Weekly Newsletter        |          May 15, 2013
Message from BALIF Co-Chairs 



Sssshhhhhh!  My Co-Chair, Chelsea "Chels" HaleyNelson, doesn't know this is being written about her, so don't spill the beans... 
It's never easy saying good-bye to a Board Member -- especially when she has devoted FIVE years to the BALIF Board (with two of those as Co-Chair), and has had such tremendous impact...
I've known Chels for more than a decade. We sat next to each other in several classes as 1Ls at USF, and quickly became friends. One of my fondest memories was sneaking around campus with Chelsea incognito, as we papered the school with anti-JAG flyers in protest to military recruiting efforts forced on our campus (less we lose government funding). What a duo we made. And what a privilege and a pleasure it has been to serve as Co-Chair with her over the past year.
I'm a witness to the umpteen hours Chelsea has lovingly poured into our 33-year old organization. I especially appreciate that she's a make-it-happen leader who not only builds consensus, but is also every Board Member's biggest cheerleader. Chelsea benchmarked our Outreach Committee years ago, and has served as BALIF's "Secretary of State" to the Bay Area's 30+ sister bar organizations ever since.  She will also be fondly remembered for her very moving "It Gets Better" Video. Former BALIF Co-Chairs know that leading our Board can be like herding cats.  And Chelsea does it tirelessly, consistently, and always with a smile. And this is all in addition to her own thriving private practice (which focuses on immigration removal defense), and her generous pro bono work on LGBT asylum cases and worksite enforcement raids.    
If you get a moment, you might want to shoot Chelsea a quick note of thanks! Click here!   
@Chels: I and the entire BALIF Board will miss you. But we understand that Lonnie needs her wife, and Esme needs her mommy. Nevertheless, we better be seeing you at BALIF events; don't force us to come to the East Bay to drag you out...  ;)
On Lu
BALIF Co-Chair 



BALIF / SFTLA Happy Hour!HHmay


Join us for our May Happy Hour as we celebrate the approaching (San Francisco) summer, graduations, and upcoming summer vacations!


May 28, 2013

6:00-8:00 pm

Palio d'Asti

640 Sacramento Street

San Francisco, CA


Co-hosted with the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association.

Pride Law Fund Bay CruiseCruise


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.

Minority Bar Coalition Joint Bar Association Happy Hour MixerHHjune


Come meet members of our sister minority bar organizations in a relaxed and informal setting. Appetizers will be provided!


June 12, 2013

5:30-8:30 pm

111 Minna Gallery

111 Minna Street (at 2nd Street)

San Francisco, CA


RSVP here! 


Co-sponsored by the Asian American Prosecutors Association, California Minority Counsel Program, La Raza Lawyers, Minority Bar Coalition, Women Lawyers of Alameda County, Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California, Black Women Lawyers Association of Northern California, Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, Thai American Bar Association, Korean American Bar Association of Northern California, and Alameda Contra Costa Trial Lawyers' Association.

National LGBT Bar Association Honors Our Own Andrew Vu! Andrew


On Thursday, June 13, 2013, the National LGBT Bar Association will honor BALIF Board member Andrew Vu, Senior Associate General Counsel of Walmart Global eCommerce, at its Out & Proud Corporate Counsel Award Reception.


Slide Lounge

430 Mason Street

San Francisco, CA

6:00-8:00 pm


The Out & Proud Corporate Counsel Award Receptions give LGBT legal professionals and their straight allies the opportunity to honor distinguished colleagues who have worked hard to increase LGBT diversity awareness in the corporate office and in the community. These receptions provide a business casual environment for corporate counsel of all levels to gather and network toward the betterment of diversity in the legal profession.


This is a ticketed event. All corporate counsel receive complimentary tickets courtesy of the LGBT Bar. To RSVP, please email Kelly@lgbtbar.org.

BALIF Judicial Plebiscite for 
Judge Ioana Petrou


All Members should have now received 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!

Open Seats on the
WLAC Board of Directors
There are currently open seats on the Women Lawyers of Alameda County (WLAC) Board of Directors.  Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and resume to president@wlaconline.org before Saturday, June 1, 2013 for consideration.  Voting will take place on June 6th and candidates will be contacted soon thereafter.
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.   
APAPA Salutes API Women in 
Elected Office
The San Francisco Chapter of the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) Salutes API Women in Elected Office, on Friday, May 17th, 2013. The event will be hosted by APAPA and Mayor Ed Lee at One Ferry Plaza, one of the city's premier locations with stunning, waterfront views of the Bay. 


Professional men and women 21 years of age or older are invited to attend this salute to API women in public office. Attire for the evening is business or cocktail dress. A minimum suggested donation of $20 will be collected at the door. All funds raised will go toward the 2013 APAPA Summer College Internship Program. Please RSVP to Crystle Wong via email at crystal@apapa.org.

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!

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!

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

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
 May 28 - BALIF / SFTLA Happy Hour
 June 1 - Pride Law Fund Bay Cruise
 June 12 - MBC Joint Bar Association Happy Hour Mixer
 June 13 - National LGBT Honors Andrew Vu
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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