Weekly Newsletter        |         November 12, 2013
In This Issue
Message from the BALIF Board

I hope this finds you smiling. 


Visiting Hawaii this past weekend, the press coverage of the proposed Hawaii Marriage Equality Act of 2013 was widespread and diverse.  When I see and hear other states struggling with LGBT equality issues I often wonder what I, as a San Francisco resident, can do to help. 


I think I figured out one small way I can help.  I can support my LGBT brothers and sisters right here in the Bay Area (and stop feeling helpless). 


As attorneys and law students we are constantly asked for referrals.  You all know you can search for BALIF members by name, but did you know you could search by practice area, Law Firm, or Organization? 


The next time someone needs a real estate attorney or the next time someone is interviewing at a particular law firm, send them to our Member Directory to see if any BALIF members can help.  Or better yet, locate an attorney in the directory that would be a good referral and reach out to them yourself before sending the referral.  Strengthening our community here will help strengthen our communities in other states.    


Another way you can help is to join me for a casual drink at all of the following:


1.  2013 Minority Bar Coalition Unity Awards Reception Thursday, November 14th at 5:30 at UC Hastings (honoring our own Chelsea Haley Nelson!)


2. BALIF/NCLR Happy Hour on November 21, 2013 at 6:00 at Pause Wine Bar. 


3.  BALIF's Holiday Party on December 18, 2013 at 5:30 at Tank 18.


Click on the link and click on "Add to my calendar" and you're set.



Thank you!

Peter Catalanotti
BALIF Outreach Chair
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.

BALIF / NCLR November Happy Hour



Please join BALIF and the National Center for Lesbian Rights for a happy hour mixer at Pause Wine Bar!



Thursday, November 21, 2013

6pm - 8pm



Pause Wine Bar

1666 Market Street

San Francisco, CA 94102

BALIF Holiday Party- Save the Date!

Please join us for BALIF's annual Holiday Party!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
5:30- 8:30 pm

Tank 18
1345 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

RSVP Here!
"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! 
Charles Houston Bar Association 
Annual Gala Dinner and Dance


Saturday, December 7, 2013

City Center Marriott

Oakland, CA 


Champagne & Art Reception at 6:00 PM

Dinner & Awards at 7:00 PM

Click here for tickets and more information!
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


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

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
November 14- 2013 MBC Unity Awards
November 16- "Pitching In": A Client Pitch Workshop 
November 21- BALIF / NCLR  November Happy Hour  
December 18- BALIF Holiday Party
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

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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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