Message from the BALIF Board
BALIF Judiciary 2.0 launched !
In this first week of October, as the justices of the United States Supreme Court begin a new term, we are excited to announce that BALIF has kicked off a very ambitious work plan for BALIF's Judiciary Committee this coming year. Our Judiciary Committee has long served as a key endorsement mechanism for LGBT candidates seeking positions on the federal and state judiciary. The Committee's new work plan is to supplement these efforts with a series of new initiatives that are designed to identify qualified LGBT judicial candidates, and to support and groom those candidates for successful appointment to the bench.
The Judiciary Committee had quite a busy summer. We reformulated the Committee's goals and work plan for the year; recruited a brand new committee, bringing on a total of 17 committee members, and establishing 10 subcommittees spearheaded by the committee.
The Committee's new strategic goals for the year are: establish ties with the Minority Bars Judiciary Committees to share intelligence and efforts regarding judicial appointments; establish connections to other CA state, out of state, and national LGBT judiciary committees regarding judicial appointments of LGBT candidates; establish connection to the Governor's Office; work to place LGBT / BALIF members on Bay Area county judiciary committees such as BASF Judiciary Committee; Alameda Judiciary Committee; San Mateo, Santa Clara; establish an LGBT Judges Council to advise our Committee and mentor our judicial candidates; establish an Advisors Council composed of senior LGBT attorneys from our community to build a pipeline and mentor our community for the bench; kick off a summit of LGBT Judges in the Bay Area, Advisors Council, and LGBT judiciary committees; revisit the feasibility of the BALIF plebiscite while continuing the important work of the BALIF endorsement process; and establish a Media Plan & Campaign for awareness of LGBT Judiciary issues.
In an effort to bring attention to the need for more LGBT diversification in judicial appointments, in July, BALIF and AABA co-sponsored a historic -- "Shattering the Judicial LGBT Glass Ceiling" Event, at Orrick featuring out LGBT jurists: Justice Rives Kistler (Oregon Supreme Court); Justice Sabrina McKenna (Hawaii Supreme Court); Justice Barbara Lenk (Massachusetts Supreme Court); and Magistrate Judge Donna Ryu (N.D. California). We had over 100 attendees at the standing room only event.
It's going to be quite an ambitious and busy upcoming year!
Andrew Vu & Elizabeth Pritzker
BALIF Judiciary Committee Co-Chairs
BALIF Happy Hour this Thursday!
Hey BALIF members! Our fall Happy Hour is upon us. Please join your fellow BALIF members for a nice glass of wine or refreshing beer this Thursday, October 10, 2013 from 6 to 8 at Blanc et Rouge. Please note the venue change. Looking forward to seeing everyone!
Blanc et Rouge
2 Embarcadero Center (Front & Sacramento Street)
San Francisco, CA
Are you an expert in your field? Get your name in BALIF's new Expert Directory and get quoted!
BALIF members are experts in almost every legal specialization from antitrust to family law and we want to leverage our extensive media contacts list to raise the profiles of our experts. When a journalist needs an expert on securities law, prison law, employment law, or whatever your specialization is, she'll call you for that quote.
If you want to be included in the BALIF Expert Directory,
please send a short email with the following to PR@balif.org:
Name, title and place of business
Fields and/or sub-fields you are an expert in (E.g., Employment and ERISA)
No more than 500 words on what makes you an expert: specific work experience, length of experience, published articles or books, and speaking appearances related to your topic.
Please reply only if you can truly be considered an expert in your field; general guidelines are at least 7-10 years of practice and/or additional qualifications that separate you from other attorneys.
Diversity Stakeholder Forum:
The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Diversity in the Legal Profession
The State Bar of California 86h Annual Meeting
San Jose, California
Saturday, October 12, 2013, 2:30 to 4:00 PM
Diversity Stakeholder Forum: The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Diversity in the Legal Profession
Speakers include Dr. Clarence B. Jones (Counsel and speech writer for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dale Minami (Minami Tamaki, LLP), Eva J. Paterson (Equal Justice Society), Jennifer C. Pizer (Lambda Legal), Thomas A. Saenz (MALDEF); and Hon. Cynthia Loo (COAF Vice-Chair and Moderator)
(EOB MCLE credit for registrants - all others welcome to attend)
Saturday, October 12, 2013, 5:30-7:30 PM
Diversity Awards Reception
Featuring Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and Dr. Clarence B. Jones (Counsel and speechwriter for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)
San Jose, Downtown Marriott Hotel, Salon III and IV
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
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.
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
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
5th Annual Speakers Series on Accessibility to Education
|Come join the San Mateo County Bar Association and the Diversity Committee in honoring Kevin R. Johnson, Dean of U.C. Davis School of Law, former U.C. Regent,
Ward Connerly & Peter G. Keane on Tuesday, October 24, 2013
at 5 p.m.
BABPA First Annual Holiday Party
Please join the Bay Area Black Prosecutors Association (BABPA) in celebrating their First Annual Holiday Party. BABPA is dedicated to the advancement of African American prosecutors, government attorneys and law enforcement personnel through advanced educational training and multi-disciplined networking.
BABPA is the Bay Area chapter of the National Black Prosecutors Association (NBPA).
Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 5:30 pm
The Fairmont, San Francisco
Fundraiser for the DDA Patricia E. Ector Scholarship
$50 Entry includes hors d'oeurves- No Host Bar
The Schoenberg Family Law Group was named to the prestigious list the top 100 Women-Owned businesses in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times and, for the second year in a row, they were voted one of the top 3 family law firms by The Recorder's prestigious BEST Survey. Debra Schoenberg also just published a book, Divorce in California.
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
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