Simply Fabulous! BALIF Celebrates 33 Years

 

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THANK YOU TO OUR 2013 SPONSORS PARTNER LEVEL Arnold & Porter LLP Fenwick & West LLP Hanson Bridgett Keker & Van Nest LLP Kilpatrick Townsend ADVOCATE LEVEL Bingham McCutcheon LLP Cooley LLP Farella Braun + Martel LLP Huron Legal Jones Day Kirkland & Ellis LLP BENEFACTOR LEVEL AT&T Legal Department Clarence, Dyer & Cohen LLP / Swanson & McNamara LLP Futterman Dupree Dodd Croley Maier LLP Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP Jackson Lewis LLP JAMS Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP Mount, Spelman & Fingerman Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP INDIVIDUAL SPONSORS Peter C. Catalanotti, Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP Michael Colantuono, Colantuono & Levin, PC Law Of ces of John E. Hill, P.C. Morrison & Foerster LLP Novak Druce Connolley Bove + Quigg LLP Sedgwick LLP Seyfarth Shaw LLP TM Financial Forensics Union Bank Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Latham & Watkins LLP Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP Nixon Peabody LLP O’Melveny & Myers LLP Orrick Perkins Coie LLP Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP Santa Clara University School of Law Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP Neilson & MacRitchie Investigators Of ce of the California Attorney General Paul Hastings Pritzker Law Reed Smith LLP Robert Half Legal Roeca Hass Hager LLP Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld San Francisco City Attorney’s Of ce San Francisco District Attorney’s Of ce Schiff Hardin LLP Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP Special Counsel Stein & Lubin LLP Turner Boyd University of San Francisco School of Law Wald & Thorndal P.C. Wells Fargo Todd Norris, Bullivant Houser Bailey Cheryl Sena, Sena Family Law Debra R. Schoenberg, Schoenberg Jonathan Shapiro, Wilmer Hale Family Law Group, P.C. Hon. James L. Warren (Ret.), JAMS (LISTING AS OF FEBRUARY 26, 2013)

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BALIF 33RD ANNUAL GALA PROGRAM Welcome and Introduction of Board of Directors On Lu & Chelsea HaleyNelson, BALIF Co-Chairs Presentation of Community Service Award Awarded to the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund Accepted by Carlos Marquez, Deputy Political Director—Western Region, Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund Presentation of Legal Service Award Awarded to AIDS Legal Referral Panel Accepted by Bill Hirsh, Executive Director, AIDS Legal Referral Panel Presentation of Law Student Association of the Year Award Closing BALIF 33rd Annual Gala Co-Chairs Jamie Dupree and John Robert Unruh Post-Gala Party The LookOut (show your Simply Fabulous! name tag for no-cover admission)

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GALA COMMITTEE’S WELCOME TO BALIF’S 33RD ANNUAL GALA—SIMPLY FABULOUS! Gala Co-Chairs Jamie Dupree, Futterman Dupree Dodd Croley Maier LLP John Robert Unruh, Swords to Plowshares We are Simply Fabulous! As we gather at BALIF’s 33rd Annual Gala, it feels like there has never been a better time to be LGBT in this country than right now. Nearly every day there is hopeful news from some aspect of our society recognizing LGBT equality. This year, we had an unprecedented slate of LGBT candidates who won their electoral races. Marriage equality was affirmatively recognized at the ballot box in three states, and an effort to discriminate against our community was rejected in a fourth. The military now permits lesbian and gay service members to serve openly with honor. And at his inauguration, President Obama inspiringly spoke of “all of us” being equal, but that “[o]ur journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law.” We look forward to the Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling on the constitutionality of DOMA and the ultimate end of discrimination against LGBT families and loved ones. We know there is still much more work ahead, but the future is optimistic. We are proud to be LGBT and proud to be a part of the oldest and largest LGBT bar association in the country. And this is why we decided that tonight we should celebrate being Simply Fabulous! For its 33-year history, BALIF has tirelessly worked to put LGBT attorneys on the bench, mentored law students and young lawyers, provided educational and scholarship opportunities, and created an LGBT legal community within the Bay Area bar. BALIF’s many successes continue, ranging from its receipt of the prestigious California State Bar Diversity Award to last fall’s Homecoming event which brought together decades of board members to gather to celebrate BALIF’s achievements. We have two Simply Fabulous! organizations to honor tonight. BALIF gives its Legal Service Award to the AIDS Legal Referral Panel (ALRP) on the occasion of its thirtieth anniversary. For 30 long years, ALRP has delivered pro bono legal services to thousands of individuals with AIDS and HIV, across panoply of legal areas. It is safe to say that ALRP’s services have dramatically improved the quality of life for its many clients, and we honor ALRP and its many volunteers for their service. BALIF presents the Community Service Award to the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund which has promoted openly LGBT candidates throughout the country since 1991. The Victory Fund’s successes were very evident on election night last November when the country elected its first out lesbian senator, Tammy Baldwin, six out members of the U.S. House of Representatives, and many other out and proud candidates throughout the country. Tonight, we celebrate our membership, the LGBT community and being Simply Fabulous! Enjoy the Gala!

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MESSAGE FROM THE CO-CHAIRS Chelsea HaleyNelson, HaleyNelson & Heilbrun, LLP On Lu, Mount, Spelman & Fingerman, P.C. Welcome to BALIF’s 33rd Annual Dinner and Awards Gala — Simply Fabulous! Tonight we gather to proudly celebrate the growing, broad recognition of LGBT equality in the United States, as well as the work of our community, and of BALIF, in carrying this positive momentum forward. As a result of our growing and dynamic membership, and an amazing and fabulous Board, BALIF has continued its many successes this year. BALIF filed an amicus brief in the Golinski case and are preparing to file an amicus in the pending Supreme Court case on the constitutionality of DOMA. Our law student committee raised more than $8000 in funds, and created the Novak Druce IP student scholarship to send 11 students to the Lavender Law Conference in Washington D.C. This year, BALIF inexhaustibly worked to put LGBT attorneys on the bench, including endorsing Tara Flanagan to become the second openly lesbian elected judge in the East Bay, and the 37th openly LGBT judge out of 1,678 judges in the state of California. BALIF continued our successful mentoring program, Connections, pairing more than 40 mentors with law students and young lawyers. We continued our enduring relationships with other minority bar associations through joint law student scholarships and cross collaboration on local events. In recognition of these successes, and more, BALIF was awarded the prestigious California State Bar Diversity Award. This year, BALIF also launched new programs and initiatives to reunite and expand our LGBT community within the Bay Area. This fall, we welcomed back three decades of BALIF alumni and Board members at our first ever Homecoming event. We launched BALIF’s Community Volunteer Initiative at the National AIDS Memorial Grove, and awarded BALIF’s first Corporate Counsel Awards to Andrew Vu and Hilary Ware for their consistent promotion of LGBT visibility and equality in their work. And in the next month, BALIF will host our first Career Expo, designed to assist BALIF’s young attorneys and law students secure jobs in this harsh legal climate. BALIF members, friends and allies are Simply Fabulous! BALIF is proud to be LGBT and proud to be a part of the oldest and largest LGBT bar association in the country. We are just as proud to have the breadth of support we do from such a vibrant Bay Area community. We thank you for celebrating with us tonight.

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Message from BALIF’s Treasurer John Robert Unruh, Swords to Plowshares I am pleased to state that BALIF has continued to stay fiscally sound despite the challenges presented by a lackluster economy. Over this past year, our efforts at recruiting both new and old members, and our focus on substantive and quality programing and events, has translated into higher membership and sponsorship revenue than in years past. This has allowed us to increase our charitable giving, do more outreach to and events with our sister minority bar organizations, and to provide our members with frequent first-rate social and professional events and networking opportunities. If you have not already done so, please consider becoming a BALIF Sponsor for 2013, join as a first-time member, or renew your membership to continue to enjoy these great benefits, and so you don’t miss any of the exciting events we have planned for the upcoming year! If you are a member, thank you for your support. Enjoy the Gala and see you at the next BALIF event! Amicus Committee Chair, Nick Kacprowski, Kirkland & Ellis LLP The BALIF Amicus Committee coordinates BALIF’s appearance as an amicus in federal and state cases that present issues of critical importance to the LGBT community and our allies. The members of this year’s Amicus Committee are Nick Kacprowski (Chair), Leah Nutting, Casey Pitts, Eugene Stuart, Douglas Kelly, Paul Bird, and Jarrod Schaeffer. In July 2012, BALIF, as lead amicus on behalf of over 10 other bar associations and legal services organizations, coordinated an amicus brief in support of the plaintiffs in Golinski v. U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the lead challenge in the Ninth Circuit to the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”). The brief was in support of a judgment invalidating DOMA, and discussed both the negative impacts DOMA had on the legal profession, as well as the specific legal rights DOMA denies married gay couples. Kirkland & Ellis, LLP was lead counsel on the brief. In February of this year, BALIF, as lead amicus on behalf of over 50 other bar associations and legal services organizations, coordinated an amicus brief in Perry v. Hollingsworth, the Supreme Court case addressing the validity of California’s Proposition 8. The brief argued in support of the Ninth Circuit’s decision invalidating Prop 8, and discussed how civil unions are socially and legally an inadequate substitute for marriage. Munger Tolles & Olson LLP, with BALIF member Jerome Roth as lead counsel, was counsel for BALIF on the brief. The Amicus Committee seeks members from a wide variety of legal fields who can assist in monitoring cases in their areas of practice, have contacts in organizations that champion issues of concern, or have contacts in firms that would be interested in writing briefs. If you are interested in joining the committee, helping to author an amicus brief, and/or want BALIF to file in a case you know of, please email amicus@ balif.org. Message from BALIF’s Secretary Laura Maechtlen, Seyfarth Shaw LLP I am incredibly proud to have served as BALIF’s Secretary this year, and to celebrate another successful Gala with the BALIF Board and Members! For BALIF Members who are interested in getting involved with the BALIF Board, the annual meeting of BALIF members and the election of new Board members will be held in April. If you are interested in serving our community by running for the BALIF Board, please send an email to secretary@balif. org and balif@balif.org. The deadline for applications and candidate statements will be on a date to be announced, in March 2013. We look forward to your participation in the annual meeting, elections and 2013 BALIF events.

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Communications and Technology Committee Chair, Mario Choi, Kaplan Fox Kilsheimer LLP BALIF’s Communications and Technology Committee is tasked with keeping BALIF members and the community informed of BALIF events and accomplishments. The Committee sends out a weekly electronic newsletter detailing BALIF events and relevant information useful to the LGBT legal community, including case updates, CLE announcements, happy hours, and networking events. The Committee also maintains BALIF’s interactive website (www.balif.org), allowing users to customize their profiles and renew memberships online, and features updated information on BALIF and community events. The Committee is currently in the process of compiling a list of media contacts for the community and creating a BALIF listserv to facilitate easier interaction among BALIF members (balif@googlegroups.com). We’re always on the lookout for better ways to communicate and fostering interaction. If you’re interested in helping out, come talk to me or email technology@balif.org. Judiciary Committee Chair, Susan Bluer, Bluer & Bluer, LLP The Judiciary Committee reviews the applications of potential judicial nominees to all courts in the Bay Area, and manages BALIF’s Plebiscite process for the endorsement of judicial candidates and applicants, as well as candidates for District Attorney, Public Defender, and City Attorney. Together with the California LGBT Judicial Alliance, BALIF also plays a role in monitoring the appointment process to make sure that qualified LGBT attorneys and judges are considered for judicial openings. We also advocate on related issues such as judicial appointments secretary appointments and key legislation, such as Senate Bill 182 that would include sexual orientation and gender identity in the items that judicial applicants and judges self-disclose. In 2010, the Judiciary Committee conducted a Plebiscite for all the key judicial races in San Francisco and Alameda Counties, resulting in a net increase of LGBT judges in both counties. This past election cycle, BALIF’s endorsed candidate—Tara Flanagan—won her seat on the Alameda County Superior Court with enough votes to avoid a run-off election. She acknowledged the importance of BALIF’s support at her recent induction ceremony. California Conference of California Bar Associations Committee Chair, Michael Wolchansky, Law Office of Michael Wolchansky The California Conference of Bar Associations advances changes to California law to be advanced to the California legislature. BALIF’s contingency plays a vital role in ensuring the visibility of the LGBT legal community at the statewide level, and consistently bring LGBT issues before the Conference. In 2012, we advanced three changes to the law relating to transgender inmates and marriage equality. We co-sponsored a reception honoring Justice Goodwin Liu and held a party celebrating BALIF receiving the State Bar Diversity Award. If you are interested in having a direct role in the creation of California Law then please join us by contacting Michael@Wolchanskylaw.com. Law Student Committee Co-Chair, Aditi Fruitwala, UC Berkeley School of Law Co-Chair, Milo Beitman, Golden Gate University School of Law Co-Chair, Nathan Bewley, University of San Francisco School of Law The BALIF Law Student Committee began its year fundraising for scholarships to support student attendees of Lavender Law 2012, the LGBT Bar’s Annual Conference and Career Fair. Through generous donations from individual BALIF members and law firms, BALIF provided partial scholarships (covering registration and travel (CONTINUED)

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costs) to 12 law students representing six Bay Area law schools. An unprecedented endowment from Novak, Druce, Connolly, Bove and Quigg LLP created the Novak Druce Scholarship, awarded to a law student with a demonstrated interest in intellectual property law. In the fall, the Committee collaborated with BALIF Young Lawyer’s Committee to plan a Speed Mentoring event, connecting eager law students to mentors who generously gave their time and advice. The Committee also planned an exciting, competitive kickball game at Eureka Valley Recreation Center that was attended by six schools from across the Bay. The Student Representatives have served as a liaison between the law schools by cross advertising happy hours and career events to encourage camaraderie among the Bay Area’s LGBT students. The Committee is currently organizing law student happy hours in the South Bay and East Bay as well as helping to plan a Job Expo to provide law students with jobs, mentors, support, and lasting BALIF memories. legacy while instilling hope in today’s youth. Twentyfive of BALIF’s best and brightest—all ages, all races, all genders—showed how being bullied or witnessing LGBT bullying inspired them to fight back using the law. Many of our contributors are heroes in our community—including attorneys that argued against Prop 8 in court; the first lesbian judge in the country; and the first transgender judge in the country. We affirmed not only that “it gets better” but also reinforced what BALIF members are doing to make it better. l We hosted an inaugural Homecoming event welcoming back three decades of BALIF members to celebrate the past, present and future of our legacy with new and existing members. BALIF continues to provide free membership to our non-working attorneys. The Committee also hosts a job site to post hundreds of insider job opportunities for our members. In the spring, we will host our first Career Expo to assist attorneys 1–5+ years out to help navigate their career with robust panels, networking opportunities and interview critiques. And to help BALIF members attract more business, we created the online BALIF Referral Directory that enables the public to search for LGBT lawyers. We proudly honored members Andrew Vu from Walmart.com and Hilary Ware from Netflix with BALIF’s inaugural Corporate Counsel Awards for the outstanding work they’ve done in raising LGBT visibility and diversity in the legal field. BALIF hosted the inaugural “Class of 2012” to recognize and welcome all new members from last year—an event that will be held every January! l Membership Committee Chair, Laurie Bertolacci, Robert Half Legal eDiscovery Services BALIF’s Membership Committee works tirelessly to increase and retain our members with the ambitious two-year goal of reaching, and exceeding, 1,000 members. We’ve been successful at adding 170 new members this past year alone. This has been achieved through a three-pronged strategy of maintaining current members with exciting new programs, aggressively recruiting new members, and reaching-out to lapsed members. The Membership Committee strives to be innovative, while making sure all we’re providing benefits that appeal to all of our members. Here are some of the highlights of the year: l l l BALIF was awarded the 2012 State Bar Diversity Award due in large part to our monumental “It Gets Better” Series which honored the organization’s BALIF is proud to be the nation’s oldest, largest, and most influential LGBT bar association. Now more than ever we have so much to offer our members. If you’re not already a BALIF member, we invite you to join “the original gay Bar.” www.balif.org/members.

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Outreach - Current Events/Social Action Committee Co-Chair, Pete Catalanotti, Manning & Kass, Elrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP Co-Chair, Michael Wolchansky, Law Office of Michael Wolchansky The outreach committee plans events, hosts volunteer activities, publicizes and responds as necessary to current events related to LGBT legal issues, coordinates and liaises with the many other LGBT organizations and minority bar groups in the Bay Area, and otherwise works to keep BALIF present and connected with the community. This past year, for example, Outreach coordinated with 11 other LGBT and minority bar associations across the state to sign on to BALIF’s Amicus Brief in the Golinski (DOMA) case; organized BALIF’s participation in a volunteer day at the AIDS Memorial in Golden Gate Park; and promoted scores of LGBT events throughout the Bay Area to our members in collaboration with other minority bar associations and groups. The committee also continued BALIF’s efforts to co-sponsor and fund law student fellowships with ally organizations including BASF, La Raza, APABA-SV, and VABANC. Please consider getting involved with outreach. We need a few good men and women to assist us! Email us at outreach@balif.org the monthly happy hours, the annual Gala, and various judicial and political events such as Meet-and-Greet of newly elected judges. Recognizing that our members need and seek different things at different times from BALIF, Programming’s goal is to provide opportunities for everyone to get something unique out of their membership to this fantastic organization. Social Committee Chair, David Nathan-Allen Sims, Saveri & Saveri During the past year, BALIF’s Social Committee has continued to foster connections within the LGBT legal community by way of our monthly Happy Hour and various other social events. The ubiquitous Happy Hour is hosted in various locations to provide ease of access to all BALIF members and guests, including law students, judges, attorneys, and other legal professionals. In the past few months, the Social Committee hosted several fun-filled Happy Hours, an evening a Saks Fifth Avenue and our Annual Holiday Party at Harlot. The Social Committee also spearheaded the introduction of a new prestigious Corporate Counsel Award and Reception for BALIF. The new Corporate Counsel Award Reception held in conjunction with the BALIF Holiday Party was a huge success and BALIF was proud to honor our Corporate Counsel Diversity Award recipients Hilary Ware (Netflix) and Andrew Vu (Walmart). The Social Committee also co-hosted the annual BALIF/Jones Day Pride Parade Breakfast prior to the Pride Parade. In 2013–14, Social plans to orchestrate some added events designed to attract BALIF’s female members and guests. These include women’s comedy night and a woman-focused Happy Hour. Next year’s gatherings will follow the lead of all BALIF events with our overarching focus to build membership as we strengthen the ties between current BALIF members and our shared views of equality. If you are interested in learning more, email social@balif.org. Programming Committee Co-Chair, Nicolas Clements, Seyfarth Shaw LLP Co-Chair, Lilah Sutphen, Wald & Thorndal P.C. The Programming Committee is new committee to BALIF that seeks to engage and bring together the myriad of BALIF constituencies by developing and promoting special events like this year’s Homecoming and last year’s Lesbian Comedy Night. The Programming Committee also provides support to BALIF’s other social endeavors like (CONTINUED)

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