Message from the BALIF Board
Who is in the mood for a party? I know I am! As an organization and a community we have so much to celebrate this year, and so I hope to see all of you this coming Friday at BALIF's 35th Annual Gala. Ticket information and details can be found below.
In addition to last minute preparations for this Friday's event, the BALIF board is currently seeking candidates for our upcoming election. If you're interested in running for the BALIF board please submit your candidate statements by next Monday, March 15, 2015, see details below, and do not forget to vote in our upcoming election. As always, if there is anyway BALIF could better serve you or our community please feel free contact me. Thank you and see you Friday!
John Robert Unruh
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 email@example.com or go to the BALIF website at www.balif.org for sponsorship information or to buy tickets!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and BALIF's Administrator, Katie Carlson (email@example.com) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
BALIF Partner Exchange Luncheon
Thursday, March 19, 2015
& Save the Date for Future Months
When: Thursday, March 19, 2015; Thursday, May 14, 2015; Tuesday, June 16, 2015; Thursday, July 16, 2015; and Thursday, August 20, 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 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 ownersof their firm with 7 year or more of experience.
March's luncheon topic: What is the relevance of being an LGBT attorney? Does it help or hurt with business development and/or recruiting employees? What is the continuing significance of BALIF? Or is it premature to even ask the question given the pendency of the marriage cases?
Space is limited so only the first 11 to RSVP to email@example.com may attend.
RSVPs being accepted for Thursday, March 19, 2015 only.
BALIF Mentorship Program /
Law Student Spring Happy Hour
Calling all BALIF mentors, mentees, and law student members -- please join us for a happy hour on April 2. For law students, this will be a great opportunity to meet and mingle with LGBT attorneys and other law students before you leave for the summer. We'll also celebrate BALIF's mentors and mentees and honor this year's BALIF Mentor of the Year with an award. And of course, there will be free drinks and food. Hope to see you there!
When: Thursday, April 2, 2015
Where: The Patriot House, 2 Embarcadero Center, SF
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
BALIF Files Amicus Brief in U.S. Supreme Court Supporting Marriage Equality
MARCH 6 - San Francisco - Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF) filed an amicus curiae brief yesterday in the United States Supreme Court in the consolidated cases Obergefell v. Hodges , Tanco v. Haslam, DeBoer v. Snyder, and Bourke v. Beshear, in support of the Petitioners' positions that the Fourteenth Amendment requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a same-sex marriage lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state. BALIF's brief argues that it is the duty of the courts to decide the equal protection challenge, that the marriage bans are unconstitutional applying even the most deferential rational basis review, and that the bans inflict profound legal, economic, and emotional harm on same-sex couples and their children.
"Contrary to the Sixth Circuit's holding, it is the role of the judiciary to evaluate the constitutionality of state provisions and not to defer the question to the state voters and legislators who enacted them," said Leah Nutting, BALIF's Amicus Committee chair. "Fundamental rights such as the right to marry cannot be denied by majority vote. The institution of marriage is too special and the harms caused by the bans are too costly to just 'wait and see' for the democratic process to recognize that right."
Thirty bar associations and legal organizations from around the nation joined BALIF in signing the brief. The coalition of amici includes state, metropolitan, local, and minority bar associations and local non-profit organizations. The brief was filed with pro bono support from Jerome C. Roth and Amelia L. B. Sargent of the law firm Munger, Tolles & Olson.
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.
|March 19 - Partner Exchange Luncheon|
- 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