Message from the BALIF Board
Law students and young lawyers, it's that time of year again when we are hosting our annual resume and mock interview workshop. Don't miss out on an opportunity to get insight from some of the leading LGBTQI attorneys in the Bay Area on Saturday, April 14. You can
check out the facebook event
for more information
RSVP with this link
Also, don't forget our Board of Directors' elections on April 12th at the Sausage Factory in the Castro. We are currently seeking applications. If you are interested, please send a candidate statement of up to 250 words to Jen Orthwein (
) and BALIF's Administrator, Katie Carlson (
) by March 26, 2018 at 5:30 pm.
BALIF Law Student Rep
Join the BALIF
Board of Directors for 2018-2020
A great way to serve the LGBTQI legal community and become more involved in BALIF is to join BALIF's Board of Directors. BALIF's Directors are elected by the BALIF membership, and each Director holds office for two years. Any BALIF member is welcome to run for the Board or nominate another BALIF member. BALIF seeks a board that reflects the diversity of our LGBTQI legal community, and we specifically encourage people of color, women, transgender people, and non-binary/gender non-conforming people to run for the Board.
To run for the Board or nominate someone else, please send a candidate statement of up to 250 words to Jen Orthwein (email@example.com) and BALIF's Administrator, Katie Carlson (firstname.lastname@example.org) by March 26, 2018 at 5:30 pm. BALIF's bylaws require gender parity on the Board, with a certain number of positions allocated to Directors who identify as male, female, or other genders (a broad category including but not limited to non-binary, genderqueer, gender variant, and gender non-conforming). So if you are seeking a position, please indicate the category under which you plan to run.
Elections will be online starting on April 2, and there will be an opportunity to vote in person at BALIF's annual general membership meeting on Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. The results will be announced at the end of the meeting.
Thinking about seeking a position? Know someone who would make a fabulous addition to the Board? Want to learn more about BALIF and what's involved in being on the Board? Please contact Jen Orthwein at email@example.com.
Résumé & Interview Workshop
BALIF is hosting one of the largest annual events for students, our Résumé Review and Mock Interview Workshop! We will have LGBTQI attorneys from various sectors (e.g., big law, public service, government, academic, judges, in-house counsel, etc.) that will provide 1:1 feedback to law students. All class levels are welcome!
The event will commence with a panel on how to navigate your legal career, interviews, and networking. After a catered lunch, students will go through rounds of interviews and résumé review.
Confirmed panelists include:
David Tsai - Managing Partner at Vinson & Elkins
Ariel Ruiz - Senior Litigation Counsel at Uber
Melanie Rowen - Public Service & Fellowship Advisor at UC Berkeley.
en: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Where: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP - Four Embarcadero Center, 22nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111 (right next to Embarcadero BART)
Time: 11 am-2pm
Attire: Business / Interview Attire Highly Recommended
Please be sure to RSVP here!
Joint APABA-BALIF Scholarship
The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley Charity (the "APABA Silicon Valley Charity") and the Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom Foundation (the "BALIF Foundation") are pleased to announce a special joint scholarship for law students who have a demonstrated commitment to the Asian Pacific American and LGBT communities.
To recognize law students in the greater Bay Area who have shown excellence and achievement in law school, and:
- Overcome personal hardships or challenges; and
- Demonstrated leadership and service in support of their local Asian Pacific American ("APA") and LGBT communities.
One joint scholarship of $3,000.
Application for the scholarship includes the following:
- Résumé submission. Please include grade point average if applicable. The applicant's grade point average and law school enrollment are subject to verification.
- Essay submission (two page maximum). The essay should address how the applicant fulfills the above-mentioned purpose of the scholarship.
- Interview. Scholarship finalists will be interviewed on Sunday, April 15, 2018.
The APABA Silicon Valley Charity & the BALIF Foundation also require that the recipient:
- Attend and volunteer at the APABA Silicon Valley 33nd Anniversary Gala, at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, on October 5, 2018;
- Attend the BALIF Annual Gala in 2019 (invited but not required to attend);
- Become a Student Member of APABA Silicon Valley (free of charge) and BALIF ($10.00);
- Participate as an APABA Silicon Valley Student Liaison at his or her law school by (i) advertising APABA Silicon Valley events and scholarships, and (ii) encouraging fellow law students to attend events and apply for future scholarships;
- Join an APABA Silicon Valley Committee; and
- Become a New Member with APABA Silicon Valley and BALIF upon graduation.
Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m., April 5, 2018.
Bagels and Bubbly with Bisexuals in the Bay
Bagels and Bubbly with Bisexuals in the Bay
Legal Professionals and their partners who identify as bisexual*
(*The term bisexual is used as an umbrella term for people who have the potential for sexual, emotional, and/or romantic attraction to more than one gender. This includes people who may identify as bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer, and questioning.)
When: Sunday, April 15th, 11am - 1pm
An opportunity for discussion and activities focused on bi-visibility and community within the bi-community.
BALIF Foundation's Inaugural Silent Auction
BALIF Foundation thanks all of the generous people and businesses donating goods and services to its first Silent Auction, and all of those who bid on those items. We are still collecting payments, but it looks like we raised over $8,000! The BALIF Foundation thanks you!
The AIDS Legal Referral Panel FREE Winter 2018 MCLE Training Programs
Call: 415-701-1200 ext. 303
#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.
37th Annual Real Property Law
37th Annual Real Property Law Section Retreat
Thursday - Sunday, April 19 - 22, 2018
Hyatt Regency Embarcadero
Five Embarcadero Center
Online Registration HERE
Earn up to 15.75 Hours MCLE Credit Including Credit in Legal Ethics, Elimination of Bias, and Competency Issues
Hotel Reservation Deadline
Program and Special Activities Highlights
April 5: Early Program Registration Deadline
April 12: Pre-registration deadline.
Register onsite after April 12.
Registration Fees and Deadlines
- Choose from 47 Education Programs
- Includes Credit in Legal Ethics, Elimination of Bias and Competency Issues
- More than 100 Speakers Covering a Wide-range of Program Topics, including Perennial Favorite Top 10 Real Estate Cases of 2017
- Featuring Special Documentary Presentation "Balancing the Scales" with filmmaker Sharon Rowen and California Supreme Court Justice Therese Stewart
- Complimentary Breakfast (Friday-Sunday) and Lunch (Friday/Saturday)
- Networking Receptions
- Special Offsite Events including Chinatown Walking Tour and Dim Sum Tasting, Alcatraz by Night, Beach Blanket Babylon, and more!
- Early-bird pre-registration: April 5
- Final pre-registration: April 12
- Full 4-day Registration Fee or a One-day Registration Fee
- Full Retreat Fee (if registered by April 5; prices increase after this date)
- Section members: $695
- Non-section members: $790, includes free 2018 Section membership
- Discounted full-retreat fees offered for young attorneys, in-house counsel, government, professor and full time law students
- One-Day Fees (if registered by April 5; prices increase after this date)
Registration/General Information & Special Assistance
- Thursday: $75 | Friday or Saturday: $275 per day | Sunday: $150
For General Information and Special Assistance please call
Join us for LGBTQ Advocacy Day in Sacramento on May 21!
Join Equality California and our partners for our annual LGBTQ Advocacy Day on Monday, May 21 in at the California State Capitol. Register today at
Highschool and college students can register for free, here:
Day will welcome hundreds of LGBTQ leaders, activists and allies from across California for a day of grassroots political action to raise awareness about critical priorities for the LGBTQ community, people living with HIV, and all communities impacted by the divisive actions of the Trump Administration.
Participants of LGBTQ Advocacy Day will:
- Learn how to harness grassroots political power
- Receive training on our legislative priorities and how to advocate for them
- Attend a rally and press conference on the West Steps
- Meet face-to-face with California legislators and staff, urging them to pass key legislation to protect and expand the civil liberties of all Californians
When: Monday, May 21, 2018
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Where: West Steps, California State Capitol, Sacramento, CA
Limited scholarships and travel grants are available.
We will be lobbying on a variety of issues important to the LGBTQ community including healthcare, education, HIV/AIDS, transgender rights, criminal justice reform, and immigration.
If you have questions about the advocacy day, registration, travel grants, or accessibility accommodation requests (materials, translation, on-site interpretation, and more), please contact Brad Lundahl at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Together, we can ensure that our legislators and policymakers continue to make California a beacon of hope for the rest of the country.
2018 Arturo Gonzalez Summer
Law Student Fellowships
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.
For more information about the BALIF Foundation or how to get involved, contact Jamie Dupree
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
to see the opportunities, or log into the
with your membership ID and password, and select JOBS on the menu on the left.
- Joint APABA-BALIF Scholarship
- BALIF General Meeting and Elections Event
- Bagels and Bubbly with Bisexuals in the Bay
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
Perkins Coie LLP
Sanford Heisler Kimpel, LLP
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
Sidley Austin LLP
Tycko & Zavareei LLP
White & Case LLP
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Baker Botts LLP
Bonora Rountree, Trial Consulting & Research
Callaway & Wolf
Clarence Dyer & Cohn LLP / Swanson & McNamara LLP
Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP
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 & Smallets
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
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Vinson & Elkins LLP
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.
Board of Directors
Jamie Dupree, Chair
Chelsea HaleyNelson, Secretary
John Unruh, Treasurer