Weekly Newsletter        |        June 21, 2016
In This Issue
Message from the BALIF Board 

My mind is still reeling from the events in Orlando last week.  Was the shooter gay?  Was he motivated by religion or animus toward the LGBT community?  Or both?  Was he just mentally unstable/disturbed?  There is so much "information" in the news that it is difficult to sort through.  It is exhausting.  I am not sure knowing more information would remove the hurt in my mind, heart, and soul.
What can we do, as a community?  For one,  Equality Florida Action, Inc. has set up a website that has links on ways to help.   Another way we can help is by being out and proud this Pride weekend.  BALIF's Pride Breakfast is on Sunday, June 26 from 8-10.  BASF and BALIF have co-sponsored the  LGBTQ Partners & Associates Reception on June 29 from 5:30-7:30 pm. at Trucker Huss.
Please have a safe and fun Pride weekend everyone.  I really hope I get to see all of you soon.
Oh, and if you're not a BALIF member already, consider joining today.  We need you.


Peter Catalanotti
BALIF Board Co-Chair
From the Bathrooms to the Courtrooms: LGBT Rights in the United States
BALIF Partner Exchange Luncheon
Thursday, June 23, 2016

When: Thursday, June 23, 2016Tuesday, July 19, 2016Wednesday, August 24, 2016, and Thursday, September 22, 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 year or more of experience. 
June's topic:  Open discussion on any topics of interest to attendees.
Space is limited so only the first 11 to RSVP to jdupree@fddcm.com may attend. 
RSVPs being accepted for Thursday, June 23, 2016 only. 

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

LGBTQ Partners & Associates Reception

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.

Free CLE: Increasing Diversity Among Federal Magistrate Judges
The FMJA Board and Diversity Committee

Please join members of FMJA's Diversity Committee for a conversation with esteemed Federal Judges and colleagues from across the country as we discuss the significance of diversity on the bench, the path to becoming a Magistrate Judge, life as a Magistrate Judge, and more!

The Honorable Edward M. Chen
U.S. District Court Judge (N.D. Cal.)
The Honorable Peggy Kuo
U.S. Magistrate Judge (E.D.N.Y.)
The Honorable Alicia O. Valle
U.S. Magistrate Judge (S.D. Fla.)
The Honorable Linda T. Walker
U.S. Magistrate Judge (N.D. Ga.) - Moderator
The Honorable Kandis A. Westmore
U.S. Magistrate Judge (N.D. Cal.)
Charles F. Robinson, Esq.
General Counsel and Vice President of the University of California

When: Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 3:30-5:00 p.m. Check-in begins at 3:00 p.m. A reception will follow immediately in the Courthouse.

Location: U. S. Courthouse
450 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco, CA, 94102
Courtroom No. 12 on the 19th Floor

Registration: Space is limited. Register early. Deadline is July 8, 2016.

For questions and to register contact Bambo Obaro at Bambo.Obaro@weil.com

Supported by:
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
Federal Bar Association, Northern District of California Chapter
MCLE: (pending) 1 hour of California CLE

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

ALRP from the Heart 
33rd Annual Reception & Auction


The AIDS Legal Referral Panel, formed in the early 1980s by a group of BALIF attorneys, is holding its ALRP From the Heart 33rd Annual Reception & Auction on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 6:00-9:00pm in the Julia Morgan Ballroom at the Merchants Exchange in San Francisco (465 California Street, near Montgomery Street).

ALRP's reception features gourmet catered hors d'oeuvres,
wine and beverages, a silent & live auction, and great networking.

During this special evening, we will honor those who have made a lasting difference in the lives of people with HIV/AIDS and recognize ALRP's 33 years of achievement. ALRP will be presenting its 2016 Clint Hockenberry Leadership Award to Jerome Fishkin, Esq., the ALRP 2016 Attorney of the Year Award to Okan Sengun, Esq., and the ALRP 2016 Firm of the Year Award to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

Tickets start at just $100 and can be purchased by contacting Jim McBride at (415) 701-1200 ext. 301, jim@alrp.org, or simply pay at the door on October 19th.

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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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 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
June 29 - Summer in the City- LGBTQ Partners & Associates Reception
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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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