Weekly Newsletter        |          April 23, 2013
Message from BALIF Co-Chairs 



Thank you to everyone who voted in BALIF's recent elections!  We had incredible participation and a great turnout at our annual meeting this past week! Congratulations to newly-elected Board members: Jennifer Orthwein, Jennifer Wilensky, Jessica Bogo, Leah Nutting, Midori Hirai, Edward Joy, Andrew Vu and Dustin Helmer. We also welcome back re-elected Board members:  Jamie Dupree, Lilah Sutphen, John Unruh, and Mario Choi. They will join continuing Board members On Lu, Laurie Bertolacci, Elizabeth Prtizker, Nick Kacprowski, Peter Catalanotti, and Nicholas Clements. We will be introducing the BALIF Board to you in the coming weeks, so stay stuned! 


We also want to thank our departing BALIF superstars: Laura Maechtlen, David Nathan-Allen Sims, Susan Bluer, Michael Wolchansky, and our law student representatives, Nathan Bewley, Aditi Fruitwala and Milo Beitman.  Thank you for your years of dedication and commitment to the Board and to BALIF! I, too, will be leaving the Board after 5 years. I have truly enjoyed being a part of such a dynamic and creative Board. Thank you!


Now its time to laugh!  Do not miss BALIF's 2nd Annual Lesbian Comedy Night on May 7th at the Punchline with the first-ever openly gay stand-up comic, Suzanne Westenhoefer!  Tickets are on sale now by clicking here, but going fast!  Bring a group and laugh with the ladies of BALIF and Queen's Bench. 


We hope to see all of you there!   


Chelsea E. HaleyNelson & On Lu
BALIF Co-Chairs 




BALIF Lesbian Comedy Night: 
Suzanne Westenhoefercomedy


May 7, 2013 at 6pm
Punch Line Comedy Club
444 Battery Street
San Francisco, CA


Purchase Tickets Here!

A laugh-out-loud event just for the fabulous femme fatale of BALIF (and their male cohorts of course). We've got the Punchline Comedy Club all to ourselves for the second year running. We are excited to feature Suzanne Westenhoefer! She's brave, bold and comic gold. The real deal in a post-modern world seeking to pump out reproductions, Suzanne is the reigning shtick chick worth noting. Her individual style and unique sense of self set the stage for all walks of life - young, old, gay, straight, lesbian, bi, and every descriptor imaginable in between. The first openly gay stand-up comic, Suzanne's ground-breaking career includes appearances on Letterman, HBO, Bravo, Logo and GSN as well as live performances across the US. Suzanne works mostly unscripted and is fearless, bold, unapologetic, and freaking hilarious.

For more information about Suzanne, please visit her website.
ALRP Honoring 
BALIF Board Member Laura Maechtlen


On Thursday, May 9th from 5:30-7:30pm, the AIDS Legal Referral Panel (ALRP) is honoring BALIF Board member Laura Maechtlen of Seyfarth Shaw LLP with the ALRP 2013 James C. Hormel Philanthropist Award at its 2013 Major Donor Party. During the evening, ALRP will also be presenting Gilead Sciences, Inc. with its ALRP 2013 Community Partner Award. ALRP will also be commemorating its 30th year of service through the ALRP | 30 Years of Justice From The Heart Campaign, an initiative aimed at raising $300,000 to support ALRP's free legal services for people with HIV/AIDS.


ALRP's 2013 Major Donor Party is being held at The Plant Café, Pier 3 on the Embarcadero in San Francisco, just north of the Ferry Building. Take in the fabulous views, savor delicious food and wine (cash bar available) and network with friends and colleagues.


Suggested minimum donation is $300. If you already made a $300+ gift to ALRP in 2013, please RSVP as their guest. If you haven't contributed yet, you can do so by May 7th at www.alrp.org or simply donate at the door. RSVP by May 7th to Jim McBride at jim@alrp.org or (415) 701-1200 ext. 301.


Click here to view the invitation!

Tickets Available for the FBANC Dinner
BALIF has a few tickets to the FBANC Annual Dinner on May 31, 2013. If you are interested in a Ticket, please contact Peter Catalanotte at  outreach@balif.org

For more details on the event, please click here!
ALRP Free Spring 2013 MCLE Trainings




Pre-litigation Strategies for Health and Disability ERISA Claims

  • Tuesday, April 23, 5:30-7:00pm
  • Presented by Nina Wasow, Esq., and Julie Wilensky, Esq., Lewis Feinberg LLP
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, 301 Battery Street, 3rd Floor, Board Room, San Francisco, CA 94111
  • 1.5 General CLE Credits

The EEOC Process and the Rights of Federal Employees

Sponsored by the California State Bar Labor & Employment Law Section

  • Monday, May 6, 5:30-7:00pm
  • Presented by Wendy Musell, Esq., Stewart & Musell
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, 301 Battery Street, 3rd Floor, Board Room, San Francisco, CA 94111
  • 1.5 General CLE Credits

Introduction to Simple Wills

  • Thursday, May 16, 5:30-7:00pm
  • Presented by Mark Senick, Esq., Law Offices of Mark Senick
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, 301 Battery Street, 3rd Floor, Board Room, San Francisco, CA 94111
  • 1.5 General CLE Credits

Substance Abuse in the Legal Profession: Prevention, Detection, and Treatment

  • Wednesday, May 29, 5:30-7:00pm
  • Presented by David Mann, Esq., The Other Bar
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, 301 Battery Street, 3rd Floor, Board Room, San Francisco, CA 94111
  • 1.5 Substance Abuse CLE Credits

Immigrant Eligibility for Health Care and Public Benefits in California

  • Tuesday, June 4, 5:30-7:00pm
  • Presented by Tanya Broder, Esq., National Immigration Law Center
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, 301 Battery Street, 3rd Floor, Board Room, San Francisco, CA 94111
  • 1.5 General CLE Credits

Restraining Orders

  • Tuesday, June 18, 5:30-7:00pm
  • Presented by Russell Goodrow, Esq., Law Offices of Russell Goodrow
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, 301 Battery Street, 3rd Floor, Board Room, San Francisco, CA 94111
  • 1.5 General CLE Credits

Ellis Act Evictions

  • Tuesday, June 25, 5:30-7:00pm
  • Presented by Raquel Fox, Esq., Tenderloin Housing Clinic
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, 301 Battery Street, 3rd Floor, Board Room, San Francisco, CA 94111
  • 1.5 General CLE Credits






Or Call

415-782-9000 ext. 8651


Click here for the ALRP Flyer!

Lambda Legal's 40th Anniversary Soiree

Join the San Francisco Leadership Council and supporters in celebrating Lambda Legal's 40th anniversary at the San Francisco Soiree!  Since 1973 Lambda has fought to protect and advance the rights of LGBT people and people with HIV through impact litigation and public education.  Lambda's five national offices handle the entire spectrum of issues from marriage equality, to employment and public accommodation discrimination, elder issues, school and other youth issues, free speech, insurance, immigration and on and on.


The San Francisco Soiree includes a swank cocktail party, club dinner and performance by Tony-nominated artist Mx. Justin Vivian Bond. Tickets and sponsorships are available for the entire evening starting at $325/person or only $75/person for the after-dinner performance only with open bar and dessert.  April 26, 2013 starting at 6:00 p.m. at Terra Gallery, 511 Harrison Street, San Francisco.  For more information and tickets, go to http://www.lambdalegal.org/events/san-francisco-soiree

Queens Bench Presents:
"The Invisible War" Screening
Monday, April 29, 2013 at 6:00pm

Delancey Street Theatre 

600 Embarcadero Street
at Brennan
San Francisco, CA 94107


Click here to buy tickets!


The Invisible War Screening featuring Congresswoman Jackie Speier & Professor Elizabeth L. Hillman In conversation with GGU Dean Emerita Drusilla Stender Ramey. 

Click here to view details!
A Women's Tournament and Fundraiser for the LGBT Community

Friday, May 10, 2013
Chardonnay Golf Club 
2555 Jameson Canyon Road 
American Canyon, CA | Directions

After three successful years, Horizons' LGBT Golf Fore Good tournament is back!

Whether you're one step away from the pro tour or can't quite remember the difference between a birdie and a bogey, please join us for a day of friend-making and fundraising for the LGBT community! 

Tournament Details:
18 hole tournament, four-person scramble format
Entrance fees include a box lunch, greens and cart fees, plus post-play dinner banquet, dancing, and awards ceremony
Registration at noon; shotgun start at 1:00 p.m.
$150 per person or $550 per team

Become a Hole Sponsor for $250 and use your sponsorship sign to advertise your business, honor or remember a friend, or mark a special occasion. For other sponsorship opportunities, please click here.
Marriage Equality USA Awards Reception

Marriage Equality USA is excited to announce its first annual fundraiser and awards reception in San Francisco! The event will be held on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 from 6-8:30 p.m. at Chambers Eat + Drink, 601 Eddy Street. We will honor community and corporate leaders who have assisted our community in this historical fight forward. The reception will feature drinks, light food, a silent auction, and we're very pleased to announce that Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom will be one of the honorees in attendance! MEUSA is also seeking firms who would be interested in corporate sponsorship and individuals who would like to be Event Captains. Further details and information can be found here: http://www.marriageequality.org/SF-Awards


Please also feel free to email BALIF member and co-organizer for the event, Zack Lyons: zack@kaplanandpartners.com

AABA Law Student Summer Grant

The Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area ("AABA") is offering one or more grants to help fund qualified summer law clerk(s) to work on legal projects that provide free legal services to the Asian American community.  Applicants must be sponsored by a non-profit legal organization that has agreed to supervise the applicant for summer 2013.  The grant will be funded by the AABA Law Foundation through the Community Services Committee of AABA.


The Deadline to Apply is May 17, 2013.


Please click here for more details!

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.

Click here for more details.
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.

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 technology@balif.org or balif@balif.org.

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.

Upcoming Events
May 7- BALIF Comedy Night 
Purchase Tickets Today!
In This Issue
BALIF Board of Directors
Chelsea HaleyNelson & On Lu,  
BALIF Board 
Laura Maechtlen, Secretary 
John Robert Unruh, Treasurer  


Susan Bluer, Judiciary Committee Chair


Michael Wolchansky, 
StateBar/Conference of Delegates Committee Chair 

John Robert Unruh & 
Jamie Dupree,  Gala 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
Katie Carlson, Administrator
Our 2013 Sponsors
Partner Level

HB Logo


Advocate Level


A.L. Nella & Company, CPAs

Bingham McCutcheon LLP

Cooley LLP

Farella Braun + Martel LLP

Huron Legal

Jones Day

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

Sheppard Mullin
Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP


Benefactor Level


AT&T Legal Department

Clarence, Dyer & Cohen LLP / Swanson & McNamara LLP

Futterman Dupree Dodd Croley Maier LLP

Gibson Dunn

Jackson Lewis LLP


Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

Littler Mendelson 

Mount, Spelman & Fingerman

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

Neilson & MacRitchie Investigators

Office of the California Attorney General

Jennifer & Meredith Orthwein 

Paul Hastings

Pritzker Law

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

Special Counsel

Stein & Lubin LLP

Turner Boyd

University of San Francsico School of Law

Wald & Thorndal P.C.

Wells Fargo


Individual Sponsors


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

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