Message from the BALIF Board
As we patiently await the Prop 8 and DOMA decisions tomorrow, the BALIF Board of Directors has been reviewing all the hard work of our members and celebrating the coalitions we have built along the way. It has filled us all with a great sense of pride. Once the decisions are announced, look for BALIF's statement, which will recap BALIF's and our supportive coalitions' contributions toward marriage equality.
However SCOTUS decides these two momentous cases, there is still a lot of work to do to achieve full equality under the law and in the eyes of our fellow Americans and the world. Where do you see the LGBT civil rights movement in 5 or 10 years? Where do you think we should spend our time, energy and money? How will you contribute?
Pride week is in full swing and we look forward to seeing many of you at the festivities. Please check out http://balif.org/events for a full list of our events. Don't forget to join BALIF and Jones Day for the 5th Annual Pride Breakfast Celebration this Sunday before you head out to the Pride Parade.
Happy Pride everyone! Let's make it another one to remember!
BALIF Communications & Public Relations 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
555 California Street, 26th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
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.
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.
Partners and Associations Reception
The Bar Association of San Francisco * Charles Houston Bar Association * Bay Area Black Partners Group * California Association of Black Lawyers * Black Women Lawyers of Northern California cordially invite you to attend their:
African American Partners and Associates Reception
Welcoming African American Summer Associates to the Bay Area
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart
Steuart Tower * One Market Plaza, Suite 1300
San Francisco, CA 94111
Please RSVP online at www.sfbar.org/summer-receptions.
Up Your Alley & Folsom Street Fair Volunteers Needed!
The Transgender Law Center is proud to be one of the partners selected by the Folsom Street Fair to provide volunteers for the Folsom Street Fair and its baby brother, Up Your Alley.
To be a success, TLC needs BALIF members' help. TLC needs BALIF to step up and be a volunteer. It's easy, it's fun, and you'll still have plenty of time to enjoy the fair.
All you have to do is go to a brief orientation meeting, and then show up and work a shift. A variety of volunteer tasks are available. You'll meet terrific people and have fun while at the same time helping Transgender Law Center become a strong, solid partner of the Folsom Street Fair.
Up Your Alley is on July 28th and the Folsom Street Fair is September 29th. More information can be found here: http://folsomstreetfair.org/fair-faq.php
Please let Trans Law Center Board Member Shawn Demmons (email@example.com) know ASAP if you can volunteer for either event. TLC needs you, BALIF members!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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!
Marriage in America:
Life After Windsor & Perry
Join BASF's LGBT Equality Committee for an exciting panel discussion to discuss the impact of the recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings in the same-sex marriage cases (Hollingsworth v. Perry, et al. and United States v. Windsor) and to explore the impact of these cases on the marriage equality movement nationwide.Speakers include:
Matt Coles (Deputy Legal Director and Director of the ACLU Center for Equality, ACLU)
Chris Stoll (Senior Staff Attorney, NCLR)
Kristin Perry and Sandra Stier (Plaintiffs in Hollingsworth v. Perry, et al.)
Moderated by Yolanda Jackson, Deputy Executive Director and Diversity Director, The Bar Association of San Francisco
The Bar Association of San Francisco
301 Battery Street, 3rd Floor Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Panel discussion: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
BASF LGBT Partners, Associates and Counsel Reception to follow: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Please RSVP online by July 15th
For more information contact Nicole Britton-Snyder at 415-782-8914
Shattering the Judicial LGBT Glass Ceiling
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.
Event Title: Shattering the Judicial LGBT Glass Ceiling
Date: Thursday, July 18, 2013
Time: 5:30-8:00 pm
...Presentation + Q & A7:00-8:00
Orrick (8th Flr.)
405 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
*Space is limited
*No cost to AABA/BALIF members and law students; $25 for non-members
*To RSVP, please email Maggie Owyang at email@example.com
or sign up on AABA's Calendar.
Prenup is not a Dirty Word: Marrying and Registering with Heart and Smarts
Marriage. It's in the air. And in the courts. And all over the press. Marriage is a civil right, marriage is romantic .... and marriage is a contract with your partner. Unless you specify otherwise, the terms of the contract are pre-written by the state. This contract is the only contract most people enter into without reading or knowing the terms. In fact - where can one even find those terms? If you are considering marrying and/or domestic partnering, we encourage you to think about what you want your marriage or registered partnership to look like. Do the rights and obligations set by the state fit your relationship - or do you want to customize them?
Join us July 25, 2013!
The LGBT Center
1800 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
In this workshop, we will address:
- Why do a pre-nup? (Or not!)
- What can we address in a pre-nup?
- How can we go about creating a pre-nup?
Presenters are: Charles Spiegel (charlesspiegellaw.com), Heba Nimr (hebanimr.com), and Dylan Miles (milesfamilylaw.com)
2 or 3 offices available in prime Victorian in Castro. Share flat with estate planner/generalist and building with other attorneys. We are congenial, collegial, experienced and respectful.
Contact: Michael @ 861-9900
Rents: 1,100 for smallest office; 1200 for med office and $1,400 for front parlor office (fireplace, etc.). Included in rent: shared reception/paralegal office and conference room, and small kitchen space. Not included in rent: utilities, and cleaning. Floor is well-wired for internet for easy plug and play.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 email@example.com.
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 must be current 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.
- BALIF / Jones Day Pride Parade Breakfast
Life after Windsor & Perry
- Shattering the Judicial LGBT Glass Ceiling
- Workshop: Prenup is Not a Dirty Word
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