Weekly Newsletter        |        November 4, 2014
In This Issue
Message from the BALIF Board 



What a joyful time. The Giants won the World Series. My kids and young people everywhere wore their costumes with pride and delighted all the adults on Halloween. And over 150 people came out for BALIF and ABBA's October 30 fundraising event for LYRIC at the Drake Lounge on October 30th, raising over $17,000 for LYRIC. Wow! Kudos go to BALIF board members Edward Joy and Jessica Bogo for their tireless work in support of this fundraiser. And thanks to our sponsors for your generosity in supporting LYRIC.


If you don't know LYRIC, you should. LYRIC helps LGBTQQ kids in all aspects of their life, including a powerful and life-changing job training program. LYRIC has been around for over 25 years, providing critical support to over a generation of LGBTQQ youth. The money raised by BALIF and ABBA will fund 17 kids in the job training program, helping them to get a job and changing their lives forever. One BALIF member at the October 30 event shared with me how much it meant to her that BALIF was doing the fundraiser for LYRIC. When she was a teen, LYRIC provided her with a much-needed safe haven to go and be herself. Her success is a testament to LYRIC's impact in our community. If you haven't had a chance to donate yet, you still can by contacting BALIF's Community Ambassador Edward Joy at communityambassador@balif.org.


There are other great events coming up. Don't miss BALIF's "Plus One" Happy Hour at 50 Mason this Thursday, November 6 - bring a friend or colleague new to BALIF (a "Plus One"). On Monday, November 10, BALIF and BASF are sponsoring a CLE on the Elimination of LGBT Bias in the Legal Profession with a number of superstar speakers (see details below). Law firm partners and owners are invited to BALIF's Partner Exchange monthly luncheon, with the next one on November 18. And don't forget to put BALIF's December 10th Holiday Party on your "Don't Miss" list.


BALIF, you inspire me. I can't wait to see what we accomplish next!





Jamie Dupree

BALIF Co-Chair

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!

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 (when registering by phone or fax).

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."


Presented with UC Hastings Legal Education Opportunity Program
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
UC Hastings College of the Law
Louis B. Mayer Lounge
198 McAllister Street, San Francisco CA 94102

Welcome Remarks by: Chancellor & Dean Frank H. Wu, UC Hastings College of the Law


Introduction and awards by: The Honorable Tara M. Desautels, MBC Judicial Liaison


Keynote Address by: Justice Goodwin H. Liu, Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court


Light refreshments. Complimentary Admission & no RSVP required. Please direct questions to: dwei@ax-law.com ormsahai@alchemyip.com

Post- NAPABA Networking Mixer


If you are interested in re-connecting with new friends and acquaintances, missed your chance to connect at NAPABA, or were not able to make it to NAPABA, you will get your chance on November 19th. Come share beverages and hors d'oeuvres with new and old friends and colleagues before everyone disappears for the holidays. This event is open to all members (and those interested in becoming a member) of any NAPABA affiliate organization.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

5:30PM to 8:00PM

Baker Botts LLP

1001 Page Mill Road; Building 1, Suite 200

Palo Alto, CA 94304


Hosting coordinated by the Women in Law Committee of APABA-SV and Baker Botts.


Please RSVP here.

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



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
November 6 - BALIF Happy Hour
November 10 - BALIF/ BASF present Elimination of LGBT Bias in the Legal Profession
December 10 - BALIF Holiday Party!
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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