BALIF 32nd Annual Gala: Celebrating San Francisco Values

 

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BALIF 32ND ANNUAL GALA CELEBRATING SAN FRANCISCO VALUES SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART | 3. . 9 12

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BALIF THANKS ITS PARTNER LEVEL Arnold & Porter LLP Fenwick & West LLP Kilpatrick Townsend Morrison & Foerster LLP Novak Druce + Quigg LLP Perkins Coie Sedgwick LLP Seyfarth Shaw LLP TM Financial Forensics Union Bank Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati ADVOCATE LEVEL A.L. Nella & Company, CPAs Bingham McCutchen LLP Cooley LLP Farella Braun + Martel LLP Hanson Bridgett Keker & Van Nest LLP Kirkland & Ellis Latham & Watkins LLP Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP Morgan Lewis Nixon Peabody LLP O’Melveny & Myers LLP Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP Paul Hastings Santa Clara University School of Law Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP Special Counsel SPONSORS INDIVIDUAL SPONSORS Dave Andrews, Merrill Corporation Michael Colantuono, Colantuono & Levin, P.C. Richard Gilbert, Trucker Huss Todd Norris, Bullivant Houser Bailey, P.C. Debra R. Schoenberg, Schoenberg Family Law Group, P.C. Cheryl Sena, Sena Family Law Jonathan Shapiro, Wilmer Hale Jennifer Stalvey, Hemming Morse, LLP Hon. James L. Warren (Ret.) and JAMS BENEFACTOR LEVEL AT&T Legal Department Bluer & Bluer, LLP Clarence Dyer & Cohn LLP / Swanson & McNamara LLP Dolan Law Firm Futterman Dupree Dodd Croley Maier LLP Gibson Dunn Golden Gate University School of Law Gordon & Rees LLP Jackson Lewis LLP Law Offices of John T. Hendricks, P.C. Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson, P.C. Littler Mendelson, P.C. Mount, Spelman & Fingerman Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP Reed Smith LLP Roeca Hass Hager LLP San Francisco District Attorney’s Office Schiff Hardin LLP Stein & Lubin LLP Trucker Huss University of San Francisco, School of Law Wells Fargo LISTING AS OF FEBRUARY

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BALIF 32 ND ANNUAL GALA PROGRAM Presented by Paul Henderson, Deputy Chief of Staff to Mayor Lee, to David Tsai & Chelsea HaleyNelson, BALIF Co-Chairs Proclamation from the City and County of San Francisco Welcome David Tsai & Chelsea HaleyNelson, BALIF Co-Chairs Presentation of Community Service Award Awarded to the Transgender Law Center (counsel for Ashley Yang) Accepted by Ilona Turner, Legal Director, Transgender Law Center Presentation of Legal Service Award Awarded to Morrison & Foerster LLP and Lambda Legal (counsel for Karen Golinski) Accepted by Rita F. Lin, Associate, Morrison & Foerster LLP and Tara Borelli, Staff Attorney, Lambda Legal Recognition of 2011 Scholarship Recipients BASF/BALIF Diverse Voices Scholarship Recipient: Sterling Johnson, UC Hastings ’12 BALIF/APABA-SV Law Student Achievement Scholarships Recipients: Chris Chou, Stanford ’12, and Tuan Ngo, UC Hastings ’13 VABANC/BALIF Summer Fellowship Recipient: Darrick Ing, Golden Gate University School of Law ’12 Presentation of Law Student Association of the Year Award Closing BALIF 32nd Annual Gala Co-Chairs Jamie Dupree, Laura Maechtlen and John Robert Unruh Post-Gala Party 111 Minna

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Arnold & Porter is proud to support and its mission and congratulates BALIF on its 32nd Annual Gala Arnold & Porter combined with Howard Rice on January 1, 2012, further strengthening the firm’s practice in California. BALIF arnoldporter.com San Francisco n Silicon Valley n Los Angeles n Brussels n Denver London n New York n Northern Virginia n Washington, DC

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Gala Committee’s Welcome to BALIF’s 32ND Annual Gala Co-Chairs Jamie Dupree, Futterman Dupree Dodd Croley Maier LLP Laura Maechtlen, Seyfarth Shaw John Robert Unruh, Swords to Plowshares “It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.” —Roy Disney Tonight, we celebrate San Francisco values. Although that term has been used by media pundits as a trite mischaracterization of our community, BALIF celebrates tonight the many tenants of how our community defines “values”— in our city, and in our profession. We celebrate diversity, community, leadership, inclusion, professionalism, pride, courage, mentorship, and many others. For thirty-two years, BALIF has worked to put LGBT attorneys on the bench, build bridges with our sister minority bar associations, mentor young attorneys, provide professional opportunity for all members, present education to our membership, and serve as a community within the San Francisco bar. As a result of the quality programming and relationships BALIF offers, our membership is larger than ever, the organization is flourishing, and we have cause to celebrate some hometown heroes. We celebrate our local San Francisco community tonight by honoring the Transgender Law Center with the BALIF Community Service award for the organization’s tremendous work representing Ashley Yang in a discrimination lawsuit against the United States Transportation Security Administration, which resulted in transgender sensitivity training for TSA agents. We also celebrate Morrison & Foerster LLP and Lambda Legal, counsel for Karen Golinski, who challenged the so-called Defense Of Marriage Act when it was used to deny spousal health benefits by her employer, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Golinski’s team secured a victory on February 22, 2012 when a U.S. District Court Judge declared DOMA unconstitutional as applied to Golinski. Through this Gala, we celebrate our membership, and our community values tonight. We raise our glass to you, and hope you enjoy the Gala!

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Celebrate the Art of Equality Fenwick & West is proud to sponsor the BALIF 32nd Annual Gala. We celebrate San Francisco values with you! silicon valley san francisco seattle 650.988.8500 415.875.2300 206.389.4510

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Message from the Co-Chairs David Tsai, Perkins Coie Chelsea HaleyNelson, HaleyNelson & Heilbrun, LLP Welcome to BALIF’s 32nd Annual Dinner and Awards Gala — Celebrating San Francisco Values! Tonight, we gather to celebrate many San Francisco values, including diversity, justice, and community. Diversity within our organization and in our partnerships is strength. BALIF has built enduring bridges by creating ongoing, joint scholarships with other minority bar associations, and by coordinating the submission of two amicus briefs in Perry v. Brown, which were joined by dozens of minority bars and various other national and local non-profit organizations. This past year, BALIF launched our “It Gets Better” video series that reflected the diversity of our community, but which, more importantly, promoted tolerance and acceptance of LGBT youth. We celebrate justice, in honoring both Karen Golinski and her outstanding legal team for their fight for equality for same-sex spouses, as well as the Transgender Law Center for their civil rights advocacy on behalf of Ashley Yang and other transgender individuals. This past year, BALIF redoubled its efforts to be present and involved in our local community — whether it was marching in the Pride parade with Judge Kolakowski, the first openly transgender judge in the country, lending our support to the Dyke March, mentoring local law students, or hosting events in the East and South bays. BALIF’s sense of community is strengthened by the organization’s growing membership, the reenergized involvement of many of our founding members, and the expanding number of individuals and groups that we proudly call BALIF friends and allies, including you. San Francisco values embodies the best in each of us. We thank you for celebrating these values with us tonight and supporting all that BALIF does in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. We are proud to have you stand with us.

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At Kilpatrick Townsend we believe it does. We recognize that respecting and honoring the differences among us all helps to uncover talents and abilities that would otherwise go undiscovered. We embrace the self-defining differences and varied points of view as they enhance our mission to serve the diverse needs of global clients. Kilpatrick Townsend is proud to partner with BALIF on the occasion of the 32ND ANNUAL GALA DINNER. To learn more about our commitment to diversity go to www.kilpatricktownsend.com/en/About_Us/Diversity. www.kilpatricktownsend.com ATLANTA SEATTLE AUGUSTA CHARLOTTE DENVER SILICON VALLEY STOCKHOLM DUBAI NEW YORK OAKLAND RALEIGH SAN DIEGO SAN FRANCISCO TAIPEI TOKYO WALNUT CREEK WASHINGTON WINSTON-SALEM

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Message from BALIF’s Treasurer John Robert Unruh, Swords to Plowshares Despite this stormy economic climate, the forecast for BALIF is bright and we continue to weather these challenging times with your generous support. This past year, your membership dues ensured that BALIF regularly provided quality continuing legal education programs, networking and social events, a thriving mentorship program, and many other opportunities for members of our community to interconnect and come together. With your continued support, BALIF can promise success of these and other events for 2012 and beyond. If you have not already done so, please consider becoming a BALIF Sponsor for 2012, join as a first-time member, or renew your membership to continue to enjoy these great benefits. Thank you for your support and see you at the next BALIF event! Amicus Committee Chair, Ellise Nicholson, Attorney at Law The BALIF Amicus Committee provides amicus assistance on the federal and state level in cases that present issues of critical importance to the LGBT community and our allies. In the past year, BALIF sponsored an amicus brief in support of the plaintiffs in Perry v.Schwarzenegger, the lawsuit challenging the constitutional validity of Proposition 8 in federal court. The brief was in opposition to the Prop 8 proponents’ Motion to Vacate the Judgment. Perkins Coie attorneys Joren Bass, Allison Zamani, and BALIF Co-Chair David Tsai represented BALIF, and thirty-nine other minority bar and civil rights organizations, the Santa Clara County Bar Association, and Marin County Bar Association joined in 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 David Nathan-Allen Sims, Saveri & Saveri As secretary, I run the BALIF Board elections, which are fast approaching! The annual meeting of BALIF members and the election of new Board members will be held in April and voting will be conducted through our on-line voting system. If you are interested in serving our community by running for the BALIF Board, please send an email to secretary@balif.org. The deadline for applications and candidate statements is Wednesday, March 14, 2012. Communications and Technology Committee Chair, Ted Garey, Robert Half Legal 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 that details BALIF events and relevant information

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The BALIF Law Student Committee began the term fundraising for scholarships to support student attendees of Lavender Law 2011, the LGBT Bar’s Annual Conference and Career Fair. Through generous donations from individual BALIF members Judiciary Committee and corporate law firms, BALIF provided partial Chair, Susan Bluer, Bluer & Bluer, LLP scholarships (covering registration and travel costs) to ten law students representing six Bay Area law The Judiciary Committee reviews the schools. The Committee organized a well-attended applications of potential judicial nominees to all meeting for all Bay Area law students interested in courts in the Bay Area, and manages BALIF’s attending the conference, at which BALIF board Plebiscite process for the endorsement of members presented networking and conference judicial candidates and applicants, as well as etiquette advice. To further support scholarship candidates for District Attorney, Public Defender, recipients, the Committee worked with BALIF board and City Attorney. Together with the California members to provide written materials to recipients LGBT Judicial Alliance, BALIF also plays a role regarding conference networking skills. BALIF in monitoring the appointment process to make board members also met with scholarship recipients sure that qualified LGBT attorneys and judges at the conference to provide feedback and support. are considered for judicial openings. We also In the fall, the Committee worked with the BALIF advocate on related issues such as judicial Young Lawyer’s Committee to present a career appointments secretary appointments and key and resume workshop. This winter, the Committee legislation, such as Senate Bill 182 that would organized a general law student mixer at Rebel that include sexual orientation and gender identity was attended by over 70 students. The Committee in the items that judicial applicants and judges helped to recruit law student volunteers for the self-disclose. In 2010, the Judiciary Committee Annual Gala, and we look forward to a organizing conducted a Plebiscite for all the key judicial another spring mixer event. The Committee is races in San Francisco and Alameda Counties, thrilled to have worked with the LGBTQ student resulting in a net increase of LGBT judges in groups of the Bay Area’s eight law schools and with both counties. the BALIF Membership Committee to meet our goal of significantly increasing BALIF’s overall law student membership base and law student member participation. (CONTINUED) useful to the LGBT legal community, including case updates, CLE announcements, happy hours, and networking events. The Committee also rolled out a new interactive website that allows users to customize their profiles and to be searchable in an online directory. The website also features updated information on BALIF events and allows members to renew their membership online. Law Student Committee Co-Chair, Paloma Wu, University of San Francisco School of Law Co-Chair, Stan Sarkisov, University of San Francisco School of Law

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MCLE and California Conference of California Bar Associations Committees Chair, Cara Sherman, Ongaro Burtt & Louderback The MCLE Committee brings BALIF members free MCLEs on topics both directly relevant to LGBT issues and the practice of law generally. For example, in the last year, BALIF sponsored an MCLE on prenuptial agreements that was informative for members of the community and particularly useful for family law practitioners who have same-sex couples as clients. Just in time for the January MCLE deadline, BALIF cosponsored an ethics MCLE on the ethical and practical implications of outsourcing legal work, which offered BALIF members an opportunity to mingle with several local in-house counsel. BALIF’s contingency at the California Conference of Bar Associations is an important one because we ensure visibility of the LGBT legal community at the statewide level, and consistently bring LGBT issues before the Conference. In 2011, all of BALIF’s resolutions were passed by the Conference, and we cohosted a reception for Assemblyman Tom Ammiano and enjoyed a dinner with him afterwards. Everyone had a lot of fun, engaged deeply with the lawmaking process, and is looking forward to going next year. If you’re interested in becoming involved in either of these Committees, please email mcle@ balif.org. We are always looking for new and innovative MCLE ideas and people to attend the CCBA with BALIF! Membership Committee Chair, On Lu, Mount, Spelman & Fingerman, P.C. Over the past two years, the Membership Committee has increased BALIF membership by nearly 60%. We’ve done this through a threepronged strategy of maintaining current members, aggressively recruiting new members, and reaching-out to former members. We strive to be innovative and cutting-edge, while making sure the needs of our members are met. Here are some of the hallmarks of our year: l BALIF’s monumental “It Gets Better” Series honored our legacy while instilling hope in today’s youth. Twenty-five of BALIF’s best and brightest — all ages, all races, all genders — showed how being bullied 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. We paired-up with San Francisco’s gay doctors to host the Mid-Autumn Salon for an evening of dynamic dialogue and intellectual discourse. We took our inspiration from Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas’ home in Paris circa 1934 — an elegant space populated by distinguished ladies and gentlemen discussing the issues of the day. l

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l The legal job market is still rough. We extended the BALIF Stimulus Package to provide free membership to our nonworking attorneys. The Committee also created a job site to post hundreds of insider job opportunities for our members. And to help BALIF members attract more business, we created the online BALIF Referral Directory that enables the public to search for LGBT lawyers. Over the course of BALIF’s 32-year history, our distinguished membership has numbered in the thousands, and has included nearly every LGBT attorney, judge, in-house counsel, and law student in the San Francisco Bay Area. BALIF is proud to be the nation’s oldest, largest, and most influential LGBT bar association. If you’re not already a member, we invite you to join “the original gay Bar.” www.balif.org/members. Alameda County Superior Court — the first openly transgender trial court judge in the country. More recently, Outreach facilitated BALIF members’ participation in several “Day of Decision” rallies and events coinciding with the Ninth Circuit releasing its exciting and historic decision relating to the unconstitutionality of Prop 8. The Committee also facilitated BALIF’s recent new 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 any of Outreach’s activities and initiatives by emailing outreach@balif.org. Pride Law Fund Committee Chair, Michael Wolchansky, Swords to Plowshares BALIF maintains a strong and active relationship with the Pride Law Fund (PLF), which promotes the legal rights of the LGBT community, and people living with HIV and AIDS, by funding legal services and projects and by sponsoring education and outreach. PLF has assisted innovative academic programs, supported the development and distribution of legal and educational materials, and financed independent and documentary film projects to educate the public. Now in its thirty second year, PLF is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit, charitable organization. BALIF especially encourages you to donate to Pride Law Fund this year, as all donations up to $2,000 will be matched by BALIF and used to fund a designated summer BALIF/PLF Summer Fellowship. You can donate via the PLF website at www.pridelawfund.org. Outreach/Current Events Committee Co-Chair, Spencer Jones, O’Melveny & Myers LLP Co-Chair, Michael Wolchansky, Swords to Plowshares 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 organized BALIF’s participation in the San Francisco Pride Parade (for the first time in recent memory), along with Grand Marshall Judge Victoria Kolakowski of the (CONTINUED)

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