Weekly Newsletter        |        July 12, 2016
In This Issue
Message from the BALIF Board 

With Pride Month 2016 now in the rearview mirror, I think we can all take immense...well, Pride... in how our community responded to the tragic events in Orlando.  Robust celebrations occurred -- albeit with enhanced police presence -- that were fun, peaceful, and respectful to those who our community lost.  The popular Pride hashtags #alwayskeepdancing and #morelovelesshate couldn't have reflected our community better.  Thanks to all BALIF members who participated in the myriad of Pride events that took place in and around SF, including the crack-of-dawn Jones Day BALIF Pride Brunch.
Although July tends to be a slower month for BALIF events, this month is proving to be the exception to the general rule, as we have two very exciting events coming up. The first is a  July 19 CLE panel event hosted by the Federal Magistrate Judge's Association that aims to discuss diversity in the federal magistrate judge ranks.  More information on this event is available on the BALIF website.
Also, what would summer be without the opportunity to throw back a couple ice cold beverages with friends and colleagues? Quench that thirst at BALIF's (and co-host SFTLA's) July happy hour at the Patriot House at 2 Embarcadero Center from  5:30 - 7:30 on  July 21.


Nick Clements
BALIF Board Judiciary Chair
BALIF Scholar Recipient
BALIF and the  Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley (APABA-SV) are pleased to announce Ian Barber, a rising 2L at Hastings, as their 2016 BALIF/ABAPA-SV Joint Scholarship recipient.  Out of many applicants who submitted applications by 06/13/16, Ian was selected to receive the one $3,000 scholarship. Ian's commitment to LGBT representation and helping asylum seekers find safety in the United States were some of the determining factors leading to his selection.  Congratulations, Ian!

BALIF / SFTLA Joint July Happy Hour
Thursday July 21, 2016 
5:30- 7:30

The Patriot House
Two Embarcadero Center, Level P
San Francisco, CA 94111

Please mark Thursday, July 21, 2016 from 5:30-7:30 on your calendars, as BALIF is joining forces with SFTLA to have a joint mixer. We hope to see you there!
Hello from the Board:
The BALIF Board meets every month to plan events and partnerships, discuss amicus briefs and allot funds to non-profits and scholarship.  Want to get involved and join a committee? Let us know!

Annual Social Justice Attorney Mixer & Panel Discussion: Riot or Uprising?
Finding Common Ground
Progress comes when people work together.  Join us as we attend the Asian American Bar Association's Annual Social Justice Attorney Mixer and Panel Discussion: Riot or Uprising? Finding Common Ground.  

When: July 26, 2016, 6-8:00 p.m.

Farella Braun + Martel
235 Montgomery Street 17th Floor
San Francisco, CA  94104

Get all the details:  
African American Partners & 
Associates Reception
Please join us for the African American Partners & Associates Reception on  Thursday, July 14th, 2016 at Sheppard Mullin Richter and Hampton.  This is a free event and we would be delighted to see you there.  
Please RSVP at:  
Free CLE: Increasing Diversity Among Federal Magistrate Judges
The FMJA Board and Diversity Committee

Please join members of FMJA's Diversity Committee for a conversation with  esteemed Federal Judges and colleagues from across the country as we discuss  the significance of diversity on the bench, the path to becoming a Magistrate  Judge, life as a Magistrate Judge, and more!

The Honorable Edward M. Chen
U.S. District Court Judge (N.D. Cal.)
The Honorable Peggy Kuo
U.S. Magistrate Judge (E.D.N.Y.)
The Honorable Alicia O. Valle
U.S. Magistrate Judge (S.D. Fla.)
The Honorable Linda T. Walker
U.S. Magistrate Judge (N.D. Ga.) - Moderator
The Honorable Kandis A. Westmore
U.S. Magistrate Judge (N.D. Cal.)
Charles F. Robinson, Esq.
General Counsel and Vice President of the University of California

When: Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 3:30-5:00 p.m. Check-in begins at  3:00 p.m. A reception will follow immediately in the  Courthouse.

Location: U. S. Courthouse
450 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco, CA, 94102
Courtroom No. 12 on the 19th Floor

Registration: Space is limited. Register early. Deadline is July 8, 2016.

For questions and to register contact Bambo Obaro at Bambo.Obaro@weil.com

Supported by:
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
Federal Bar Association, Northern District of California Chapter
MCLE: (pending) 1 hour of California CLE

ALRP Free 2016 MCLE Trainings
More dates coming soon!

All Classes take place at:
Bar Association of San Francisco
301 Battery Street, 3rd Floor, Board Room
San Francisco, CA 94111

Call: 415-701-1200 ext. 303

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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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.

July 21 - BALIF / SFTLA Joint July Happy Hour
July 26 - Annual Social Justice Attorney Mixer & Panel Discussion
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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  


Shauna Madison & 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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