Message from the BALIF Board
Please join me in congratulating the newly elected members of the 2015-2016 BALIF Board of Directors:
Thank you to all candidates this year. It was a very competitive race! Thanks to all the members that voted online or at our meeting.
BALIF Board Secretary
AILA & BASF Barristers Presents:
Same-Sex Adjustment of Status
When: Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Time: 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
One Market, Spear Street Tower, 28th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
What: AILA & BASF Barristers Immigration Section present: Same-Sex Adjustment of Status
CLE Credit is provided and topics will include:
* Same-sex AOS overview
* Same-sex AOS in removal proceedings
* Transgender marriage-based immigration
For more details and to pre-purchase your ticket (for a discounted admission) please visit:
LGBT Estate Planning - The Essentials You Need to Know! - Saturday 4/25
You'll learn how to protect your loved ones, your home and yourself through Estate Planning and Financial Planning.
Edward Joy, an experienced Estate Planning attorney, will discuss the essentials you need to know about estate planning law, with a special focus on LGBT issues.
We will also have a Financial Planning expert review a crucial checklist every consumer should consider regarding the basics of financial planning and smart investment decisions for you and your family.
Date: Saturday, April 25
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Where: North Beach Library, 850 Columbus Avenue
RSVP by emailing email@example.com or calling 415-608-6727
BALIF Partner Exchange Luncheon
Thursday, May 14, 2015 & Save the Date for Future Events
When: Thursday, May 14, 2015; Tuesday, June 17, 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 years or more of experience.
Space is limited so only the first 11 to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org may attend.
RSVPs being accepted for Thursday, May 14, 2015 only.
National LGBT Bar Association
The National LGBT Bar Association is looking for a new Director of Development and Communications. They are currently accepting candidate applications. Learn more here.
ALRP's 2015 Major Donor Party
Come celebrate the ALRP You're the One Campaign at ALRP's 2015 Major Donor Party.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 from 5:30-7:30pm at The Plant Café.
ALRP is honoring Kerne Matsubara of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP with the ALRP 2015 James C. Hormel Philanthropist Award and Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF) is being presented the ALRP 2015 Community Partner Award.
ALRP Free 2015 MCLE Trainings
Introduction to Simple Wills
- Tuesday, April 21, 5:30-7:30pm
- Presented by Mark Senick, Esq. - www.marksenick.com
- 2.0 General CLE Credits
Introduction to Landlord/Tenant Law
- Thursday, May 7, 5:30-7:00pm
- Presented by Ora Prochovnick, Esq. - John F. Kennedy
University Housing Advocacy Clinic
Insurance Coverage & Bad Faith Litigation
- Thursday, May 14, 5:30-7:00pm
- Presented by Guy Kornblum, Esq. - Kornblum Cochran Erickson Harbison - kcehlaw.com
- 1.5 General CLE Credits
- Wednesday, March 27, 5:30-7:00pm
- Presented by Joann Babiak, Esq. - Babiak Law Offices
- 1.5 General CLE Credits
Creating Workplaces Free from Gender Identity Bias
- Tuesday, June 16, 5:30-7:00pm
- Presented by Daniel Faessler, Esq. - Pride Law Fund Tom Steel Fellow at Transgender Law Center
- 1.5 Elimination of Bias 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
Daniel Faessler is the 2014-2015 Pride Law Fund Tom Steel Fellow. His fellowship is sponsored by Transgender Law Center and works in partnership with a number of Bay Area organizations serving the transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) community. Faessler has established the Transgender Legal Services Project (TLSP), which reduces barriers to accessible legal representation by providing fully bilingual (Spanish and English) services for the TGNC community in the San Francisco Bay Area. TLSP organizes legal clinics where community members may access legal information, obtain referrals and seek direct representation on a variety of legal issues including discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations; court-ordered name and gender changes; accessing medical care; immigration; and many other issues. TLSP has served 59 of the most vulnerable and marginalized TGNC people in the Bay Area TGNC community. For more information, contact Daniel Faessler at Daniel@transgenderlawcenter.org
BALIF - 2015 Mentor of the Year
The BALIF Board is pleased to announce that Dennis Raglin, a partner at Sedgwick LLP, has been selected to receive BALIF's 2015 Mentor of the Year Award. Dennis has done a spectacular job providing professional guidance and support to mentee Raymond Rollan, who recently graduated from University of San Francisco School of Law. The award was presented at BALIF's Mentorship Program/Law Student Spring Happy Hour on April 2.
American Association for Justice's
LGBT Caucus & CLE Lineup
The newly formed LGBT Caucus with the American Association for Justice has planned its first-ever CLE lineup for the American Association for Justice Annual Convention this summer in Montreal being held on July 11-15. Started less than two years ago, the LGBT caucus has gained in size and momentum and aims to have its huge coming out this summer at the convention.
The lineup will consist of three events. On the afternoon of July 11, the caucus will host a 1.5 hour CLE presentation focused on marriage equality, which will have just been argued before the Supreme Court.
The panel of speakers will include:
- Justice John Greaney (ret.) of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, who authored the powerful concurring opinion in the Goodridge case.
- Chuck Herring, Esq., of Texas, whose tireless efforts and creativity got a marriage license issued in Texas for the same-sex marriage of two of his clients.
- Professor Michael Kavey, of NYU School of Law, who has worked for Lambda Legal, clerked for Justice Sotomayor (while on the Second Circuit) and been named by the national LGBT Bar Association as one of the "Best LGBT Attorneys Under 40."
- Elizabeth Schwartz, Esq., of Miami, FL, who has worked tirelessly for marriage equality as counsel in a case challenging Florida's marriage ban.
The LGBT Caucus will also host a business meeting for its caucus members and a cocktail reception for its members to network and socialize.
For information on becoming a member of the American Association for Justice and the LGBT Caucus, or attending the convention, please contact the AAJ at email@example.com or (800) 424-2727, ext. 8611.
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 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.
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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.
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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 & 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