Message from the BALIF Board
I hope that you all had a nice and relaxing holiday with friends, family, and significant others. I had a lovely day, spending it in Miami with my partner's family stuffing my face full of Cuban-style pork and black beans (for my money, pork beats turkey any day!).
As we kick off the holiday season and the accompanying holiday parties, make sure that December 18 from 5:30 - 9:00 p.m. is blocked off for the best one: BALIF's annual Holiday Party, Wednesday, December 18, from 5:30- 9:00 pm at the hip Tank 18 wine bar in Soma. RSVP on the BALIF website.
We will, of course, be celebrating a momentous year in the advancement of gay rights. We will also be honoring Munger Tolles & Olson LLP with the BALIF Community Service Award for their many contributions to those advancements. It's an event you will not want to miss.
That's it for now - but if you see one of our law school members in the next week or two, be sure to wish them good luck on finals (and buy them a cup of coffee if they look exhausted!).
BALIF Social Chair
Therese Stewart is Seeking BALIF's Endorsement for the California Court of Appeals-- We Want Your Vote!!
The BALIF Judiciary Committee is privileged to recommend that BALIF endorse SF City Attorney, Therese Stewart, for a position on the California Court of Appeals, First Appellate Division. Therese Stewart was an active participant in the Prop 8 litigation and has worked tirelessly on marriage equality and other issues of importance to the LGBT community. If appointed, she will be the first out lesbian appellate justice in the State of California .
THE CHOICE IS YOURS: To complete the endorsement process, we need your vote!
The Judiciary Committee implemented a fair and unbiased candidate endorsement process. Certified members of the Committee evaluated Therese's responses to a written questionnaire, completed reference checks, and conducted an in-person interview with the candidate. The Committee's recommendations are not binding on BALIF. BALIF members have a vote. BALIF members are free to adopt or reject the recommendation of the Committee as to any particular candidate.
VOTING IS EASY: Just go online or return your paper ballot by December 10, 2013!
You can vote online using a simple electronic voting system - be on the lookout for ballot instructions in your email inbox and check your spam folder if you didn't receive them. Paper ballots are also available. All ballots must be completed online or postmarked by December 10, 2013.
If you have trouble logging in, please contact our Administrator, Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BALIF Holiday Party- Save the Date!
Please join us for BALIF's annual Holiday Party!Wednesday, December 18, 2013
5:30- 8:30 pm
1345 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94103RSVP 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/
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:
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
Champagne & Art Reception at 6:00 PM
Dinner & Awards at 7:00 PM
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.
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
Bar Association of San Francisco
301 Battery Street, 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111, Board Room
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
Email: email@example.com or
Call: 415-701-1200 ext. 303
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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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