The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, April 2, 2018 and an award decision will be made by April 30, 2018.

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.
March 2 - BALIF 38th Annual Gala
April 12 -  BALIF General Meeting and Elections Event
Our 2017-2018 Sponsors
Partner Level

Counsel Level




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
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

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

BALIF | | info@balif.org | http://www.balif.org
P.O. Box 193383
San Francisco, CA 94119