Weekly Newsletter        |        January 23, 2018
In This Issue
Message from the BALIF Board 

I hope this message finds you well.  With the new year ringing in, we have a lot of wonderful events on the radar.  Please take note of a few of them below.   
Please join us for an inspirational conversation about BALIF's founding and early days.  This week's legacy event, organized by longstanding BALIF Board Member Jamie Dupree-Remembering Our History-will take place this Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 6:00-8:30 p.m.  The event features Roberta Achtenberg, Mark Senick, the Honorable Ronald Albers (Ret.), the Honorable Mary Morgan (Ret.), and Gene Stuart.  This event will feature an open conversation about BALIF's inception and younger days as a bar association.  Although there is much work to do, it is remarkable to think how far BALIF and LGBT legal professionals have come since BALIF's founding-from private to public membership lists, from just at a few dozen to just over 600 members, and much more.  Last year's legacy event was inspirational, and this year's should prove to be the same.  Click here to RSVP.
This week, BALIF is also proud to be co-hosting a conversation with the Asian American Bar Association-How to Become a Judge Pro Tem with the San Francisco Superior Court on January 24, 2018 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.  BALIF Co-Chair Pete Catalanotti will be speaking, in addition to Judge Roger Chan, Judge Victor Hwang, Judge Teri L. Jackson, Diana B. Kruze, and Adrian Williams.  Click here to RSVP and learn about what it is like to serve as a judge.
We hope to see you this week, and of course look forward to seeing you at our Annual Gala on March 2, 2018.


Ashley Pellouchoud
BALIF Community Ambassador Chair

AABA and BALIF Judge Pro Tem 
Information Session

Remembering Our History:  A Conversation with BAILF Founders and Early Members

Featuring:  Roberta Achtenberg, Mark Seneca, the Honorable Ronald Albers (Ret.), the Honorable Mary Morgan (Ret.), and Gene Stuart

January 25, 2018 
6:00-8:30 pm
Pillsbury Withrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Four Embarcadero Center, 22nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94611
Join BALIF's Founders and early members for a discussion about the early years of BALIF and what's changed since then.
Refreshments provided

BALIF is the oldest LGBT bar association in the country, founded in 1980. Join some of BALIF's Founders and early members to discuss BALIF's founding, early years, and what has changed since then.

This is the continuation of a discussion commenced in October 2016 at BALIF's  Past, Present and Future event where there was standing room only. 

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
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

ALRP Executive Director 
Bill Hirsh to Receive Award

ALRP Executive Director, Bill Hirsh, will be honored at the Golden Gate University Law School Alumni Reception on January 30th. Bill has been selected to receive GGU Law Alumni's inaugural Positive Impact Award.

President David J. Fike, Dean Anthony Niedwiecki, fellow alumni and friends will be on hand for the awards presentation. This special reception honors leaders in the community who exemplify the mission and values of GGU Law. The reception includes hors d'oeuvres and beer, wine and soda. Tickets are $25/person.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
6 - 8 pm
Delancey Street Foundation
600 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94107

MBC First Quarter Meeting and 
MBC Co-Chair Applications
The Minority Bar Coalition (MBC) will be having our first quarter meeting on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 from 6-8pm at Baker & McKenzie LLP. Please have one representative from your organization register to attend the event by next Friday, January 12, 2018. Also, we will be raffling off one free BASF membership to one lucky winner who RSVPs before January 12, 2018
Click here for more info.

2. We have extended the deadline for MBC Co-Chair applications. If you or someone in your organization is interested, please have them complete this form before Friday, February 9, 2018 5pm. Applicants will be notified the first week of January.

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.
January 24 -  AABA and BALIF Judge Pro Tem Information Session
January 25 - BALIF Legacy Event
March 2 - BALIF 38th Annual Gala
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

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San Francisco, CA 94119