Weekly Newsletter        |         June 24, 2014
In This Issue
Message from the BALIF Board 


As the current Social Chair, I am looking forward to the many events that are being planned. Be sure to attend this year's Pride Breakfast on Sunday, June 29th graciously hosted by Jones Day at 555 California Street, 26th Floor from 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.  Come enjoy great food and drink before heading out to watch the parade.  Trust me, this is an event you definitely want to attend!  If there are any wonderful people out there interested in volunteering to help with clean-up after the Brunch (I promise not to keep you longer than 30 minutes), please e-mail me at social@balif.org.


Next month, be sure to attend our summer happy hour on July 10th at Blanc et Rouge from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.  Come enjoy a glass of wine (or two) and catch up with old friends and hopefully make some new ones. 


I am excited to be a part of the board.  I have many plans and ideas for events this year and I look forward to meeting all current and prospective members of BALIF.  Please check our website regularly and if you are not currently a member of BALIF, please sign up today!


I leave you all with a quote by Dr. Seuss: "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."  Happy Pride Month Everybody!



Brandon Lawrence

BALIF Board Social Chair



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
BALIF July Happy Hour

Blanc et Rouge

Two Embarcadero Center

Thursday, July 10, 2014

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


Come out and have a glass of wine and meet both old and new friends at our fabulous happy hour! 

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.

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. Space 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.com for 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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Lambda Legal's State of the LGBT Union


Lambda Legal's San Francisco Bay Leadership Committee invites you to join us for the: STATE OF THE LGBT UNION

Wednesday, July 2, 2014, Wine and cheese reception at 5:30, Program at 6 pm
Hosted by Seyfarth Shaw, 560 Mission Street, S.F.

Our speakers (Shedrick Davis, Esq., Western Regional Director, Los Angeles & Judi O'Kelley, Esq., Deputy Director, Seattle) will give an overview of the current status of national marriage equality work, will outline other cutting edge cases Lambda Legal is currently litigating across the country, and will preview the pressing issues facing the LGBT community as we look to our future. Question and answer session to follow.

RSVP to Jessica Maxwell at jmaxwell@lambdalegal.org or 213-382-7600 ext. 222 or  www.lambdalegal.org/unionsf  

Marriage...The Fine Print:
5 Suprising Facts Everyone Needs to Know

Wednesday, July 16th 6:30pm-8:30pm

Marriage is the only license you don't have to study for.  It's a contract you can sign without understanding its terms. And yet, this license has a huge impact on your life.  In this workshop, we will address: the key rights and responsibilities of marriage, the pros and cons of marriage, which rights and responsibilities you can change and which are written in stone, and alternative ways to recognize your relationships. This workshop applies to all marriages and domestic partnerships. Enter your relationship on your own terms!

This workshop is led by: Stephanie Lee, CFP, financial advisor (www.eastrockfinancial.com) and Dylan Miles, Ph.D., J.D., family lawyer and mediator (www.milesfamilylaw.com)


To enroll and for details, please go to: www.MarriageTheFinePrint.com 

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
KABANC Annual Gala- Save the Date!
On Friday, September 26, KABANC will hold its annual gala at the Crowne Plaza in Palo Alto, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306, to celebrate its 31st anniversary. Please save the date! Details are forthcoming, and we very much look forward to seeing you there!

As in years past, we will be awarding a scholarship to a law student for bar related studies. If you would like to support our Foundation and its efforts to provide scholarships to law students, please reach out to Liz Kim at Liz.Kim@hiscox.com

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
July 10- BALIF Happy Hour
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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