Message from the BALIF Board
Happy New Year BALIF!
January is always a time of reflection for me, thinking about the past year and planning for the upcoming one. The past year was one of great victories for our community, none sweeter than the Obergefell decision. Come join BALIF and our supporters to celebrate at BALIF's 36th Annual Gala - Equality Affirmed! on February 19th at the Bently Reserve. Sponsorships are still available as are individual tickets. It's hands down the best bar association party in town!
Perhaps one of your New Year's resolutions is to get more involved in the legal and/or the LGBT community. BALIF offers opportunities for both. If you have being practicing for 7 years or longer and are an owner of your business, join one of the BALIF Partner Exchange luncheons. They happen monthly, with the next one on January 21st. I'd love to see you there. Or perhaps you'd like to organize a small group of BALIF members to have an event in Walnut Creek or for criminal defense lawyers. BALIF's Membership Committee affinity grants to small groups for such events. Contact Membership Chair Meaghan Zore to learn more. And it's not too soon to think about running for the BALIF board. Elections will be in March or April. I love the other BALIF board members, and am continually impressed by their hard work, creativity, and commitment to the community. If working on such a board sounds appealing to you, speak with any current board member to learn more.
Check the calendar of events - happy hours, Pathways to the Judiciary, and many others BALIF events await.
I hope 2016 is a wonderful year for you. And thanks for your support of BALIF!
BALIF 36th Annual Gala
BALIF Gala: Equality Affirmed! BALIF's 36th Annual Gala is on February 19, 2016. If you haven't done so yet, now is the time to sponsor BALIF and purchase your tickets to the Gala. This year's format is an elegant cocktail party with food stations and drinks sprinkled around the venue. It's a fabulous format for mingling with old friends and meeting new ones. Don't miss the best party of the year!
BALIF thanks this week's incoming 2016 BALIF Sponsors:
Arnold & Porter LLP
Keker & Van Nest LLP
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
A.L. Nella & Co, CPA
O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Carroll, Burdick & McDonough LLP
Clarence Dyer & Cohn LLP / Swanson & McNamara LLP
Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP
Lubin Olson, Niewiadomski LLP
Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramierez, Trester LLP
Rogers Joseph O'Donnell P.C.
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley, PC
Helbraun Law Firm
Law Offices of Frederick Hertz
Schoenberg Family Law
BALIF Partner Exchange Luncheon
Thursday, January 21, 2016
When: Thursday, January 21, 2016
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 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.
SABA-NC First Happy Hour of 2016
SABA-NC Happy Hour | Board Recruitment
Thursday, January 21, 2016, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Americano Restaurant and Bar
8 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Join SABA-NC at its first happy hour of 2016! This happy hour will be a great opportunity to connect (or reconnect) with your South Asian colleagues. If you're interested in joining the SABA-NC Board, this will also be a great way to meet and network with current Board members, who can answer any questions you might have about becoming more active in SABA-NC!
Pathways to the Judiciary
An evening of stories, information & conversation with LGBT Judges
* LGBT Judicial officers discussing their personal pathways to the bench
* Information on nomination vetting of Judicial candidates
* Advice for LGBT attorneys considering a career in the Judiciary
Hon. Christopher Bowen Contra Costa County Superior Court
Hon. Tara Flanagan Alameda County Superior Court
Hon. Therese M. Stewart First District Court of Appeal
Shay Gilmore Senior Counsel, Norcal Mutual Insurance Company
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
BASF Conference Center
301 Battery Street, 3rd Floor
Free for Student Members
$40 Committee Members, BALIF Members, Government and Nonprofit Attorneys, and Legal Professional Members
$45 BASF Members
MCLE: 2 Hours
MCLE Registration: 4:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Program: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. * Reception to follow.
Section Co-Chairs: Robert Gower, Trucker Huss and Peter Catalanotti, Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester
Reed Smith / Kaiser Permanente
1L Diversity Fellowship Program
The Reed Smith/Kaiser Permanente Diversity Fellowship Program provides an award in the amount of $5,000 and a 2016 summer associate position to a diverse, first-year law student who has demonstrated strong academic scholarship, dedication to community service and/or leadership, and an understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. The $5,000 will be awarded for the recipient's second year of law school and will be paid in addition to the summer associate salary. The successful candidate will spend seven weeks of the summer program at the Reed Smith San Francisco office and three weeks at Kaiser's Oakland office.
Download the application materials. The deadline for this year's application materials to be submitted is 5:00pm PST on
Applications and program inquiries should be emailed to:
Senior Manager of Legal Recruiting
Reed Smith LLP
BALIF Joins Coalition of National LGBT, Racial Equality, and Health Groups in Filing Amicus Brief in U.S. Supreme Court Challenge to Texas Abortion Restrictions
On January 4, 2016, Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF) and a coalition of 13 other LGBT, racial justice, and health equity organizations filed an amicus brief in
Whole Woman's Health v. Cole asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down draconian restrictions on abortion providers enacted by the State of Texas in 2013 which, if upheld, would lead to the closing of most abortion clinics in the state. The brief urges the Court to carefully scrutinize the state's asserted justification for the law, just as the Court has done with other laws that infringe upon fundamental freedoms. The State of Texas has argued that the law protects the health of women seeking abortion, but the evidence at trial showed just the opposite. In fact, medical organizations such as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Medical Association, and the American Public Health Association have explained that the restrictions imposed by the new law are medically unnecessary and endanger, rather than advance, women's health.
In addition to BALIF, the organizations filing the brief are the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, the Equal Justice Society, the National Black Justice Coalition, the Family Equality Council, the Human Rights Campaign, the National LGBTQ Task Force, GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality, Equality Federation, the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, Immigration Equality, the National Health Law Program, and Movement Advancement Project.
U.S. history is replete with attempts to use pseudo-science and unsupported health-related justifications to exclude individuals and groups from the full protection of essential constitutional liberties, including laws barring interracial marriage, excluding women from certain professions, permitting the forced sterilization of those deemed "inferior," and criminalizing and discriminating against LGBT people. BALIF and its fellow amici urge the Court to remember this history and to fulfill its constitutional obligation to look carefully at the State's asserted justifications for restricting women's fundamental right to reproductive autonomy.
"The brief powerfully reminds us of the history of using empirically indefensible social science to justify discrimination against vulnerable groups," said Julie Wilensky, chair of BALIF's Amicus Committee. "With this history in mind, it is especially important for the Court to meaningfully review the public health rationales Texas has asserted here."
BALIF and the other amici are represented by Rosen, Bien, Galvan & Grunfeld LLP and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.
Diversity Scholarship Opportunity for ABA Forum on Construction Law
View flyer here.
The American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law
Forum's Midwinter Meeting, "Livin' on the Fault Line: Cutting Edge Solutions for Seismic Events that Threaten Your Construction Client," will be held January 21 - 22, 2016 at the Westin St. Francis on Union Square in San Francisco, California.
The Forum is pleased to announce the availability of six (6) Diversity Scholarships for the cost of registration for this program for women and minority construction lawyers, construction lawyers with disabilities, and construction lawyers from the LGBT community, whose practices are based in California. Individuals wishing to be considered for a scholarship should submit a copy of their resume and a letter describing their construction law practice and the reasons why they want to attend the Midwinter Meeting. Applications are due no later than December 21, 2015. If selected, candidates must commit to attend the program. The scholarships are not transferable.
The Diversity Scholarship includes:
* admission to the Program with waiver of the registration fee;
* a set of Program course materials; and
* continental breakfast and lunch as noted in the brochure.
Follow BALIF on Twitter!
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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.
|February 19 - BALIF 36th Annual Gala|
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 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