Weekly Newsletter        |         October 8, 2013
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:
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: mcle@alrp.org 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.

Click here to view more details for this event!
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


Debra Schoenberg


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.  


Craiglist listing includes photos:  http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/off/4043479177.html 

Please email rrwp6-4043479177@hous.craigslist.org for more information.

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 jmccall@cornerlaw.com or 415-974-6028.

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: 
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
October 10- BALIF Happy Hour
October 26- Beautification of Glen Park Elementary 
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  

Meaghan Zore 

Nick Kacprowski
Amicus Chair   


Jennifer Orthwein
Communications Chair 

Leah Nutting  

Peter Catalanotti
Outreach Chair

Jessica Bogo
Social Action Chair 

Nick Clements  
Denise Bergin

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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