Message from the BALIF Board
Thank you to all of our members who attended BALIF's 38th Annual Gala this past Friday! We are grateful for your presence, contributions and continued support.
As we delve deeper into 2018, BALIF would like to encourage you to actively get involved in our organization. The Board of Directors' elections are just around the corner, 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and BALIF's Administrator, Katie Carlson (email@example.com) by March 26, 2018 at 5:30 pm.
Enjoy your week!
BALIF Young Lawyers & Law Students Chair
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and BALIF's Administrator, Katie Carlson (email@example.com) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
- BALIF General Meeting and Elections Event
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