Weekly Newsletter        |        May 17, 2016
In This Issue
Message from the BALIF Board 

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who sponsored and showed up to Mr. Smith's for the joint LGBTQ Diversity Mixer hosted by BALIF and FBANC! Thank you to everyone who worked tirelessly to make it the huge success that it was. Your support means a lot as we continue our efforts to increase diversity within the legal community AND within the LGBTQ community. Please join us next time!
Over the weekend, BALIF held its annual retreat for our continuing and newly minted board members. I want to extend another congratulations to our new board. Over the weekend, we took the opportunity to reflect on the past year and set our intentions for the coming year. We definitely have some exciting plans for you on the horizon!

As we take off for the year with our new board, I invite you to continue on with yours on the right foot by confirming your membership status. You can do so here! It is important to us that you are in on all the wonderful benefits that BALIF has to offer! Need a refresher? Then read here: http://www.balif.org/whyjoin.


Lindsey Rossellini
BALIF Board Community Ambassador Chair
BALIF Partner Exchange Luncheon
When: Thursday, May 19, 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. 

I am always looking for topics so let me know if there is something you'd like to discuss at an upcoming luncheon.
Space is limited so only the first 11 to RSVP to jdupree@fddcm.com may attend. 

2016 Bay Area Women Attorneys 
Joint Networking Mixer
Please join us at this joint event organized by local bar associations having a special focus on supporting the advancement and inclusion of women in the legal profession. All members are welcome, so please come and enjoy refreshments while you network with colleagues.

Participating bar associations include: 
  • South Asian Women Attorney Network (SAWAN)
  • Black Women Lawyers of Northern California (BWL-NC)
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley (APABA-SV)
  • Women Lawyers of Alameda County (WLAC)
  • Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF)
  • Korean American Bar Association of Northern California (KABANC)
  • Filipino Bar Association of Northern California (FBANC)
  • Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (AABA)
  • Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California (VABANC)
For questions or for more information, please contact Lin Zhu (linzhu@paulhastings.com). We look forward to seeing you there!
Thursday, May 26, 2016
6:00pm  8:30pm

Paul Hastings LLP
55 2nd Street, 24th Floor
San Francisco, CA, 94105

APABA / BALIF Joint Scholarship for 
Law Students
The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley ("APABA-SV") Charity and the Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom ("BALIF") are pleased to announce a special joint scholarship for law students who have a demonstrated commitment to the Asian Pacific American and LGBT communities.
To recognize law students in the greater Bay Area who have shown excellence and achievement in law school, and:
  • Overcome personal hardships or challenges; and
  • Demonstrated leadership and service to the Asian Pacific American and LGBT communities.
One joint scholarship of $3,000.
Application for the scholarship includes the following:
  • Résumé submission. Please include grade point average if applicable. The applicant's grade point average and law school enrollment are subject to verification.
  • Essay submission (two page maximum). The essay should address how the applicant fulfills the above-mentioned purpose of the scholarship.
  • Interview. Scholarship finalists will be interviewed on Sunday, June 26, 2016.

In addition, scholarship recipients are required to:

  • Attend the APABA-SV 31st Anniversary Gala, at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, on September 23, 2016;
  • Attend the BALIF Annual Gala in 2017 (invited but not required to attend);
  • Become a Student Member of APABA-SV (free of charge) and BALIF ($10.00);
  • Participate as an APABA-SV Student Liaison at his or her law school by (i) advertising APABA-SV events and scholarships, and (ii) encouraging fellow law students to attend events and apply for future scholarships;
  • Participate as a student member of his or her law school's LGBT student organization, if available; and
  • Become a New Member with APABA-SV and BALIF upon graduation from law school.
Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m., June 13, 2016. Interviews will be held on June 26, 2016.
Please submit applications to scholarship@apabasv.com. Please also feel free to contact us with questions.

2016-2017 BALIF Board

BALIF would like to congratulate the following attorneys and law students who were elected to the 2016-2017 BALIF Board:
Sarah Nicole Davis
Lauren Pietsch
Peter Catalanotti
Nick Clements
Stan Sarkisov
Alex Touma
Ashley Pellouchoud

Law Student Representatives:
Stephan Ferris
Sam Potts

BALIF Endorses Paul Henderson
for San Francisco Superior Court
BALIF is proud to announce the endorsement of Paul Henderson in the election for Seat 7 of the San Francisco Superior Court.  The election will be held on June 7, 2016.

Paul currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff & Public Safety Director for Mayor Edwin Lee of San Francisco.  The decision was made by the BALIF Board of Directors after the unanimous recommendation of the BALIF Judiciary Committee.

"Paul Henderson has been committed to BALIF's mission for many years.  He will make an excellent judge and we are honored to deliver BALIF's endorsement," said Denise Bergin, BALIF Judiciary Committee Co-Chair. "Paul will bring a commitment to civic duty, extensive experience inside and outside to the courtroom, and a great judicial temperament to the bench."

Paul is an experienced courtroom litigator and has led a distinguished career. Prior to joining the Mayor's Office, Paul served as the Chief of Administration for the San Francisco District Attorney's Office for then District Attorney Kamala Harris, and as a trial prosecutor for the City of San Francisco.

Check out Paul's It Gets Better video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xImHdPkjyu4

BALIF Amicus Brief Archive Now Online
For more than thirty years, BALIF has been participating as amicus - a friend of the court - in major cases raising issues of concern to the LGBT community and our allies. Check out the new archive on BALIF's website, where you can learn more about BALIF's amicus participation and read BALIF's briefs on a wide range of issues, including: the rights of same-sex parents and partners; the unconstitutionality of state sodomy statutes; the interpretation of disability civil rights laws to people with HIV/AIDS; Don't Ask, Don't Tell; the scope of Title VII and other workplace protections for LGBTs under federal and California law; the asserted First Amendment rights of organizations that explicitly exclude LGBTs; marriage equality; medical care for transgender prisoners; and more.
Please contact BALIF's Amicus Committee Chair, Julie Wilensky, amicus@balif.org, with any questions about or additions to the archive.
BALIF 2016 Gala Photos Online

The BALIF gala photos are finally here! Please find them on the BALIF website at, http://www.balif.org/photos and click on "BALIF Gala 2016".

Share the pictures and feel free to tag your friends! Just make sure to tag BALIF on Facebook and twitter! 

ALRP Free 2016 MCLE Trainings
Confidentiality Law & HIV
  • Tuesday, May 17, 5:30-7:00pm
  • Presented by Jim Wood, Esq. - Law Offices of James M. Wood
  • 1.5 General CLE Credits

Using State and Federal Law to Protect Debtors from Collections Harassment
  • Thursday, June 2, 5:30-7:00pm
  • Presented by Noah Zinner, Esq. - Housing and Economic Rights Advocates - heraca.org
  • 1.5 General CLE Credits

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

LGBTQ Partners & Associates Reception

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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.

May 19 - BALIF Partner Exchange Luncheon
May 26 - 2016 Bay Area Women Attorneys Joint Networking Mixer
Our 2016-2017 Sponsors
Partner Level

Counsel Level


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Advocate Level

Benefactor Level

Individual Sponsors

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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San Francisco, CA 94119

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