Weekly Newsletter        |         September 30, 2014
In This Issue
Message from the BALIF Board 



I want you to take a minute to imagine yourself managing a lifelong chronic condition, trying to live on a restricted income, in an extremely expensive city, when you suddenly receive an eviction notice. This is, unfortunately, the reality for many of my clients, as well as many other residents of our city. Housing is not a luxury, it is an absolute vital necessity, and the loss of your home is utterly devastating! I am excited, then, that BALIF is having its Housing Volunteer Day on Thursday October 2nd. Apart from the very exciting opportunity to gain useful negotiation experience, participants will also be helping some deserving folks gain back stability in their lives!


And if you can't make it this Thursday, just email my fellow Board member Jessica Bogo at socialaction@balif.org, and sign up for an opportunity to volunteer on another day!


Also don't forget to mark October 30th on your calendar, for the Lyric Halloween Event Fundraiser! Please consider becoming a Silver, Gold or Platinum sponsor, and your donations will ensure that some incredible young people get a job and a future!


So get involved and do some good!



Dmitri Pikman

BALIF Programs Co-Chair

BALIF October Happy Hour

Join us for our Monthly Happy Hour! 

October 2, 2014

5:00 - 8:00


Lalita Thai Cuisine and Bar

96 McAllister Street

San Francisco, CA 94102


We can't wait to see you there! Don't forget to join us before for Social Action's HNP Volunteer Day!  

Social Action's Housing Volunteer Day

Please join us Thursday, October 2 from 12:30pm - 4:30pm for BALIF's Volunteer Day with San Francisco's Housing and Negotiation Project (HNP).  On October 2, volunteers will negotiate against the landed elite on behalf of tenants facing eviction.  Flex those negotiating muscles and help prevent homelessness!   And then join us for delicious cocktails at Lalita Thai afterward.


The Nuts and Bolts:

Training (dinner provided): 

Monday 9/29 5pm - 7pm at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP (Four Embarcadero Center, 22nd Floor  SF, CA).

(You can attend a different training day if 9/29 does not work for you.  Please email socialaction@balif.org for more information).

Register Here for the training!


Volunteer Day (happy hour to follow):

Thursday 10/2 12:30pm - 4:30pm at San Francisco Superior Court (400 McAllister Street SF, CA).


Happy Hour at Lalita Thai afterward (96 McAllister Street  SF, CA).


(You can volunteer a different day if 10/2 does not work for you.  Please email socialaction@balif.org for more information).


More details on the Clinic:  http://www.sfbar.org/jdc/legal-services/legalprojects/projects-evictiondefense.aspx 


Please register in advance so we know how many people to expect!


BALIF & AABA Present 
Halloween Eve LYRIC Extravaganza 


Come as a lawyer, a banker, a candlestick maker. 
Have a fabulous time! Join BALIF and the Asian American Bar Association to benefit LGBTQ youth at our Halloween Eve LYRIC party. 

LYRIC is a San Francisco charitable organization that provides primarily impoverished or homeless LGBTQ youth paid job training internships, including 100+ jobs over the past year.  

"LYRIC has altered my life so immensely. I could not imagine my life if I hadn't taken this path. I have so many skills now.  [LYRIC] has opened up many, many opportunities for me."  Joshua, Queer Educator, age 21. 

Donate and celebrate to give an LGBTQkid a job, and a future!

What: Halloween Eve LYRIC Extravaganza with drinks, hors d'oeuvres and party favors 
When: Thursday, October 30th - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: The Drake Lounge, 508 4th St, San Francisco
Donations: Requested minimum $25 in advance, $35 at the door

Purchase Tickets / Donate here: 

  For sponsorship opportunities, contact edward@edwardjoylaw.com


Newly-Created Magistrate Judge Vacancy in San Francisco
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California is accepting applications for a Magistrate Judge vacancy in San Francisco. Please see the attached notice and the court's website for additional information and the application.  BALIF's Judiciary Committee seeks to develop, support, and provide the resources for those interested in joining the bench.  Please contact your BALIF Judiciary Co-Chairs, Andrew Vu or Lilah Sutphen,  at judiciary@balif.org, if you have any questions regarding our work and efforts to get more LGBT attorneys on the bench.

Leadership Development 
Program for LGBT Jews

Interested in learning more about the Bay Area LGBT Jewish landscape, meeting influential people, enhancing your public speaking and fundraising skills, and building a relationship with an established leader in the LGBT Jewish community? Apply or nominate someone you know for this great opportunity aimed at queer-identified Jews aged 25-40. Questions? email Angela Dalfen at adalfen@gmail.com



ALRP Free Fall 2014 MCLE Trainings



Employment Issues facing Clients with HIV/AIDS 

* Wednesday, October 1, 5:30-7:00pm 

* Presented by Sonya Smallets, Esq. 

* 1.5 General CLE Credits 


How to Lay a Domestic Violence Record for Appeal 

* Tuesday, October 7, 5:30-7:00pm 

* Presented by the Family Violence Appellate Project 

* 1.5 General CLE Credits 


Confidentiality Law 

* Thursday, October 23, 5:30-7:00pm 

* Presented by Jim Wood, Esq. 

* 1.5 General CLE Credits 


Negotiation on Behalf of Tenants in San Francisco 

* Wednesday, November 5, 5:30-7:00pm 

* Presented by Deepa Varma, Esq., Eviction Defense Collaborative 

* Bar Association of San Francisco, 301 Battery Street, 3rd Floor, Board Room, San Francisco, CA 94111 

* 1.5 General CLE Credits 


All Classes take place at:

Bar Association of San Francisco

301 Battery Street, 3rd Floor, Board Room

San Francisco, CA 94111





Call: 415-701-1200 ext. 303 

Transgender Law Center SPARK! 
12th Anniversary Celebration


Transgender Law Center has spent 12 years igniting change to laws, hearts, and minds to advance the rights of transgender and gender nonconforming people. In light of this milestone, TLC cordially invites you to SPARK! - a 12th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, October 2 at Sir Francis Drake, a Kimpton Hotel in San Francisco, CA.


Click here: www.transgenderlawcenter.org/spark to join us, support our work and mission, and help acknowledge the achievements of our outstanding SPARK! 2014 honorees:


* Willy Wilkinson, Claire Skiffington Vanguard Award: For his innovative leadership - from garnering attention and funds for trans* communities impacted by the AIDS epidemic to founding the first support group for FTM people of color to changing hearts and minds through his work and trainings.


* CeCe McDonald, Authentic Life Award: For her courage and resilience in bringing visibility to our diverse communities, the unjust ways that transgender people are treated by law enforcement and within the justice system, and the ways in which prisons are not safe for anyone, regardless of gender identity.


* ACLU of Northern CA, Community Partner Award: For their leadership and support in sponsoring AB1266, the School Success and Opportunity Act, and for being an unyielding, fierce, and fully committed stakeholder while defending the law against a potential referendum.


ALRP From the Heart 
31st Annual Reception & Auction


Wednesday, October 15th, the AIDS Legal Referral Panel of the San Francisco Bay Area (ALRP) will commemorate 31 years of serving the legal needs of people living with HIV/AIDS throughout the San Francisco Bay Area by hosting its ALRP From the Heart 31st Annual Reception & Auction. The Reception, ALRP's biggest fundraising event of the year, will feature special guest host San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener. 


The wine and food Reception, which will include a silent and live auction, is being held in the Julia Morgan Ballroom at the Merchants Exchange in San Francisco from 6:00 to 9:00 pm


Individual tickets for the Reception start at $100. For more details or for tickets, please visit www.alrp.org or contact Jim McBride, Director of Development at 415/701-1200 ext. 301, or by email at jim@alrp.org

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
October 2 - BALIF Volunteer Day
October 2 - BALIF October Happy Hour
October 30 - LYRIC Halloween Eve Party 
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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