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The BALIF Gala CELEBRATING 35 YEARS! TERRA GALLERY & EVENT VENUE FRIDAY MARCH 13, 2015

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THANK YOU TO OUR 2015 SPONSORS Partner TM Financial Forensics Seyfarth Shaw LLP Baker Botts L.L.P. Counsel Arnold & Porter LLP Dolan Law Firm Fenwick & West LLP Hanson Bridgett LLP Keker & Van Nest LLP Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP Kirkland & Ellis LLP Morrison & Foerster LLP Sedgwick LLP Weaver Austin Villeneuve & Sampson LLP Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C. Advocate A.L. Nella & Co., CPA AT&T, Legal Department Gibson Dunn & Crutcher Jones Day Latham & Watkins LLP Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP MUFG Union Bank O’Melveny & Myers LLP Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP Pacific Gas & Electric Perkins Coie LLP Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP Sanford Heisler Kimpel, LLP Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP Benefactor Callaway & Wolf Carroll, Burdick & McDonough LLP Clarence Dyer & Cohn LLP/ Swanson & McNamara LLP Cooley LLP Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP Farella Braun + Martel LLP Futterman Dupree Dodd Croley Maier LLP Golden Gate University Jackson Lewis LLP JAMS Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson, P.C. Littler Mendelson, P.C. Lubin Olson & Niewiadomski LLP Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg LLP Paul Hastings LLP Pritzker Levine LLP Reed Smith LLP Roeca Hass Hager LLP San Francisco City Attorney’s Office San Francisco District Attorney’s Office Schiff Hardin LLP Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP Frederick Hertz, Law and Mediation Office of Frederick Hertz John Hill, Law Offices of John E. Hill, P.C. Hon. Stuart Hing and Rhoda Hing, Alameda County Superior Court James Kealohi, Pathways Personnel, Inc. (LISTING AS OF FEBRUARY 27, 2015) Individual Dave Arellano, Altep, Inc. Michael Colantuono, Colantuono Highsmith & Whatley, PC David Fermino, Sideman & Bancroft LLP David Helbraun, Helbraun Law David Monroe, Able & Monroe P.C. Todd Norris, Bullivant Houser Bailey P.C. Debra Schoenberg, Schoenberg Family Law Cheryl Sena, Sena Family Law Hon. James Warren (Ret.), JAMS

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The BALIF Gala Welcome and Introduction of Board of Directors Nicholas Clements and Mario Choi, Gala Co-Chairs celebrating 35 years! Program Presentation of Resolutions and Certificates Presentation of Community Service Award Awarded to GLBT Historical Society Accepted by Paul Boneberg, Executive Director Presentation of Legal Service Award Awarded to Tom Ammiano Introduction by Honorable Vince Chhabria, U.S.D.J., Northern District of California Presentation of Law Student Association of the Year Award Closing Jamie Dupree and John Robert Unruh, BALIF Co-Chairs Post-Gala Party The LookOut, San Francisco (show your Celebrating 35 Years! name tag for no-cover admission)

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Gala Committee’s Welcome to The BALIF Gala— Celebrating 35 Years! Gala Co-Chairs Mario M. Choi, Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP Nicholas Clements, Seyfarth Shaw LLP 35 years ago, BALIF was founded to encourage LGBT legal professionals to apply to become judges. While we still work hard to bring LGBTs to the bench, today’s BALIF does a great deal more. From taking action on questions of law and justice affecting the LGBT community, to building coalitions with other organizations, to providing mentorship to young lawyers and law students, today’s BALIF is not only the oldest LGBT bar association in the country, but also the largest. The world has also changed. 35 years ago, no country gave LGBT couples the right to marry; today, 17 do. Over 35 states now recognize gay marriage, and the Supreme Court will (hopefully!) put the issue to rest. In 1980, the leader of the free world would not have raised LGBT rights as an issue; in his recent State of the Union speech, President Obama raised LGBT rights to an issue of national security. How far we’ve come! California has also seen much progress this past year. Opponents of AB 1266, allowing transgender youth to use whatever bathroom and participate on whichever sports team they believe matches their gender identity (sponsored by our fabulous honoree this evening, Tom Ammiano), failed to gather enough signatures to put the law through a referendum. The Governor signed into law multiple bills reducing discrimination and advancing LGBT equality, including AB 2501 (prohibiting the “panic defense” based on a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity) and AB 1577 (making sure death certificates for transgender Californians accurately reflect their authentic, lived identity). In San Francisco, Mayor Edwin Lee and the Board of Supervisors took action to backfill the ever-growing loss of funding for HIV and AIDS-related services. And, there’s Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, proclaiming how proud he is to be gay. This is indeed amazing change. We still have quite a ways to go. In the last month alone, legislatures in states such as South Carolina, Michigan, and Indiana have brought anti-LGBT bills aimed at gutting what progress has been made. And, in our own community, we face a growing homeless population situation, where at least 40% of our homeless youth identify as LGBTQ and over 70% of our transgender homeless shelter residents have experienced violence because of their gender identity. This is unacceptable and we must work together to remedy these conditions. This evening, however, let us celebrate and honor the 35 years of BALIF, the 30 years of the GLBT Historical Society, and the 25 years of public service from Tom Ammiano. Known as the “queer Smithsonian,” the GLBT Historical Society has been at the forefront of housing and preserving LGBT history, some of which you will see this evening. We honor the GLBT Historical Society with BALIF’s Community Service Award. Tom, recipient of BALIF’s Legal Service Award, is a long-standing and nationally distinguished leader of the LGBTQ community. We honor his 25 years of public service, from School Board President, to San Francisco Supervisor, to California State Assembly Member. The Gala Committee and the entire BALIF Board of Directors welcome you to the BALIF Gala. To 35 more years!

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Message from the Co-Chairs Jamie Dupree, Futterman Dupree Dodd Croley Maier LLP John Robert Unruh, Law Office of John Robert Unruh Tonight we are celebrating BALIF’s 35th Annual Gala. Thirty-five years. Wow! What a remarkable milestone! As you walk around tonight’s Gala, you will see hundreds of BALIF members and supporters dressed in finery, enjoying each other’s company, laughing and talking. Many will be accompanied by their same-sex spouses or partners and will run into many friends at the celebration. Very few will be closeted. But thirty-five years ago, the world was a different place. The BALIF newsletter and directory were sent out in brown envelopes, lest the recipient be outed and be the victim of discrimination. The name BALIF itself was selected because “Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom” did not reveal the queer identity of our members to outsiders yet nevertheless emphatically proclaimed the goal of the organization. Today, same sex marriage is possible in the vast majority of state across the country, with the issue being faced again by the United States Supreme Court in this term (with BALIF slated to file an amicus brief). Who would have believed that same sex marriage would be so widespread even five years ago? It is just one sign of a rapidly changing climate. Now more than ever the individual freedom the original founders of BALIF hoped to achieve seems within grasp. Now more than ever we can imagine a world where each individual is allowed to live a truly authentic life, free from discrimination. Recognizing the remarkable transformation of our community over a relatively short period of time, BALIF is honoring the GLBT Historical Society tonight with its Community Service Award. The GLBT Historical Society is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and has painstakingly documented the history of our community with original documents, photographs and artifacts, including some BALIF material. As George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” The GLBT Historical Society has captured lifetimes of memories which will help remember just how far we have come. We laud the GLBT Historical Society for its significant accomplishments. We are also honoring Tom Ammiano tonight with our Legal Service Award. Tom has been in public service as an elected representative for 25 years, another remarkable milestone. He began his career as on out school teacher in San Francisco, and was instrumental in ensuring that the Briggs Initiative, which would have prohibiting gays from working as teachers, was defeated. Tom served on the San Francisco Board of Education, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and as a member of California State Assembly, in each instance, actively working for equality for the LGBT Community. He has been a highly influential leader to whom we express deep appreciation. As we celebrate BALIF’s 35 years, the GLBT Historical Society’s 30 years, and Tom Ammiano’s 25 years of service, we can truly revel in how far we have come. But there is still so much more to do to achieve true equality. BALIF was originally founded to put LGBTs on the bench. Today, our representation in the judiciary still lags. Social justice issues also abound within our own community. A disproportionately high number of homeless individuals identify as LGBT. There is also an underrepresentation in our community’s leadership of persons of color, women, and gender non-conforming individuals. As members of BALIF and the legal profession we ask each of you to join us in committing to do everything we can in our professional and personal lives to achieve equality and social justice for all. Together, we can affect amazing change. Thank you for your support of BALIF and being with us tonight.

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Message from BALIF’s Treasurer Mario M. Choi, Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP Thank you for your continued support of BALIF! Because of your sponsorship and membership dollars, BALIF has been able to continue providing quality programming, charitable giving, and networking occasions for our community. We have upped our financial support for law-related social and educational programs throughout the Bay Area, done more outreach to and events with our sister minority bar organizations, and provided added opportunities for our members to interact and socialize. Without your financial support, BALIF would not be possible. If you have not already done so, please consider becoming a BALIF sponsor, joining as a new member, or renewing your membership! marriage bans in the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits. BALIF has also just filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S Constitution requires states to license same-sex marriages and to recognize those licensed out-of-state. The Amicus Committee is currently in the process of archiving the numerous amicus briefs BALIF has filed over the years in support of marriage equality and other important issues in order to make them available to our membership. Communications and Technology Committee Chair, Jennifer Orthwein, Transgender Law Center BALIF’s Communications and Technology Committee keeps BALIF members and the community informed and connected. The Committee releases a weekly electronic newsletter detailing news and information useful to the LGBT legal community, including case updates, CLE announcements, happy hours and networking events, as well as major accomplishments and events in our members’ lives. The Committee also maintains BALIF’s interactive website (www.balif.org), allowing users to customize their profiles and renew memberships online. It also features updated information on BALIF and community events. The Committee also keeps members informed and connected through a variety of online social mediums, including BALIF’s Facebook page and LinkedIn groups, and the BALIF Listserv in Google Groups (balif@googlegroups.com). You can also follow BALIF on Twitter and Instagram. We’re always on the lookout for better ways to communicate and foster interaction. If you’re interested in helping out, come talk to me or email technology@balif.org. Message from BALIF’s Secretary Peter C. Catalanotti, Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP I am honored to serve as BALIF’s Secretary this past year. I am also honored to celebrate another successful Gala with so many friends, colleagues, judges, and BALIF members. For those of you interested in getting more involved with BALIF, our elections are coming up. Check www.balif.org for more information. With the United States Supreme Court agreeing once again to hear the issue of gay marriage, your active participation in BALIF has never been more important. Amicus Committee Chair, Leah Nutting, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP BALIF has a long history of advocacy regarding issues affecting the LGBT community and our allies, and the Amicus Committee monitors cases and joins in writing amicus briefs related to those issues. Recently, the Amicus Committee has been actively involved in the battle over marriage equality, coordinating with LGBT bar organizations, civil rights groups, and other allies to submit amicus briefs in key cases across the country. Over the last year, with the pro bono support of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, BALIF filed amicus briefs opposing same-sex Community Ambassador Committee Chair, Edward Joy, Edward P. Joy, Attorney at Law BALIF’s Community Ambassador Committee is focused on action (1) through personally attending key events (including Annual Galas and Dinners) of other minority bar associations and community groups; (2) by developing strong personal relationships and strengthening coalitions with such groups;

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(3) by teaming with other minority bar associations and community groups to financially sponsor events and scholarships; and (4) by promoting key BALIF events or issues with other minority bar associations and community groups, and by promoting their key events or issues with BALIF. This past year, the Community Ambassador Committee teamed with the Social Action Committee and the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area to raise nearly $20,000 for LYRIC’s Youth Workforce Development Program for LGBTQQ youth. We also joined (a) with the San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association to co-sponsor a $5,000 law student scholarship and (b) with the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley to cosponsor a $3,000 law student scholarship. The Committee is also proud to declare that its ticket exchange with other members of the Minority Bar Coalition is going strong and expanding. Through the ticket exchange, we swap tickets with other Minority Bar Coalition associations so that members can attend each other’s Annual Galas and Dinners. This past year, we added the following bar associations to the ticket exchange: the Asian American Criminal Trial Lawyers Association, the Black Women Lawyers Association of Northern California, and the Queen’s Bench Bar Association. We would love to have you join this amazing committee! If you are interested, please email communityambassador@ balif.org. a resolution addressing sexual abuse in state detention facilities, a problem that particularly affects LGBT inmates and arrestees. The CCBA Committee is working with CCBA to get this resolution enacted into legislation and brainstorming new resolutions for the 2015 Conference. If you’d like to join BALIF’s CCBA Committee or attend the 2015 Conference in Anaheim, please email ccba@balif.org. Judiciary Committee Co-Chair, Andrew Vu, SAP Co-Chair, Lilah Sutphen, Hersh Family Law P.C. As you know, the BALIF Judiciary Committee has the important responsibility of vetting judicial candidates seeking BALIF’s endorsement for both elections and judicial appointments. And even arguably more important, our mission aims to identify, and lay the ground work for LGBTs to the bench. This includes working with other bar associations and leaders on various projects, including behind the scenes, to diversify and increase the judicial pipeline. For the first time, we are weighing in on the Northern District of California Magistrate Judge selection process. We currently have only one out LGBT judge — Magistrate Donna Ryu — on the N.D. Cal. bench. The magistrate selection process is well under way. We are hoping to make our LGBT bar’s voice heard and count! Not only are we hoping to see more openly LGBT magistrate judges soon, we want to see an out Article III judge on the N.D. Cal. bench as well. It’s simply unacceptable that there isn’t a single openly LGBT Article III judge on a bench based in the Bay Area. At the state level, the BALIF Judiciary Committee is working in coalition with its sister organizations in San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles and Sacramento to advocate for more LGBT judges — including pushing for the first openly LGBT California Supreme Court Justice. At the California Courts of Appeal, we have only two openly LGBT justices on those courts, both of whom are in the First District here in the Bay Area. There are six openings at the appellate level (five in the Second District and one in the Third District), and that’s a great opportunity to finally have openly LGBT appellate justices in the Southern and Eastern parts of our state. We met with the Governor’s Office last fall and will continue to periodically meet to advocate for more LGBTs on the bench. (continued) Conference of California Bar Associations Committee Chair, Denise Bergin, Weaver Austin Villeneuve & Sampson LLP Each year, BALIF sends a delegation to the Conference of California Bar Associations (CCBA), a group of attorneys from local, specialty, and minority bar associations across the state that are focused on improving California’s laws. The mission of the Conference is to get resolutions approved by the Conference enacted into legislation. BALIF’s representation and participation at the Conference are crucial to ensure visibility of the LGBT legal community at the statewide level and to bring LGBT issues before the Conference. In 2014, BALIF successfully sponsored

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At our local state trial courts, there are currently four openings for judicial appointments in San Francisco County, four in Alameda County, and one each in the following counties: Marin; Contra Costa; San Mateo; and Santa Clara. We NEED to have LGBTs apply for these! And coming this Spring, the Judiciary Committee will begin releasing a multi-part article updating our members and our peers in the legal profession on the status of LGBTs on the bench, including in the Bay Area, throughout California, and nationally. It’s an exciting year for our committee. We are seeking enthusiastic, dedicated individuals to help us in our efforts. Please contact us at judiciary@balif.org for more information. The BALIF Law Student Representatives are committed to fulfilling the needs of BALIF’s law student members and connecting them with one another as well as with BALIF attorney members. It is the Representative’s goal to provide all of BALIF’s law student members with support, mentoring, and memories that will last a lifetime. If you would like to be involved, please email lawstudentrep@balif.org. Membership Committee Chair, Meaghan Zore, Zore Law BALIF’s Membership Committee works tirelessly to increase and retain our members. This year, membership has focused our efforts on increasing the value of BALIF membership. In doing so, we have created BALIF membership cards and developed BALIF’s member discount and Affinity Group Grant programs. The Membership Committee strives to be innovative, while making sure we are providing benefits that appeal to all of our members. BALIF continues to provide the lowest minority bar membership rates to our non-working attorneys and student members. We are constantly looking for new ways to serve our members. If you’re interested in getting more involved with BALIF’s Membership Committee, please join us by contacting membership@balif.org. Law Student Representatives Midori Hirai, University of San Francisco Joseph Rocha, University of San Francisco The BALIF Law Student Representatives have spent this year working within the LGBT community to bring groups together and to encourage greater participation by law students in the local LGBT organizations. Our efforts have focused on working with law students and organizations to showcase the value that law students can bring to organizations and to introduce law students to the ways that organizations are working to help the LGBT community. From working with the Transgender Law Center to working with Lambda Legal to working with Judge Jackson, we have strived to ensure that law students are aware of the opportunities that our wonderful community presents. The Law Student Representatives have also been collaborating with the BALIF Young Lawyers & Law Student Programs Committee to promote its mentorship program and give law students the ability to reach out and make strong connections early so that they can better understand the work world and community that we head into. The mentorship program remains one of the best ways for BALIF law student members to find a mentor who can speak to the real issues and practice of law that too often we do not get the opportunity to hear about in law school. Programs Committee Co-Chair, Felicia Medina, Sanford Heisler Kimpel, LLP Co-Chair, Dmitri Pikman, Pearl Law Group The Programs Committee is here to ensure that our members have access to a selection of exciting events throughout the year. By working closely with other BALIF committees, as well as different community organizations, we facilitate events that enable our members to network, grow their professional skills and be a part of the legal community. Past events include CLEs, various networking events and the Ladies Salon and Talk Show. We are currently gearing for another Salon tentatively scheduled for June 2015, as well as several CLEs, in partnership with the Practising Law Institute and the Transgender Law Center. We are always looking for more opportunities to enrich our members’ experiences as legal professionals, and we look forward to seeing you at our events in the coming months!

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Public Relations Committee Chair, Denise Bergin, Weaver Austin Villeneuve & Sampson LLP BALIF’s Public Relations Committee seeks to get the word out about the amazing work BALIF does through traditional and social media. We work with the other BALIF committees to promote their events and accomplishments in press releases and media alerts, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. If you are interested in joining the Public Relations Committee, contact us at PR@balif.org. after a long day after work or school. Clearly, the Social Committee is looking forward to planning more events and continuing to build the BALIF community through food, fun, and festivities! If you would like to be a part of BALIF’s Social Committee, have questions, or suggestions, please feel free to contact me at social@balif.org. Social Action Committee Co-Chair, Jessica Bogo, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP Co-Chair, Sergio Benavides, Law Office of Sergio H. Benavides The Social Action Committee is aimed at connecting members and the community in the spirit of service—having fun while doing good. The Social Action Committee works closely with other BALIF committees and facilitates collaboration with a diverse group of non-legal entities, providing both legal and non-legal service for the Bay Area and beyond. This past year, Social Action partnered with the Community Ambassador Committee and the Asian American Bar Association to organize and host a Halloween Extravaganza to raise nearly $20,000 for LYRIC’s paid job training/internships for impoverished/homeless LGBTQ youth (lyric.org). Social Action also coordinated Volunteer Days with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights’ Second Chance Legal Clinic and BASF’s Justice and Diversity Center’s Housing and Negotiation Project, where volunteers advocated on behalf of those seeking work/housing and those facing eviction from their homes. The Social Action Committee also continued its work with the Horizons Foundation, the Jewish Community Relations Council, ORAM, and other organizations in the coalition to assist LGBT Russian Refugees seeking refuge in the Bay Area. Want to have fun while doing good? Keep an eye on the BALIF calendar for the dates of our upcoming events, including future Volunteer Days, the Pride Law Fund Gay Ski Day on March 21, and pro bono opportunities with the Transgender Law Center! And if you have ideas and/ or would like to help organize, email us at socialaction@ balif.org. Social Committee Chair, Brandon Lawrence, AIDS Legal Referral Panel I am very excited to be a part of the board for BALIF as your Social Chair! As we all already know, socializing is what BALIF members do best. The Social Committee accomplished its goal this year of having Happy Hours and Networking events at various venues throughout San Francisco on a regular monthly basis. In addition to our regular happy hours, the Social Committee has worked hard to have various themed happy hours to bring out more of our wonderful members. From the Pride Law Brunch at Jones Day to our “Connections” Mentorship Program Kickoff Happy Hour (co-sponsored by TM Financial Forensics) to our “Plus One” happy hour, each event has brought out new faces, developed new connections, and provided opportunities to connect with old friends. Of course, I cannot forget to mention our Holiday Party hosted at the Drake Lounge with food catered by Creperie Saint Germain. I would like to thank ProVisors who graciously contributed to the event and helping to make the Holiday Party a success. If you happened to miss any of our events, do not worry because there will be many more events coming in the future. Be sure to keep updated with all upcoming BALIF events by reading your weekly BALIF Newsletter, checking BALIF’s website, and logging into Facebook and checking out our page! I am honored to be Social Chair for BALIF and will work even harder to make our Happy Hours a success. I am especially excited to be a part of the Board as we celebrate 35 years! The best part of being Social Chair is planning events where people can have fun and unwind

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