Weekly Newsletter        |        November 15, 2016
In This Issue
Message from the BALIF Board 
I am sure most of you share my deep disappointment with the results of last week's election and are equally concerned about the direction of our country. The LGBT community's many victories in the recent past now feel threatened, as does an America grounded in diversity, inclusion, acceptance, openness, and love. As lawyers, we are uniquely positioned to respond to the calls for justice sounding out across the county. By mobilizing our education, training, professional skills, and dollars, LGBT lawyers can help carry the fight for equality forward and be leaders in the progressive resistance that is taking shape in our country. We will rise, and BALIF looks forward to working with you and on your behalf in this endeavor in the upcoming months and years. Together, we will weather this uncertain time. 


John Unruh
BALIF Board Gala Co-Chair
Practising Law Institute Presents:
Representing Transgender Clients:
Practical Skills and Cultural Competency
John Robert Unruh 
Unruh Law, P.C.
Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF)

PLI is pleased to present this important new pro bono program! Attend this program to learn how to represent transgender and gender nonconforming people in the many legal disputes that frequently impact this community. The stellar faculty of experienced attorneys and advocates will share practical skills to enable attendees to competently represent transgender clients in areas such as employment, health care, identity documents and detention.

Register for free today!

San Francisco and Live Webcast - November 16, 2016 at 9am

Key Topics Will Include:
  • Transgender and gender nonconforming 101: definitions and best practices
  • Employment law developments
  • Health care developments
  • Education developments
  • Detention developments
  • Identity documents
Special Feature:
  • Earn one hour of Elimination of Bias Credit!
As part of PLI's commitment to public service and the pro bono activities of the legal community, there is no fee to attend this program.

Credit Information: CLE and CPD Credit. 

BALIF Holiday Party 2016
Save the Date!!!

Join us for our annual holiday party and ring in some holiday cheer!! 

December 14, 2016
6:00- 9:00 pm

Devil's Acre
256 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133

DWT 1L Diversity Scholarship
DWT is offering total of 6 scholarships to 1L students with diverse background this year!   Our online application site will be open on December 1st through January 10th.  Please click here or see the attached flyer for more information.  
If you have any questions, please don't  hesitate to contact us!
For  Seattle and Washington D.C. offices:
Brook Dormaier
Law Student Recruiting Manager
1201 Third Avenue, Suite 2200
Seattle, WA 98101
For Los Angeles, New York, and Portland offices:
Hiroko Peraza 
Diversity Outreach Recruitment Manager
1300 SW Fifth Avenue, Suite 2400
Portland, OR 97201
Email:  hirokoperaza@dwt.com

Rights On The Line: 
G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board

On Thursday, November 17, at 12:30pm ET, the National LGBT Bar will host a call-in addressing the upcoming Supreme Court case, G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board. The case, filed by the ACLU on behalf of high school student Gavin Grimm, address whether transgender students have the right to use the bathroom matching their gender identity. The Gloucester County School Board adopted a policy in late 2014 which created a segregated bathroom system in its schools; transgender students are now required to use private facilities separate from the general student population. The LGBT Bar strongly maintains the need for a safe environment regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression and compliance with anti-discrimination laws at all levels of government. In this same vein, we invite you to join us for a call-in with leading experts in the field as they discuss the impact this case will have on the future of the LGBT movement.
Call-in Information
Thursday, November 17, 12:30pm ET
Dial-in Number(712) 432-6333
Participant Code: 187141#

Adam Unikowsky, Partner, Jenner & Block (Moderator)
Adam Unikowsky litigates cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, appellate courts, trial courts, and administrative agencies.  At the U.S. Supreme Court, Unikowsky was lead counsel in two major cases in 2016, and prevailed in both.  In Puerto Rico v. Sanchez Valle, he prepared the respondents' brief and conducted oral argument in a case addressing Puerto Rico's political status, leading to a 6-2 decision in favor of Unikowsky's clients.  In V.L. v. E.L., he obtained an emergency stay, followed by a unanimous reversal on the merits, of a lower-court decision refusing to grant full faith and credit to an out-of-state judgment.

Shannon Minter, Legal Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights 
Shannon Minter is a longtime LGBT advocate and has served as lead counsel for a number of high profile cases, including the 2009 Proposition 8 Case in the California Supreme Court and Christian Legal Society v. Hastings. Minter has been the recipient of a number of awards, including California Attorney of the Year in 2009, and was listed as one of six Lawyers of the Year by Lawyers USA. 

Joshua Block, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU LGBT & HIV Project
Joshua Block is a senior staff attorney with the ACLU's LGBT & HIV Project. He has served as counsel on a number of key cases, and is the Counsel of Record for the G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board case before the Supreme Court. 

ALRP Free 2016 MCLE Trainings
Reasonable Accommodations in the Workplace
  • Thursday, December 15:30-7:00pm
  • Presented by Alexis Alvarez, Esq. - Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center - law-elc.org
  • 1.5 General CLE Credits
Creating Workplaces Free from Gender Identity Bias
  • Wednesday, December 75:30-7:00pm
  • Presented by Shawn Meerkamper, Esq. - Transgender Law Center - transgenderlawcenter.org
  • 1.5 Elimination of Bias CLE Credits
This is a  free  training open to all attorneys, paralegals, law students, and those interested in the legal field.  We hope to see you there!

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

Future Trainings and ALRP Events:  Click Here

SABA-NC Upcoming Events
SABA-NC South Bay Lunch
Friday, November 18, 2016, 12:00 - 1:30 PM
UlavacharU (685 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087)
Please join us for the SABA-NC Monthly South Bay Lunch. This is a great opportunity to meet and catch-up with other attorneys in the South Bay. This month's lunch is at UlavacharU in Sunnyvale. If needed, the phone number is (408) 310-3111. Please RSVP to events@southasianbar.org.
SABA-NC 24th Annual Gala
Friday, February 24, 2017, 6:00 - 11:00 p.m.
San Francisco Design Center (101 Henry Adams Street San Francisco, CA, 94103)
Save the date for SABA-NC's 24th Annual Gala! Additional details forthcoming. Please contact gala@southasianbar.org for sponsorship opportunities.

CRLA LGBT Program - 
2017 Summer Law Fellow

California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA) is seeking a law school fellow for a 10-week summer position with CRLA's LGBT Program.  The LGBT Program addresses the intersections of race, immigration status, and poverty within the framework of advancing rural LGBT rights. The program engages in direct legal representation and other innovative forms of legal advocacy that leverage collaborations with a range of rural stakeholders.  The LGBT Program Summer Law fellow will work under the supervision of the LGBT Program Director to provide direct legal services and support litigation and other systemic advocacy.  Priority types of legal cases include petitions for U, T, and VAWA non-immigrant status, employment discrimination cases, education rights cases, and legal name and gender petitions.  The law clerk may request to be placed in any one of CRLA's office locations, and the LGBT program will strive to accommodate the law clerk's preferred location.  
The fellow will receive a grant in the amount of $8,800 from the California Bar Foundation.
Applicants must have completed their second year of law school and must have strong writing skills. Candidates must possess a passion for social justice and poverty related
issues, as well as sensitivity to working with people from diverse backgrounds. Special consideration will be given to students who have a demonstrated commitment to serving low income or disadvantaged communities. Students who speak Spanish and are familiar with LGBTQ issues are encouraged to apply.
Applications will be accepted through  February 28, 2017. Please submit a cover letter and resume, a list of at least three references and writing sample to:  hr@crla.org and  lcisneros@crla.org. Please write "LGBT Summer Fellow" in the subject line. CRLA will contact applicants selected for an interview.

SABA-NC Public Interest 
Fellowship Application
Applicants can apply anytime for a fellowship because they are issued on a rolling basis. They may be used for summer internships, fall semester internships, spring semester internships, and post-bar fellowships for both spring and fall graduates. Please find the application here.  Please note that applicants do not have to be of South Asian descent to apply. All applicants are welcome, and we look forward to reviewing submissions from members of your organization.  
2016-2018 Tyron Garner Memorial Fellowship
Interested in a fellowship?  Please consider applying for the 2016-2018 Tyron Garner Memorial Fellowship for African-American LGBT Civil Rights:  http://www.lambdalegal.org/about-us/jobs/all_20160916_garner-fellow
Probate Referee Program Opportunities -
from the 
Office of the State Controller Betty Yee
State Controller Betty Yee is searching for attorneys, certified public accountants, and certified  appraisers from diverse backgrounds to serve as probate referees. Our search encompasses everyone  including people of all races, genders, and LGBT status.

Probate referees are officers of the court who are appointed by the State Controller. They provide  reliable appraisals of all estate assets including businesses, securities, real estate, and personal
properties. Probate referees are not state employees; their fees are paid by the estates (trusts)  involved. For any appraisal required by law, probate referee fees are 1/10 th of one percent of the total  assets. The minimum fee is $75 plus expenses such as mileage and photos.

Qualification criteria and application information are on the Controller's website at  www.sco.ca.gov/eo_probate.html. The next probate referee examination will be held in April 2017.
People who meet all the qualifications and pass the examination may be contacted for an interview  by a panel of judges and attorneys. Controller Yee will decide whom to appoint after considering the  panel's recommendation.

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.

November 16 - PLI: Representing Transgender Clients 
December 10 - Beer Bust Benefiting BALIF
December 14 - BALIF Holiday Party
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Individual Sponsors

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  


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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