Weekly Newsletter  

January 15, 2013

Upcoming Events 
  •  March 15- BALIF Annual Gala
In This Issue:
Message from BALIF Co-Chairs
2013 BALIF Sponsors
ALRP - 30 Years of Justice Event
U.S. Supreme Court Schedule Oral Argument Dates
ALRP Free Winter MCLE Training
Perkins Coie's 2013 1L Diversity Fellowship Program
UC Berkeley Mock Trial Team is Looking for Judges!
We Want Your BALIFBuzz
Job Postings Now on BALIF Website
  BALIF Board of Directors

Chelsea HaleyNelson & On Lu,
BALIF Board Co-Chairs

Laura Maechtlen, Secretary 

John Robert Unruh, Treasurer


Susan Bluer, Judiciary  Committee Chair


Michael Wolchansky, State Bar/Conference of Delegates Committee Chair

John Robert Unruh &
Jamie Dupree, Dinner Committee Co-Chairs

Michael Wolchansky & Peter Catalanotti, Outreach/Current Events Committee Co-Chairs

Laurie Bertolacci, Membership Committee Chair

Elizabeth Pritzker, Young Lawyers & Law Student Programs 

Lilah Sutphen & Nick Clements, Programs Committee Co-Chairs

David Sims, Social Committee Chair  


Mario M. Choi, Communications & Public Relations Chair

Nick Kacprowski, Amicus Committee

 Nathan Bewley, Aditi Fruitwala &
Milo Beitman, Law Student Representatives

Our Sponsors

Partner Level



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Advocate Level
*A.L. Nella & Company, CPAs  
*Bingham McCutchen LLP
*Cooley LLP
*Farella Braun + Martel LLP
*Keker & Van Nest LLP
*Kirkland & Ellis
*Latham & Watkins LLP
*Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
*Morgan Lewis  
*Nixon Peabody LLP
*O'Melveny & Myers LLP
*Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
*Paul Hastings
*Santa Clara University School of Law
*Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
*Special Counsel
Benefactor Level
*AT&T Legal Department
*Bluer & Bluer, LLP
*Clarence Dyer & Cohn LLP / Swanson & McNamara LLP
*Dolan Law Firm
*Futterman Dupree Dodd Croley Maier LLP
*Gibson Dunn
*Golden Gate University School of Law
*Gordon & Rees LLP
*Jackson Lewis LLP
*Keyes, Fox & Wiedman, LLP
*Law Offices of John T. Hendricks, P.C.
*Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson, P.C.
*Littler Mendelson, P.C.
*Mount, Spelman & Fingerman
*Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
*Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
*Reed Smith LLP
*Roeca Hass Hager LLP
*San Francisco City Attorney's Office
*San Francisco District Attorney's Office
*Schiff Hardin LLP
*Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
*Stein & Lubin LLP
*Trucker Huss
*University of San Francisco, School of Law
*Wald & Thorndal, P.C.
*Wells Fargo
Individual Sponsors
*Dave Andrews, Merrill Corporation
*Michael Colantuono, Colantuono & Levin, P.C.
*Richard Gilbert, Trucker Huss
*John E. Hill, Law Offices of John E. Hill P.C.
*Todd Norris, Bullivant Houser Bailey, P.C.
*Debra R. Schoenberg, Schoenberg Family Law Group, P.C.
*Cheryl Sena, Sena Family Law
*Jonathan Shapiro, WilmerHale
*Jennifer Stalvey, Hemming Morse, LLP
*Hon. James L. Warren (Ret.) and JAMS

Quick Links

BALIF T-Shirts Available!

Unveiling the BALIF 30th Anniversary American Apparel T-Shirt!
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It's the American Apparel Fine Jersey Short Sleeve T-Shirt - the softest, smoothest, best-looking T-shirt available anywhere.  And now, you can get the official BALIF 30th Anniversary edition.  The shirts are available in Cranberry, Teal, Purple, and Orange.  And they come in S, M, L, and XL (in Men's and Women's sizes). Only $20 a pop.  Shipping via Priority Mail is $4.  Order online now! 

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Message from BALIF Co-Chairs 


Hello BALIF Member and Friends,


What a year so far for BALIF!  Thank you to all for braving the cold this past week and making it out for two very significant events.  On Thursday, BALIF mixed, mingled and celebrated with our newest members at the "Class of 2012" event at Sens restaurant. 


New members are what keep BALIF growing, fresh and what keeps the BALIF network strong - so thank you and welcome!  We also want to thank Esquire Deposition Solutions for generously sponsoring the event!


This past Thursday, Judge Tara Flanagan took the oath of office to become an Alameda County Superior Court Judge, the 5th openly LGBT person on the Alameda Court. Her induction ceremony at Mills College, which highlighted Tara's varied and impressive career, was not only beautiful and inspiring, but extremely moving. BALIF congratulates Judge Flanagan on her induction to the bench. We are so very proud of her and glad to have been able to share in this important moment in her career.  

BALIF has so much more planned for 2013 - we hope to see you again very soon!


Chelsea E. HaleyNelson and On Lu

BALIF Co-Chairs

2013 BALIF Sponsors

Has your firm or organization sponsored BALIF for 2013 yet?  BALIF's March 15, 2013  "Simply Fabulous!" Gala is rapidly approaching. Contact Gala Co-chair Jamie Dupree at jdupree@fddcm.com for sponsorship information.  All 2013 sponsors will be added to the BALIF website and newsletter in March and will receive complimentary tickets to the Gala.

Thanks to these incoming 2013 BALIF Sponsors:

Partner Level
Union Bank

Advocate Level
A.L. Nella & Company

Benefactor Level
AT&T Legal Department

Individual Level
Jonathan Shapiro, WilmerHale
Michael Colantuano, Colantuono & Levin, P.C.
Cheryl Sena, Sena Family Law

ALRP - 30 Years of Justice
From The Heart Campaign Kick-off Party


January 29, 2013
4:00pm - 6:00pm
San Francisco LGBT Community Center

ALRP|30 CAMPAIGN Kick-Off Party

Please join the ALRP Board and staff as we kick off the ALRP|30 Years of Justice From The Heart Campaign.

Enjoy great food and sample new ALRP Private Reserve Wines as we commemorate and celebrate 30 years of service to our clients and the community. Get details on the year-long campaign, upcoming campaign events, the ALRP/UTAC (Until There's A Cure Foundation) Gold Bracelet partnership and promotion, and more...

Admission is FREE - feel free to bring a friend.
To attend, contact Jim McBride by 1/27/13 at jim@alrp.org or (415) 701-1200 ext. 301. 

U.S. Supreme Court Schedules Oral Argument Dates for Prop 8 and DOMA Cases


The Supreme Court announced that it will hear oral argument in Hollingsworth v. Perry, the federal constitutional challenge to California's Proposition 8, on Tuesday, March 26, 2013. The Court also announced that it will hear oral argument in United States v. Windsor, a constitutional challenge to DOMA, on Wednesday, March 27, 2013. The Supreme Court granted certiorari in both cases on December 7, 2012. BALIF looks forward to becoming involved in these cases. Decisions on both these cases are expected by the end of June.

ALRP Free Winter 2013 MCLE Training

Confidentiality & HIV

  • Thursday, January 31, 5:30-7:00pm
  • Presented by Jim Wood, Esq., Transgender Law Center
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, 301 Battery Street, 3rd Floor, Board Room, San Francisco, CA 94111
  • 1.5 General CLE Credits


Employment Law: Updates on Disability Discrimination in the Workplace

  • Sponsored by the California State Bar Labor & Employment Law Section
  • Wednesday, February 6, 5:30-7:00pm
  • Presented by Noah Lebowitz, Esq., Duckworth Peters Lebowitz Olivier LLP
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, 301 Battery Street, 3rd Floor, Board Room, San Francisco, CA 94111
  • 1.5 General CLE Credits


Immigration Law: Dream Act and Deferred Action Primer

  • Tuesday, February 12, 5:30-7:00pm
  • Presented by Alex Lubarsky, Esq., Community Legal Centers
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, 301 Battery Street, 3rd Floor, Board Room, San Francisco, CA 94111
  • 1.5 General CLE Credits


Introduction to Landlord/Tenant Law

  • Tuesday, March 5, 5:30-7:00pm
  • Presented by Ora Prochovnick, Esq., John F. Kennedy University Housing Advocacy Clinic
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, 301 Battery Street, 3rd Floor, Board Room, San Francisco, CA 94111
  • 1.5 General CLE Credits


Elder Law & Conservatorships

  • Tuesday, March 12, 5:30-7:00pm
  • Presented by Helene Wenzel, Esq., Law Office of Helene V. Wenzel
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, 301 Battery Street, 3rd Floor, Board Room, San Francisco, CA 94111
  • 1.5 General CLE Credits


Introduction to Trusts for LGBTQ Clients

  • Wednesday, March 27, 5:30-7:00pm
  • Presented by Bill Ambrunn, Esq., Law Offices of Bill Ambrunn
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, 301 Battery Street, 3rd Floor, Board Room, San Francisco, CA 94111
  • 1.5 General CLE Credits


Click here for more details!


Perkins Coie's 2013
1L Diversity Fellowship Program


Information regarding Perkins Coie's 2013 1L Diversity Fellowship Program is now available on their website. Here students can find information about the Diversity Fellowship Program, including application deadlines and requirements. 


The 1L Diversity Fellowship Program provides first-year diverse law students with a summer associate position and a $7,500 scholarship. It is available in the following offices: Bellevue, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

If you have any questions about the 1L Diversity Fellowship Program, please do not hesitate to contact Jill Connolly or Judah Travis. 

UC Berkeley Undergraduate Mock Trial
Team is Looking for Judges!

The UC Berkeley Undergraduate Mock Trial Team is looking for attorneys and law students to judge rounds on the Cal Campus on January 26-27, 2013.  


There will be four opportunities to judge during the weekend- a morning round and an afternoon round on Saturday, and a morning round and an afternoon round on Sunday.  Breakfast and coffee will be provided for morning judges, and lunch and coffee or water will be available for the afternoon judges.  Please feel free to judge anything from one to four rounds.


They will have sign-ups available on their website (http://calmocktrial.org/). Anyone interested can sign up by emailing Joel Wacks at joelwacks@gmail.com or if you have any questions, please call (650) 888-4798.

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!


Lauri Bertolacci

BALIF Membership Chair


Job Postings Now on BALIF Website 


All job postings can be found here!  


BALIF membership is required to view the job postings. Simply log into the BALIF website with your membership ID and password, and select the JOBS from the menu on the left.