Message from the BALIF Board
One of my very favorite events of the year is almost upon us - the BALIF Gala. On Friday, March 13, 2015, from 7-11 pm, BALIF and its supporters will gather at the Terra Gallery to celebrate 35 Years of BALIF. Wow! What an accomplishment! If you don't have your ticket yet, go now to the BALIF website and get yours. This is not a party to be missed.
Gala Co-Chairs Nick Clements and Mario Choi have put together a dazzling event. There will be delicious food and drink stations throughout the venue. And as at other recent Galas, the format will be that of a cocktail party where you can mix and mingle with 600-700 of your closest old and new friends. We will be honoring the GLBT Historical Society and Tom Ammiano, two extraordinarily worthy recipients. I can hardly wait!
The BALIF Gala always feels like a homecoming to me. Everyone is dressed up and looks great, and the room is full of old friends and soon-to-be friends. As the years pass, that feeling of being "home" is even more important to me than ever. BALIF is home. BALIF is a safe, supporting place where we take care of each other. I couldn't be prouder of the work we are doing. BALIF is filing an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court later this week in the marriage equality case. Thank you to everyone who has worked on it and the hard-fought cause of marriage equality. Our mentorship program has been a huge success with dozens of successful pairings; stay tuned for the reinstatement of the Mentor of the Year award. And BALIF's board election is rapidly coming up. I invite you to contact Peter Catalanotti, email@example.com, if you'd like to join the fantastic, hard-working and always inspirational BALIF Board. More details below.
I hope to see you at the Gala on March 13! No, I will plan on it! See you there!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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:
Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg LLP
James Kealohi, Pathways Personnel
Join the BALIF Board of Directors-
BALIF Board 2015 Elections
A great way to serve the LGBT legal community and become more involved in BALIF is to join BALIF's Board of Directors. BALIF's Directors are elected by the BALIF membership, and each Director holds office for two years. Any BALIF member is welcome to run for the Board or nominate another BALIF member. BALIF's bylaws reflect the Board's commitment to "equality, parity, and diversity," and we specifically encourage people of color, women, and transgender and/or gender non-conforming individuals to run for the Board. All Directors must attend BALIF's Board Retreat the weekend of April 25, 2015
To run for the Board or nominate someone else, please send a candidate statement of up to 250 words to Pete Catalanotti (email@example.com) and BALIF's Administrator, Katie Carlson (firstname.lastname@example.org) by March 15, 2015 at 5:00 pm. BALIF's bylaws require gender parity on the Board, with a certain number of positions allocated to Directors who identify as male, female, and gender non-conforming. So if you are seeking a position, please indicate the category with which you identify.
Elections will be online starting on April 1, 2015 and there will be an opportunity to vote in person at BALIF's annual general membership meeting on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. The results will be announced at the end of the meeting.
Questions about the Board? Thinking about seeking a position? Feel free to contact Peter Catalanotti at email@example.com
ALRP Free 2015 MCLE Trainings
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
Pride Law Fund Gay Ski Day- Moved to March 2015
To maximize the snow in Tahoe, the Pride Law Fund Gay Ski Day at Squaw Valley Resort has been moved to March 21, 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!
National LGBT Bar Association
2015 2L Summer Law Clerk Program
The Liberty Mutual Insurance Group - A Fortune 100 Company!
- Perform legal research utilizing both written and electronic sources.
- Assist attorneys in brief and opinion writing. Prepare draft memos.
- Gather and compile facts and relevant case information.
- Draft pleadings and motions.
- Assist attorneys in preparing for depositions and trials.
- Member of the National LGBT Bar Association.
- Completed two years at an ABA accredited law school; graduation scheduled for spring 2016.
- Excellent writing skills.
- 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent.
- Ideally some exposure to civil litigation.
How to Apply
- To apply, you must submit a cover letter, resume, three references and a copy of your transcript to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please write "Liberty Mutual Law Clerk" in the subject line of the email.
- All materials must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on March 13, 2015.
- Interviews will be conducted the week of March 23, 2015.
- Finalists shall be selected and notified on or before April 3, 2015.
2015 Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship- Application
Deadline April 10, 2015
The Justice & Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco is currently accepting applications for our 2015 Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship. Our scholarship program was established in 1998 to reaffirm a commitment to diversity in legal education and the legal profession. Scholarships are need based and are given to those from minorities that are underrepresented in Northern California or Bay Area law schools. Recipients receive up to $30,000 over three years. Applications are available online through our website: http://www.sfbar.org/jdc/diversity/educational-programs/scholarships.aspx
Our application deadline is April 10, 2015
If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact Nicole Britton-Snyder at email@example.com.
Nicole Britton-Snyder, Esq.
Diversity Pipeline Programs Manager
Justice & Diversity Center, The Bar Association of San Francisco 301 Battery Street, Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
firstname.lastname@example.org | www.sfbar.org/diversity
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.
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.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.
Baby on the way?
Recently married or engaged?
Award, recognition, certification, or degree?
Or anything else you're excited about...
Keep it to one or two lines. Please send to email@example.com.
Can't wait to hear your great news!
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.
- BALIF Mentorship Program / Law Students Happy Hour
- BALIF Annual Meeting & Election Happy Hour
A.L. Nella & Company, CPAs
AT&T, Legal Department
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Latham & Watkins LLP
Morgen Lewis & Bockius LLP
MUFG Union Bank
O'Melveny & Meyers LLP
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Pacific Gas & Electric
Perkins Coie LLP
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Sanford Heisler Kimpel, LLP
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton
Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
Callaway & Wolf
Carroll, Burdick & McDonough LLP
Clarence, Dyer & Cohen LLP / Swanson & McNamara LLP
Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP
Farella Braun + Martel LLP
Futterman Dupree Dodd Croley Maier LLP
Golden Gate University, School of Law
Jackson Lewis LLP
Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson, P.C.
Littler Mendelson P.C.
Lubin Olson & Niewiadomski LLP
Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg LLP
Paul Hastings LLP
Pritzker Levine LLP
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
Dave Arellano, Altep, Inc.
Michael Colantuono, Colantuono Highsmith & Whatley, PC
David Fermino, Sideman & Bancroft LLP
David Helbraun, Helbraun Law
Frederick Hertz, Law and Mediation Office of Frederick Hertz
John Hill, Law Offices of John E. Hill, P.C.
Hon. Stuart Hing & Rhoda Hing, Alameda County Superior Court
James Kealohi, Pathways Personnel
David Monroe, Able & Monroe P.C.
Todd Norris, Bullivant Houser Bailey
Debra R. Schoenberg, Schoenberg Family Law Group, P.C.
Cheryl Sena, Sena Family Law
Hon. James L. Warren (Ret.), JAMS