Weekly Newsletter        |        June 14, 2016
In This Issue
Message from the BALIF Board 

I wrote this statement on Saturday expressing my excitement for the upcoming Pride events and our community. After Sunday's tragedy, I sat down multiple times to re-write this short statement and have found myself overwhelmed with emotion and at a complete loss for words. Pride carries with it so many different emotions each year. After many years of Pride being dominated by celebrations, this tragedy has cast a dark cloud over it and reminds us of the purpose for which Pride began - not as a celebration, but as an act of visibility, resistance and resilience. 

Violence is not new to our community and this tragedy is just another illustration of how far we still have to go to dismantle the hatred and vitriol we face daily. Working in this civil rights movement has afforded me the opportunity to get to know some of our most influential and resilient Latinx leaders. It has been particularly difficult to witness their extreme grief. The media, and those in positions of power, have largely ignored the impact of this violence on their community. Instead, their attention and anger has been lodged toward the Muslim community. We must reject any effort to exploit this tragedy to justify acts based on fear and intolerance.

Now is a time for grief and healing. As the world looks at our community and tries to make sense of this tragedy and the multiple intersections of oppression it encompasses, I urge each and every one of us to support one another in our grief, particularly our black and brown family, whose grief and fear likely far exceeds the rest of ours. Be safe this Pride and recognize the long history of our Pride marches and the resilience of our communities as we, once again, search for answers and solutions to the social ills that plague our society. Hopefully, we all can unite to address them. 

Love and struggle,

Jennifer Orthwein
BALIF Board Community Activism Chair
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.

From the Bathrooms to the Courtrooms: LGBT Rights in the United States
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

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.
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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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!


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 14 - Prop 8: When Issues Extend Beyond The Parties At Bar
June 17 - LGBT Golf Fore Good Women's Golf Tournament & Tee Dance
June 22 - From the Bathrooms to the Courtroom: LGBT Rights in the U.S.
June 23 - BALIF Partner Exchange Luncheon
June 26 - BALIF / Jones Day Pride Breakfast
Our 2016-2017 Sponsors
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Individual Sponsors

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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