Weekly Newsletter        |        October 11, 2016
In This Issue
Message from the BALIF Board 
Fall is here, and we have several AWESOME upcoming events in store for you this month. Mark your calendars, and I hope to see you very soon!
BALIF October Happy Hour: Back to School Mixer & Mentor/Mentee Kick-Off 
THIS THURSDAY, Oct. 13th, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at the  Lookout
Come out for an evening of fun in the Castro before the holiday season fills up your schedule. We have a special spot reserved for us, and appetizers will be served. BALIF members will enjoy free drinks! RSVP on facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/events/1090166464363817/ 
BALIF Volunteer Day at National AIDS Memorial Grove
Oct. 15th, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at The National AIDS Memorial Grove 
If you are interested, please RSVP to  socialaction@balif.org by Wednesday, October 12th.
Bagels and Bubbly with Bisexuals 
Oct. 16th, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM at  Island Picnic Area, Tilden Park
An opportunity for discussion and activities focused on bi-visibility and community within the bi-community. For more details:  http://www.balif.org/event-2336350 
BALIF's 2016 Halloween Fundraiser to benefit St. James Infirmary
Oct. 27th 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM at Lush Lounge
Get your Halloween costume on, and come out to partake in the Halloween festivities with your BALIF family! Check out this event on our webpage:  http://www.balif.org/event-2353243 


Lauren Pietsch
BALIF Board Social Chair
BALIF Fall Happy Hour

Thursday, October 13th, 2016  
 6 - 8 pm at Lookout in the Castro

Come out for an evening of fun in the Castro before the Holiday season fills up your schedule.

Appetizers will be served, and BALIF members will enjoy free drinks!

BALIF Volunteer Day at National AIDS Memorial Grove
On Saturday, October 15th from 9:00AM to noon BALIF volunteers will help with the work of creating and maintaining the National AIDS Memorial Grove. The National AIDS Memorial Grove, located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, is a dedicated space in the national landscape where millions of Americans touched directly or indirectly by AIDS can gather to  heal, hope, and remember.  Its mission is to provide, in perpetuity, a place of remembrance so that the lives of people who died from AIDS are not forgotten and the story is known by future generations. 

BALIF volunteers will participate in gardening activities: clearing weeds and debris, mulching and hauling topsoil, planting new trees and shrubs, and other related activities within the Grove. A breakfast of coffee, juices, bagels and fruit is served at 8:30AM and lunch is provided to all volunteers at 12:30PM.  Most volunteers find Community Volunteer Workdays to be a rewarding experience, even though you may have sore muscles at the end of the day!  If you are interested, please RSVP to   socialaction@balif.org by Wednesday, October 12th.    
Bagels & Bubbly with 
Bisexuals in the Bay
What:  Bagels and Bubbly with Bisexuals in the Bay

Who:  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, October 16, 11am - 2pm

Details:  An opportunity for discussion and activities focused on bi-visibility and community within the bi-community.

BALIF's Halloween Fundraiser
Halloween Fundraiser to benefit St. James Infirmary!

Thursday, October 27th
5:30PM to 8:30PM
Lush Lounge
1221 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

Registration will be available soon! 

Michael Nguyen

Michael Nguyen recently joined Wong & Rees LLP, a  a Silicon Valley based law firm specializing in protecting the  intellectual property rights  of high technology companies, with a strong emphasis on  patents  in the fields of computer software and engineering, He will speak at the National Conference of Vietnamese American Attorneys on the  Recent Trends in Intellectual Property Law  Panel (http://www.ncvaa.org/conference-schedule/). 

Women Lawyers of Alameda County
Annual Judges Dinner
Women Lawyers of Alameda County will be holding its annual Judges Dinner on  Thursday, October 13, 2016 at Grandview Pavilion in Alameda.  Our keynote speaker is Kate Kendell, Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights.  Her theme: Journey to Justice:  What a Long, Strange Trip We're On.  

More details here:

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BALIF's "Connections"
Mentorship Program
BALIF's mentorship program is seeking mentors and mentees for 2016-2017.  For more information, see the program guidelines and description on the BALIF website. If you are a law student, recent law school graduate, or newer attorney seeking a mentor, or if you are an experienced attorney interested in serving as a mentor, please contact Ashley Pellouchoud or David Sims at:  younglawyers@balif.org
Mentors and mentee pairs will be assigned on a rolling basis from September thru October.

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
Lambda Legal Upcoming Events
Lambda Legal Silicon Valley Happy Hour - 10/20; 6-8pm 
Honcho in Los Altos
Lambda Legal invites you to join us for our Silicon Valley Happy Hour at Honcho. Please feel free to bring your friends along. This is a great opportunity to meet new people and get the latest updates on Lambda Legal cases that affect the entire LGBT community. We look forward to seeing you. All are welcome.  RSVP online at  https://www.facebook.com/events/1282576125107729/.

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.

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.
LGBT Asian American/ South Asian Attorney Networking Reception
We are celebrating the great diversity within our profession and supporting LGBT Asian American and South Asian attorneys in corporate, commercial, government, and public interest practice through networking receptions in three cities, including San Francisco. This year's reception is co-sponsored by AABA.
Thursday, October 27, 2016
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
405 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Spinning Race, Citizenship, and Fear on the Campaign Trail
Spinning Race, Citizenship, and Fear on the  Campaign Trail: A History  Presented by Professor Jack Tchen
New York University  Professor and Co-Author of  "Yellow Peril!: An Archive of  Anti-Asian Fear" 

Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 4:30pm

James R. Browning U.S. Courthouse
Courtroom 3
95 7th Street, San Francisco

Please arrive on time!

Ticket Prices:
$40 for those seeking MLCE credit
$10 adults
$5 students, ID required

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP certifies that this activity has been approved for MCLE Elimination of  Bias credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 1.0 hour.

This program will discuss the historical roots of immigrant bashing and lessons we  can learn from the anti-Chinese campaigns of the 1870s and the 1882 Chinese  Exclusion Act (the impact of which was still felt until 1968).  It will also discuss how, in the very halls of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals  building where this talk takes place, Wong Kim Ark and fellow Chinese American  litigants successfully fought for the same civil right the Constitution provides to all  those born on US soil: US citizenship.

Meet the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association's (NAPABA) LGBTQ Committee at Events in San Diego, CA
November 4-5, 2016
Interested in learning more about NAPABA's LGBTQ Committee and what we do? This is your chance to meet new and returning members alike at various meet-ups and educational panels during NAPABA's Annual Convention in San Diego, CA. Let's grab brunch and say hi, attend panels, and then go dancing the night away!

Brunch at Hash House a Go Go
Friday, November 4, 2016 
7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
3628 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
Break bread with the NAPABA LGBTQ Committee and engage in conversations about issues that affect our community.  Come get connected, and surround yourself with like-minded individuals. 

And Justice for All: APA LGBT Immigrants' Rights
Friday, November 4, 2016 
1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Hilton San Diego Bayfront | 1 Park Blvd. San Diego, California, 92101

Earlier this year, LGBT leaders presented the U.S. Supreme Court with a cutting-edge brief detailing the impact of the nation's immigration laws and policies on the LGBT community. There are nearly one million LGBT immigrants living in the United States, a third of who are undocumented. This workshop will survey some of the most pressing legal issues facing LGBT immigrants, focusing on the unique needs of Asian Pacific Islander LGBT immigrants. Panelists will (1) review recent achievements and identify policy gaps in the rights for same-sex married bi-national couples (visas, green cards, work authorization); (2) discuss recent political and Supreme Court actions regarding deferred action from deportation for undocumented LGBT young people and their parents (DACA and DAPA); and (3) challenge participant's thoughts on immigration systems, including bias and discretion surrounding enforcement, criminalization, detention, deportation, and asylum on the basis of API LGBT status. Presenters will also forecast future LGBT immigrants' rights issues likely to appear in the next administration.

When Pride Meets Prejudice: Employment Rights for LGBTs in the Workplace
Saturday, November 5, 2016 
9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Hilton San Diego Bayfront | 1 Park Blvd. San Diego, California, 92101

The struggle for equal rights is ongoing for LGBT people notwithstanding the recent Supreme Court decisions on marriage equality. Most saliently, inequality in the workplace remains prevalent for LGBT people in both the private and public sectors. The EEOC and some federal courts have interpreted Title VII's sex discrimination ban as protecting LGBT employees. But, contrary case law remains controlling in some federal circuits and there are no state-level protections in as many as 29 states. The challenges for LGBT workers concerning hiring, retention, advancement and benefits are pervasive. This panel will provide an overview of the employment nondiscrimination laws across the country, the litigation being filed, the direction the courts and federal agencies are heading, and the effectiveness of employment policies that private and public employers may adopt.

Informal Tour of the LGBTQ San Diego nightlife 
Friday, November 4, 2016 and Saturday, November 5, 2016 
9:00 p.m. (ish) - 2:00 a.m.  

This will be an impromptu event.  Locations to be visited include, but are not limited to, Brass Rail, Gossip Grill, Pecs Bar, and Rich's Martinis Above Fourth.  Please contact  Joanne Badua  if you're interested in joining to get more information. 

If you haven't signed up to be a member of the NAPABA LGBTQ Committee, this is a great opportunity to learn more about what we can do for you and how you can get involved. To be included in our list serve and receive future announcements, please contact  Joanne Badua .  So excited to meet you all there!

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.

October 13 - BALIF Fall Happy Hour
October 15 - BALIF Volunteer Day at National AIDS Memorial Grove
October 16- Bagels & Bubbly with Bisexuals in the Bay
October 27- BALIF's Halloween Fundraiser
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Mario Choi

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Judiciary Chair

Sarah Nicole Davis & 
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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
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