Weekly Newsletter        |          May 8, 2013
Message from BALIF Co-Chairs 



Wow! We didn't think we could laugh as hard as we did last night! More than 115 BALIF members and friends attended our second annual Comedy Night at the Punchline. Suzanne Westenhoefer delivered a fierce and hilarious performance that blew us away! 

Comedy Night 2013 
Afterward, about 25 VIP ticket holders got the chance to meet, and get personal with, the comedienne. 
We want to thank Queens Bench again for co-sponsoring this event for the past 2 years. And we thank our members for letting BALIF be a part of your date night!
We hope to see you soon,


Chelsea E. HaleyNelson & On Lu
BALIF Co-Chairs 




BALIF Judicial Plebiscite for 
Judge Ioana Petrou


All Members have or will soon receive instructions to participate in BALIF's Plebiscite to endorse Alameda Superior Court Judge Ioana Petrou for Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District.  Please be sure to VOTE!


Please contact balif@balif.org if you did not receive your online ballot. Please also be sure to check your spam / junk folder as many of our ballots end up there!

Pride Law Fund Bay Cruise


Please join the Pride Law Fund on June 1, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM for the Second Annual Pride Law Fund Bay Cruise. Spend the evening with friends, colleagues aboard the USS Potomac. Also known as the "Floating White House," of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  We will be tasting wine, enjoying scrumptious hors d'oeuvres and live music. All proceeds will benefit the important work of Pride Law Fund. 


Early bird tickets available now. Click here! All Aboard!!!


Pride Law Fund promotes the legal rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, and people living with HIV and AIDS, by funding legal services and projects and by sponsoring education and outreach. Pride Law Fund has assisted innovative academic programs, supported the development and distribution of legal and educational materials, and financed independent and documentary film projects to educate the public.

Dan Dean Running for 
State Bar Board of Trustees (District 1)
All attorneys who have their office in District 1 can vote. District 1 includes San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, San Mateo, Solano, and Sonoma counties.

Dan Dean Candidate Statement:
I would appreciate your vote for the Board of Trustees. If elected, I will bring a well-rounded perspective to the position. I have been a civil trial attorney in San Francisco for 20 years. I represent plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of areas, such as personal injury, employment, medical malpractice, construction defect and business litigation. I have a strong commitment to community service. For three years I was an AIDS volunteer at California Pacific Medical Center where I visited patients with AIDS-related illnesses once a week. For seven years I was a volunteer at AIDS Health Project where I facilitated weekly support groups for HIV positive and negative men. I was a board member for four years and the co-chair for two years of the Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (the nation's oldest LGBT bar association.) I was the co-chair of the Minority Bar Coalition for two years. I am a past board member of the Bar Association of San Francisco. I am currently on the board of my law school, the University of San Francisco School of Law. For the past six years, I have been a Judge Pro Tem at San Francisco Superior Court (traffic and small claims.) I look forward to contributing my time, skills and passion to the State Bar as a member of the Board of Trustees.  Thank you for your consideration.   
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



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!

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 we will be honoring Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera and his amazing staff, and Bingham McCutchen LLP! 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!

California Employment Lawyers' Association Diversity Summit
June 10, 2013
10:30 am - 3:15 pm

(Registration 10:00 - 10:30 am)


Hastings College of Law

200 McAllister Street



San Francisco, CA 94102



  • The Faces of Diverse leadership: Paths Taken, Stories Told
  • Diversity in the Employment Bar: Overcoming Bias



The Honorable Edward M. Chen - Northern District of California


Co-sponsored by:

Asian Law Caucus, Berkeley Law, Golden Gate University School of Law, Santa Clara University School of Law, UC Hastings

College of Law, University of San Francisco School of Law, Stanford Law School, UC Davis School of Law, Berkeley

Journal of Employment and Labor Law, SFTLA Diversity Committee, BALIF, Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center


Funded by a grant from the Labor & Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California


PLEASE RSVP to info@cela.org 


Click here to view the flyer of the event!

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!


BALIF members should have received our invitation to join our newly-created Listserv. You must proactively respond to the request in order to be added to our Listserv. If you didn't get a request, please let us know by emailing 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
June 30 - BALIF / Jones Day Pride Parade Breakfast
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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