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  • 12 Mar 2013 10:19 AM | BALIF Administrator (Administrator)
    Hello BALIF Members and Friends,

    We'll keep it short and simple this week - don't dare miss the BALIF's 33rd Annual Gala on Friday at the Bently Reserve! If you need reasons to come, check out our Top Five list below.

    We hope to see you there!

    Chelsea HaleyNelson & On Lu
    BALIF Co-Chairs
  • 11 Mar 2013 9:35 PM | BALIF Administrator (Administrator)
    Perkins Coie's David Tsai has been recognized by the Daily Journal
    as one of the top "Five Associates to Watch" in California. David's profile, which appeared in the February 27 special section that included the Top 20 Under 40 attorneys in California, focused on his intellectual property experience and his work in the Taipei office.

    David is a great asset to the Perkins Coie San Francisco office and we are extremely pleased that his hard work, dedication to community service and extraordinary business development skills have been recognized.

    Please join Perkins Coie in congratulating David on this prestigious and well deserved recognition!
  • 04 Mar 2013 3:16 PM | BALIF Administrator (Administrator)
    Hello BALIF Members and Friends,

    Its tax time - typically a dreaded time of year, but now even more so for California domestic partners and married same-sex couples. That is why you do not want to miss tomorrow's FREE Tax Seminar specifically for Registered Domestic Partners & Same-Sex Married Couples presented by California State Controller John Chiang, and cosponsored by BALIF and San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener. Details for this event are below, and on BALIF's website. RSVP here.

    And when you're done learning all you can about taxes, join us in the South Bay for this month's Happy Hour - Friday, March 8th at the Patio in Palo Alto. RSVP here.

    We hope to see you soon!

    Chelsea HaleyNelson & On Lu
    BALIF Co-Chairs
  • 27 Feb 2013 11:36 PM | BALIF Administrator (Administrator)
    Today, BALIF filed its amicus brief in the Proposition 8 case currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. BALIF brought together nearly 60 organizations as amici, including minority bar associations in California, non-LGBT local bar associations throughout the country, and national and local non-profit organizations. Among the list of amici are various LGBT-bar associations nationwide, including from Florida, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, and Tennessee, non-LGBT bar associations, and organizations such as BASF, NAPABA, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, TLC, and the Marin County Bar Association.

    Click here to read the Windsor case (DOMA), a brief that BALIF was invited to join as co-amicus.

    Click here to read the Perry case (Prop 8), a brief that BALIF coordinated as the lead amicus on behalf of approximately 60 other organizations.

    Kudos and thank you to our very hardworking Amicus Committee chair, Nick Kacprowski and the entire BALIF Amicus Committee. What you do makes us proud to be a part of BALIF! We also want to thank Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP for representing BALIF in this important effort.
  • 25 Feb 2013 11:30 PM | BALIF Administrator (Administrator)
    Hello BALIF Members and Friends,

    Here's a historic opportunity that doesn't come along often...

    Come to an intimate meet & greet this Wednesday night with recently appointed Justice Jim Humes - the First Openly Gay Justice on the California Court of Appeal.

    San Francisco resident Jim Humes was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown as an Associate Justice to the First District Court of Appeal, Division Four. Prior to his appointment, he had served as Governor Brown's Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs, Administration and Policy since 2011, and also worked with Governor Brown as Attorney General. (Click here to read his full biography.) Justice Hume's partner, Joseph Quinn, is a partner at Hanson Bridgett and specializes in complex litigation, writs and appeals.

    Details for this very special, BALIF Members-Only event are below. Please make sure to RSVP here.

    We hope to see you soon,

    On Lu & Chelsea HaleyNelson
    BALIF Co-Chairs
  • 19 Feb 2013 11:30 PM | BALIF Administrator (Administrator)
    Hello BALIF Members and Friends,

    Our Amicus Committee has been busy. This next week, BALIF will be filing an amicus brief in the Proposition 8 case currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. BALIF has brought together nearly 60 partners in the brief who consist of minority bar associations in California and other non-LGBT local bar associations throughout the country. Among our list of anticipated amici partners are various LGBT-bar associations nationwide, including from Florida, Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota and Tennessee, and non-LGBT bar associations and legal groups like BASF, KABANC, TLC and LGLA.

    Kudos and thank you to our very hardworking Amicus Committee chair, Nick Kacprowski and the entire BALIF Amicus Committee. What you do makes us proud to be a part of BALIF! We also want to thank Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP for representing BALIF in this important effort.

    Come celebrate all of the fantastic work that BALIF does at our Annual Gala on March 15, 2013. Click here to purchase tickets. It is not too late to become a BALIF sponsor and to receive complimentary tickets to the Gala. To find out more, or to become a sponsor, please contact BALIF's Gala Co-Chair, Jamie Dupree.

    We hope to see you soon,

    Chelsea HaleyNelson and oN Lu
    BALIF Co-Chairs
  • 13 Feb 2013 11:51 AM | BALIF Administrator (Administrator)
    Hello BALIF Members and Friends,

    We hope you're as excited as we are about BALIF's 33rd Annual Dinner and Awards Gala - "Simply Fabulous!"

    But we also need your help....

    BALIF is more than just fabulous happy hours and networking receptions. The money we raise is channeled to significant work in our community, such as law student scholarships, job search assistance and LGBT recruiting, mentoring programs, free CLE classes, Amicus briefs on LGBT issues, and so much more.

    Please consider having your firm or organization sponsor BALIF. Sponsorships begin at $1,500. At that level, you get five tickets to the Gala, and some wonderful publicity for your firm, including ΒΌ page ad and priority recognition in the Gala program. Your firm will also be named as a sponsor in the BALIF newsletter and on the BALIF website for the entire year. And you of course receive an ecstatic "thank you" from our LGBT legal community. Sponsors at higher levels receive even more Gala tickets and additional benefits.

    The ad deadline to make the Gala program is Feb. 15 (with a drop-dead date of Feb. 22). To become a BALIF sponsor, or for more information, please contact Gala Co-Chair Jamie Dupree at JDupree@fddcm.com.

    As always, we look forward to seeing you soon...

    On Lu & Chelsea HaleyNelson
    BALIF Co-Chairs
  • 06 Feb 2013 5:53 AM | BALIF Administrator (Administrator)
    Hello BALIF Members and Friends,

    Happy post- Superbowl weekend! No matter who you were cheering for in this game, we can all walk away proud that the winning team has such a strong, vocal Marriage Equality advocate as Baltimore Ravens' linebacker, Brendon Ayanbadejo. "People from all walks of life, including gay and lesbian couples, want their children to be in stable homes and protected under the law. That's why I support marriage for gay and lesbian couples who want to make a lifetime commitment to each other." Thank you, Brendon.

    We want you to join us, today, Tuesday, February 5th, at the Lookout for our monthly Happy Hour with a twist - Plus One. This time we are encouraging you to bring someone new. One of BALIF's more ambitious goals is increasing our membership to 1K because the more members we have, the stronger our voice as an organization! We have challenged you, our BALIF members, to refer your friends, colleagues, family members, etc, in the legal field who are LGBT to join BALIF. The person who refers the most new members (10 or more) will receive 4 Gala VIP tickets! Click here for details! Let the competition begin!

    Speaking of BALIF's 33rd Annual Dinner and Awards Gala--Simply Fabulous - it is time to start planning your outfits and making sure that you or your firm have your sponsorship finalized. Annual sponsorships include complementary tickets to Gala, BALIF's largest annual event with more than 600 attendees, including lawyers, judges, lawmakers, legal professionals, students, and in-house counsel. Don't miss it! To become a sponsor, or for more information, please contact Jamie Dupree, our Gala Co-Chair at JDupree@fddcm.com.

    See you soon,

    Chelsea HaleyNelson & On Lu
    BALIF Co-Chairs
  • 05 Feb 2013 6:56 AM | BALIF Administrator (Administrator)
    BALIF's OUTreach Committee is looking for a BALIF member or two to act as its liaison to the SFPD Chief's LGBT Community Advisory Forum. More info can be found here (http://www.facebook.com/SanFranciscoLgbtForum/info). This task would require attending a monthly meeting and reporting back to BALIF. If interested, please email outreach@balif.org Thank you!
  • 29 Jan 2013 10:32 PM | BALIF Administrator (Administrator)
    (And who doesn't??) Refer as many members as possible to help BALIF reach - and surpass - its goal of 1,000 members. The more members we have, the stronger our voice! And BALIF's voice needs to be as strong as possible with historic events such as our Amicus Brief in the Prop 8 case on the horizon.

    So, to sweeten the deal, we're giving away four (4) Gala Tickets which includes VIP Admission, and public recognition at BALIF's 33rd Annual Dinner and Awards Gala--Simply Fabulous! Event.

    The rules are simple: whoever refers the most people to BALIF - and becomes a member - wins! You have from now until Friday, March 8, 2013, to get potential members to sign up on BALIF's website. You must refer a minimum of 10 people. Make sure your referral notes that you referred him/her to membership, or it won't count for you. March 8, 2013 is the deadline!


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