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?
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
555 California Street, 26th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
ACC Diversity Committee Program
Panel Presentation & Reception
"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
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 Mixer
Come meet members of our sister minority bar organizations in a relaxed and informal setting. Appetizers will be provided!
June 12, 2013
111 Minna Gallery
111 Minna Street (at 2nd Street)
San Francisco, CA
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!
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.
430 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA
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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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
Moderator: Judge Brenda Harbin-Forte
Hon. Phyllis Hamilton
Hon. Wynne Carvill
Hon. Teri Jackson
Hon. Steven Austin
Meyers Nave Law Firm
555 12th Street
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.
The Barristers Diversity Issues Committee presents: Overcoming Barriers
The Barristers Diversity Issues Committee presents:
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
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 email@example.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
- 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
| June 11
- ACC Diversity Committee Program Presentation & Reception
| June 12
- MBC Joint Bar Association Happy Hour Mixer
| June 13
- National LGBT Honors Andrew Vu
- BALIF / Jones Day Pride Parade Breakfast
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