Message from the BALIF Board
Thank you for coming out to the 35th Annual BALIF Gala last Friday, March 13! It was truly a spectacular night. Your presence made it all the more special. BALIF members and sponsors reconnected with old friends, made new ones, and collectively celebrated how far we have come in the last 35 years. Looking around the room at Terra Gallery, a beautiful location scouted out by Gala Co-Chairs Mario Choi and Nick Clements, I felt fortunate to be a part of a critical mass and community of dynamic "out" LGBT lawyers and allies. I am proud to be a part of an organization that has historically and currently been on the front lines of the fight for freedom and equality.
Speaking of fights, if you have not already checked out the most recent amicus brief BALIF submitted in the marriage equality case, Obergefell et al., you should. See http://balif.org/news/3244428. For those constitutional law enthusiasts, you can also read the amicus brief my firm submitted on behalf of LGBT undergraduate and law/graduate student organizations about the interplay between marriage equality and the right to travel. See http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/publications/supreme_court_preview/BriefsV5/14-556_amicus_pet_LGBT%20Students.authcheckdam.pdf
Here is hoping that civil rights prevail in this oh so important case!
In the incoming months, please come out to our Mentor Mentee Happy Hour on April 2 @ 5:30 pm @ The Patriot House and our Annual Meeting and Election Party on April 15 6 pm @ The Sausage Factory. Remember to vote during the election and be on the look out for more information for our June Give Em L event!
BALIF Board Programs Co-Chair
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BALIF Board 2015 Elections
Law Student Candidates Needed
BALIF has extended the deadline one week for law student representatives to submit their candidate statements for the BALIF Board of Directors. 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 Sunday, March 22 at 5pm. Please indicate whether you are applying for the male, female or transgender/gender non-conforming position in your statement.
BALIF has received a record 16 candidate statements for the 10 open positions on the Board! Thank you to everyone who submitted statements and nominations. Let the campaign season begin! Good luck to all of the candidates!
Elections will begin online on April 1, 2015. The candidate statements will be posted online. There will also 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 meeting will be held at the Sausage Factory in the Castro. The results will be announced at the end of the meeting.
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 owners of 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
Pathways to the Judiciary
A Conversation and Reception
BASF and BALIF presents:
Thursday, April 9, 2015
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
The Bar Association of San Francisco
301 Battery Street, Third Floor
$30 BASF Student and Legal Professional Members
$40 Committee Members, Government and Nonprofit Attorneys and BALIF Members$50 BASF Members * $65 Others
MCLE: 1.5 Hours of Elimination of Bias CreditMCLE Registration:
5:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Light Refreshments/Program: 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Event Code: G151629
Click here to view the flyer!
HON. ANGELA BRADSTREET- San Francisco Superior Court
HON. LINDA COLFAX- San Francisco Superior Court
HON. VICTORIA KOLAKOWSKI- Alameda County Superior Court
HON. VAUGHN WALKER (RET)- United States District Court for the Northern District
STUART PLUNKETT- Morrison & Foerster/BASF Judiciary Committee
THE PANEL DISCUSSION WILL FEATURE
* LGBT judicial officers discussing their personal pathways to the bench
*Information on the vetting process for judicial candidates in California
* Advice for (LGBT) attorneys considering a career in the judiciary
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
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
email@example.com | www.sfbar.org/diversity
Lambda Legal San Francisco Soiree
APRIL 17, 2015
CITY VIEW AT METREON
135 FOURTH STREET
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103
Join Lambda Legal's Bay Area Leadership Council for a fabulous night in San Francisco! Supporters will learn of Lambda Legal updates while enjoying a fantastic dinner among friends and supporters at the City View at Metreon.
For more information, please visit the event website at http://www.lambdalegal.org/sfsoiree2015, or contact Adrian Ogle at 646-307-7397.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
- BASF/BALIF Presents: Pathways to the Judiciary
- 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