Weekly Newsletter        |         June 17, 2014
In This Issue
Message from the BALIF Board 

It's June, and Pride season is in full swing, as we are celebrating our past accomplishments, while looking to the future. I wanted to take this opportunity to give a little plug for a wonderful event happening this Thursday, June 19th.


Celebrating Pride at the 50th Anniversary Of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: Perspectives on Title VII and LGBT Employment Rights


This panel discussion features a number of amazing speakers and is moderated by our very own BALIF member, Felicia Medina. I encourage you all to come June 19th, at 3:30 p.m. to the Phillip Burton Federal Building (450 Golden Gate Avenue) -the Ceremonial Courtroom (19th Floor).


This event is just the start, as the Programs committee is working hard this year to organize a full calendar that will be of interest to our membership. This includes: MCLE trainings; opportunities for our members to get involved with the community, both locally and globally; working groups for attorneys with specialized interests; and other informative, yet fun events.


I encourage you to get in touch with me or my Co-Chair Felicia, at programs@balif.org with your feedback or ideas for future trainings, panel discussions, meetings, and other events. We want our programs to reflect the interests of all our members!


Thank you for making me part of the BALIF Board, and I look forward to meeting all of you in the months to come!


Dmitri Pikman

BALIF Board Programs Co-Chair



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


Panel Presentation & Reception Celebrating Pride at the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Right Act of 1964 


U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, San Francisco District Office

Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 3:30 PM- 6:00 PM


Perspectives on Title VII and LGBT Employment Rights 

"Remembering the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964" 


Remarks by United States District Judge William Alsup 

"After 50 years, where are we on LGBT rights under Title VII? Where do we need to go from here?" 



Eva Paterson, Equal Justice Society 

Joel Engardio, Out & Equal 

Tick Segerblom, Lead Counsel in Rene v. MGM Grand Hotel 

Bill Lann Lee, Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker, & Jackson 


Moderator: Felicia Medina, Managing Partner, Sanford Heisler, LLP 


Sponsored by U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, San Francisco District Office * EEOC Pride * Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom * Equal Justice Society * Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center * National Center for Lesbian Rights * Out & Equal Workplace Advocates * Transgender Law Center 


Please RSVP through the following link: 



6th Annual BALIF/Jones Day Pride Breakfast- June 29, 2014

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.

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:



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

Citizen Workshop in San Jose


New Americans Campaign is looking for volunteers of all expertise to help participants fill out their Naturalization & Fee Waiver Applications in two different CITIZENSHIP WORKSHOPS on:


Thursday, June 19, 2014 & Saturday, June 28, 2014

Training is MANDATORY. 

Please sign up by clicking on the following link: http://bit.ly/1l8O3Db

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 29:  SF Pride Donation Staffing
Details:  This year Pride Law Fund is named as a Pride Community Donation Partner.  PLF is seeking volunteers (varying shifts available) to collect donations on behalf of PLF.  Please contact Michael Wolchansky mwolchansky@gmail.comfor more details.  
August 17: Third annual Boat Cruise around the Bay
Details:  Float with PLF in support of LGBT fellowships!
Also keep an eye out for details about the first annual Brewery Tour this 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. 
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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 19 - Celebrating Pride at the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act
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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