Weekly Newsletter        |         November 26, 2013
In This Issue
Message from the BALIF Board

Greetings! 
 
 

Union Square resurrected the San Francisco Christmas Tree weeks ago, but for me, this week is the real kick-off to the season. I am sure many weekends were spent planning those Thanksgiving menus, reserving that turkey, or maybe trying to find a last-minute place to consume your mashed potatoes and gravy. I spent my weekend ruminating on just how many brussels sprouts one should plan on 23 people eating, and whether great offense will be taken if the sweet potato casserole evolves into roasted sweet potatoes with a bourbon maple glaze.

 

This week is a great time to reflect on the year and acknowledge all for which we have to be thankful. DOMA and Prop 8 were huge victories we all carry in our back pockets. We also have marriage equality in more states than ever, most recently adding Illinois to the list. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) has passed in the U.S. Senate, the first transgender person, Amanda Simpson, has been appointed by President Obama to the administration as a senior technical advisor to the Department of Commerce, and so much more. Take a minute to reflect and be thankful. Baby steps...

 

As we head into the month of December, I hope you join BALIF at our Holiday Party December 18th at Tank 18. After Christmas, join BALIF at the Castro Theatre to laugh along with us at The Kinsey Sicks.

 

Enjoy your Thanksgiving and I hope to see you soon!

 

 

Lilah Sutphen

BALIF Gala Co-Chair

 

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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!
FBANC Accepting Donations Benefiting Victims of Typhoon Haiyan/ Yolanda

 

Proceeds will be donated to the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON), which is spearheading a grassroots effort to provide disaster assistance.

 

If you would like to donate to the Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts, please visit http://nafconusa.org/

 

or

 

Make a check payable to "St. George Fontana," and on the memo line, write: "NAFCON Bayanihan Relief" to clearly allocate it for the typhoon relief.  St. George Fontanta is NAFCON's non-profit fiscal agent.

 

Send checks to FBANC President:

 

Abigail Rivamonte

SF Public Defender's Office

555 Seventh Street

SF, CA 94103

Follow BALIF on Twitter!

 

BALIF's twitter feed is up and running.  Follow us to see BALIF news, event info, #ThrowbackThursday posts, and more.  Just click the Twitter button at the bottom of the newsletter or here.

 

The Kinsey Sicks 20th Anniversary Show

December 28, 2013 at 8pm

The Kinsey Sicks, America's Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet, celebrate their 20th anniversary with an epic SF performance of America's Next Top Bachelor Housewife Celebrity Hoarder Makeover Star Gone Wild! Guest appearances by Kinsey alumni, plus free post-show Q&A sponsored by the Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center of the SF Public Library. Come celebrate this big milestone with these local-divas-made-good. 

BALIF will have a section for BALIF members!


The discount code is ALRPBALIF. Case sensitive. You must use the code. Click on discount code once seats have been chosen. Type in the code which will "unlock" the new pricing. Beneath it is a new drop down menu of ticket prices, please click on the one named ALRPBALIF.

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!
Staying True to Your Roots 2014 CLE

 

Friday, January 24, 2013

 

Practicing Law Institute

San Francisco, CA

 

BALIF is co-sponsoring this event and will be given a $50 discount on registration. Just register at the NLG Member Rate.

 http://www.nlgsf.org/event/staying-true-your-roots-2014 

 

Join us for a full day of CLE presentations including substance abuse, elimination of bias, and ethics. This will be an opportunity for California attorneys to get CLE credit and, perhaps, a chance to recall why you became a lawyer in the first place.

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
ALRP
 

 

 

Bar Association of San Francisco

301 Battery Street, 3rd Floor

San Francisco, CA 94111, Board Room

5:30pm-7:00pm

1.5 General CLE Credits

 

Negotiation on Behalf of Tenants in SF

Wednesday, December 4, 5:30-7:30pm

    • Presented by Deepa Varma, Esq., Eviction Defense Collaborative

To RSVP

Email: mcle@alrp.org or

Call: 415-701-1200 ext. 303

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?

Promotion?

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
December 18- BALIF Holiday Party
December 28 - The Kinsey Sicks 20th Anniversary Show
BALIF Board of Directors
On Lu & Jamie Dupree  
  
John Robert Unruh
Treasurer  

  

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

A&P
Fenwick
HB Logo

Kilpatrick
Mofo
Sedgwick2
Seyfarth
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Wilson


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

Orrick

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

JAMS

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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