Weekly Newsletter        |        November 3, 2015
In This Issue
Message from the BALIF Board 

Happy November BALIF!

I want to extend a sincere thank you to all those who donated to and/or attended the Social Action Fundraiser for El/La Para TransLatinas. We raised enough money to help fund development training programs, HIV testing materials, and peer-to-peer counseling programs. I am really amazed and impressed by everyone who reached into their hearts and pockets to contribute to such a wonderful cause. 

As the Halloween decorations and the Pumpkin Spice lattes go into storage and the Christmas decorations and Gingerbread mochas come out, BALIF is also getting into the holiday spirit. We are currently in the planning stages of our annual holiday party. On December 9th at 6pm, come join us at Beaux, located at 2344 Market Street, for a night of good food, strong drinks, and fun times. I hope to see old friends and meet new ones on this night. 

Brandon Lawrence
BALIF Board Social Action Co-Chair

BALIF November Happy Hour
Join us for our November Happy Hour! We hope to see you there!

When: November 12, 2015
Where: Topsy's, 260 Kearny Street, San Francisco 
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 pm

BALIF Resume Review / Mock 
Interview Event
The law student committee is excited to be working on the speed interviewing and resume review event scheduled for
November 19, 2015 at Seyfarth Shaw.  So far 15 attorneys have generously donated their time to provide their experience and guidance to our law student members.  If any other attorneys would like to participate in this event, please email lawstudentrep@balif.org. 

The event will consist of 4 ten minute resume review rounds and 4 ten minute practice interview rounds, followed by a reception. BALIF previously held this event two years ago to wide acclaim, and we are looking forward to making it an annual event. If you are a law student who would like to participate, please email your name, class year, and resume to lawstudentrep@balif.org before November 5, 2015.
BALIF 2015 Holiday Party

Join us for our annual holiday party and ring in some holiday cheer!! 

December 9, 2015
6:00 - 9:00 pm

2344 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94114

ALRP Free 2015 MCLE Trainings

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 
BALIF Partner Exchange Luncheon

When: Tuesday, November 17, 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. 

Hastings Race & 
Poverty Law Journal Symposium
Our annual symposium entitled 21st Century Civil Rights: Community Empowerment in Police Reform is schedule for Friday, November 6, 2015 from 9:00am-4:00pm at UC Hastings College of the Law (200 McAllister St. San Francisco, CA. 94102).

This event is FREE and open to the public but all attendees must register by November 1, 2015 at: https://goo.gl/8hhZCh.

Visit  hastingsracepovertylaw.org for comprehensive background on the symposium and updates.

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.

November 12 - BALIF November Happy Hour
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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