Weekly Newsletter        |         June 3, 2014
In This Issue
Message from the BALIF Board 
 
Greetings! 
 
 

As we enter Pride Month in San Francisco, let us look back at how far our movement has come in the past year.  U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones put it most eloquently:

 

"...that same-sex marriage causes discomfort in some does not make its prohibition constitutional. Nor can past tradition trump the bedrock constitutional guarantees of due process and equal protection. Were that not so, ours would still be a racially segregated nation according to the now rightfully discarded doctrine of "separate but equal." . . . In the sixty years since Brown was decided, "separate" has thankfully faded into history, and only "equal" remains. Similarly, in future generations the label same-sex marriage will be abandoned, to be replaced simply by marriage.

 

We are a better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history."  Whitewood v. Wolf, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 68771, 50-51 (M.D. Pa. May 20, 2014).

 

Happy Pride Month BALIF Members, you deserve it.

 

 

Pete Catalanotti

BALIF Board Secretary

 

 

San Francisco Out & Proud Corporate Counsel Award Reception

Out & Proud Corporate

Counsel Award Reception

 

June 5, 2014 | 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Slide Lounge

430 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

 

 

Honoring Therese Lee, Global Ethics and Compliance Counsel, Google

 

 

Free for Corporate In-House Counsel to attend this event, General AdmissionTickets, $250 per person.  

 

Click here for more information! 

BALIF Partner Exchange Luncheon

 

BALIF Partner Exchange Luncheon

 

When: Monday, June 9, 2014, 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Where: San Francisco City Club (155 Sansome, 10th Floor)
What: Gourmet buffet lunch with other partners and law firm owners 
Cost: $40 payable by cash or check only

 

Space is limited so only the first 9 to RSVP to jdupree@fddcm.com may attend.

 

Topic:  Business Development.   To whom have you referred business in the last 30 days?  Why?  Where did your last client come from?  Where do you hope your next client comes from?  What are you doing to make that happen?

 

BALIF has created the BALIF Partners Exchange to bring together our members that are looking to network and exchange business and ideas. This event is exclusively for BALIF members who are partners or owners of their law firm with 7 year or more of experience.

6th Annual BALIF/Jones Day Pride Breakfast- June 29, 2014
Save the Date!!!
Save the Date!!!
June 29, 2014
8:30am- 10:00am

Jones Day
555 California St. 26th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104

BALIF and Jones Day welcome all summer associates, law students, attorneys, judges, staff, and friends from all around the Bay Area to their 5th Annual Pride Breakfast Celebration. Come and enjoy great food, drinks, and fun at this annual event before you head out to watch the Pride Parade. 

Please RSVP to Cristina Carman with total number of guests at: ccarman@jonesday.com

More details coming soon!!
Judges and Barristers Social
Please join the ACBA Barristers and Trial Practice sections, along with the Minority Bar Coalition, for an evening with judges from the civil, criminal, family, juvenile law and federal benches for a networking and mentorship cultivating experience. 

 

We have a great line up of 21 diverse judges who will be participating in our event. Throughout the event, each judge will lead a small break out session focusing on cultivating mentorship, networking, and providing opportunities for the participating attorneys to connect with the judge. This event is FREE to ACBA members and $10 to non-members.  The first 60 folks get a free drink ticket!

 

Date and Time: 

 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

 

Location:

 

Lungomare Restaurant   

1 Broadway

Oakland, CA 94607

Jack London Square

 

Registration is required:

 

Visit https://www.acbanet.org/Calendar/Signup.aspx?EventNo=2477 

Call 510-302-2201  

MCLE- True Grit & Growth Mindset: Secrets and Success for Women

 

Click here for more information! 

 

June 5, 2014: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

MCLE Credits - 1 Hour of Elimination of Bias in the legal profession. This is a brown bag luncheon.

 

More and more women are becoming lawyers, but there are still limits on advancement and staying power for women in the legal field. What are the secrets of success for women lawyers? Research proves that it takes two things: grit and a growth mindset for women lawyers to succeed and have the same staying power as their male counterparts.

 

Join Katie Larkin-Wong and Milana Hogan on June 5 to learn:

  • how to apply the grit approach to your law career
  • the skills necessary to achieve equal advancement for women in the legal profession

 

This program will feature a 15 minute presentation followed by real life scenarios that will be discussed in breakout groups.

 

Location

 

BASF Conference Center

301 Battery Street

3rd Floor

San Francisco, CA 94111

AABA 27th Annual
Summer Law Clerk Reception

Recognizing Summer Associates and Law Clerks in the S.F. Bay Area and honoring AABA's 2014 Summer Grant Recipients for their dedication to community service and client advocacy.

 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

6:00 - 8:30 PM

 

Sens Restaurant

4 Embarcadero Center - Promenade Level

San Francisco, CA 94111

 

We hope you can join us!

To RSVP please email:

 

aaba.bayarea@gmail.com 

ACC Diversity & Career 
Advancement Committees Program

"Being Out and In-House: Perspectives of LGBT In-House Counsel" A Panel Presentation & Reception

 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

 

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

 

The panel will discuss career development issues related to being a LGBT attorney within the legal department and the corporation. What is the state of the market in Silicon Valley? Are the numbers of LGBT Attorneys in senior in-house positions growing? The panelists consist of gay, lesbian and transgender lawyers who provide legal support to a variety of different companies from a variety of companies on issues associated with career development. The panel will discuss unique career related issues faced by out lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) lawyers in corporate legal departments.

 

Networking lunch and registration open at 5:30 PM.

Program begins at 6PM

 

Office of Perkins Coie LLP

Four Embarcadero Center

Suite 2400

San Francisco, California


Networking for Success:
The Art of Conversation and The Key to Connecting

ABL-SF & Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (AABA), Solo & Small Firm Committee present:

 

Networking for Success:

The Art of Conversation and The Key to Connecting

 

Tickets for ABL-SF and AABA members were sold out! But don't worry, we added an extra 20 tickets for members. Spaces is limited, so register today!

 

** If you are a member of ABL-SF or AABA but purchased a paid ticket, we'll issue a refund upon your request while tickets are available.

 

When 

Thursday, June 26, 2014 (6 pm to 8 pm)

6:00-6:30 pm Registration

6:30-7:30 pm Workshop

7:30-8:00 pm Networking Social

 

* Light hors d'oeuvre and wine will be provided.

 

Where

PwC San Francisco

3 Embarcadero Center, 20th Floor

San Francisco, CA 94111  

LGBT Family Law Program in Israel

 

LGBT families in Israel have significant legal protections, yet marriage equality and surrogacy for gay men don't exist. Exploring the complexities of LGBT family law offers a wonderful opportunity for lawyers in the US to experience a unique dimension of Israeli society and to meet some of the true pioneers in LGBT advocacy. The tour will be hosted by Frederick Hertz and Elizabeth Schwartz, and will include a series of pre-tour classes and a week of meetings in February 2015 with Israeli lawyers, advocates, and scholars. Participants will be responsible for their own airfare ($1,100-$1,350) and hotel/food expenses (approximately $2,000), with discounted rooms at The Brown Hotel in Tel Aviv and Arthur Hotel in Jerusalem. There will be no charge for the educational programs, and continuing educational credits will be provided.

 

 For further information contact Frederick Hertz (fred@Frederickhertz.com) or Elizabeth Schwartz (eschwartz@sobelaw.com)

ALRP Free Spring 2014 MCLE Trainings
ALRP

 

Disability Discrimination in the Workplace

  • Thursday, June 5, 5:30-7:00pm
  • Presented by Noah Lebowitz, Esq.
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, 301 Battery Street, 3rd Floor, Board Room, San Francisco, CA 94111
  • 1.5 General CLE Credits

$60k Dilemma: Special Needs Trusts or Spend Downs?

  • Tuesday, June 10, 5:30-7:00pm
  • Presented by Steve Dane
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, 301 Battery Street, 3rd Floor, Board Room, San Francisco, CA 94111
  • 1.5 General CLE Credits

To RSVP

Email: mcle@alrp.org or

Call: 415-701-1200 ext. 303

Pride Law Fund
Upcoming Events

Celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Pride Law Fund with a variety of events in 2014!

 

June 8:  Lazy river rafting down the Russian River.

Details:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1385050155076998/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcomin

 

June 15:  Eagle Beer Bust.

Details:  http://www.sf-eagle.com/storm/index.php

 

Aug. 17:  Third annual Boat Cruise around the Bay.

Details:  http://www.pridelawfund.org/events/bay_cruise_2014.php

 

Also keep an eye out for details about the first annual Wine Bus Adventure in Napa in the fall and the second annual Gay Ski Day this coming winter!

 

Donate to Pride Law Fund:  Pride Law Fund, P.O. Box 2602, San Francisco, CA 94126-2602. 

Follow us on facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pridelawfund 

Seeking Women & Minority Arbitrators 
for Kaiser Permanente Panel

 

The Office of the Independent Administrator (OIA) is seeking qualified individuals who want to join its pool of possible arbitrators. There is no fee to do so and the OIA receives no money from the neutral arbitrators.

 

The OIA administers the arbitration system between Kaiser Permanente Health Plan, Inc., and its six million members in California. We administer about 650 cases a year and have approximately 275 neutral arbitrators on the panel. The panels are divided by region; Northern California, Southern California, and San Diego. The parties select their neutral arbitrator by striking and ranking 12 randomly generated names supplied by the OIA, or by jointly selecting any neutral arbitrator upon whom they can agree.   Neutrals set their own fees and are paid by the parties.

 

Among other requirements, neutral arbitrators must either be lawyers with either ten years of substantial litigation and/or arbitration experience; retired state or federal judges; or lawyers with specifically designed arbitration training.   Medical malpractice experience is not required. You must agree to follow the OIA Rules and ensure that the deadlines set forth in the Rules are met.

 

If interested, please go to the OIA at www.oia-kaiserarb.com. You may complete the application on line. You may also obtain copies by emailing oia@oia-kaiserarb.com or by calling 213-637-9847. The qualifications and a copy of the application are attached.

ACBA - Judicial Mentoring Project
ACBA - Judicial Mentoring Project:  Thinking about applying for a judicial appointment. Diverse applicants needed.  Rolling application process through July 2014.  Please consider applying.   For more information: https://www.acbanet.org/Committees/EastBayDiversityBarCoalition.aspx
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 in the right hand column 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.

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 JOBS from the menu on the left.

Upcoming Events
 June 5 - Out and Proud Corporate Counsel Awards Reception

 June 8 -  Lazy river rafting down the Russian River 

 June 9 - BALIF Partner Exchange Luncheon
June 29  - BALIF Jones Day Pride Parade Breakfast
August 17 - PLF Sunset Bay Cruise
BALIF Board of Directors
Jamie Dupree & John Robert Unruh
  
Peter Catalanotti
Secretary

Mario Choi
Treasurer

Andrew Vu &
Lilah Sutphen 
Judiciary Co-Chairs

Nick Clements & 
Mario Choi
Gala Co-Chairs  

 

Meaghan Zore 

Leah Nutting
Amicus Chair     

Joseph Rocha & Midori Hirai
Katie Carlson
BALIF Administrator 
Our 2014 Sponsors
Senior Partner Level
 
 
Partner Level

A&P


Fenwick
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Kilpatrick

Mofo
Sedgwick2
Seyfarth


Wilson

Advocate Level

 

A.L. Nella & Company, CPAs 

AT&T 

Bingham McCutchen  

Farella Braun + Martel LLP 

Jones Day 

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. 

Nixon Peabody LLP 

O'Melveny & Meyers LLP 

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP 

Perkins Coie LLP 

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP 

Santa Clara University School of Law 

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton 

Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP 

 

Benefactor Level

 

Clarence, Dyer & Cohen LLP / Swanson & McNamara LLP 

Cooley Godward Kronish LLP 

FTI Consulting 

Futterman Dupree Dodd Croley Maier LLP 

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher 

Golden Gate University 

HaleyNelson & Heilbrun LLP 

Heath Newton LLP 

HendricksMurry, P.C. 

Jackson Lewis LLP 

JAMS 

Latham & Watkins LLP 

Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson, P.C. 

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP 

Littler Mendelson 

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP 

Paul Hastings LLP 

Pritzker Law 

Reed Smith LLP 

Roeca Hass Hager LLP 

San Francisco City Attorney's Office 

San Francisco District Attorney's Office 

Schiff Hardin LLP 

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP 

Special Counsel 

Stein & Lubin LLP 

 

Individual Sponsors

 

Altep, Inc.  

Todd Norris, Bullivant Houser Bailey 

Michael Colantuono, Colantuono & Levin, P.C.  

Peter C. Catalanotti, Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP 

Debra R. Schoenberg, Schoenberg Family Law Group, P.C. 

 Cheryl Sena, Sena Family Law 

Judge Vaughn Walker ADR/Law Office Vaughn R Walker 

Hon. James L. Warren (Ret.), JAMS  

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP 
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