Weekly Newsletter        |         December 10, 2013
In This Issue
Message from the BALIF Board


As you sift through your holiday party invitations, there is one that you should be sure not to miss.  Please join us on Wednesday, December 18, from 5:30- 9:00 pm at the Tank 18 wine bar in Soma for BALIF's annual holiday party.  Please RSVP here! BALIF has planned a special event for a truly extraordinary year.  In 2013, tens of thousands of Californians entered into same sex marriages that were previously prohibited.  For many of our colleagues and friends, a long wait has finally ended.  At this year's party, we will both celebrate tremendous advancements in the law that led to these joyous results, and honor BALIF's pro bono counsel at Munger Tolles for its devotion to both BALIF and marriage equality.  I hope to see you all there.

Nickolas Kacprowski
BALIF Amicus Chair
Therese Stewart is Seeking BALIF's Endorsement for the California Court of Appeals-- We Want Your Vote!!

Today is the last day to 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.


Thank you for voting!  


If you have trouble logging in, please contact our Administrator, Katie at balif@balif.org.

BALIF Holiday Party- Next Wednesday!

Please join us for BALIF's annual Holiday Party!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
5:30- 9:00pm

Tank 18
1345 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

RSVP Here!
Pride Law Fund Raffle &
Upcoming Events

Happy Holidays! Now is a great time to start celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the Pride Law Fund by making an end of the year tax deductible donation.  Join us at our table at the BALIF Holiday Party, as we raffle two tablets and walking poles. A donation between now and the BALIF Holiday party for any amount greater than $10 automatically enters you into the raffle. 

You can donate on our website  at
http://www.pridelawfund.org/donate.php or send checks to Pride Law Fund, P.O. Box 2602, San Francisco, CA 94126-2602)

Also, save the date for the Pride Law Fund Gay Ski Bus to Tahoe on January 25, 2014 and our third annual Boat Cruise around the Bay on May 31, 2014.  See you soon and happy new year.
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:


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.

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.

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
December 18- BALIF Holiday Party
December 28 - The Kinsey Sicks 20th Anniversary Show
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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