Weekly Newsletter        |          June 10, 2013
Message from the BALIF Board




I have just returned from my niece's high school graduation where her principal challenged the graduates to decide what their legacy was going to be.  It's a good question to ask ourselves now and then - what will our legacy be?


BALIF's legacy is already partially known, but continues to evolve as our committed board and talented members continue to support the cause of LGBT equality.  We know BALIF has worked to support diversity and equality for all through drafting amicus briefs, conducting  community and educational activities, successfully mentoring hundreds if not thousands of lawyers, helping LGBT lawyers reach the bench, and providing a myriad of venues and events for LGBT lawyers and allies to network.  In short, BALIF is making and continues to make a difference for the LGBT legal community and our broader society. 


So what will your legacy be? 




Jamie Dupree
BALIF Co-Chair


BALIF / Jones Day Pride Parade Breakfast

BALIF and Jones Day welcome all summer associates, law students, attorneys, judges, staff, and friends from all around the Bay Area to their 5th Annual Pride Breakfast Celebration. Come and enjoy great food, drinks, and fun at this annual event before you head out to watch the Pride Parade.

Sunday, June 30th, 2013
8:30-10:30 a.m.

Jones Day
555 California Street, 26th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
ACC Diversity Committee Program
Panel Presentation & ReceptionACC


"Being Out and In-House in 2013: Perspectives of LGBT In-House Counsel" A Panel Presentation & Reception


The panel will discuss LGBT-related diversity and inclusion issues within the legal department and the corporation. 




Adam Cohn, Director, Legal, Cisco Systems, Inc.

Chester Day, Managing Litigation Counsel, Google Inc.

Hilary Ware, Associate General Counsel, Netflix, Inc.

Derek J. Windham, Associate General Counsel, Del Monte Corporation

Erica Worthington, Patent Counsel, Strategic IP, Qualcomm, Inc.


Moderated by Bobbie Wilson, Perkins Coie LLP


Tuesday, June 11th (San Francisco)

5:30- 8:30 pm


Office of Perkins Coie LLP

Four Embarcadero Center

Suite 2400

San Francisco, California


Contact: David Tsai (415-344-7000) 




Admission for this event is FREE, but you must register online.

LGBT Law Student Organization members are also invited to attend FREE!!!

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.

BALIF is a co-sponsor of this event.


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.

Bay Area Legal Aid
2014-2016 Fellowship Sponsorship


BayLegal invites law students beginning their third year and recent law school graduates to propose innovative fellowship projects for 2014 for submission to the Skadden Fellowship Foundation, Equal Justice Works, Soros Justice Fellowship Program and/or similar programs.  Project ideas should relate to one or more of BayLegal's substantive practice areas:

  • Domestic Violence Prevention and Immigration Relief
  • Housing Preservation
  • Health Care Access
  • Economic Security
  • Consumer Assistance

BayLegal will consider fellowship proposals drafted by applicants, or assist candidates to design a project in one of our main practice areas based on the candidate's own interests and the needs of the community.


Factors that will be considered in evaluating candidates for sponsorship include:

  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest law;
  • Knowledge of or strong interest in the subject-matter of the proposed fellowship;
  • Membership in a minority population served by BayLegal, including the LGBT community;
  • Fluency in a non-English language spoken by many of BayLegal's clients;
  • Excellence in oral, written and legal research skills;
  • Anticipated or current California Bar membership.

Interested candidates should e-mail the following materials:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • One-page summary of fellowship proposal or statement concerning the priority area in which you would like to develop a project;
  • List of three references
  • Writing sample

Direct materials and inquiries to Jerel McCrary at fellows@baylegal.org  on or before June 15, 2013.

BayLegal will work closely with successful applicants to design the final project proposal.

More info here!
Handling Civil Cases in the 
State & Federal Courts
Charles Houston Bar Association Presents:

Handling Civil Cases in the State and Federal Courts

June 19, 2013
5:30 P.M.

Moderator: Judge Brenda Harbin-Forte
Hon. Phyllis Hamilton
Hon. Wynne Carvill
Hon. Teri Jackson
Hon. Steven Austin

Hosted by:
Meyers Nave Law Firm
555 12th Street
Oakland, CA

Interested persons should RSVP to younglawyerschair@charleshoustonbar.org or 

NASABA 10th Anniversary Convention in San Francisco June 20-23



NASABA's Convention is the place for attorneys interested in issues facing South Asian-Americans and South Asia to meet, learn and network. This year's Convention will be held at the Marriott Marquis in beautiful San Francisco, and will feature established leaders on the legal scene who will engage in panel discussions and deliver keynote addresses. The United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, will be our Saturday evening gala keynote, and United States Magistrate Judge (and former SABA-NC president!) Paul Grewal will moderate a panel of general counsels on the issue of cybersecurity. MCLE credit will be available.

Please visit www.nasabaconvention.com for more information about programming and registration. Share the invitation with your friends on facebook.
The Barristers Diversity Issues Committee presents: Overcoming Barriers


The Barristers Diversity Issues Committee presents:


Overcoming Barriers:

Advice From Local, Diverse Judges  

Top tips from the Bench on how to succeed in & out of the courtroom



Presiding Judge Cynthia Ming-mei Lee 

San Francisco Superior Court


Judge Evelio M. Grillo 

Alameda County Superior Court


Judge Erica R. Yew 

Santa Clara Superior Court



Quyen Ta 

Keker & Van Nest LLP


Tuesday June 25, 2013

MCLE Registration: 5:30-6:30 pm

Program: 6:00-7:30 pm


Arnold & Porter LLP 

Three Embarcadero Center, 10th Floor 

San Francisco, CA 94111

  • Free for BASF Student Members 
  • $25 Government, Nonprofit Attorneys and Barrister Section Members 
  • $35 BASF Members 
  • $50 Others

(BASF Members: Be sure to login in to get your discounts!)

MCLE: 1 Hour 


Event Code: B131250

Informal reception will follow the panel.

American Immigration Council 
2013 Annual Benefit: 
American Heritage Awards

Annually the Immigration Council celebrates the outstanding contributions of immigrants and their advocates from around the country at our American Heritage Awards.


Join the Council this year at the Hilton Union Square on Friday, June 28, 2013 as they highlight the contributions and accomplishments of immigrants from the LGBT community. Honorees this year include journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, spoken word poet Stacyann Chin and gay and immigrant rights activists Anthony Sullivan and Richard Adams (posthumously). Additionally the evening's event will be hosted by San Francisco legend Peaches Christ. The evening will begin with a reception at 6:30 pm followed by an awards show and dinner at 7:00 pm.

Tickets are just $200 each and sponsorship opportunities are available. A portion of your ticket price and/or sponsorship will be tax-deductible.  More information available here.

2013 Pride Brunch

Join the Carroll Burdick & McDonough LLP Diversity Committee on June 30, 2013 from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm in watching the 2013 Pride Parade right from their own 4th floor terrace.  Not only will you be able to enjoy the sights of the parade, but CBM will also be providing a delicious brunch for all to enjoy!  Please RSVP to Joey Silveira jsilveira@cbmlaw.com by June 21, 2013.  
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 Free Spring 2013 MCLE Trainings




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!

Shattering the Judicial LGBT Glass Ceiling

July 18, 2013

Orrick, Herrington, and Sutcliffe
405 Howard Street, 8th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
5:30 - 8:00 pm


As an active supporter of efforts to increase representation of Asian American LGBT lawyers in the judiciary, AABA's LGBT Committee is proud to debut its Judges Seminar Series with an in-depth look at the careers of four trailblazing LGBT judges. Our honored guests include:

  • Justice Rives Kistler of the Oregon Supreme Court, the first open LGBT justice in the country;
  • Justice Sabrina S. McKenna of the Supreme Court of Hawai`i, the first open LGBT Asian American female justice in the country;
  • Justice Barbara Lenk, the first open LGBT justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court; and
  • Federal Magistrate Judge Donna Ryu of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the first LGBT Asian American female judge in the Northern District.

This seminar will explore each judge's unique experiences, challenges, and lessons learned throughout their career.  This is not an event to be missed!  MCLE credit is available.

Space is limited. No cost to AABA/BALIF members and law students; $25 for non-members.  


To RSVP, please email Maggie Owyang at aaba.bayarea@gmail.com or sign up on AABA's Calendar.

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 11 - ACC Diversity Committee  Program Presentation & Reception
 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
On Lu & Jamie Dupree  
John Robert Unruh


Elizabeth Pritzker & Andrew Vu  
Judiciary Co-Chairs

John Robert Unruh & 
Lilah Sutphen
Gala Co-Chairs  

Laurie Bertolacci  

Nick Kacprowski
Amicus Chair   


Leah Nutting  

Peter Catalanotti
Outreach Chair

Jessica Bogo
Social Action Chair 

Nick Clements  
Dustin Helmer & Midori Hirai


Katie Carlson
BALIF 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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