Weekly Newsletter        |         October 29, 2013
In This Issue
Message from the BALIF Board


Greeting from the Public Relations Committee! We have been keeping busy getting the word out about all the amazing work BALIF members are doing. Last week was an exciting and busy week for BALIF. First, the Judiciary Committee held a kickoff reception for the LGBT Judges Council and Advisors Council. The LGBT Judges Council includes Bay Area active and retired judges who will serve as informal mentors to LGBT attorneys who aspire to join the bench and the Advisors Council includes senior and well-connected LGBT attorneys to build a pipeline for the bench. Several judges spoke at the reception, held at Keker & Van Nest LLP. Kudos to Andrew Vu and Elizabeth Pritzker, Judiciary Committee Co-chairs for a wonderful kickoff event and great work in increasing the LGBT presence on the bench.


The Amicus Committee was also busy, filing amicus curiae briefs Friday in the Hawaii and Nevada Ninth Circuit challenges to those states' marriage bans. A copy of the press release can be found here. Kudos to Nick Kacprowski, Amicus Committee Chair, for leading the charge.


The Social Action Committee helped beautify Glen Park Elementary Sunday and is taking a leadership role in a coalition of organizations mobilizing to help the LGBT crisis in Russia. Kudos to Social Action Committee Co-chairs Jessica Bogo and Dmitri Pikman.


The Conference of California Bar Associations (CCBA) Committee led by Julie Wilensky is working with the CCBA to pursue legislation guaranteeing inmates in California access to prescribed medicines, including hormone maintenance therapy for transgender inmates. A copy of the press release can be found here.


Here on the Public Relations Committee, we are gearing up to expand our social media presence. Email PR@balif.org if you are interested in getting involved in this effort. We are also creating a directory of BALIF members who are experts in their fields to provide to our media contacts. It's a great way to get your name out there, so if you are an expert in your field and want to be included, email PR@balif.org.



Denise Bergin

Public Relations Committee Chair

Join PLF with Katya Smirnoff-Skyy at Feinstein's at the Nikko for 
Broadway Bingo!

Join Pride Law Fund for a very special evening with the impeccable Katya Smirnoff-Skyy at Feinstein's at the Nikko for Broadway Bingo! Cocktails and show tunes, what more does one need? 


This Wednesday, October 30, 2013 from 6:30pm-10:00pm. Feinstein's is at Hotel Nikko, located at 222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA. 


Admission is FREE and the show is from 7pm-9pm. Costumes encouraged. See you there! For more information please contact Pride Law Fund co-chair John Robert Unruh at john.unruh@pridelawfund.org


2013 MBC Unity Awards Reception


Presented by MBC and UC Hastings 

Legal Education Opportunity Program:


2013 Minority Bar Coalition

Unity Awards Reception


Thursday, November 14th

5:30-8:00 pm (Program - 6:30 pm)


Welcome remarks by...

Frank Wu, Chancellor & Dean of UC Hastings


Introduction and Awards by...

The Honorable Tara Desautels, MBC Judicial Liaison


Special Recognition of...

The Honorable Stuart Hing


UC Hastings College of the Law

~ Louis B. Mayer Lounge ~

198 McAllister Street, San Francisco


Light refreshments will be provided.

No RSVP necessary. Please direct questions to:



We will be honoring our own BALIF member and former Co-chair Chelsea HaleyNelson with an MBC Unity Award.

"Pitching In": A Client Pitch Workshop
When: November 16, 2013
Where: Palo Alto, CA 

This is the first in a series of professional development workshops that SABA-NC plans to sponsor this year. The aim of these workshops will be to give younger attorneys hands-on training to develop key professional skills, with a focus on training that is difficult to get in law school or existing practical skills programs. The workshops will bring together experienced attorneys in the community to help younger lawyers work on specific skills. The first workshop will be focused on pitching a case to a potential client. Attorneys (or pairs of attorneys) interested in practicing a pitch for an IP case to potential clients should sign up. We will send out a package for interested participants with a "case" created by us and suggestions on the areas to cover in the pitch/presentation. Each person or pair of attorneys will prepare a pitch, and then pitch the case to a panel of two members - typically the panel will be made up of one in-house counsel and one senior partner at a law firm. No specific IP experience is needed to participate. The workshop will be able to accomodate at least 20 participants who want to practice pitching a client. Contact profdev@southasianbar.org for more information. Sign up here! 
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.

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



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

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

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!


Meaghan Zore 

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 30- PLF's Broadway Bingo
November 14- 2013 MBC Unity Awards
November 16- "Pitching In": A Client Pitch Workshop 
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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