Message from BALIF Co-Chairs
Wow...what a party! This past Friday, BALIF hosted our 33rd Annual Dinner and Awards Gala at the Bentley Reserve. Nearly 700 attended, including BALIF's 2013 sponsors, judges, elected officials, BALIF members and our community allies. Congratulations again to BALIF's 2013 Awardees: the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund (Community Service Award), AIDS Legal Referral Panel (Legal Service Award), and Stanford Law School's OUTlaw (Law Student Association of the Year).
After the Gala, the celebration continued with more than 100 people at the BALIF After Party at the Lookout. Thank you to BALIF's Gala Co-Chairs, Jamie Dupree and John Unruh, the Gala Committee, and BALIF's administrator, Katie Carlson, for their considerable hard work in making this year's Gala Simply Fabulous! And thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate. You looked amazing! See photos from BALIF's Red Carpet, the VIP reception and the Gala here!
Did you have a great time at the Gala? Then consider joining the BALIF Board that makes the magic happen.
BALIF will be electing new Board members at our annual meeting on April 16, 2013 at the Sausage Factory. Nominations are due by March 29, 2013. Complete details regarding BALIF elections can be found below, or feel free to contact BALIF's Secretary, Laura Maechtlen
with any questions.
We look forward to seeing you all again very soon!
Chelsea HaleyNelson & On Lu
Calling All Potential BALIF Board Members -- Submit Your Nominations For The BALIF Board of Directors Now!
BALIF will be electing new Board members on April 16, 2013 for
the 2013-2015 term, and invite our members to nominate candidates for consideration. Each Director holds office for two years, and we invite third-party and self-nominations for open director positions. To nominate someone for a director position, please send a candidate statement of 250 words or less to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, March 29, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.
Elections will be online, and there will be an opportunity for individuals to vote in person at the General Membership Meeting on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at the Sausage Factory from 6 - 8:30 pm. The results will be announced at the end of the General Membership Meeting.
Questions about the Board? Visit this link, or contact
|Need a Job? Time for a New One?
JOBS. JOBS. JOBS. It's the biggest need of our young lawyers and law students. In response, BALIF has put together our very first CAREER & NETWORKING EXPO. Join BALIF attorneys and legal hiring experts for this unprecedented BALIF event to help you nail down that job.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
1 pm - 5 pm
Golden Gate University School of Law
536 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-2968
- Latest update -- six employers (and counting) will be hiring at the Expo.
- 25+ Tables staffed by BALIF attorneys to give you the insider perspective on a spectrum of practice areas. Click here for an updated list.
- One-on-one mock interview sessions.
- Individual resume counseling provided by Robert Half Legal.
- "Power Networking" Panel. Let BALIF members who found their jobs through networking show you how to do it.
- Navigating the Legal Spectrum" Panel. Haven't decided what area of law you want to pursue? Come sample a bit of everything to help you decide.
- Networking Mixer at RN74 to put to practice, the skills you've learned all day, sponsored by Sedgwick.
- Event staffed by diversity and recruiting directors from a number of Bay Area law firms.
New firms added daily. Click here to see the full list.
If you're on the job hunt, this event is your wisest investment. RSVP now!
If your firm is interested in staffing a table, please contact On Lu at email@example.com.
Co-sponsored by Golden Gate School of Law and Sedgwick LLP.
FREE Tickets to the AABA Annual Dinner
BALIF Members, we have some free tickets to the AABA Annual Dinner this Thursday March 21, 2013
! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
if you are interested. First come, first serve basis.
BALIF Table for Six Singles
March 26th at 7:00 pm
Let's go on a classic San Francisco adventure in search of great food (at a great price). Throw in some great people and some thoughtful conversation; and we have the perfect week day evening. And who knows . . . you just might meet that special someone. A table for the gentlemen. A table for the ladies.
Join the BALIF Listserv!
Have a job or need one? Civil procedure question? Need a
referral? Have something important to ask ... or news to tell? Want to get to our members quickly? Join our Listserv!
Over the next few weeks, we will be sending out requests ONLY to BALIF members to join our newly-created Listserv. You must proactively respond to the request in order to be added to our Listserv (we will try to send out reminders to those of you who did not have the chance to respond). If you don't get a request by the end of April, please let us know. And, if you want to be added sooner than we can send out requests, shoot an email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to BALIF Member
Perkins Coie's David Tsai has been recognized by the Daily
Journal as one of the top "Five Associates to Watch" in California. David's profile, which appeared in the February 27 special section that included the Top 20 Under 40 attorneys in California, focused on his intellectual property experience and his work in the Taipei office.
David is a great asset to the Perkins Coie San Francisco office and we are extremely pleased that his hard work, dedication to community service and extraordinary business development skills have been recognized.
Please join Perkins Coie in congratulating David on this prestigious and well deserved recognition!
The OUTreach Committee Needs You!
The OUTreach Committee is looking for a few good men and women to help out. To learn more about OUTreach, please check out our committee description here
. Specifically, we are looking for Balif members to help coordinate and act as a liaison with other LGBT groups, minority bar associations, and LGBT Volunteer Groups. Please send an email to email@example.com
if you are interested.
Announcing Reed Smith's
2013 Diverse Scholars Program
The National LGBT Bar Association is pleased to present Reed Smith's 2013 Diverse Scholars Program. Reed Smith has a strong commitment to diversity which has resulted in a firm in which diversity and inclusion permeate the culture. Rewarding young future leaders for their efforts in the area of diversity and introducing them to the Reed Smith culture are two important goals of this program.
Increasing Diversity in the Legal Profession: Expanding the Community College Pipeline
Increasing Diversity in the Legal Profession - A conference for minority and other diverse community college students, high school and community college faculty.
Friday, March 22, 2013 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Chabot College, 25555 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward, CA
Event Center, Room 722
Registration is Free. To register or for more information, contact William Hanson: firstname.lastname@example.org; (510) 723-2614
View flyer here!
ALRP Free Winter 2013 MCLE Training
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!
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.
An audio recording of the oral arguments will be released on the Supreme Court website the same day they are heard.
to read the Windsor case (DOMA), a brief that BALIF was invited to join as co-amicus.
to read the Perry case (Prop 8), a brief that BALIF coordinated as the lead amicus on behalf of approximately 60 other organizations.
Lesbian Businesswomen Social
You are invited to a wine and hors d' oeuvres social!
April 18, 2013
Monty White LLP
1000 Fourth Street, Suite 425
San Rafael, CA
Chartered Financial Consultant
Please RSVP by April 10th to email@example.com.
Zamperini / Burchell Scholarship
20th Anniversary Reception
The Queer Law Student Association (QLSA) at Golden Gate University invites you to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Zamperini/Burchell Endowed Scholarship. QLSA will be holding a reception in honor of Professor Michael Zamperini and his partner Clay Burchell for twenty years of dedication to LGBT students at GGU. The scholarship is awarded annually to a 3L gay or lesbian law student based on overall academic achievement and academic performance in Writing & Research courses.
The event will be held on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 from 5:30 to 8 PM at Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP, One Ferry Building, Suite 200, San Francisco, CA 94111-4213 , please RSVP here: http://ggulawzamperini.eventbrite.com/
Queen's Bench Invites You to a Panel Discussion
Thursday, April 18, 2013
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
International Women's Rights
An informative discussion of the challenges women face
in their quest for equal rights around the world
- Judge Farjana Yesmin
- Judge Ruth Astle
- Judge Mary Kasango
- Nancy J. Newman
Golden Gate University School of Law, 536 Mission Street, San Francisco
Admission free for QB members and students.
To register, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-249-9280.
See flyer for more details.
$10 for non-members. Click here to purchase ticket.
"LGBT Parentage- How LGBT people create children, and when and why it matters to be a legal parent"
Thursday, April 18, 2013
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Lunch (provided)
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Learning Session
This presentation will survey the different methods of creating family, including adoption, fost-adopt, surrogacy, and assisted reproduction technology. The panelists will explain the difference between a bio and non-bio parent, a natural parent under California law, second-parent and step-parent adoption, and presumed parentage for married and domestically partnered couples. Most important for financial planners and other professionals, will be tools to understand the relative costs in terms of time and money to your clients, the effect on your clients of various legal statuses, and what to suggest when things go wrong.
To RSVP, please contact Jenna Heath via email
or call 415.398.2333 x115.
580 California Street, 18th Floor
San Francisco, CA
4th Annual California
Diversity & Leadership Conference
Thursday, April 18 - Friday, April 19, 2013
Click here for more information and to register!
We are very fortunate to have Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm as our Keynote Speaker for the Awards Breakfast on April 18, and CNN Morning Anchor Soledad O'Brien will be giving the closing Keynote Address on Friday, April 19!
1970 Diamond Blvd
Concord, CA 94520
Please call 1-800-826-2644 and ask for reservation and then ask for the California Diversity & Leadership Conference.
BALIF Member-Endorsed Events
BALIF member Enrique A. Monagas serves on the Board of Directors of the New ConservatoryTheatre Center and gives two-thumbs up to "A Benefit Concert to End Bullying." The concert benefits the New ConservatoryTheatre Center's Youth Aware program that combats homophobia.
New Conservatory Theatre Center
A Benefit Concert to End Bullying
Featuring the Yale Whiffenpoofs
with Special Guest Star Taye Diggs
Saturday April 20, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
San Francisco, CA
to buy tickets!
for more information!
**Do you have an event or activity that you'd like to publicize to BALIF members? Send details to email@example.com
BASF's Mind the Gap Program:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, please visit www.sfbar.org/mind-the-gap.
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.
Baby on the way?
Recently married or engaged?
Award, recognition, certification, or degree?
Or anything else you're excited about...
Keep it to one or two lines. Please send to email@example.com.
Can't wait to hear your great news!
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.
|April 6- BALIF's First Career Fair|
May 7- BALIF Comedy Night
Chelsea HaleyNelson & On Lu,
Lilah Sutphen & Nick Clements, Programs
Nathan Bewley, Aditi Fruitwala &
Milo Beitman, Law Student
A.L. Nella & Company, CPAs
Bingham McCutcheon LLP
Farella Braun + Martel LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Nixon Peabody LLP
O'Melveny & Meyers LLP
Perkins Cole LLP
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Santa Clara University School of Law
Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
AT&T Legal Department
Clarence, Dyer & Cohen LLP / Swanson & McNamara LLP
Futterman Dupree Dodd Croley Maier LLP
Jackson Lewis LLP
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
Mount, Spelman & Fingerman
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
Neilson & MacRitchie Investigators
Office of the California Attorney General
Jennifer & Meredith Orthwein
Reed Smith LLP
Robert Half Legal
Roeca Hass Hager LLP
Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld
San Francisco City Attorney's Office
San Francisco District Attorney's Office
Schiff Hardin LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Stein & Lubin LLP
University of San Francsico School of Law
Wald & Thorndal P.C.
Peter C. Catalanotti, Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP
Michael Colantuono, Colantuono & Levin, P.C.
Todd Norris, Bullivant Houser Bailey
Debra R. Schoenberg, Schoenberg Family Law Group, P.C.
Cheryl Sena, Sena Family Law
Jonathan Shapiro, Wilmer Hale
Hon. James L. Warren (Ret.), JAMS