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Weekly Newsletter | October 7, 2020
Upcoming Events
October 7 - Representing Incarcerated TGI People During COVID

October 21 - BALIF Mentorship Happy Hour

October 29 - Halloween Fundraiser Benefiting TGI Justice Project

November 5 - Diversity Referral Night
As you are all aware, 2020 has not turned out the way any of us could have possibly imagined. Despite the hardships, BALIF is committed to providing safe, substantive and fun events for our membership. To that end, BALIF's Gala committee would love to hear from you - our membership - about the best ways to go about planning 2021's annual BALIF Gala. Your feedback is vital in determining the direction the Gala should take. The survey takes only a few minutes - thank you for your time!
Representing Incarcerated TGI People During COVID
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 | 2 - 4pm
Virtual Event
Presented by: TGI Justice Project, Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF), and Squire Patton Boggs

Learn how you can support our communities during COVID-19! As the virus spreads through prisons and jails, outside legal information is critically important to people who are incarcerated in California. This training will train participants on the rights of people who are incarcerated in California, strategies to support incarcerated people during COVID-19, and technical rules regarding corresponding with people in California prisons and jails. Participants will also be briefed on transgender, gender-variant, and intersex (TGI) cultural competency and receive information that is necessary to support incarcerated members of this community, who are especially vulnerable to COVID-19. Eligible for 2.0 hours of Elimination of Bias CLE credit in California and Florida.
BALIF Mentorship Happy Hour
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 | 6:30 - 8:30pm
Virtual Event
Presented by BALIF's Young Lawyers & Law Students Committee

BALIF is transitioning to a pod-based mentorship program. What is a pod-based mentorship program, you ask?! Well, mentees will be assigned to a pod or 'House' of legal professionals arranged by practice areas and interests. Each House will ideally consist of students, post-bar graduates, and attorneys ranging from junior to senior levels. Houses will allow for flexibility with meetups to accommodate for social distancing needs and will additionally allow junior attorneys to receive mentorship from senior attorneys. We require that each House meet virtually or in person at least three times a year, but individual interaction and mentorship between House members is highly encouraged.

At this event, mentors and mentees with meet with their pods virtually! we hope you can attend! Please RSVP!

If anyone has any questions, feel free to reach out to Christine Capuyan or Stephan Ferris at
BALIF's 2020 Halloween Fundraiser Benefiting TGI Justice Project
Thursday, October 29, 2020 | 7pm-9pm
Virtual Zoom Event
BALIF invites you to purchase a ticket or, even better, sponsor our upcoming Halloween fundraiser. BALIF is throwing a Halloween fundraising extravaganza for the TGI Justice Project on Thursday, October 29, 2020 from 7 pm to 9 pm on Zoom. 

This year’s ticket gets you access to our Halloween drag show spectacular! Featuring the amazing drag stylings of Roxy Cotton Candy, Nicki Jizz, and our incomparable emcee, Militia Scunt Towers! We’ll also be hosting a costume contest, and hearing from this year’s honoree, TGI Justice Project’s Executive Director, Janetta Johnson. You won’t want to miss this event!

To continue its great work, The TGI Justice Project needs your help. Please consider sponsoring the event. We have sponsorship levels with awesome benefits at the $1,000, $500, $250 and $150 levels, or you can purchase an individual ticket with sliding scale opportunities (see below). Every dollar you donate will go to The TGI Justice Project. BALIF is covering the cost of the event. If you have any questions, please email
Diversity Referral Night
Thursday, November 5, 2020 | 5pm-6:30pm
Virtual Zoom Event
Presented by the Alameda County Bar Association and AABA Bay Area, and co-sponsored by BALIF and California Minority Counsel Program

Please join us for our first Diversity Referral Night where people from larger law firms, corporate, and government legal offices will have a chance to watch short spotlights from diverse solo and small firm attorneys to learn about their practices and expertise. This is a great opportunity for all who attend to build relationships to refer appropriate work! More details on the general registration page, here.

Want to have your diverse solo/small firm featured? Complete this Google Form.
ACBA 2021 Membership Discount
The Alameda County Bar Association (ACBA) is proud to honor the relationships its built over the years with our fellow local bar associations. To promote further collaboration, ACBA is partnering with BALIF to offer a membership discount. The ACBA will offer a 50% discount* on new ACBA membership to BALIF members.

New members: Create your account online here, and select Partner Bar Membership at checkout.

Former members: Contact the ACBA Membership Assistant at

*Must not have been an ACBA member in the last 3 years
BALIF Congratulates Martin J. Jenkins on
Historic Appointment to California Supreme Court
Yesterday, Governor Newsome nominated the Honorable Martin J. Jenkins to the Supreme Court of California. Justice Jenkins would be the first openly LGBTQI+ person and only the third African American to serve on the high court. Read BALIF's full statement on Justice Jenkins' nomination here. In his acceptance speech, Justice Jenkins remarked:

I want to say to some young person who may be out there watching today who is struggling with their identity. Anyone who knows me knows my identity has been as a gay man perhaps the greatest challenge of my life. And it has not been easy. But I want to say today to those young people who may be watching and those who may hear about what has transpired here: that I'm not here in spite of the struggle, I am here because of the struggle. It has deepened my character, afforded me sensibilities about the world, and about people who are not so willing to accept that people can love differently than they do, but nevertheless love sincerely, genuinely and affectively. I want these young people to know that living a life of authenticity is the greatest gift you can give yourself. And if you do that, you too will find yourself in a position where people see you and really see you and who you are, your authentic self. And in the extraordinary opportunity I'm being offered today, I thank you, Governor Newsom, for seeing me and I promise to do my best to dispatch the enormous responsibilities that are incumbent with this great office.
BALIF's Job Board
Post your job opening and start your job search with BALIF's job board! This member's only webpage hosts job openings submitted by BALIF members. Want to submit a posting? Email You can access our job board at
AABA In-House Compensation Survey
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 | Deadline
Web Survey
The AABA In-House Committee is launching the second In-House Compensation Survey that will run until November 4, 2020! The survey is available here.

AABA will generate a report from the data collected in this survey that will provide insight into the typical salary and benefits an in-house legal team member in the Bay Area receives, and empower individuals to ensure they are receiving adequate compensation based on their experience and industry. Participation in this anonymous survey is open to all members of an in-house legal department in the Bay Area, and is not limited to Asian-American individuals.

Please note that in order to receive the report generated from the survey results, you must submit your e-mail address in the second form linked at the end of the survey, or be a member of AABA. Questions can be directed to
San Francisco Queer Nightlife Fund
San Francisco Queer Nightlife Fund ( We are organizing a direct relief mutual-aid fund for LGBTQ nightlife workers-i.e. DJs, servers, artists, bartenders. Our goal is to raise 200K to provide enough relief to 200 LMI workers for lifeline expenses (e.g. food, shelter, basic telecom, medical necessities).
We need support from members of the LGBTQ community who still have livelihoods and savings during this time of crisis, to help those who work paycheck-to-paycheck and do not have savings to weather unemployment and the COVID-19 economic downturn. We have only raised 36.5% of our 200K goal, and have already received over $235,053 in minimum funding requests from 201 applicants.
BALIF Membership
In celebration of Pride and BALIF's New Year (which starts on July 1, 2020), and in recognition of the current financial crisis caused by COVID-19, we are automatically extending all existing BALIF memberships through the end of our 2020-2021 fiscal year - June 30, 2021 - for free! We are also offering free memberships to all law student members and/or members that are currently unemployed. Please help spread the word and help us grow our BALIF community. Folks who would like to take advantage of this special offer should email
For details on how this will impact your membership, auto-renewal, and more, please see our full update here
BALIF Support
Let's Keep In Touch!
We are moving virtually these days and have hosted some successful get togethers, including the Lavender Graduation and Pride Power Hour to raise money for Aunt Charlie's.  Check out the  BALIF Forum for Pro Bono/Volunteer Opportunities and Suggested Donations.  We're in this together, and BALIF's Covid Response Team is here to help. Our "Covid Resources" on the website offers resources and community connections during these troubling times. Let us know how you're dealing with the outbreak, and if you have any resources to share with our members. You can reach us here:
Out of Work During COVID?
Remember, BALIF offers deeply discounted memberships for unemployed attorneys. During this time, we think community is especially important, and we intend to continue offering the networking opportunities that our members depend upon. 
BALIF Board of Directors
BALIF Foundation
BALIF Foundation 
Board of Directors

Jamie Dupree, Chair
Shay Aaron Gilmore

Chelsea HaleyNelson, Secretary

Jeff Kosbie, Treasurer

Nina Paul

Linda Scaparotti

Alex Touma

John Unruh

Giving to the BALIF Foundation

Please consider making a tax deductible donation to The BALIF Foundation. The Foundation supports scholarships, stipends and fellowships for law students and attorneys working in the LGBTQI community. You can donate here to support the Foundation's work, which is increasingly needed to protect our community.

For more information about The BALIF Foundation or how to get involved, contact Jamie Dupree and Shay Gilmore.
BALIF & The BALIF Foundation

BALIF, which is the Bay Area's LGBTQI Bar Association, is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization, which means it can engage in political activity. BALIF's Board members are elected by the BALIF membership, and these BALIF Board members chair various committees of the BALIF Bar Association.
The BALIF Foundation is BALIF's charitable arm, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It is dedicated to supporting the BALIF Bar Association through educational programming, supporting LGBTQI community organizations, and providing scholarships, summer stipends, and fellowships for LGBTQI law students and attorneys seeking to help the LGBTQI community through legal work. Among other projects, the BALIF Foundation has sponsored summer fellowships every year since 2017.
Our 2020-2021 Sponsors
Partner Level
Counsel Level
Advocate Level
Boies Schiller Flexner LLP
Cooley LLP
Duane Morris LLP
Goodwin & Procter LLP
Hanson Bridgett LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Reed Smith LLP
Severson & Werson P.C.
Shea Labagh Dobberstein
Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
Sidley Austin LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
White & Case LLP
Benefactor Level
Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP
Bonora Rountree, Trial Consulting & Research
Callaway & Wolf
Cannata O'Toole Fickes & Olson LLP
Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy LLP
Crowell & Moring LLP
Futterman Dupree Dodd Croley Maier LLP
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Helbraun Law Firm
Jackson Lewis P.C.
Pritzker Levine LLP
Robert Half Legal
Roeca Haas Montes De Oca LLP
Ropes & Gray LLP
Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP
San Francisco City Attorney's Office
Santa Clara County Prosecuters
Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Wilmer Hale
Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP
Patron Sponsors
Alston & Bird LLP
Arent Fox LLP
Danko Meredith
Farella Braun + Martel LLP
Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Sideman & Bancroft LLP
Squire Patton Boggs LLP
Swanson & McNamara LLP
The Liu Law Firm, P.C.
Thomson Reuters
Winston & Strawn LLP
Womble Bond Dickinson LLP
Individual Sponsors
Peter Borkon - Bleichmar Fonti & Auld LLP
Michael Colantuono - Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley, PC
Ryan Derry - Paul Hastings
Haapala, Thompson & Abern LLP
Frederick Hertz - Law Offices of Frederick Hertz
John E. Hill - Law Offices of John E. Hill P.C.
Outten & Golden LLP
Teresa Renaker - Renaker Hasselman Scott LLP
Katie Carlson Cartwright
Administrative Director
P.O. Box 193383
San Francisco, CA 94119
415.874.3045 [T]
415.520.0708 [F]