Weekly Newsletter        |        July 21, 2015
In This Issue
Message from the BALIF Board 
Greetings!

 

 

After the dust settled from the historic gay marriage decision that dropped the day before Pride this year, many of us were asking ourselves, "What next?"  Several LGBT activists immediately pivoted toward nationwide employment protection.  On Friday, July 17, in a 3-2 party-line ruling, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission held that discrimination against gay persons violates Title VII's ban on discrimination on the basis of sex.  While its immediate effects are unknown, this ruling could pave the way for a national prohibition against employment discrimination against gays and lesbians.

 

If SCOTUS gives deference to the EEOC ruling and anti-gay employment discrimination becomes illegal nationally, "what next?" For me, the next issue that we must tackle is LGBTQ teen suicide.   LGB youth are 4 times more likely, and questioning youth are 3 times more likely, to attempt suicide as their straight peers.  Nearly half of young transgender people have seriously thought about taking their lives, and one quarter report having made a suicide attempt. 

 

It is time to make a change.  We lose too many amazing warriors each year. 

  

 

Sincerely, 


Peter Catalanotti
BALIF Board Secretary

LAAC CLE Free Webinar Training

 

Providing Culturally Competent Legal Services for the Transgender Community

 

Thursday, July 23, 2015 from 12:00PM to 1:00PM

 

In this training, you will learn tips on working with individuals who identify as transgender, language to describe the transgender experience, and the current context in which those experiences are happening to best provide effective legal services for your clients.

 

Presented by Daniel Faessler, Transgender Law Center

 

**One hour of Recognition and Elimination of Bias Credit Available

Register Here!

 

Next BALIF Happy Hour in August

BALIF's next Happy Hour will be August 6, 2015.

6:00- 8:00 pm

 

Location:

Blackbird Bar
2124 Market St

San Francisco, CA 94114

 
We hope you are having a great summer and hope to see you soon!

Lavender Law

The Lavender Law Conference is just around the corner! This year, the annual conference hosted by the National LGBT Bar Association is in Chicago from August 4-7. We hope some of you have booked your trip!

 

BALIF has raised a limited amount of funds for BALIF Student Members who are attending the Lavender Law Conference this year. We apologize for the late notice, but late is better than never! If you are attending the conference and would like to apply for a limited amount of reimbursement for your travels, please notify us by Friday, August 14 and include the following documents:

 

  • Your registration receipt for the Lavender Law Conference
  • Receipts for flights to and/or lodging in Chicago
  • A copy of your BALIF membership card

 

To be eligible for reimbursement, you must be a current Northern California law student and a current BALIF member. The amount available for reimbursement depends on how many applicants send us their information. No late applications will be accepted.

 

Please send all the required documents in .doc or .pdf format by Friday, August 14 to lawstudentrep@balif.org. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us with any questions.

 

See you in Chicago!

 

2015-16 BALIF Student Board Members

Alex Lemberg

Sam Potts

Joe Deignan

 

Mentor / Mentee Kick-off & 
Back-to-School Mixer

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Join us for drinks to welcome back the law students to a new school year! We will also be kicking off our Mentor / Menthe Program!

 

Friday, September 18, 2015 

6:00-8:00 p.m. 

 

Lookout

3600 16th St.

San Francisco, CA 94114

 

 

Back-to-School BBQ and Kickball!

 


 

Please join the BALIF Law Student Representatives for a BBQ and game of kickball!


 

Sunday, September 20, 2015

12:00-3:00 p.m. 


 

Hellman Hollow, Golden Gate Park

860 John F. Kennedy Dr.

San Francisco, CA 94121


Office Available for Rent
BEAUTIFUL UPPER CASTRO Semi-Private Space For Rent 
Ideal for any professional. Located in a unique mid-century modern corner building with loads of natural light, and a sunny patio. Use of either front or separate side-entrance. Shared full kitchen, full bathroom and reception area. Plenty of on-street parking, easy Muni access and a truly pleasurable working environment. This is an open floor plan that can fit up to four desks or any other creative use of the space. Reception area also serves as art gallery with seasonal art openings. Water, PG&E, WiFi and garbage included in rent. Share space with two progressive attorneys. Don't be fooled by the attorney titles though, this is not a stuffy or stodgy space. Our office is a creative, cooperative and congenial place to work. We are looking for a another simpatico soul to join us!

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 technology@balif.org or balif@balif.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.   

 

New job?

New client?

Promotion?

Court victory?

Significant settlement?

Baby on the way?

Recently married or engaged?

Speaking engagement?

Award, recognition, certification, or degree?  

Or anything else you're excited about...

 

Keep it to one or two lines.  Please send to membership@balif.org.

 

Can't wait to hear your great news!

 

Meaghan Zore 

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.

July 23 - LAAC CLE Free Webinar
August 6- BALIF Happy Hour 

September 18 - BALIF Mentor / Mentee Kick-off & Back-to-School Mixer
September 20 - Back-to-School BBQ and Kickball!
Our 2015 Sponsors
Partner Level
Seyfarth
 
Counsel Level

A&P

Fenwick
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Kilpatrick

Mofo
Sedgwick2


Wilson

Advocate Level

 

A.L. Nella & Company, CPAs 

AT&T

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher  

Jones Day 

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 

 

Benefactor Level

 

Callaway & Wolf

Carroll, Burdick & McDonough LLP

Clarence, Dyer & Cohen LLP / Swanson & McNamara LLP 

Cooley LLP 

Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP

Farella Braun + Martel LLP 

Futterman Dupree Dodd Croley Maier LLP 

Golden Gate University, School of Law 

Jackson Lewis LLP 

JAMS  

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  

 

Individual Sponsors

 

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  

BALIF Board of Directors
Jessica Bogo & John Robert Unruh
  
Peter Catalanotti
Secretary

Mario Choi
Treasurer

Denise Bergin 
Judiciary Chair

Nick Clements & 
David Sims
Gala Co-Chairs  

 

Meaghan Zore 

Julie Wilensky
Amicus Chair     

 
Jennifer Orthwein
Communications Chair 

Jamie Dupree
Programs Chair

Felicia Medina & Shauna Madison
Young Lawyers & Law Students Co-Chairs  

Brandon Lawrence & Daniel Faessler
Social Action Co-Chairs 


Dmitri Pikman
Lindsey Rosellini
Community Ambassador Chair  

Joseph Deignan, Alex Lemberg & Sam Potts
Katie Carlson
BALIF Administrator 
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