Message from the BALIF Board
Fall is officially here, which means (mostly) warm days in San Francisco, the Folsom and Castro Street fairs, and the work of the 2014 Gala Committee begins! I am honored to be co-chairing this committee for the third year in a row. Our first committee meeting is this Thursday where we will begin planning the event's theme, awardees, and one totally amazing party. We promise next year's event will be a night to remember with amazing food, drinks, dancing, and a few surprises. So, reserve Friday, February 28th, 2014 on your calendar for BALIF! The Gala will be here before we know it.
In the meantime, please check out the many exciting upcoming events sponsored by BALIF and our allied organizations listed in this newsletter. Have a great week and I hope to see you soon.
John Robert Unruh
BALIF Gala Committee Co-Chair, Treasurer
2013- 2014 BALIF
"Connections" Mentorship Program
The BALIF's "Connections" Mentorship Program is open to those young attorneys and law students seeking mentorship from more experienced attorneys and judges, and to seasoned attorneys looking to give back to the community by providing guidance and expertise to the "younger" crowd. Mentors and mentees must be able to commit to constant communication, and must be able to meet at least several times during the course of the mentorship year (September-May).
Mentors should be judges or more senior, experienced attorneys 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 do something new!
Applications are available now. Email email@example.com, and in the subject line note either "Mentor" (if you're seeking to be a mentor) or "Mentee" (if you're looking to be mentored). If you have any questions, please email Mario, the Chair of the Young Lawyers and Law Student Programs Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org).
ALRP 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 DOMAThursday, September 26, 5:30-7:00pm
Wills & Trusts for LGBTQ Couples after DOMATuesday, October 1, 5:30-7:00pm
- Presented by Kelly McCown, Esq., McCown & Evans LLP
- Presented by Deb Kinney, Esq., Johnston, Kinney & Zulaica LLP
Using State and Federal Law to Protect Debtors from Collections Harassment
Wednesday, October 2, 5:30-7:00pm
- Presented by Noah Zinner, Esq., Housing and Economic Rights Advocates
Identity Theft and Undocumented Immigrants
Tuesday, October 22, 5:30-7:00pm
- Presented by Sean Perdomo, Esq.,Law Office of Sean Perdomo
Applied Mindfulness for Attorneys: Substance Abuse Awareness
Thursday, November 7, 5:30-7:00pm
- Presented by Kim Nicol, Esq., Attorney at Law
Navigating IRS Collection Procedures: From Assessment to Resolution
Thursday, November 14, 5:30-7:00pm
- Presented by Adria Price, Esq., Price & Associates LLP, and Aubrey Hone, Esq., Hone Maxwell LLP
Making the Most of Mediation in Family Law
Tuesday, November 19, 5:30-7:00pm
- Presented by Joann Babiak, Esq., Babiak Law Offices
Negotiation on Behalf of Tenants in SF
Wednesday, December 4, 5:30-7:30pm
- Presented by Deepa Varma, Esq., Eviction Defense Collaborative
Email: email@example.com or
Call: 415-701-1200 ext. 303
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
ALRP Needs You at Folsom Street Fair
The AIDS Legal Referral Panel is a proud beneficiary of the 2013 Folsom Street Fair on Sunday, September 29, 2013. We need more volunteers than ever at San Francisco's most popular leather/fetish fair. By volunteering, you ensure that ALRP can continue providing low-cost legal services to people living with HIV/AIDS.
Volunteer shifts and more information is on our website at:
To sign up, please contact ALRP Volunteer Coordinator Jennifer Schuster at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 701-1200 ext. 303. Thank you!
APABA-SV Annual Scholarship & Commitment to Diversity Awards Banquet
This year marks APABA-SV's twenty-eighth anniversary! As part of our ongoing commitment to the community, APABA-SV will be holding its annual Scholarship and Commitment to Diversity Awards Banquet on Friday, October 4th at the Sofitel San Francisco Bay, located at 223 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City, CA. We will be recognizing the recipients of our Corporate and Law Firm Diversity Awards, as well as our scholarship recipients who have demonstrated leadership and commitment to the Asian Pacific American community.
This year's keynote speaker will be Justice Sabrina Shizue McKenna
from the Supreme Court of Hawaii.
Where: Hotel Sofitel, 223 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City, CA 94065 (map)
When: Friday, October 4th, 2013
Cocktails: 6 PM
Dinner: 7 PM
Questions? Email us at: email@example.com
Banquet proceeds will help fund scholarships and internships of the APABA-SV Charity, as well as the general operations of APABA-SV.
Hasting's Women's Law Journal (HWLJ) 25th Anniversary and Symposium
Hastings Women's Law Journal 25th Anniversary Symposium
Onward and Upward: Breaking Through Gender Barriers in Law and Tech Friday, October 18, 2013, 8:30am-4:30pm
, UC Hastings, 200 McAllister Street, S.F., CA 94102
The Hastings Women's Law Journal's 25th Anniversary Symposium highlights the experiences of women in the workforce, and what strategies are available to overcome obstacles and close the gender gap. The program opens with a
keynote address delivered by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at 9:00 a.m.
Three panels will follow from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The first covers women's experiences in the law, the second reflects on the female perspective in the tech sector, the third highlights policy developments in the Bay Area and resources for women leaders. Following the program, there will be a Wine and Cheese Reception from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
at the Dobbs
Atrium. Attendance is FREE, and MCLE credit will be offered for the first panel, from 10:15-11:30 a.m.
For more information, please see: https://uchastings.webconnex.com/hwljsymposium25
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call: (415) 797-7090
, or just e-mail me here
API Legal Outreach 38th Anniversary
The API Legal Outreach family cordially invites you to join us as we celebrate our 38th Anniversary on Friday October 18, 2013, at the Saint Mary's Cathedral, 1111 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA. For 38 years, we have worked against long-standing barriers to equal justice by providing linguistically and culturally appropriate legal and social services. Our annual dinner is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the services we provide and communities we serve. More than 400 guests will attend! Meet our staff, law clerks, volunteers, Board of Directors, donors and sponsors while having a wonderful time.
Purchase tickets today here!
Please consider making a donation if you are unable to attend. Your generous support will allow us to continue to provide critical services to the marginalized community members.
San Francisco Downtown Offices for Rent
Small law firm seeks 1 or 2 tenants to sublease two light-filled private offices, with some open space flexibility in 1400 square foot suite in classic, famous building in the heart of downtown. Larger office is approx. 200sf and the smaller is about 120sf and full of light and open-able windows. Suite includes wireless/ethernet, phone system, receptionist, kitchenette, on-site conference room, lots of storage and friendly people. Depending upon how much space you need, rent would be 1250 to 3500K, with tons of flexibility on layout and price. Looking for people on the right side of what they are doing. Insurance defense lawyers would probably be happier someplace else.
San Francisco Office for Rent
Available now! Lovely 11 ft x 13 ft (143 sq. ft.) window office in Class A building. Large office can accommodate one or two people comfortably. Furniture available or you can bring your own. Other professionals in suite are lawyers and commercial real estate brokers.
- Newly remodeled 30th floor of prime location on Market between 1st and 2nd
- Suite views from Tiburon to the Bay Bridge to China Basin to Twin Peaks
- Office views of skyline and Twin Peaks, amazing sunset views
- Light filled
- 24 hour security/doorman in lobby
- 24 hour access to the office
- Shared conference room
- Kitchen with complimentary coffee, tea, water and soda
- Shared copier/fax/printer
- Nortel phone system
- Internet -- wireless and LAN
- Shared reception/administrative services
Please reply to Jill McCall at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
- Beautification of Glen Park Elementary
|On Lu & Jamie Dupree
Elizabeth Pritzker & Andrew Vu
Dustin Helmer & Midori Hirai
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