Weekly Newsletter        |        January 13, 2015
In This Issue
Message from the BALIF Board 



Happy New Year BALIF!


By now, the holiday decorations are put away and we're starting to see how 2015 is going to shape up. It is going to be another fantastic year for BALIF! We have a number of wonderful events planned for 2015, including this Thursday's fireside chat and reception with John Cabeca, the Director of the Silicon Valley United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). On Thursday, January 15, from 6-8 p.m. John will discuss his life and experiences in his over 25 years at the USPTO and will provide an overview of community-focused services and educational programs that will be offered at the Silicon Valley USPTO. It is not often that you get an up-close-and-personal opportunity to have such a discussion with an LGBT leader. Please come and welcome John to the Bay Area and the BALIF community. RSVP's are requested and can be made at balif.org. Thanks to Perkins Coie for hosting.


And, of course, the BALIF Partners Exchange continues with its monthly lunches, with the next on January 14, 2015. The BALIF Partner Exchange is a forum for law firm owners and partners with at least 7 years experience to exchange ideas and experiences with others similarly situated. The group is always slightly different and is highly collegial. I hope to see you at a luncheon soon.


Perhaps most importantly, expect a call or email from a BALIF Board Member soon about sponsoring our annual Gala on March 13, 2015. It will be a fabulous event, and as you may know, is BALIF's largest fundraiser of the year. The funds raised at the Gala support all of BALIF's other work. Please consider sponsoring BALIF individually or through your firm or organization.


I am proud to be a member of BALIF and thank you for all that you do for our community. I hope to see you soon!



Jamie Dupree

BALIF Board Co-Chair

BALIF Partner Exchange Luncheon
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 & 
Save the Date for Future Months



Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Thursday, March 19, 2015


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 firm owners

Cost: $40 payable by cash or check only


BALIF has created the BALIF Partner 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 firm with 7 years or more of experience. 


January's luncheon topic:  What are your business development resolutions for 2015? Plan to share at least one, with particular consideration on how the group can help you achieve it. What successes did you have in 2014 that you plan to build upon? What do you plan to do differently in 2015?


Space is limited so only the first 11 to RSVP to jdupree@fddcm.com may attend. 

RSVPs being accepted for January 14, 2015 only.  

A Fireside Chat & Reception with Silicon Valley USPTO Director John Cabeca


Perkins Coie LLP, BALIF, and the AABA LGBT Committee proudly present:

A Fireside Chat and Reception with Silicon Valley United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Director John Cabeca.


Thursday, January 15, 2015, 6-8 pm


Perkins Coie LLP

Four Embarcadero Center, Suite 2400

San Francisco, CA 94111


Please join us for an evening networking reception and fireside chat with John Cabeca, the Director of the Silicon Valley United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  John will talk openly about his life and experiences over his 25 year career at the USPTO.  He will also provide an overview of the community-focused services and educational programs that will be offered through the Silicon Valley regional office.


One (1) Elimination of Bias CLE Credit Offered.


Questions?  Please contact:  David Tsai: dtsai@perkinscoie.com


Free, but RSVP requested at dtsai@perkinscoie.com


Click here to view PDF flyer

BALIF Networking Mixer & Happy Hour

When: Thursday, February 5, 2015

Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Where: Tribune Tavern, (401 13th Street), Oakland CA


What: An opportunity for you to mix with your fellow legal professionals and judges, and make a few new connections. There will be drinks and light appetizers provided. 


The BALIF Gala: Celebrating 35 Years!
March 13, 2015, 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Terra Gallery & Event Venue



Join BALIF as we celebrate 35 years! Come celebrate the amazing progress our community has made over the past year. Better yet, be a sponsor! BALIF 2015 sponsors get complimentary tickets to the Gala as well as many other benefits.


Contact Mario Choi at gala@balif.org or go to the BALIF website at www.balif.org for sponsorship information or to buy tickets!


BALIF thanks this week's incoming 2015 BALIF Sponsors:


Advocate Level:

A.L. Nella & Co., CPA


Benefactor Level:

Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson, P.C

Lubin Olson & Niewiadomski LLP

Pritzker Levine LLP


Individual Sponsors:

Michael Colantuono, Colantuono Highsmith & Whatley, PC

Debra Schoenberg, Schoenberg Family Law Group, P.C.

Cheryl Sena, Sena Family Law

Equality California
Fair Share for Equality Convening
Equality California Institute would like to extend this invite to you and your organization to attend our first ever Fair Share for Equality Convening on Wednesday, January 14th in Sacramento from 10am-4pm at the SEIU California Headquarters in Sacramento. 

The convening aims to bring together leaders from the LGBT community, legislators, and research experts from across the state. Panelists will be speaking on the disparities that the LGBT community faces and how government can potentially address them. Compiled from these remarks and resulting group discussions, a final report will be distributed to policy makers and the broader community. 

Speakers include: 
Assemblymember Richard Bloom
Assemblymember Rich Gordon
Senator Ricardo Lara
Senator Mark Leno
Dolores Huerta 
As well as an additional 17 experts from LGBT and allied communities. 

EQCA Institute's new Fair Share for Equality program has been created to address these disparities by educating legislators and mobilizing partners to ensure our "fair share" of resources are dedicated to advance the health and well-being of California's LGBT community.

The Fair Share for Equality Convening will be the first of its kind to bring together such a broad array of LGBT organizations, service providers and legislative offices with the goal of creating a thought-provoking venue for both discussion and collaboration. 
If you are available to attend, please contact Brad Lundahl at 562-980-6058 or at brad@eqca.org

CLE: Staying True to Your Roots 1/16

The 4th Annual Staying True to Your Roots CLE Event is scheduled for Friday, January 16th at the Practicing Law Institute, 685 Market Street, Suite 100 in San Francisco. 6 hours of Continuing Legal Education credits for California attorneys will be provided, including credits in Legal Ethics, Competence Issues, and Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society.


Because BALIF is a sponsor, you will receive National Lawyers Guild member rates. Courses include: Discrimination Update: New Avenues for Vindicating Employee Rights; Using PAGA Representative Actions on Behalf of Low Wage Workers; Starting and Maintaining a Criminal Defense Practice; and Starting and Maintaining a Tenants Rights Practice.


Contact Carlos at carlos@nlgsf.org or 415.285.5067x304 with any questions.

Empowering Women Attorneys: API Women in Law Firms & Unconscious Bias

You are invited to attend this panel discussion by three powerhouse women attorneys (all Past Presidents of the Korean American Bar Association of Northern California), who will share their experiences and tips on succeeding in the legal profession, including identifying, addressing, and overcoming biases as minority women in the legal profession. Afterwards, please join fellow attorneys and law students for networking mixer/reception.


Date: Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Time: Registration at 5:30 p.m.; CLE from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.; and Networking mixer/cocktail hour/reception: 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Location: Reed Smith LLP, 101 Second Street, Suite 1800, San Francisco, CA 94105


CLE: Elimination of Bias Credit PENDING!


RSVP to Eunice Yang at eyang@minamitamaki.com by Jan. 16, 2015.

ALRP Free 2015 MCLE Trainings


Ethical Issues in Representing Low-Income and Disabled Clients

  • Thursday, January 22, 5:30-7:00pm
  • Presented by Tiela Chalmers, Esq. - Tiela Chalmers Consulting
  • 1.5 Legal Ethics CLE Credits

The Nuts & Bolts of Removal Defense Procedures

  • Thursday, February 12, 5:30-7:00pm
  • Presented by Cara Jobson, Esq. - Wiley & Jobson
  • 1.5 General CLE Credits


  • Tuesday, February 17, 5:30-7:00pm
  • Presented by Amy Harrington, Esq. - Law Offices of Amy Harrington
  • 1.5 General CLE Credits

Removal Defense Waivers and Prosecutorial Discretion: Getting the Results You Want in Immigration Court

  • Wednesday, March 11, 5:30-7:00pm
  • Presented by Gene Sverdlov, Esq. - Law Offices of Gene Sverdlov
  • 1.5 General CLE Credits

Substance Abuse in the Legal Profession: Prevention, Detection, and Treatment

  • Thursday, March 26, 5:30-7:30pm
  • Presented by David Mann - Northern California Consultant to The Other Bar
  • 1.5 Substance Abuse 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 

Protect Your Family, Your Home & Yourself through Estate Planning & Financial Planning


It's the New Year. Take action. Edward Joy, Attorney at Law will provide a highly informative and interactive discussion around estate planning law, and how to protect you, your estate & your family, with a special focus on LGBT issues. Financial planning speaker to be announced. This seminar is free with no obligation.


Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Time: 6:30-7:30 PM

Where: North Beach Library, 850 Columbus Avenue


RSVP by emailing edward@edwardjoylaw.com or calling 415-608-6727

Pride Law Fund Gay Ski Day
Please join Pride Law Fund and the Bay Area Ski Bus for Gay Ski Day at Squaw Valley Resort on Saturday, January 31, 2015. Buses will leave from SF and Walnut Creek in the morning and will return that night for a fun-filled day of snow adventures (including downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and hot-chocolate drinking by the fire). 


Register for Gay Ski Day online at:  http://bit.ly/1dPCCus 

Proceeds benefit legal services and advocacy for the LGBT community in the Bay Area and beyond!



California Bar Foundation
Bar Exam Scholarship


Diversity in the Public Interest - Bar Exam Scholarship. This scholarship supports bar exam expenses for law students from diverse backgrounds who plan to pursue careers in the public interest sector. The California Bar Foundation is pleased to introduce the scholarship. "Diversity" includes a broad array of backgrounds and life experiences, including students from groups or with skills or attributes that are underrepresented in the legal profession, and specifically including students from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds.


Deadline: Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 4:30pm

Link to application: http://www.tfaforms.com/357498

More info: http://www.calbarfoundation.org/public-interest-scholarship.html

Celebrate Marriage Equality with NCTC!

You're invited to a special benefit for New Conservatory Theatre Center!


February 14th, 1:00-4:30pm

Delancey Street Foundation Screening Room

600 Embarcadero, San Francisco


Start your Valentine's Day celebrations with an exclusive screening of The Case Against 8, the acclaimed HBO Documentary about this pivotal event in the fight for marriage equality. Key participants in the case, including Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker, attorney Enrique Monagas, and plaintiffs Paul Katami & Jeff Zarrillo will come together for the first time in a panel discussion following the film.


Show your NCTC love and enjoy a champagne reception followed by a screening and panel discussion at the plush Delancy Street screening room, all in support of San Francisco's premier LGBT theatre.


Subscriber & Early bird (thru January 30th) Tickets: $65

Regular Tickets: $75

VIP (best seating - limited amount available) Tickets: $100


Purchase tickets here!

Perkins Coie LLP
1L Diversity Fellowship Scholarship

Our firm is committed to the growth and development of legal communities that more accurately reflect the rich diversity of our communities at large. Our diversity fellowships provide students with a $7,500 academic scholarship and a paid position as a 2015 summer associate in one of the following Perkins Coie offices: Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle or Washington, D.C.


Click here for more information and details.

2015 National LGBT Association
Prudential Fellowship Program

The National LGBT Bar Association is pleased to announce a partnership with Prudential Financial, Inc. (Prudential) and Genova Burns LLC (Genova Burns) to provide a fellowship opportunity to a highly-motivated law school student. Through this partnership, we will select a law school student to be the 2015 National LGBT Bar Association-Prudential Law Fellow.


The Fellow will be hired to the position of a 2L Summer Fellow at Genova Burns for the summer following the Fellow's second year of law school in 2015, and upon satisfactory completion of the summer program, will be expected to begin work at Genova Burns on a date to be determined by the firm.


Click here to read more about the Fellowship opportunity

2015 1L Summer Internship Program
Prudential Financial, Inc.


The LGBT Bar Association is pleased to partner with Prudential Financial, Inc. to provide a meaningful summer internship opportunity for a highly-motivated first-year law student. Through this partnership, The LGBT Bar will select a student to join the 2015 summer law intern class at Prudential for a 10-week internship at Prudential's New Jersey/New York offices.


Click here to learn more about the Internship opportunity


Prudential and its affiliates are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers and are committed to diversity in our workforce.

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
January 14 - BALIF Partner Exchange Luncheon
January 15 - BALIF Fireside Chat & Reception with John Cabeca
January 16 - CLE: Staying true to Your Roots
 February 5th - BALIF Networking Mixer & Happy Hour in Oakland
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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