Weekly Newsletter        |        June 7, 2016
In This Issue
Message from the BALIF Board 

Hello BALIF members!

This is one of my favorite times of the year. Summer has unofficially commenced with warmer weather and schools getting out. It's an inspirational time with joyous graduates and gay pride celebrations in the Bay Area and elsewhere. It's a time when I am extremely proud of BALIF and the many accomplishments of our community.

Speaking of being proud, please put the BALIF and Jones Day Pride Breakfast on your calendar for June 26, 2016 from 8-10 am. It's a family friendly event and is great place to catch up friends old and new before the Pride Parade. I hope to see you there.

If you are a BALIF member, and an owner of your firm with seven or more years of experience, check out the BALIF Partner Exchange monthly lunches (next one June 23). The lunches are extraordinarily collegial and usually involve a helpful exchange of business development and law firm management ideas.

Don't forget to vote in the California primary today - this election year promises to be huge for our community. Let your voice be heard.


Jamie Dupree
BALIF Board Programs Chair
Bagels and Bubbly with 
Bisexuals in the Bay
What:  Bagels and Bubbly with Bisexuals in the Bay

Who:  Legal Professionals and their partners who identify as bisexual* 
(*The term bisexual is used as an umbrella term for people who have the potential for sexual, emotional, and/or romantic attraction to more than one gender.  This includes people who may identify as bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer, and questioning.)

When:  Sunday, June 12, 11am - 2pm

Details:  An opportunity for discussion and activities focused on bi-visibility and community within the bi-community.

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!!! 

LGBT Golf Fore Good
Women's Golf Tournament & Tee Dance

What: Horizons Foundation's 7th Annual LGBT Golf Fore Good 

Who: LGBT persons, allies and golfers

When: Friday, June 17, 11:30 am - 9:30 pm

Where: Chardonnay Golf Club, 2555 Jameson Canyon Road,
American Canyon, CA 94503

Details: Join the Horizons Foundation to raise money to support and celebrate the lives of LGBT people. You must register in order to participate. Cost is $25.

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 / SFTLA Joint July Happy Hour
Thursday July 21, 2016 
5:30- 7:30

The Patriot House
Two Embarcadero Center, Level P
San Francisco, CA 94111

Please mark Thursday, July 21, 2016 from 5:30-7:30 on your calendars, as BALIF is joining forces with SFTLA to have a joint mixer. We hope to see you there!
Stan Sarkisov

As the LGBT community continues fighting for equality, there is a lot to be proud of.  But the battle is not over.  Read BALIF board member Stan Sarkisov's article, published on the Bar Association of San Francisco's website, Legal By the Bay.

ALRP Free 2016 MCLE Trainings
More dates coming soon!

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.

June 12 - Bagels and Bubbly with Bisexuals in the Bay
June 14 - Prop 8: When Issues Extend Beyond The Parties At Bar
June 23 - BALIF Partner Exchange Luncheon
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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