Weekly Newsletter        |        May 25, 2016
In This Issue
Message from the BALIF Board 

Only one week and one day left until June and SF Pride officially begins! This time of year, I often reflect on the many beautiful memories made during SF Pride, including the legal wins of recent years. I am always so excited to witness the strength and resilience of our beautiful community as we celebrate our authenticity with pride. Despite the joy and excitement this time of year brings, the reality is that our community is facing the usual challenges a presidential election year brings. Our rights, dignity and humanity are, once again, being compromised for political gain. And once again, we must fight the harassment, violence and discrimination that permeate our community, particularly our queer and transgender community members of color.  

The new BALIF board has been hard at work planning another exciting year of events and activism! Speaking of activism, we would like to announce a new committee created specifically to support movement building and local activism. The Community Activism Committee will facilitate outreach and interaction with local organizations and other minority bar associations. It will also develop, coordinate and administer support services such as legal information, resources, and attorney volunteers for movement building events/actions. To learn more, make suggestions or get involved, please contact me at activism@balif.org

Looking forward to seeing you all this Pride and standing beside you as we continue to fight for everyone's rights to live authentically and free from violence and discrimination.  

In Solidarity, 

Jennifer Orthwein
BALIF Board Community Activism Committee Chair
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

Prop 8: When Issues Extend Beyond 
The Parties At Bar: 
A Panel Presentation & Reception
The panel will discuss LGBT-related diversity and inclusion issues within the legal department and the corporation related to Proposition 8 legislation.  The panel will be followed by a reception.
Panelists will include: Hon. Vaughn Walker, Former Chief Judge, United States District, Northern District of California; Ms. Hilary Ware, Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Netflix; Mr. Mark Gorman, Vice President, Law & Deputy General Counsel, Cisco Systems, Inc.; Moderated by Aileen F. Casanave, Deputy General Counsel, Jiff, Inc.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM Cocktails
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Panel Discussion
7:30 PM - 8:00 PM Reception
Office of Vinson & Elkins LLP
555 Mission Street, Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA  94105 

ID REQUIRED - Attendees will have to show their photo ID at the building's security desk to obtain access to our floor.

Contact:  David Tsai, Partner and Host

Admission for this event is FREE, but you must register online.
LGBT Law Student Organization members are also invited to attend FREE!!! 

8th Annual BALIF / Jones Day 
Pride Breakfast

BALIF and Jones Day welcome all summer associates, law students, attorneys, judges, staff, and friends from all around the Bay Area to their 8th Annual Pride Breakfast celebration. 

Come and enjoy great food, drinks, and fun at this annual event before you head out to watch the Pride Parade.

Please RSVP to Evalina Cunha at ecunha@jonesday.com

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.

BALIF member, Meaghan Zore, was featured on the May 19, 2016 edition of KABC Radio Los Angeles' "The Drive Home" for their segment on the impact of online harassment and the damaging effects faced by those whose intimate images are publicly disseminated without their consent, a practice more commonly known as "revenge porn."  A recording of the on-air discussion can be heard here.
ALRP Major Donor Party
The AIDS Legal Referral Panel of the San Francisco Bay Area (ALRP) announced that it is holding its 2016 Major Donor Party on Wednesday, May 25th at The Plant Café-Embarcadero at Pier 3 in San Francisco from 5:30-7:30pm.
ALRP's Major Donor Party celebrates the agency's major donors and community leaders with delicious food, drink and awards celebrating ALRP's 2016 Advocates Club Members - individuals who donate $500 or more to ALRP by May 23rd. Donations can be made in advance at www.alrp.org using the Donate Now $ button or at the door on 5/25. Advance online donors will automatically be added to the party guest list.
During the event, ALRP will be honoring Lisa & Dirk DiGiorgio-Haag with its 2016 James C. Hormel Philanthropist Award, and The Bob Ross Foundation (REAF) with its 2016 Community Partner Award. 
To RSVP or to make a donation, or for more event information, contact ALRP development director Jim McBride at (415) 701-1200 ext. 301 or jim@alrp.org.

ALRP Free 2016 MCLE Trainings
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

SPARK! Transgender Law Center's 
14th Anniversary Celebration
SPARK! 2016: A 14th Anniversary Celebration of Transgender Law Center

October 20, 2016 
6 p.m. Reception
7 p.m. Awards Ceremony and Program 

Julia Morgan Ballroom
465 California St
San Francisco, CA 94104

In 2016, Transgender Law Center will celebrate 14 years of igniting changes to law, policy, and attitudes so that everyone can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression. For the last several years, we have held a widely popular anniversary celebration, called SPARK! This year, we anticipate over 400 of our most generous supporters, corporate partners, organizational allies, and elected officials to participate as we come together and recognize outstanding community leaders and businesses making huge strides in advancing transgender rights.
Office Space Available
We have a vacancy in our office inside the historic Merchants Exchange Building of a private 155ft2 room.
Perfect for a financial, legal, or accounting professional. 
If there is anyone in your association who is looking for office space, please see the link below.

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.
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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.   


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!


Alex Touma

BALIF Membership Co-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 26 - 2016 Bay Area Women Attorneys Joint Networking Mixer
June 14 - Prop 8: When Issues Extend Beyond The Parties At Bar
June 26 - BALIF / Jones Day Pride Breakfast
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BALIF Board of Directors
Jessica Bogo & Peter Catalanotti
Julie Wilensky
Secretary & Amicus Chair

Mario Choi

Nick Clements
Judiciary Chair

Sarah Nicole Davis & 
John Unruh
Gala Co-Chairs  


Shauna Madison & Alex Touma
Shauna Madison

CCBA Chair


Jamie Dupree

Jennifer Orthwein
Lauren Pietsch
Lindsey Rosellini
Community Ambassador Chair  

Sam Potts & Stephan Ferris
Katie Carlson
BALIF Administrator 
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