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Weekly Newsletter | September 15, 2020
Upcoming Events
September 17 - Fireside Chat on Race, Sexuality, and Policing

September 24 - Name & Gender Change Workshop Training Series

September 29 - Name & Gender Change Workshop Training Series

September 30 - Representing BLM Protesters

October 1 - ACBA Barristers & Bench Officers Virtual Social

October 7 - Representing Incarcerated TGI People During COVID

October 29 - Halloween Fundraiser Benefiting TGI Justice Project
Fireside Chat on Race, Sexuality, and Policing
Thursday, September 17, 2020 | 5pm
Virtual Event
Presented by the NAPABA LGBTQ Network, and co-sponsored by AABA-Bay LGBTQ Committee, BALIF, & AABA-NY

Our distinguished panelists are all passionate community leaders and activists, who’s work often challenges the current policing and punishment systems. The purpose of this program is to look at the history of policing of communities of color and other marginalized communities, including both the LGBTQ+ and Asian communities. It is also intended to cover why this issue is important to the LGBTQ+ and Asian communities, how we can be better allies to other people of color, and to discuss what safety looks like for our communities.
Name & Gender Change Workshop Training Series
Thursday, September 24, 2020 | 5:30pm
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 | 5:30pm
Virtual Event
Presented by the Berkeley Law Name and Gender Change Workshop (NGCW), in collaboration with BALIF. NGCW is hosting a two-part training series on assisting people in completing name and gender marker changes. The first training, on 9/24, will be a cultural competency oriented “Trans 101” training on working with trans clients. The second training, on 9/29, is about the nuts and bolts of forms, filings, etc. Completing these trainings will prepare you to assist clients or work with legal clinics to assist in name and gender marker changes. No CLE credit will be provided. Please RSVP.
ACBA Barristers & Bench Officers Virtual Social
Thursday, September 24, 2020 | 5:30pm
Thursday, October 1, 2020 | 5:30pm
Virtual Event
Sponsored by the ACBA Barristers Section, co-sponsored by BALIF

Please join the ACBA Barristers Section for our Annual Barristers and Bench Officers Social! We normally have 20-30 judges attend this popular event. It is an excellent opportunity to network with and receive mentorship from the civil, criminal, family, juvenile, probate and federal benches.

Bench officers often change assignments from one area of the court to another throughout their tenure on the bench, e.g. a judge currently presiding over civil matters may preside over family law, criminal, juvenile, probate, etc. in the coming years. In addition, bench officers have extensive experience in an array of practice areas when they were practicing attorneys prior to becoming a bench officer. In other words, you should get to know all the bench officers as they have a plethora of experience, and there is a good likelihood you will appear before many of them at some point in your career regardless of their current bench assignment.

This year, the event will be held on Zoom and we will have not one, but two evenings scheduled, providing our Barristers with ample opportunity to mingle with our esteemed bench officers. Come for one or both of the nights! Throughout the evening attendees will be assigned to each break out room for 20 minutes to mingle with the judges in each room. This is a unique opportunity to get to know your judges and commissioners in an intimate setting.
Representing BLM Protesters
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 |
5:30 - 7pm
Virtual Event
Presented by BALIF's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee
BALIF will host a training led by Elena Condes, a criminal defense attorney, and Emily Rose Johns of the National Lawyers Guild, for those interested in providing legal assistance to protestors. On May 25, 2020, a Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd, unarmed, handcuffed and face down on the street, by kneeling on his neck for close to nine minutes. The video of the killing compelled people from all over the country to take to the streets to demand an end to racialized police violence and the killing of Black and Brown people and assert that Black lives matter. Since then, hundreds have been arrested. Many different citations have been issued. This presentation will give you the basic understanding to help cited and arrested individuals, whether through supporting others with research or advising impacted individuals about how to navigate the system and find representation, if necessary.
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'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
Trans Agenda for Liberation
Thursday, September 17, 2020 | 6 - 7pm
Virtual Event
Please join us at a virtual event on Thursday, September 17th for the Transgender Law Center’s launch of the Trans Agenda for Liberation. It would be wonderful to come together in community and learn more about this important community-led guide toward the world we deserve. You can register via zoom here or at
Dismantling Transphobia Workshop Series
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 | 12pm
Thursday, October 1, 2020 | 12pm
Virtual Event
This two part series is presented by the Latino Community Foundation's Latinx LGBTQ Giving Circle.

Part 1: Dismantling Transphobia in the Latinx Community

Isa Noyola and Maritza Martinez, two social justice activists, will help you understand transphobia and provide a framework for you to unlearn, heal, and become an ally for all trans and gender noncomforming people.

Part 2: Dismantling Transphobia in the Workplace

Please join the “Dismantling Transphobia in the Workplace” virtual event to hear from experts on ways to create a more inclusive and supportive workplace environment for the transgender community. Adi Mendiola Barreto (they/them) is a Latinx, non-binary consultant, writer, and activist. They currently work with companies across sectors to optimize and build more inclusive candidate hiring experiences and cultivate long-term sustainable belonging for underrepresented groups.

BALIF Board Members Daniel Galindo and Michael Trung Nguyen Candidates for the Upcoming Election to the Board of the Castro LGBTQ Cultural District

Board members Daniel Galindo and Michael Trung Nguyen are candidates for the upcoming election to the board of the Castro LGBTQ Cultural District on September 19th at 12pm. Serving as BALIF’s first Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Chair, Galindo notes “It's been a pleasure to advance issues of social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion during my time as a BALIF Board Member.” He adds, “The same vision for making BALIF an inclusive organization is the vision that I hope to bring to the SF LGBT Cultural District.” BALIF’s Membership Co-Chair, Social Chair, and Communications Co-Chair Nguyen also has been inspired by BALIF, commenting, “BALIF has been an invaluable resource for me as a law student and young lawyer. I hope to bring the same sense of collaboration and consensus building to the Castro LGBTQ Cultural District.” Learn more about the candidates and how to vote at BALIF encourages our whole community to have their voices heard in this important election. No residency required to vote. 
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. 
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 here to see the opportunities, or log into the BALIF website with your membership ID and password, and select JOBS on the menu on the left.
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]
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