Weekly Newsletter        |        September 23, 2015
In This Issue
Message from the BALIF Board 

What a wonderful week in politics, life, and experiences. Only in America can we celebrate the coming of Pope Francis to the United States in the same week we celebrate the coming of the Folsom Street Fair. We are definitely a nation of diversity and culture. 
This diversity and culture is showing out in the "Real World" of Presidential politics.  Only in America can we see a diversity of reality TV style Presidential candidates displayed on our TV screens every day. As we discuss and ponder whether our nation and Constitution is inclusive enough to embrace a Muslim President someday, we are reminded that we are a constantly evolving country. Where one decade a Black President, interracial marriage, and gay marriage seem beyond reach, the following decade the dream and power of EQUALITY within our Constitution is achieved. Some may feel hopeless in our country's current political climate. I feel hopeful and excited for a greater future for Equality and Acceptance in our great Nation. 
This excitement is spilling over to the BALIF Gala Committee. The Gala Committee is happy to announce we have decided on a date and venue, Friday, February 19, 2016 at The Bently Reserve. The 2016 GALA is shaping up to be the biggest, best, and most fabulous BALIF Gala ever! Those members interested in serving on the Gala Committee please email gala@balif.org and tell us a little about yourself and why you would like to serve on this committee. 

David Sims
BALIF Board Gala Co-Chair 

BALIF October Happy Hour
We're doing things a little differently in October!

Two of our members, Boone Callaway & David Helbraun graciously agreed to let us host a more domestic happy hour at their home, in the beautiful Duboce Triangle area. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP and save the date for Thursday, October 8th, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

Please Join BALIF for our October Happy Hour at the home of BALIF Members!

SPARK! Transgender Law Center's
13th Anniversary Celebration

Congratulations to Herman Hoying, a BALIF member, Attorney at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, and passionate advocate on behalf of incarcerated transgender people, for earning Transgender Law Center's Ally Award. On October 1st Herman, along with an inspiring cohort of awardees, will be honored at SPARK! - Transgender Law Center's 13th Anniversary Celebration, taking place at Sir Francis Drake, a Kimpton Hotel in downtown San Francisco. The event will be emceed by Ian Harvie, comedian and co-star of the award winning series Transparent. If you were one of the 400+ people who attended last year, you know this is a party to NOT miss.

Check out this year's fantastic cohort of inspiring honorees, join the host committee, buy tickets or sponsor the event. - http://transgenderlawcenter.org/spark

Volunteer at the Castro Street Fair

Sunday, October 4, 2015
Come out and Volunteer at Castro Street Fair on behalf of ALRP
Shift 1: 10am - 2pm
Shift 2: 1:30pm - 5:30pm

Volunteer for one or both shifts collecting donations at the gates.  All donations and proceeds go directly to charitable causes important to the Castro community.  This is a family-friendly event, so feel free to bring friends, coworkers, classmates, children, significant others, and pets! 

For questions about volunteering or interest in volunteering, please email socialaction@balif.org.
ALRP Free 2015 MCLE Trainings

Workers' Compensation
  • Thursday, September 24, 5:30-7:30pm
  • Presented by Kenneth Martinson, Esq. - Abogado Gomez San Bruno
  • 2.0 CLE Credits (1.0 General, 1.0 Ethics)
Separating with Heart and Smarts: Consensual Dispute Resolution in LGBTQ Separation and Divorce
Transferring Assets at Death: Do You Really Need Probate?
  • Tuesday, October 20, 5:30-7:00pm
  • Presented by Sandra Price, Esq. - Partner at Sideman & Bancroft LLP
  • 1.5 General CLE Credits
Social Security & Overpayments
  • Thursday, October 22, 5:30-7:00pm
  • Presented by Amy Orgain, Esq - Staff Attorney at Homeless Action Center
  • 1.5 General CLE Credits
Asylum Law for LGBT and Gang-Based Claims
  • Wednesday, November 4, 5:30-7:00pm
  • Presented by Christine Lin, Esq. - UC Hastings Center for Gender & Refugee Studies
  • 1.5 General CLE Credits
Wage & Hour Claims for People Living w/ HIV - Sponsored by the State Bar's Labor & Employment Law Section
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 
IABA- NC Annual Gala
Iranian American Bar Association 
Northern California Chapter's 
8th Annual Gala
Date: October 8, 2015
Location: Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason Street, SF

SFTLA Fellowship Program

BALIF Partner Exchange Luncheon

When: Thursday, October 22, 2015; Thursday, November 19, 2015; Tuesday, December 15, 2015; Thursday, January 21, 2016  

Time: 12:30pm to 2:00pm
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 Partner 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 jdupree@fddcm.com may attend. 

Save the Date for BALIF's Social Action Fundraiser
Save the Date for BALIF's Social Action Fundraiser
On Thursday, October 29, 2015
Lookout Bar (3600 16th St. in SF)
6pm - 9pm

This event will be a Fundraiser with proceeds going to El/La Para Translatinas.  In addition to fundraising, there will also be food, drinks, and of course, fun!
Details to Follow...
LGBT Asian / South Asian Attorney Networking Reception
Thursday, Oct 29, 2015
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
505 Montgomery Street, Suite 800 | San Francisco, CA 94111
Thanks go out to SABA-NC and Vid Prabhakaran for helping us secure the host.
BALIF's Connections
 Mentorship Program
It's that time of the year again! BALIF's Connections mentorship program is seeking mentors and mentees for 2015-2016. For more information, see the program guidelines and description on the BALIF website. If you are a law student, recent law school graduate, or newer attorney seeking a mentor, or if you are an experienced attorney interested in serving as a mentor, please contact the Young Lawyers and Students Programs Committee, younglawyers@balif.org. Mentor/mentee pairs will be assigned on a rolling basis from July-September.
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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?


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.

October 4 - Volunteer at the Castro Street Fair
October 8 - BALIF October Happy Hour
October 29 - BALIF's Social Action Fundraiser
November 19 - BALIF Resume Review/ Mock Interview Event
December 9 - BALIF Holiday Party- Save the Date!
Our 2015 Sponsors
Partner Level
Counsel Level


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Advocate Level


A.L. Nella & Company, CPAs 


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 


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 M. Helbraun, Helbraun Law Firm 

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

Mario Choi

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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