Weekly Newsletter        |          June 25, 2013
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!



Jennifer Orthwein
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
8:30-10:30 a.m.

Jones Day
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:


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.

African American
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.


Hosted by:

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 (shawn.demmons@gmail.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 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



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 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

Hosted by
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 at

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 Details
Event Title: Shattering the Judicial LGBT Glass Ceiling
Date: Thursday, July 18, 2013
Time: 5:30-8:00 pm

5:30-6:00...Opening reception
6:00-7:00...Presentation + Q & A
7:00-8:00...Closing reception

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  aaba.bayarea@gmail.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)

Castro Offices for Rent
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.


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.


Contact: Michael @ 861-9900
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 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.

Upcoming Events
June 28 - AIC 2013 Annual Event
June 30 - BALIF / Jones Day Pride Parade Breakfast
July 17- Marriage in America: 
Life after Windsor & Perry
July 18- Shattering the Judicial LGBT Glass Ceiling
July 25- Workshop: Prenup is Not a Dirty Word
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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