Weekly Newsletter        |        October 21, 2014
In This Issue
Message from the BALIF Board 



It is time to pull your costumes together and get ready for two amazing opportunities to give back to our local LGBTQQI community. There are two amazing events coming up in the next two weeks you DO NOT want to miss! So don't!


The first event is Queer LifeSpaces's first annual fundraiser - Q-Ball - this Thursday, October 23rd from 6pm-10pm. Un-qork your queer for a good cause with a magical evening at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts supporting queer-focused mental health care and honoring local queer leaders!


The second event is co-sponsored by BALIF and AABA - Halloween Eve Fundraising Extravaganza for LYRIC. LYRIC is a charitable organization that provides a wide array of social services to primarily very low income or homeless LGBTQ youth. Through its Youth Workforce Development Program, LYRIC provides LGBTQ youth paid job training internships. $1,000 gives an LGBTQ kid a job, and a future! On October 30th, come to The Drake Lounge in San Francisco from 6pm-9pm, in costume or just as your generous self. I guarantee you will have a FABULOUS time!


For more information on both of these events, see details in our newsletter below. I hope to see many of you at one or both of them!





Jennifer Orthwein

BALIF Communications and Technology Chair

BALIF Partners Exchange Luncheon - 
RSVP for October 22, 2014 & 
Save the Date for Future Months


When:    Wednesday, October 22, 2014;
                Tuesday, November 18, 2014;

Monday, December 15, 2014;

Wednesday, January 14, 2015;

Wednesday, February 11, 2015; and

Thursday, March 19, 2015


Time: 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Where: San Francisco City Club (155 Sansome, 10thFloor)

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 11 to RSVP to BALIF Co-Chair Jamie Dupree at jdupree@fddcm.com may attend. RSVPs being accepted for October 2014 only; RSVPs for future months will be taken the month of the event.


October's luncheon topic:  Bring a business development challenge you face for which you'd like input.  What works for you for business development?  Where do you need help?  What ideas do you have to leverage collective wisdom of the BALIF Partners Exchange to help your practice grow?


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

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


BALIF November Happy Hour

Come to November's "Plus One" Happy Hour. Bring someone you know who is interested in joining BALIF, someone who hasn't found the time to come to any events, or a friend who wants to come out and have a fun time. This happy hour will be at 50 Mason Social House (located at 50 Mason @ Eddy) on Thursday, November 6th starting at 6:30pm. Bring a friend (or two) and be prepared to have a great time!

Queer LifeSpace Presents Q-Ball!


When: Thursday, October 23at 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Where: Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts

2868 Mission Street @ 25th St, San Francisco, CA


A magical evening at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts supporting queer-focused mental health care and honoring local queer leaders.


Mingle with friends amongst a beautiful art gallery which will be showing artists' work commemorating Dia de los Muertos while enjoying live jazz by The Daria Johnson 4. Also, some amazing shared stories/poetry by young queer artists.


Green Chile Kitchen, Beso Bistronomia and A.G. Ferrari will donate amazing hors d'oeuvres with complementary wine, beer & non-alcoholic beverages. Dessert donated by The Depressed Cake Shop SF and Sweet Inspirations.


A mixologist will be creating the "Queertini" for this night only!


Emcee Paul Henderson will host our evening, silent auction & introduce our Honorees.


Host Committee

Sister Roma - Chair

David Campos, Kate Kendall, Juanita MORE!, Mr. Pam, Jeanna Eichenbaum and Gina Gatta



Masen Davis: Community Advocate Award


Cheryl Dunye: Queer Artist on the Ground Award


Benji Delgadillo: Queer Youth Visibility Award


Buy your tickets here today!


If you cannot attend but would still like you contribute to our vision, please go to https://www.queerlifespace.org/donations/ and donate online.


Entire proceeds go to Queer LifeSpace. Providing LGBTQQI-focused mental health and substance abuse services by queer therapists.

BALIF and BASF present Elimination of LGBT Bias in the Legal Profession 11/10

BALIF and BASF's Equality Subcommittee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues present a program that will address current best practices to ensure doorways are open to LGBT lawyers and that promotion and retention goals are embraced. Join us for this discussion on how best practices have changed since BASF last conducted a report on LGBT issues in 2007; what the landscape looks like today, and what further efforts need to be made to encourage promotion, retention and advancement of LGBT persons in the legal profession.


November 10, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. Register today.


Since BALIF is a co-sponsor, BALIF members get the BASF discounted rate of $25.

Minority Bar Coalition Unity Awards 

Please join BALIF and other local minority bar associations Wednesday, November 12 for the 2014 Minority Bar Coalition Unity Awards Reception at UC Hastings. Come celebrate the extraordinary contributions of this year's honorees, including BALIF's very own Edward Joy.


The Minority Bar Coalition (MBC) is a network of more than 25 diverse bar associations in the Bay Area. Its annual Unity Awards recognize attorneys who have best shown a dedication to working in a unified manner to advance the cause of diversity in the legal profession.


Edward was nominated by the BALIF Board of Directors, which recognized Edward for outstanding work as Chair of the BALIF Community Ambassador Committee, working alongside the Asian American Bar Association (AABA) to stage a major fundraiser for the LGBTQQ youth organization LYRIC.


Edward has recruited a large and diverse Community Ambassador Committee, with two thirds of the Committee being people of color and half of the Committee being female.   As Edward states, "The members of the Community Ambassador Committee represent BALIF throughout the year at galas and dinners sponsored by the other MBC organizations. I am proud that the face of BALIF is a diverse one."


Jamie Dupree, BALIF Board Co-Chair states, "Edward is BALIF's first Community Ambassador and in that role he has created a robust committee forging strong bonds with other MBC member organizations. He has gotten to know dozens of other MBC members on an individual level and has spearheaded a number of BALIF initiatives in support of MBC member causes, such as the joint BALIF/AABA LYRIC event and fundraiser. This award is richly deserved."

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



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 

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 22 - BALIF Partners Exchange Luncheon
October 30 - LYRIC Halloween Eve Party 
November 6 - BALIF Happy Hour
November 10 - BALIF/ BASF present Elimination of LGBT Bias in the Legal Profession
March 13, 2015 - Save the Date! 
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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