Weekly Newsletter        |        October 13, 2015
In This Issue
Message from the BALIF Board 

Recently, I finished watching Season 10 of the 
Real Housewives of Orange County and it made me think of two things: fundraising and parties.  This was the perfect thing to think about since I and my fellow co-chair on the Social Action committee are currently working hard on planning BALIF's Halloween Fundraiser benefiting El/La Para Translatinas.  This year, the fundraiser will be held at the 
Lookout Bar in San Francisco on Thursday, October 29th starting at 6:00pm.
El/La is a non-profit organization in San Francisco for transgender Latinas that seeks to promote survival and improve the quality of life in the San Francisco Bay Area.  We want to raise as much money and awareness as possible for this great organization and I implore you to donate whatever you can.  Every little bit helps and even a $20 donation still goes a long way. On the night of the fundraiser, there will be good food, good drinks, and good company.  Since this event is two nights before Halloween, costumes are certainly encouraged but not required.  Please see here for further details about our fundraiser and donation levels.
Additionally, I want to extend a sincere thank you to Boone Callaway and David Helbraun for hosting a wonderful Happy Hour at their home last week.  Both of them are proof that BALIF members are welcoming, friendly, generous, and always gracious.  I had an exceptional time at their home and I hope to see them at many more future BALIF events.
If you want to donate to our upcoming fundraiser or want to send me an e-mail about what you thought about the Real Housewives finale (I know I am not the only one who watches), please email socialaction@balif.org.  Have a wonderful autumn, everyone!

Brandon Lawrence
BALIF Board Social Action Co-Chair

BALIF's Social Action Fundraiser
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Event details:

What: Halloween Eve Fundraisers with drinks and hors d'oeuvres - Costume Optional
When: Thursday, October 29th, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: The Lookout, 3600 16th St, Castro District, SF, CA

BALIF (the Bay Area's LGBT Bar Association) is currently working to throw a Halloween Eve Fundraising Extravaganza for El/La Para Translatinas.  
To continue its great work, El/La needs your help. Please consider donating and helping clients in the transgender community.  We have many sponsorship levels with awesome benefits, or we welcome any amount you are able to give. Our goal this year is to raise $20,000 and every dollar you donate will go directly to El/La Para Translatinas. (BALIF is covering the cost of the event.) 
El/La Para Translatinas is a San Francisco non-profit organization for transgender Latinas that seeks to promote survival and improve the quality of life in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Some of the services the organization provides are: Health Education workshops, individual case management, HIV testing, mental health counseling referrals, and a Leadership Development Program. For more information about El/La, see: http://ellaparatranslatinas.yolasite.com/

DIAMOND:                           $1,500

(1) Peer-to-Peer Counseling Services for clients for a month; 
(2) Five event tickets; 
(3) Individual recognition during event program; 
(4) Recognition in event materials and program; 
(5) Recognition on BALIF website and newsletter; 
(6) Five specialty drink tickets plus five drink tickets at door. 

PLATINUM:                         $1,000             
(1) Provides on-site HIV testing for a month and meals and snacks for El/La Clients; 
(2) Four event tickets; 
(3) Recognition in event materials and program; 
(4) Recognition on BALIF website and newsletter; 
(5) Four specialty drink tickets plus four drink tickets at door.

GOLD:                                  $500    

(1) Transportation for clients to service-providing organizations for a month; 
(2) Three event tickets; 
(3) Recognition in event materials and program; 
(4) Three specialty drink tickets plus three drink tickets at door.
SILVER:                               $250    

(1) Partial participant stipend for Leadership Development Program;
(2) Two event tickets; 
(3) Recognition in event materials and program;
(4) Four drink tickets at door.
BRONZE:                             $100    

(1) Materials for two Health and Rights Education workshops; 
(2) Two event tickets; 
(3) Recognition in event materials and program; 
(4) Two drink tickets at door.

Individual Event Tickets: 
Requested minimum donation of $20 in advance ($40 at the door)

If you would like to donate, please send a check to BALIF at P.O. Box 193383, San Francisco, CA 94119.

From the Heart 
32nd Annual Reception & Auction
On Wednesday, October 14, 2015,  the AIDS Legal Referral Panel of the San Francisco Bay Area (ALRP) will commemorate 32 years of serving the legal needs of people living with HIV/AIDS throughout the San Francisco Bay Area by hosting its ALRP From the Heart 32nd Annual Reception & Auction. The Reception, ALRP's biggest fundraising event of the year, will feature special guest host San Francisco Supervisor David Campos. This year's Reception is expected to draw more than 250 attendees from the legal and HIV/AIDS communities.

Individual tickets for the Reception start at $100.  For more details or for tickets, please visit www.alrp.org or contact Jim McBride, Director of Development at 415-701-1200 ext. 301, or by email at jim@alrp.org.

Vote for Bayview 
Hunter's Point Community Legal

Bayview Hunters Point Community Legal is the only legal aid office in the entire zip code, and they are doing something that's never been done before -- attempting to offer universal access to civil representation for everyone who lives in the zip code, regardless of issue. Currently, they only have two full-time attorneys on staff.  They were just selected by Google as one of the "10 most innovative nonprofits in the Bay Area". Google will be giving a half-million dollar grant to four of the ten organizations -- the four who get the most votes. You can vote for Bayview Hunters Point Community Legal here. 

ALRP Free 2015 MCLE Trainings

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 
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. 

An Evening with Lambda Legal

October 23, 2015
7:00- 9:30 pm

Enjoy an evening of cocktails, delicious appetizers, and friends at the San Francisco home of former BALIF Co-Chair David Tsai, while hearing about Lambda Legal's critical work across the country protecting and expanding the rights of LGBT people and people with HIV -. The backlash against our historic marriage victory is in full force, and we refuse to leave anyone in our community behind.  Contributions to support Lambda's work are greatly appreciated.  This event is co-sponsored by Lambda Legal National Board of Directors David de Figueiredo and David Tsai.

RSVP at 

For more information, please contact Jessica Maxwell at 213-382-7600 or  jmaxwell@lambdalegal.org

Lambda Legal 
San Francisco Women's Soiree
Join us for the San Francisco Women's Soiree on October 24, 2015 from 4:30- 7:00 pm at AVENUE located at 3361 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA  94110. Hosted by the Lambda Legal Women's Committee, this early-evening salon style reception for Lambda Legal supporters will feature a hosted bar, hors d'oevures and fun and stimulating discussion of current issues in the LGBT community. RSVP to Jessica Maxwell at 
jmaxwell@lambdalegal.org or by calling (213) 382-7600.

LGBT Asian American / 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
This networking reception celebrates the diversity within the LGBT and Asian American/ South Asian communities and also provides support to LGBT API attorneys in corporate, commercial, government, and public interest practice. Join us. 

Contact glenn_magpantay@nqapia.org or 917-439-3158 for more information.

Invitation to Judge International Mock Trial Program at NDCA (11/21 or 11/22)
Right now, more than 250 talented high school students from across the world are diligently preparing a case to litigate at San Francisco federal court. On the weekend of November 21, 2015, they need you to serve as their mock judges (and jurors)!  By volunteering just a few hours of your time, you can make a meaningful impact in these young people's lives.  
Sign up here today!   

More information
  • Features four preliminary rounds of competition, and you can judge as many or as few as you like-no litigation experience is required. 
  • Please feel free to invite a friend or colleague to judge with you at the program.  We'll pair you together!
  • Students hail from 5 countries (Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Korea, and the United States) and 8 states.
  • We'll serve complimentary food and beverages as a token of our appreciation.
  • Registering takes less than a minute -- you can do so here.

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 29 - BALIF's Social Action Fundraiser
November 19 - BALIF Resume Review/ Mock Interview Event
December 9 - BALIF Holiday Party
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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