Message from the BALIF Board
Thank you for all that came out to the super awesome kickball event this weekend. We had a blast and we hope to do another one in the near future!
I hope that all of you are getting pumped about Lavender Law, which is being held here in beautiful San Francisco August 22-24! We are seeking last minute donations from firms or attorneys so if you want to give please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information. For those firms and attorneys who have donated - Thank you!!! Your generosity is greatly appreciated. BALIF wants to send as many law students as possible to take advantage of the great opportunities Lavender Law has to offer.
Finally, BALIF is seeking mentors and mentees for our annual BALIF "Connections" Mentorship program. We are looking for attorneys willing to volunteer their time to become a mentor for law students and baby attorneys looking to find their way through the legal profession. Going through the mentorship program myself, I found the experience incredibly meaningful professionally and personally. If you are interested in being a mentor or a mentee, please contact Mario Choi (my illustrious mentor) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope you all have a fantastic week. And a warm welcome back to our law students!
BALIF Law Student Representative
Lavender Law Donations
Hey BALIF members! Did you know that almost half of BALIF membership is made up of law students? And with the National Lavender Law Conference being held in beautiful San Francisco August 22 through 24 - it is BALIF's goal this year to send as many law students to attend this exciting and invaluable event. Unfortunately, due to the high cost of registration, many law students are unable to attend. Therefore, BALIF is seeking the help of our generous members to donate a minimum of $135 (the cost of registration) to help support a law student to attend Lavender Law 2013. This year will be especially electrifying with the demise of DOMA and Prop 8 and we don't want our Bay Area law students to miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
If you are interested in making a donation or want more information about how you or your firm can help sponsor a law student, please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join BALIF's California Conference of
Bar Associations Committee!
Do you want to help shape California's laws? Join BALIF's California Conference of Bar Associations (CCBA) Committee. Each year, BALIF sends a delegation to the California Conference of Bar Associations, a group of attorneys from local, specialty, and minority bar associations across the state that are focused on improving California's laws. BALIF's CCBA Committee reviews and determines BALIF's position on resolutions that are debated at the Conference. This year, the Conference will be in San Jose from October 11-13, 2013.
BALIF's representation and participation at the Conference are crucial to ensure visibility of the LGBT legal community at the statewide level and to bring LGBT issues before the Conference. Last year, BALIF sponsored resolutions to ensure that transgender people in jails and prisons receive appropriate medical treatment.
If you want to weigh in on this year's proposed resolutions and/or join BALIF's delegation to the Conference, please email Julie Wilensky at email@example.com by August 23, 2013.
|BALIF / APABA-SV Scholarship
The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley ("APABA-SV") Charity Foundation and Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom ("BALIF") are pleased to announce a special scholarship for law students who have a demonstrated commitment to the Asian Pacifica American community and the LGBT community.
To recognize law students in the greater Bay Area who have:
- Overcome personal hardships or challenges;
- Shown excellence and achievement in law school; or
- Demonstrated leadership and service to the Asian Pacific American and LGBT community.
One scholarship of $1,500.
Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m., September 6, 2013.
Please submit applications to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also feel free to contact us with questions.
BALIF / Seyfarth 2013 Lavender Law Conference Reception
BALIF and Seyfarth Shaw would like to invite you to a reception to celebrate the 2013 Lavender Law Conference.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
111 Minna Gallery
111 Minna Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
2013- 2014 BALIF
"Connections" Mentorship Program
It's that time of year again! BALIF's "Connections" Mentorship Program is looking for mentees seeking to gain valuable insight into the profession, and mentors who want to provide guidance and experience to the "younger" crowd. Both mentors and mentees must be able to commit to constant communication, and must be able to meet at least a few times during the course of the mentorship year (September-May).
Mentors should be more senior, experienced attorneys or judges in their field(s) of practice. Mentees can be law students, attorneys just beginning their careers, or even more senior attorneys looking to expand their horizons or to move into a different legal focus.
Applications are available for the program. Please email email@example.com, and in the subject line note either "Mentor" (if you are seeking to be a mentor) or "Mentee" (if you are looking to be mentored). If you have any questions, please email the Chair of the Young Lawyers and Law Students Programs Committee Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALRP Preliminary List of Free
Fall 2013 MCLE Trainings
Bar Association of San Francisco
301 Battery Street, 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111, Board Room
1.5 General CLE Credits
Immigration Options for Bi-national Couples after DOMA
Kelly McCown, Esq., McCown & Evans LLP
Fair Debt Collections Practices Act
Noah Zinner, Esq., Housing & Economic Rights Advocates
Applied Mindfulness for Lawyers: Strategies for Managing Stress
Kim Nicol, Esq., Attorney at Law
Substance Abuse Credit
Wills & Trusts for LGBTQ Couples after DOMA
Deb Kinney, Esq., Johnston, Kinney & Zulaica, LLP
Family Law & Mediation
Joann Babiak, Esq., Babiak Law Offices
New Developments in Tax Law
Adria Price, Esq., Price & Associates LLP and Aubrey Hone, Esq. Hone Maxwell LLP
Unlawful Detainer Negotiation
Deepa Varma, Esq., Eviction Defense Collaborative
LGBT Elder Abuse: Nursing Homes and Assisted Living/Residential Care Facilities
Helene Wenzel, Esq., Law Office of Helene V. Wenzel
Iranian American Bar Association
Sixth Annual Dinner
The Iranian American Bar Association invites BALIF Members to their Sixth Annual Dinner on Thursday, August 15, 2013
, at 6:30pm
. This year's keynote speaker will be Mr. Cyrus Amir-Mokri, the U.S. Treasury Department's Assistant Secretary of Financial Institutions! Tickets can be purchased tickets here
Green Cards for Same Sex Couples
A Panel of Immigration Attorneys Present:
GREEN CARDS FOR SAME SEX COUPLES
Do you have questions about getting a green card based on a same-sex marriage?
A panel of San Francisco-based immigration attorneys will provide an overview of the impact of the recent Supreme Court case striking down the Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA") on immigration law.
* Emily Wages, of the Law Office of Emily Wages
* Christina H. Lee, Partner at Becker & Lee LLP
* Camiel Becker, Partner at Becker & Lee LLP
** Time permitting, attorneys will offer free
consultations on a first come first served basis.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
From 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
San Francisco LGBT Community Center
Spencer Andrew Ceremonial Room
1800 Market Street, San Francisco, CA
For more information:
Backer & Lee LLP
Barristers 5th Annual Diversity Reception
The Diversity Committee of the Barristers Club presents
Barristers 5th Annual Diversity Reception
August 15, 2013: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
You are invited to attend the 5th Annual Diversity reception. This award reflects an individual's efforts to increase awareness of diversity issues in the Bay Area Legal Community. This is a free event for all attorneys, judges, law students, and BASF members. The Barristers Club is proud to honor Otis Bruce Jr. and Quyen Ta.
Generously Sponsored by:
Keker & Van Nest LLP
Phillips Spallas & Angstadt LLP
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Sponsorship opportunities still available.
Please contact Barristers Club Director Kallie Donahoe.
BASF Conference Center
301 Battery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
Event Code: B137313
Marriage After DOMA: Why You Should Walk (Not Run) to Tie the Knot
The Beck Law Group, P.C.
McCown & Evans LLP
Our Family Coalition
Gay Asian Pacific Alliance
Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women & Transgender Community
Please join us as we discuss tax, immigration, social security, property co-ownership and other legal implications of same-sex marriage and the possible repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act.
Topics will include:
- Immigration options for same sex binational couples after DOMA
- Requirements for fiancé visas or marriage-based green cards
- Differences between applying for a green card in the U.S. vs. abroad
- Federal Income Tax implications after DOMA
- Social Security benefits implications after DOMA
Alma Soongi Beck, J.D., LL.M. Taxation
The Beck Law Group, P.C.
Kelly McCown, Esq. and Jeptha Evans, Esq., Partners/Co-Founders of McCown & Evans LLP
Thursday, August 22, 2013 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Saturday, August 17, 2013 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Main Meeting Room
5232 Claremont Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618
Space is limited. To RSVP, please contact Andrea from McCown & Evans LLP at email@example.com or (415) 834-9123. For additional information, please see www.mccownevans.com or www.becklawgroup.com.
COST: Seminars are free of charge. These are informational seminars. There is no cost or obligation.
Nominations Now Being Accepted for 2014 Barristers Club Board of Directors
The Barristers Club Board of Directors is accepting applications for 2014. Directors determine the club's mission and set policy and procedures to fulfill the club's mission.
Directors supervise and facilitate Barristers Club activities by serving as liaisons to Barristers Sections and Committees, and participating on ad hoc committees in connection with major events (e.g., the Judges Reception). Directors represent the Barristers to the legal community and the public.
Candidates must be BASF members who were admitted to the bar on January 1, 2004 or later. The Barristers Club and its board encourage diverse eligible members of BASF to apply for the Barristers board.
To be considered for a nomination, you must submit a personal statement no later than September 3, 2013.
The statement should include your education and legal background, area of practice, your involvement with the Barristers Club, other bar associations, or community service organizations. We encourage you to include any other information that you believe will assist the committee in making an informed decision. Your statement should not exceed 350 words and should not include the names of endorsers. In addition, you may include your resume, if you like.
Submit your statement by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
KABANC 2013 Dinner Gala
Korean American Bar Association of Northern California
2013 Dinner Gala
General Counsel at Uber Technologies, Inc.
KABANC's 2013 Legal Professional of the Year
Ken Lee, Tom Surh & Grant Kim
Original Founders of KABANC
KABANC's Special 30-Year Gala Recognition
Date: Friday, September 6, 2013
Reception: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Dinner and Program: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Venue: Four Seasons Hotel
2050 University Avenue
East Palo Alto, CA 94303
For tickets, tables, and sponsorship pricing and reservations, please contact Fred Choi: email@example.com
For dinner information, please contact Jang Im: firstname.lastname@example.org
ABA Diversity Committee Luncheon
American Bar Association, Section of Taxation
Fall Meeting, September 19-21, 2013, Hyatt Regency, San Francisco, CA
Register at: http://meetings.abanet.org/meeting/tax/fall13/
Diversity Committee Luncheon and Panel
Friday, September 20, 2013
Tax Implications for Same-Sex Couples After DOMA. Where Does the Code Go From Here?
On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court in Windsor v. United States invalidated Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). What will be the implications of the Court's decision on the application of Federal tax laws to same-sex couples? Panelists will discuss the tax planning challenges faced by same-sex couples and other Federal and state laws, such as estate and gift tax complications, taxation of Social Security benefits and employer-provided health coverage, the availability of certain deductions and exemptions, and the possibility of filing amended returns. The panelists will share their insights on the Supreme Court's rulings in Windsor and in Hollingsworth v. Perry. The panel will also share ideas on necessary IRS guidance in light of these decisions.
Moderator: Laura R. Westfall, King & Spalding , New York , NY.
Panelists: Professor Patricia A. Cain, Santa Clara Law, Santa Clara, CA; Shannon Price Minter, Legal Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights, San Francisco, CA; Eric A. San Juan, Senior Attorney-Advisor to the National Taxpayer Advocate, Office of the Taxpayer Advocate, Washington, DC (invited); Shawn Newman, Law Office of Shawn C. Newman, P.A., Wilton Manors, FL; Stephen B. Tackney, Deputy Associate Chief Counsel, Employee Benefits, Office of Division Counsel/Associate Chief Counsel, TE/GE, IRS, Washington, DC (invited).
WLAC Annual Judges'
Dinner & Silent Action
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Hon. Tara Desautels - Alameda County Superior Court Judge
Nancy O'Malley - Alameda County District Attorney
Aundrea Brown - Alameda County Assistant Public Defender
Laura Stein - Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Clorox
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; $1,200 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 @ 415-861-9900
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.
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 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 / Seyfarth 2013 Lavender Law Conference Reception
- BALIF / APABA-SV Scholarship Application Deadline
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