Weekly Newsletter        |        November 12, 2014
In This Issue
Message from the BALIF Board 



I hope you have been enjoying the gorgeous weather over the past week.


As you may have heard, last Thursday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld the same-sex marriage bans in the states of Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio, holding that the bans do not violate the Constitution. BALIF filed an amicus brief in June opposing the bans, and we are disappointed by this setback in the march toward marriage equality. The Sixth Circuit is the first federal circuit court to uphold same-sex marriage bans since the Supreme Court's decision in Windsor.


BALIF has been actively involved in the battle over same-sex marriage, coordinating with LGBT bar organizations, civil rights groups, and many other allies, to file amicus briefs in key cases across the country. Over the last year, with the pro bono support of Munger, Tolles & Olson, BALIF has filed amicus briefs opposing marriage bans in the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 9th, and 10th Circuits.  We will continue to monitor the same-sex marriage battle and weigh in on these and other issues affecting our community.


We encourage you to contact us at amicus@balif.org if you are interested in joining the Amicus Committee or wish to suggest a case for submitting a brief.


We also encourage you to join BALIF for the many great events planned over the next few weeks. Today the 12th is the 2014 Minority Bar Coalition Unity Awards Reception at UC Hastings. Next Tuesday the 18th is our monthly Partners Exchange Luncheon for partners and law firm owners. And be sure to mark your calendars for the BALIF Holiday Party on December 10th!





Leah Nutting

BALIF Amicus Chair

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

BALIF Partners Exchange 
RSVP for November 18, 2014 & 
Save the Date for Future Months


When: Tuesday, November 18, 2014; Monday, December 15, 2014; Wednesday, January 14, 2015; Wednesday, February 11, 2015; and Thursday, March 19, 2014


Time: 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm


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


What: Gourmet buffet lunch with other partners and law firm owners Cost: $40 payable by cash or check only


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


November's luncheon topic: Smaller firms face unique challenges in hiring and retaining employees. What can smaller firms offer besides salary to keep employees happy? How do we hire associates who want to grow with us?


Thanks to Craig Daniel for coming up with this month's topic and for providing the attached link to provoke our discussion. http://www.attorneyatwork.com/creative-perks-morale/


Space is limited so only the first 11 to RSVP to jdupree@fddcm.com may attend. RSVPs being accepted for November 2014 only. If you think you've already RSVP'd, please send Jamie an email again. 

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.

BALIF 2014 Holiday Party!

Join us for our annual holiday party and ring in some holiday cheer!! 

December 10, 2014
6:30 - 9:30 pm

The Drake Lounge
508 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

Legal Event with the Oakland Raiders

ALRP Free Fall 2014 MCLE Trainings



Employment Law and Transgender Clients - Sponsored by the State Bar's Labor & Employment Law Section

  • Thursday, November 20, 5:30-7:00pm
  • Presented by Ilona Turner, Esq., Transgender Law Center
  • 1.5 General CLE Credits
  • Overview: This training will cover the workplace rights of transgender and gender non-conforming clients, including anti-discrimination laws and workplace best practices.

Asylum and Other Forms of Relief from Removal

  • Tuesday, December 2, 5:30-7:00pm
  • Presented by Zachary Nightingale, Esq. of Vanderhout, Brigagliano, & Nightingale, LLP
  • 1.5 General CLE Credits
  • Overview: Part of ALRP's new Immigration Training Series, this training will cover asylum and other forms of relief from removal that can provide a client with permanent status. Because all of our clients are living with HIV/AIDS and many are LGBT, we are frequently approached by people who have suffered abuse and intolerance in their countries of origin. This MCLE will contrast asylum with other forms of relief from removal such as Withholding of Removal Relief and Convention Against Torture Protections (CAT), as well as provide insight into how you can achieve asylum for your immigration clients. 

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 

Empire Mock Trial 
International High School Competition

Help high school students from across the globe learn about our legal system (and enjoy a complimentary meal!). Empire Mock Trial, an education non-profit, is hosting an international mock trial program on the weekend of November 22nd at the US District Court for the NDCA. Over 300 students from 5 countries will take part in this inaugural event.

Please join us as a Presiding Judge or Scoring Juror to evaluate and educate the students. We especially need volunteers on Sunday, November 23rd. To find out more and register to participate, visithttp://empiremocktrial.org/program/san-francisco/volunteer/judge/. If you invite a friend to judge with you, we can pair you together.
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



Danny Williams
Danny Williams, the former domestic partner of BALIF member Carl Wolf, died on November 4 at age 62.  Danny was a supporter of BALIF and ALRP and was an acclaimed (and hilarious) stand-up comic, former MC of RSVP cruises, and an avid fundraiser for countless LGBT causes, especially AIDS charities, during the height of the epidemic.
Office Sublet Available
Light-filled window office (12' x 12.5') is available for sublease on the 6th Floor in 150 Post, a Class B Building renovated to the level of Class A, and located across from Gumps, between Kearny and Grant.  Suite has A/C controlled by tenants, AND large operable windows.  Perfect for lawyer or other professional.  Full-time visitor reception, shared use of large conference room, copier/scanner, kitchen with dishwasher, and Wi-Fi.   Please contact Boone Callaway at 415-541-0300 or via email
Boone@callawayandwolf.com for more information.
The Office will be available January 1, 2015.
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 12 - MBC Unity Awards
November 18 - BALIF Partner Exchange Luncheon
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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