Weekly Newsletter  

January 29, 2013

Upcoming Events 
In This Issue:
Message from BALIF Co-Chairs
For Those Who Like A Challenge....
2013 BALIF Sponsors
BALIF's Plus One Happy Hour
Introducing the AABA LGBT Committee
ALRP - 30 Years of Justice Event
Building Her Power Base
Separating with Heart and Smarts
Celebrating Black History!
BASF's Mind the Gap Program
U.S. Supreme Court Oral Argument Dates
ALRP Free MCLE Training
Perkins Coie's 1L Diversity
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 Members and Friends,


We've launched our BALIF 1K Membership Contest for those of you with a competitive streak!


Between now and March 8, we're asking for your help to introduce BALIF to your legal professional colleagues.  The BALIF legal eagle that refers the most number of people (new members, former members, law students) to join BALIF wins four (4) VIP Admission Tickets to BALIF's 33rd Annual Dinner and Awards Gala - the Simply Fabulous! Event on March 15.


Rules and details follow in the column below.  Get that competitive spirit going, BALIF, and bring it on!


We look forward to seeing you soon!

Chelsea HaleyNelson & On Lu
BALIF Co-Chairs
For Those Who Like A Challenge.....


(And who doesn't??)  Refer as many members as possible to help BALIF reach - and surpass - its goal of 1,000 members. The more members we have, the stronger our voice! And BALIF's voice needs to be as strong as possible with historic events such as our Amicus Brief in the Prop 8 case on the horizon.


So, to sweeten the deal, we're giving away four (4) Gala Tickets which includes VIP Admission, and public recognition at BALIF's 33rd Annual Dinner and Awards Gala--Simply Fabulous! Event. 


The rules are simple: whoever refers the most people to BALIF - and becomes a member - wins! You have from now until Friday, March 8, 2013, to get potential members to sign up on BALIF's website. You must refer a minimum of 10 people. Make sure your referral notes that you referred him/her to membership, or it won't count for you. March 8, 2013 is the deadline!



gala2013 BALIF Sponsors

BALIF's Simply Fabulous! Gala - March 15, 2013 7-11:30

Have your gala finery yet?  There's still time for you to be simply fabulous for BALIF's Simply Fabulous! Gala.  BALIF 2013 sponsors get complimentary tickets.  Contact Jamie Dupree at  jdupree@fddcm.com  or go to the BALIF website at  www.balif.org for sponsorship information.  Individual tickets are also on sale at  www.balif.org.


BALIF thanks these incoming 2013 BALIF Sponsors:


Benefactor Level
plusoneCome and Enjoy Yourself at  
BALIF's Plus One February Happy Hour!


One of BALIF's more ambitious goals is increasing our membership to 1,000 people. Because the more members we have, the stronger our voice! And BALIF's voice needs to be as strong as possible with historic events such as our Amicus Brief in the Prop 8 case on the horizon.


If we harness the power of our current membership, we can make our goal of 1,000 members a reality. And BALIF Plus One is intended to do just that!  


To kick it off, come and enjoy yourself at BALIF's Plus One Happy Hour and bring someone with you!!



Tuesday, February 5, 2013

6:00-8:00 pm  


The Lookout

3600 16th St.

San Francisco, CA 94114



Introducing the AABA LGBT Committee


The AABA LGBT Committee connects LGBT members of the Asian American Bar Association with their allies and each other. It is an opportunity for BALIF members to connect with AABA members at large, and will create a presence for BALIF within AABA.


The AABA LGBT Committee will hold its inaugural meeting on Thursday, February 21, 2013, 7 pm - 10 pm. Stop by! Click here to RSVP!

Preparing Yourself for Leadership 
MCLE Today!


Preparing Yourself for Leadership: Boards & Commissions

January 29, 2013: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

MCLE Credits - 1 H , of which .5 qualifies for Legal Ethics


Click here to register for the Live Webcast!

Online registration to attend in-person is not available within 48 hours of event Register for IN-PERSON event by fax or phone


Can't attend in-person?

Webcast registration is available until event starts.



Michael Sweet

Chair - San Francisco Human Rights Commission

Fox Rothschild LLP



BASF Conference Center

301 Battery Street, 3rd Floor

 San Francisco, CA 94111



MCLE Registration: 4:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Program: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Reception: 6:30 p.m.

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


January 29, 2013- TONIGHT!!
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. 

Ms. JD & Kirkland Ellis cordially invite you  
to attend: Building Her Power Base:  
A Conversation with ABA President Laurel Bellows on Leadership & Entrepreneurship  


Laurel Bellows will be speaking on Leadership and Entrepreneurship and will be answering questions from young women attorneys and law students nationwide.  When Ms. JD thinks Entrepreneurship and Leadership, Laurel is one of the first women that comes to mind.  She is the Principal of her own law firm, The Bellows Law Group, P.C., she is the president of the ABA, she was the second woman president of the 22,000 member Chicago Bar Association, she was listed among Working Mother Magazine's 25 Most Influential Working Mothers in the country, and the list continues.  Laurel's presentation is an unsurpassed opportunity for law students and junior attorneys to get tips and tricks for tackling leadership and entrepreneurship in the law! 
The event will be held on January 31, 2013 live in Chicago at Kirkland & Ellis and will be broadcasted to the following locations:

New York - Kirkland & Ellis 
San Francisco - Kirkland & Ellis 
Seattle - Foster Pepper 
Miami - K&L Gates
D.C. - Kirkland & Ellis
Palo Alto - Kirkland & Ellis
Houston - Vinson & Elkins
Please register here. 

For more information, click here. 


Ms. JD is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to empowering and supporting women law students and young lawyers.  In addition to their daily blog, Ms. JD is home of the National Women Law Students Organization (NWLSO) which boasts affiliations with women's organizations at 90 campuses nationwide.  For more information about Ms. JD go to www.ms-jd.org

Separating with Heart and Smarts: Consensual Dispute Resolution in 
LGBTQ Divorce

Change is such a part of life. Our community has seen dramatic changes during our lifetime. Not only does our community change, our individual families change. What particular issues do LGBTQ families face during the major life shifts of separation or divorce? How can we, as individuals and as a community, make these transitions with Heart and Smarts? This workshop is appropriate for people with or without kids who are in any stage of separation, as well as the friends, family and professionals supporting these families. For our community's future, safety and well-being, let us resolve our disputes well - and support each other in the process. Facilitated by three Bay Area lawyer-mediators: Heba Nimr (hebanimr.com), Charles Spiegel (charlesspiegellaw.com), and Dylan Miles (milesfamilylaw.com)
Tuesday February 5, 2013 6:00- 8:00 pm
Bananas Child Care Resource
5232 Claremont Ave.
Oakland, CA 94618
Admission: $5.00 to Our Family Coalition
Celebrating Diversity Through Black History! 


When: Friday, February 8, 2013

11:45 am - 1:30 pm



SNR Denton

525 Market Street, 26th Floor

San Francisco, California 94105


Keynote Speaker: 


Vanessa Washington

Senior Executive Vice President,

General Counsel & Secretary

Bank of the West


Come celebrate Black History Month, enjoy a soul food lunch, and hear Vanessa Washington share her thoughts on Black History and the legal profession.



CMCP Events (events@cmcp.org)


Click here to register!

BASF's Mind the Gap Program:  
Mentors Needed!


This new exciting initiative called "Mind the Gap" (MTG) is to provide recent law school graduates and young attorneys who are unemployed or underemployed with training, work experience, mentorship connections and debt reduction information. BASF is looking for attorneys to serve as mentors to MTG participants. A mentorship Listserv consisting of MTG participants and interested mentors will be created where mentees can post questions and mentors can respond with answers and general advice. 


If you are interested in becoming an MTG mentor, please email mindthegapmentor@sfbar.org


For more information, please visit www.sfbar.org/mind-the-gap.

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. 

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.