Message from the BALIF Board
The newly elected BALIF board is a diverse and dynamic group of LGBT lawyers and law students and I am looking forward to working with all of them in the upcoming year. Over the next year the board will continue to serve BALIF members as the nation's premiere LGBT bar association with networking opportunities and social activities, and BALIF will continue to file amicus briefs across the country to support and defend our rights.
If you have not recently been to a BALIF event, I urge you to come to one of our upcoming events to meet the new board and to connect with both old and new friends. As always, if there is anyway that you feel BALIF could better serve you or the community please do not hesitate to contact me or one of the other board members. Thank you and see you soon!
BALIF Board Co- Chair
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.
May's luncheon topic: Nonprofit board opportunities. On which boards do you or have you served? What is it like being a board member of those organizations? What are the best opportunities for more senior lawyers? Any boards to avoid or pursue only with "open" eyes?
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.
BALIF Recognized by
Marriage Equality USA
On Sunday, BALIF was recognized by Marriage Equality USA for its work in fighting for the rights of same sex individuals to marry. A big thank you to Jerome Roth, Munger Tolles & Olson LLP and Leah Nutting for all their hard work over the past many years in filing amicus briefs across the country on behalf of BALIF in support of marriage equality. Senator Mark Leno was in attendance and presented BALIF with a Proclamation from the California Senate honoring BALIF on the occasion.
Give 'em L! LGBT Ladies Salon Event
Please join us for Give 'em L!
June 4, 2015
6-6:30: Welcome and Meet and Greet
6:30-7:30 Talk Show style discussion and Q&A
Farella Braun + Martel LLP, 235 Montgomery Street, 17th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104
Light food and drinks will be provided.
Linda Scaparotti - Moderator
Kelly Dermody, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
Elizabeth (Beth) Deeley, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Amy Whelan, National Center for Lesbian Rights
Click here to view the flyer!
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.
AIDS Project of the East Bay (APEB) Fundraiser at SomaR Bar
When: Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: SomaR Bar, 1727 Telegraph Ave., Oakland (near the Fox Theater, and across the street from the 19th St. BART Station)
APEB is a community-based organization dedicated to preventing the spread of HIV and supporting individuals infected with the virus through medical and social support programs that serve some of the most vulnerable and marginalized members of the LGBT community in Alameda County. SomaR will donate 15% of all drink sales between 6 and 8 p.m. to APEB. BALIF member Keith Fong is on the APEB Board and will be DJ'ing the event. So come mingle and drink while supporting APEB's work! You can RSVP here or just come by.
Woman Attorneys Joint Network Mixer
Women Attorneys Joint Networking Mixer
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
6:00PM - 8:30PM
650 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA, 94304
Please join your fellow BALIF members and meet new friends at this first-ever joint event focusing on supporting the advancement and inclusion of women in the legal profession. All members are welcome, so please come and enjoy refreshments while you network with colleagues. Participating bar associations include: the South Asian Women Attorney Network (SAWAN), the Black Women Lawyers of Northern California (BWL-NC), the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley (APABA-SV), the Women Lawyers of Alameda County (WLAC), Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF), and the Queen's Bench.
ALRP Free 2015 MCLE Trainings
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, May 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
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.
Follow BALIF on Twitter!
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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.
|May 14 - BALIF Partner Exchange Luncheon
- GIVE 'EM L! LGBT Ladies Salon Event
A.L. Nella & Company, CPAs
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