Weekly Newsletter        |         January 14, 2014
In This Issue
Message from the BALIF Board



The new year is in full swing and so is BALIF!  The Communications and Membership Committees have reinstated BALIF Buzz to our Newsletter to show off all the great things our members are doing, and the Membership Spotlight on our website to highlight members of our community.  If you would like to let our Newsletter readers know about the exciting things happening in your life (i.e. a new job, promotion, new baby, marriage, etc) please write us at membership@balif.org to have it included in BALIFBuzz


Law students, join us for the BALIF Law Student Speed Networking & Resume Review Event Thursday, January 30th, 2014.  Space is limited to the first 40 law student BALIF members who RSVP, so be sure to to let us know as soon as possible if you would like to attend.  More information on the event is below.  


Standing Proud, BALIF's 34th Annual Gala, is right around the corner on February 28th!  Sponsors of Standing Proud get complimentary tickets and many additional benefits.  You may contact John Robert Unruh at gala@balif.org or go to the BALIF website at www.balif.org for sponsorship information.   We hope to see you there!


Jennifer Orthwein

Communications Chair



2014 BALIF Sponsors
BALIF's 34th Annual Gala Standing Proud 
February 28, 2014 6:30-11:00

Join BALIF in Standing Proud at our Annual Gala and celebrating the amazing progress our community has made over the past year. BALIF 2014 sponsors get complimentary tickets and many additional benefits.

Contact John Robert Unruh at gala@balif.org  or go to the BALIF website at www.balif.org for sponsorship information. Individual tickets are also on sale at www.balif.org.

BALIF thanks these incoming 2014 BALIF Sponsors:

Senior Partner Level:
TM Financial Forensics

Partner Level:
Arnold & Porter
Keker & Van Nest LLP
Weaver Austin Villeneuve & Sampson LLP

Advocate Level:
A.L. Nella & Co, CPA
Jennifer Orthwein, PhD., Esq.
Jones Day
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Benefactor Level:
Futterman Dupree Dodd Croley Maier LLP
Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renacker & Jackson, P.C.
Individual Sponsor:
Michael Colantuono- Colantuono & Levin P.C.
Cheryl Sena- Sena Family Law
BALIF Law Student Speed Networking & Resume Review Event

Your friendly, neighborhood BALIF Law Student Reps are pleased to invite you to a Speed Networking and Resume Review event.


When - Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Where - Pillsbury Winthrop, Four Embarcadero Center, 22nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111

Time - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Who - BALIF law students!

What should I wear? - Business attire. We want you to make this experience as close to the real deal as possible.


As law students, we know that sometimes getting individualized feedback about your resume and interviewing skills can be difficult. Finding that next firm job or government externship can be a daunting task. With BALIF's speed networking event, we will help prepare you to deal with some of the most common, dreaded interview questions, what work experience or personalization you can add to your resume, and how to go into a job interview and feel like coming out a winner. After our rounds of speed networking, stick around and network with the attorneys to find out more about what steps you can take to get ahead in your job search!


Beginning January 2014, BALIF will now begin charging students an annual $10 membership fee to qualify to attend certain BALIF member-only events.

This is a limited event, and we can only accommodate the first 40 law student BALIF members who RSVP. Please let us know ASAP if you are able to attend this exciting and fun event. If you have any questions, please email us at lawstudentrep@balif.org.

RSVP here! Space is limited! 

Barbara Bryant had her Op-Ed piece "Teach Our Children Well-About Kissing In First Grade," published in SFGate, December 15, 2013. Here is the hyperlink: http://lnkd.in/b8DAaHV   (printed copy published December 16).


She is teaching an MCLE Substance Abuse class for the Contra Costa County Bar Association January  22, 2014.  Click here for more info.    

Pride Law Fund
Upcoming Events
Celebrate the 35th Anniversary with Pride Law Fund in 2014.  

Due to Snow(less) conditions in Tahoe the first annual Pride Law Fund Gay Ski Bus has been delayed to March 8, 2014, purchase tickets here!  

Additionally, save the date for our third annual Boat Cruise around the Bay on May 31, 2014 and keep an eye out for details about the first annual Pride Law Fund Wine Bus Adventure in Napa in the fall. 

Pride Law Fund is currently accepting applications for Tom Steele Post Graduate Fellowships and Law Students Summer Fellowships.  Applications are due on March 3, 2014 and can be found on our website here

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)
Alameda Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association's Judges' Night


Scott's Seafood Restaurant
Jack London Square, Oakland, California


Special Guest
Ramon Arias, Esq.
Executive Director, Bay Area Legal Aid


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Reception at 6:00 p.m.
Dinner at 7:00 p.m.


(judges, commissioners, and their guest are complimentary)  

For details, please click  here. To RSVP, please contact our Executive Director Patricia Parson at (510) 538-8286.
ALRP Free Winter 2014 MCLE Trainings


The Nuts and Bolts of D.U.I. Law: What Every Lawyer Should Know About D.U.I.s in California

  • WednesdayThursday January 23, 2014 5:30-7:00pm
  • Presented by Daniel A. Flores, Esq., Flores Law Firm
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, 301 Battery Street, 3rd Floor, Board Room, San Francisco, CA 94111
  • 1.5 General CLE Credits



Alex Taylor

Volunteer Coordinator

AIDS Legal Referral Panel

1663 Mission St., Suite 500

San Francisco, CA 94103

415-701-1200 ext. 303



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.

WLAC: Running on Empty MCLE

Women Lawyers of Alameda County presents...

Running on Empty: Work/Life Balance Strategies

from Parents Who Stayed in the Race


Panel Discussion, moderated by Karen Bovarnick, CA Deputy Attorney General:

  • Winifred Smith, Presiding Judge, Alameda County Superior Court
  • Nancy Fineman, Partner, Cotchett, Pitre Simon & McCarthy
  • Tony Mims-Cochran, Sole Practitioner
  • Nora Wong, Alameda County Public Defender

When: Thursday, January 30, 2014, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Alameda County Family Justice Center, Conference Room, 470 27th Street, Oakland

Cost: Free

RSVP: admin@wlaconline.org; (some childcare available with advance request)


Light refreshments provided

1.5 Hours of MCLE (certification pending)

10th Annual 
California Water Law Symposium
10th Annual California Water Law Symposium
Resilience in an Age of Limited Supply
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Hosted by UC Hastings College of the Law

This year's Symposium will focus on California water sustainability and finding "Resilience in an Age of Limited Supply." The program will tackle a variety of issues through the lens of managing water efficiently and sustainably. Panels will cover a range of topics, including new scientific developments for agricultural water management, analyzing current laws' adaptability to dwindling water supplies, and opening nontraditional water sources. The Symposium is a collaborative, student-led effort between Golden Gate University School of Law; UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall); UC Davis School of Law (King Hall); UC Hastings College of the Law; University of San Francisco School of Law; and the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. Every year, the Symposium brings together academics, practitioners, policymakers, scientists, community members, and students to hear from leading professionals on pressing water issues.

General Admission $40
MCLE Credit (6 est. hours) $60
Students Free

For more information and to register, visit www.waterlawsymposium.com
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.


Uber Discount for BALIF Members
Request a ride with the push of a button! Uber is offering new users $20 off your first ride. Text BALIF to 827-222. You can also sign up at uber.com/go/BALIF and download the app for Android, Blackberry, or iPhone. Then sit back and enjoy the magic of Uber, everyone's private driver. (Valid for new users only, TAXI excluded).
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
January 30 - Law Student Speed Networking & Resume Review Event
February 28 -BALIF Annual Gala
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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