Weekly Newsletter        |         June 10, 2014
In This Issue
Message from the BALIF Board 

Happy Pride Everyone!!  Stay informed about Pride events and stay connected with other BALIF members on a variety of social mediums. 


BALIF has groups on LinkedIn and Facebook where group members can post events or comments. Just search for BALIF and request to join these groups.  BALIF is also on Twitter, where you can follow us to see BALIF news, event info, #ThrowbackThursday posts, and more! 


All members who are not currently on the BALIF Listserv should have received an invitation to join through Google Groups earlier today.  Once a member of the Listserv, you can communicate with other members on specific legal issues, request referrals, announce events, access professional support, enhance your practice and elevate your professional development. To join, just follow the instructions in the email invitation. If you do not respond to the invitation promptly, it will expire.  If you did not receive an invitation today, please let us know by emailing technology@balif.org.


BALIF also posts photos from events on our website, so check those out too.  The website and Newsletter provide a wealth of information and resources of which every BALIF member should be aware.  So please explore and use these fun and useful tools today!



Jennifer Orthwein

BALIF Board Communications & Technology Chair



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

2014-2015 BALIF "Connections" Mentorship Program


It's that time of year again! BALIF's Connections mentorship program is seeking mentors and mentees for 2014-2015.

The Connections mentoring program gives law students and newer lawyers the opportunity to be matched with established Bay Area attorneys who practice in a variety of settings, including large and small firms, nonprofit and public interest organizations, and governments. Mentors provide guidance about the nuts and bolts of careers in the law, as well as practical advice to help mentees build their job seeking and networking skills. For mentees, the Connections program offers a great opportunity for networking, skills development, and career building in the LGBT legal community by some of the best in the field, including judges, law firm partners, senior public interest and government attorneys, and corporate in-house counsel.


BECOME A MENTEE or MENTOR! If you are a law student, recent law school graduate, or newer attorney seeking a mentor, or if you are an experienced attorney interested in serving as a mentor, please contact Julie Wilensky, jwilensky@lewisfeinberg.com. Mentee applicants will be required to submit a brief questionnaire that will assist us in making a mentor-mentee match, including asking about the type of law you wish to practice and other specific information to help make your mentoring relationship a success. Mentors will be asked some basic questions to ensure that a prospective mentee is a good fit in terms of the mentor's practice area and time availability. Mentors and mentees must commit to meeting at least three times in person during the mentorship year (from September to May) and be willing to communicate more frequently by phone and email. Mentor/mentee pairs will be assigned on a rolling basis between July and September. Stay tuned for more details on a happy hour to kick off the Connections program this fall.

3L + Diversity Reception (2 free tickets)


SF Omni Hotel on June 16, 2014 (5pm - 7pm)


Celebrate diversity with 3L+ at its inaugural Diversity Reception. Join us for appetizers, drinks, music, and inspiring speakers to include: Karen Korematsu, Executive Director of the Korematsu Institute and daughter of Japanese-American civil rights activist Fred Korematsu.


All proceeds will benefit 3L+ Scholarship and Diversity Programs.  3L+ mission is to improve the legal profession by training lawyers who are better prepared for the real practice of law.


Two free tickets available to members. 

Contact communityambassador@balif.org.  

Otherwise: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/3l-diversity-reception-tickets-11655362503?aff=es2&rank=1


Apply for full diversity scholarships: http://www.3lplus.com/scholarships/

Register to attend the full Summer Conference training seminar: http://www.3lplus.com/san-francisco-summer-conference-diversity-reception/

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:



Celebrating Pride at the 
50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act


On June 19, 2014 the EEOC will host a panel discussion in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The topic of conversation: After 50 years, where are we on LGBT rights under Title VII and where do we need to go from here? BALIF Board Member Felicia Medina will be the moderator.

Please RSVP through the following link: 


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.



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.



PwC San Francisco

3 Embarcadero Center, 20th Floor

San Francisco, CA 94111  

Pride Law Fund
Upcoming Events

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


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).
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 JOBS from the menu on the left.

Upcoming Events
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

Mario Choi

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


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Advocate Level


A.L. Nella & Company, CPAs 


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 


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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