Standing Proud: BALIF 34th Annual Gala

 

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STANDING PROUD BALIF 34TH ANNUAL GALA February 28, 2014 Bently Reserve San Francisco

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THANK YOU TO OUR 2014 SPONSORS Senior Partner Sponsors Keker & Van Nest LLP TM Financial Forensics Partner Sponsors Arnold & Porter LLP Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP Fenwick & West LLP Hanson Bridgett LLP Law Offices of John E. Hill P.C. Kilpatrick Townsend Kirkland & Ellis LLP Morrison & Foerster LLP Novak Druce + Quigg LLP Sedgwick LLP Seyfarth Shaw LLP Weaver Austin Villeneuve & Sampson LLP Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Advocate Sponsors A.L. Nella & Co, CPA AT&T Farella Braun + Martel LLP Jones Day Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C Nixon Peabody LLP O'Melveny & Myers LLP Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP Perkins Coie Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP Benefactor Sponsors Clarence Dyer & Cohn LLP / Swanson & McNamara LLP Cooley Godward Kronish LLP FTI Consulting Futterman Dupree Dodd Croley Maier LLP Gibson Dunn & Crutcher Golden Gate University School of Law HaleyNelson & Heilbrun LLP Heath Newton LLP HendricksMurry, P.C. Jackson Lewis LLP JAMS Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renacker & Jackson, P.C. Littler Mendelson, P.C. Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP Pritzker Law Reed Smith LLP Roeca Hass Hager LLP San Francisco City Attorney's Office San Francisco District Attorney's Office Santa Clara University School of Law Schiff Hardin LLP Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP Special Counsel Stein & Lubin LLP Individual Sponsors Altep, Inc. Bullivant Houser Bailey Colantuono & Levin, PC Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramierez, Trester LLP Schoenberg Family Law Sena Family Law Judge Vaughn Walker ADR/Law Office Vaughn R. Walker WilmerHale (LISTING AS OF FEBRUARY 14, 2014)

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BALIF 34th Annual Gala Program Welcome and Introduction of Board of Directors On Lu & Jamie Dupree, BALIF Co-Chairs Presentation of Community Service Award Awarded to LYRIC, A San Francisco LGBTQQ Youth Organization Accepted by Jodi L. Schwartz, Executive Director Presentation of Legal Service Award Presented to and accepted by Judge Vaughn Walker Presentation of Law Student Association of the Year Award Closing BALIF 34th Annual Gala Co-Chairs John Robert Unruh and Lilah Sutphen Post-Gala Party The LookOut, San Francisco (show your Standing Proud name tag for no-cover admission)

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Gala Committee’s Welcome to BALIF’s 34th Annual Gala— Standing Proud! Gala Co-Chairs John Robert Unruh, Law Office of John Robert Unruh Lilah Sutphen, Heath-Newton LLP Welcome! We have so much to celebrate this year. In June 2013, the Windsor and the Perry decisions took a giant leap forward for marriage equality and the recognition of our relationships. We will never forget where we were when the Supreme Court issued these decisions; the feeling in the air that morning was electric and that weekend Pride felt a bit more magical than usual. In their wake, many more states have recognized same sex marriage. Think how far we have come since Stonewall. Love won! Yet, as we acknowledge these accomplishments tonight we must not forget to ensure that all members of our community, young and old, rich and poor, are having their basic needs met, right here and right now in the Bay Area. 2013 saw the release of a disturbing report that concluded nearly thirty percent of San Francisco’s homeless population identifies as LGBT. Moreover, 2013 also saw San Francisco’s first survey of gay and lesbian seniors, which concluded that our elderly population is much more likely to live alone, without the support of a spouse or a family member, and are often reluctant to engage with badly needed social and medical services for fear of discrimination. And the youngest members of our community, LGBT youth, are several times more likely to experience suicidal thoughts than their straight counterparts, and many go to schools and live in communities where their basic safety is often in jeopardy. As a community centered on love, acceptance and diversity we can and must do better. Thus, let us all stand proud and celebrate all that we have accomplished this past year, and recognize and acknowledge all that we will seek to accomplish in the near future. We are honored tonight to be awarding Judge Vaughn Walker with the Legal Service Award for his years of service on the bench and for penning the initial decision in the Prop 8 case, which prevailed before the Supreme Court. We are also proud to present LYRIC with the Community Service Award. Celebrating their 25th Anniversary this year, for over two decades LYRIC has been a beacon of light and hope by providing a safe and supportive environment for Bay Area LGBTQQ youth to explore their identities and start the walk toward living authentic lives. Join us in celebrating the amazing recipients of these awards! The Gala Committee and the entire BALIF Board of Directors welcomes you to the 34th Annual BALIF Gala. Join us in Standing Proud and celebrating our community!

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Message from the Co-Chairs On Lu, Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg LLP Jamie Dupree, Futterman Dupree Dodd Croley Maier LLP Welcome to BALIF’s 34th Annual Dinner and Awards Gala — Standing Proud What a year it has been for the cause of LGBT equality and BALIF! We couldn’t be happier to celebrate the many successes of our community and BALIF with you tonight. In June, the United States Supreme Court issued its landmark decisions in Windsor and Perry, which have fundamentally altered the landscape for the cause of LGBT equality. Tonight, we are honoring Judge Vaughn Walker with our Legal Service Award. Judge Walker was the trial judge in Perry, which set the stage for the many samesex marriage victories around the country in the courts and at the ballot box. It is with great pride and respect that we honor him tonight. We are also honoring LYRIC with our Community Service Award for its groundbreaking and critical work assisting LGBT youth. LGBT youth remain an incredibly vulnerable community. LYRIC’s work to build community and inspire social justice for LGBT youth reflects what is best about our community. We are thrilled to award LYRIC our Community Service Award. BALIF’s members and its Board continue to inspire. BALIF was amicus in both Windsor and Perry, with the much appreciated assistance of our pro bono counsel, Jerome Roth at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP. Our Judiciary Committee has launched a bold and innovative initiative not only to support LGBT candidates for the bench, but to recruit and groom them for candidacy. Our mentoring program matching LGBT lawyers with law students and young lawyers continues to be one of the most respected and successful in the Bay Area legal community. Our law students raised thousands of dollars to empower dozens of Bay Area law students to attend the Lavender Law Conference in San Francisco. BALIF members raised funds during the Sochi Olympics to combat discrimination against LGBT persons living in Russia, and volunteered at the Glen Park Elementary Beautification project. We continue to forge strong relationships with other minority bar associations with collaboration on joint events and law student scholarships. BALIF hosted a broad range of activities for its members over the year, from the widely successful holiday party and Lavender Law cocktail party, to BALIF’s first “Give ‘Em L” salon for the women of BALIF. We created the Career & Networking Expo last spring to help our young lawyers and law students get jobs in this difficult economy (and we’re doing it again this spring). Our membership continues to grow exponentially, especially as a result of efforts to reach out to our legacy members. In this program, each Board Member describes the work he or she has been doing for BALIF over the past year — ranging from throwing this fantastic Gala to creating and dispatching our newsletter on a weekly basis. We are in awe of the amazing energy and commitment of the BALIF Board Members. We stand proud to celebrate our Board, our members, and this amazing and vibrant Bay Area community. Thank you for celebrating with us tonight, and for your ongoing support of BALIF. We’re proud to be the oldest and largest LGBT Bar in the country!

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Message from BALIF’s Treasurer John Robert Unruh, Law Office of John Robert Unruh Your sponsorship dollars and membership dues, combined with our all volunteer Board of Directors, has allowed BALIF to continue to provide the quality programming and networking opportunities that you have come to expect. We also continue to financially support law-related social and educational programs throughout the Bay Area, in addition to granting annual law student scholarships that positively impact our community. With the unveiling of the BALIF Foundation within the next year there will be some new and exciting opportunities for our members and friends to donate to BALIF. Thank you for your continued support and enjoy the Gala! 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. In February of last 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. In October of last year, BALIF, again as lead amicus on behalf of over 50 other amici, and again with Munger Tolles as counsel, filed amicus briefs in Jackson v. Abercrombie and Servik v. Sandoval, the challenges in the Ninth Circuit to the marriage bans in Hawaii and Nevada. 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 Julie Wilensky, Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson, P.C. I am proud to serve as BALIF’s Secretary this year, and to celebrate another successful Gala with BALIF’s Board, members, and community supporters! One of the Secretary’s projects this year is getting BALIF Foundation – which will be BALIF’s 501(c)(3) charitable arm – up and running, and we are well on our way to doing that. For BALIF members who are interested in becoming involved with the BALIF Board, the annual meeting of BALIF members and the election of new Board Members will be held on April 24, 2014. If you are interested in serving our community by running for the BALIF Board, or would like more information about the process, please email secretary@balif.org and balif@balif.org. BALIF specifically seeks candidates who will contribute to the diversity of the Board. The deadline for candidate statements will be April 3, 2014. We look forward to your participation in the annual meeting, elections, and 2014 BALIF events. Communications and Technology Committee Chair, Jennifer Orthwein, Transgender Law Center 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 news and information useful to the LGBT legal

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community, including case updates, CLE announcements, happy hours, and networking events, as well as the major accomplishments and special events of our BALIF members in BALIFBuzz. 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. This year, the Committee compiled a list of media contacts for the community and created a BALIF listserv to facilitate easier interaction among BALIF members (balif@googlegroups.com). Keep up to date with news and posts on the BALIF LinkedIn and Facebook groups and follow BALIF on Twitter. 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. 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 other Minority Bar Coalition associations so that members can attend each other’s Annual Galas and Dinners. This past year, we added the Iranian American Bar Association and the Women Lawyers of Alameda County to the ticket exchange. We would love to have you join this amazing committee! If you are interested, please email communityambassador@balif.org. Conference of California Bar Associations Committee Chair, Julie Wilensky, Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson, P.C. Each year, BALIF sends a delegation to the Conference of California Bar Associations, 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 2013, BALIF successfully sponsored resolutions regarding the provision of medical care to transgender inmates in state prisons and local jails. In 2014, BALIF will submit to the Conference a resolution addressing sexual abuse in state detention facilities, a problem that particularly affects LGBT inmates and arrestees. The resolution will track State Senator Ricardo Lara’s proposed Sexual Abuse in Detention Elimination Act, which, if enacted into law, would be the nation’s most comprehensive state effort to end sexual abuse in detention. If you’d like to join BALIF’s CCBA Committee or attend the 2014 Conference in San Diego, please email ccba@balif.org. 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; and (3) 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 led the charge in getting approximately twenty other minority bar organizations to sign on to BALIF’s official response to the Prop 8 and DOMA cases. We also worked with the Korean American Bar Association of Northern California by joining in a letter to the State Bar Association requesting that they increase the number of MCLE hours dedicated to the elimination of bias. (continued)

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Judiciary Committee Co-Chair, Andrew Vu, SAP Global Legal Co-Chair, Elizabeth Pritzker, Pritzker Law The BALIF Judiciary Committee is excited to announce its renewed efforts to increase the representation of LGBT judges on our state and federal courts. The Judiciary Committee’s efforts are twofold. First, the Judiciary Committee recently launched a series of strategic initiatives to identify qualified LGBT candidates for positions on the state and federal bench and establish key liaisons with important community groups, individuals, bar associations, state and federal judicial appointment committees, and the Governor’s Office to support efforts to appoint qualified LGBT lawyers to the judiciary. Second, the Judiciary Committee will continue its important work of identifying and vetting judicial candidates for elected positions or appointments to San Francisco Bay Area courts that seek BALIF’s endorsement. If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact judiciary@balif.org. BALIF’s hugely successful Speed Mentoring event connecting eager law students to mentors who graciously and generously gave their invaluable time and advice. In January, the Representatives put on the firstever Speed Resume Review and Interviewing Skills event at Pillsbury Winthrop to help students land that next job or externship. Over 30 law student participants received one-on-one advice from experienced attorneys from a variety of legal fields. Continuing with BALIF’s goal of being a resource for our LGBT law students, the Representatives are helping plan the second annual tremendously popular BALIF Career Expo to be hosted at Golden Gate University School of Law in March. 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 attorneys. It is the Representatives’ goal to provide these law students with support, mentoring, and memories that will last a lifetime. If you would like to be involved, please email lawstudentrep@balif.org. Law Student Representatives Dustin Helmer, Golden Gate University, Law Student Representative Midori Hirai, University of San Francisco, Law Student Representative The BALIF Law Student Representatives started their year by raising funds for the National LGBT Bar Association’s 25th Annual Lavender Law Conference. Through the incredibly generous donations of law firms and individual attorneys, BALIF raised nearly $2,000 and was able to send over 20 students to attend this year’s Conference hosted in our beautiful City by the Bay. Next, to kick off the new school semester (literally!), the Representatives hosted an exciting kickball game at the Eureka Valley Recreation Center attended by students from local law schools and recent bar exam takers. In the fall, the Representatives continued their tradition of collaborating with the BALIF Young Lawyer’s Committee to plan Membership Committee Chair, Meaghan Zore, Zore Law 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 have been successful at increasing our membership by nearly 10% since this past September. This has been achieved through a three-pronged strategy of increasing the value of BALIF membership, expanding BALIF’s opportunities around the Bay Area, and reaching out to lapsed members. The Membership Committee strives to be innovative, while making sure that 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 working to provide more events for our members in the

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areas surrounding San Francisco, starting with an ice cream social in the East Bay this Spring. Additionally, we have initiated a member discount program to showcase companies that provide special incentives for our members and show their support for our community. We are constantly looking for new ways to serve our members. If you are interested in getting more involved with BALIF’s membership committee, please join us by contacting membership@balif.org. Outreach Committee Chair, Peter C. Catalanotti, Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP The OUTreach committee acts as the liaison between BALIF and our sister LGBT Legal organizations, other LGBT community organizations, and local minority bar associations. We also work to keep BALIF connected with the community through volunteer commitments. We need a few good men and women to assist us! Email us at OUTreach@balif.org. recent Supreme Court decisions impacting marriage equality, followed by a networking reception. The committee has been working throughout the year with other organizations and legal practitioners, such as the American Constitution Society and JAMS, to provide panels, workshops, and continuing legal education programs about issues that are important to our members and our community, and we look forward to collaborating with organizations such as the Horizons Foundation in the coming year to provide more great programs. If you are interested in joining the Programs Committee or have ideas for future events, please contact us at programs@balif.org. Public Relations Committee Chair, Denise Bergin, Weaver Austin Villeneuve & Sampson LLP BALIF’s newly formed 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, Linkedin, and Twitter. Since forming in the fall, the Committee has worked with the Amicus, Judiciary, and CCBA Committees to publicize their work, and started tweeting regularly with event information, throw-back Thursday posts, and more. If you are interested in joining the Public Relations Committee, contact us at PR@balif.org. Programs Committee Chair, Leah Nutting, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein The Programs Committee facilitates events for our members, working closely with other BALIF committees to plan events that address the needs of our diverse membership. We create opportunities for members to socialize and network, encourage professional and community involvement, and promote collaboration with other legal, LGBT, and minority bar organizations. Recent events that the Programs Committee has facilitated include BALIF’s Homecoming, the Lesbian Comedy Night featuring Suzanne Westenhoefer, the “Plus One“ Membership Happy Hour, the BALIF/NCLR Happy Hour, and the reception honoring Justice Humes’ appointment to the California Court of Appeals. The committee also organized “Give ‘Em L,” BALIF’s first-ever Ladies Salon and Talk-Show featuring a lively panel discussion about the Social Committee Chair, Nicolas Clements, Seyfarth Shaw LLP The Social Committee had a goal this year of expanding beyond its traditional Happy Hourhosting role. And while the Happy Hours have, of course, continued to feature prominently in Social’s agenda (for evidence, just ask our hosts at Blanc et Rouge and Pause wine bars how many bottles we all went through when Happy Hours were held at those fine establishments), Social also threw two (continued)

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