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BALIF Board Elections 2024-2025

Your Voice Matters


It's almost time to vote! Your voice matters in selecting the people who will lead BALIF as members of the Board. Voting will be open from Tuesday, April 9, 2024 until Thursday, April 18, 2024 to elect the BALIF Board of Directors for 2024-2025. We have a fabulous and diverse group of candidates this year! We will announce election results online on Thursday, April 18, 2024 online after our in-person BALIF's Annual Membership Meeting & Elections.

Consistent with our bylaws, the NomCom was appointed by our board and included four current BALIF board members. The NomCom managed advertising and recruitment for the board and evaluated candidates based on their qualifications and diversity they would bring to the board. The committee sought diversity with respect to race and ethnicity, gender, practice area and years in practice, and geographic location within the Bay Area. NomCom has formally nominated a group of candidates, and we are delighted to announce their endorsed candidates below. If you have any questions, contact

NomCom endorsements:

NomCom solicited candidate statements by March 29, 2024. Of the candidates reviewed, NomCom endorsed 4 candidates indicated below based on the majority of votes by the committee’s members. The endorsements are indicated below. Candidates who submitted statements after the deadline were not reviewed. The symbols below provide more information about the candidates.

 * = board incumbent or previous board member 
+ = endorsed by NomCom

Women (2 open positions)

  • Melanie Kim
  • Lindsey Kincaid*

      Men (3 open positions)

      • Ezekiel Gorrocino
      • Connor Kratz+
      • Jon Lucchese*
      • Ernie Mejia+
      • Daniel Turner

      TGNC/Other Genders (4 open positions)

      • Rafael Langer-Osuna*
      • Virginia Millacci *

      Law Student Women (1 open position)

      • Euni Lee+

      • Keerthi (Kiki) Yalamanchili

        Law Student Men (1 open position)

        • Caleb Krywenko*

        Law Student TGNC/Other Genders (1 open position)

        • No Candidate Running

        Candidate Statements and Candidate Forum Event

        We truly appreciate everyone who submitted their candidate statements and expressed interest in running for the board. 

        Election Information

        Elections will be online from April 9, 2024 until 4 pm on April 18, 2024. You can also vote in person at the BALIF Annual Meeting and Election Happy Hour on Thursday (April 18) at the Sausage Factory from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. In-person voting will end at 7:30 pm, and the election results will be announced at the end of the meeting. 

        Check your inbox (and spam folder) for your personalized e-ballot. If you don't receive your e-ballot on April 10th by 11pm, please email

        You must be a current member of BALIF in order to vote. Please make sure your membership is current!


        Women: 2 Candidates for 2 Positions

        Name Statement
        Melanie Kim

        Dear members of BALIF,

        My involvement in the LGBTQI+ community has always been through acts of service.

        In my pre-law life, I worked as a Volunteer Coordinator for a Queer Arts Festival in Vancouver, Canada (my hometown), where I had my first taste of event planning and nonprofit work. As a law student at Berkeley Law, I served as a Board Member for the Queer Caucus student group, where we planned the last Drag Night fundraiser before the COVID-19 pandemic (we had 0 positive cases). And during my 1L summer, I had the privilege of working at the AIDS Legal Referral Panel (ALRP) to serve people living with HIV and AIDS in the Bay Area.

        I am currently an Associate at Donahue Fitzgerald in Oakland, focusing on Employment Law.

        As a board member of BALIF, I will use my experience and expertise to serve the members of our community, and to strengthen the organization, its mission, and its members.

        Thank you for considering my candidacy. I look forward to the opportunity to serve you on the board.


        Lindsey Kincaid*

        My name is Lindsey Kincaid, I am a current board member seeking re-election.

        I am a Legal Secretary for Gibbs Law Group, a plaintiff’s side law firm seeking to protect individuals and class members from corporate misconduct. I’m a member of the firm’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Task Force, and the Diversity Fellowship teams, promoting diversity and inclusion in and outside the firm through employee engagement, training, and outreach.

        Prior to joining the board, BALIF’s Gala provided me an entry point where my personal and professional identities could intertwine. As a BALIF board member, I hope to continue building connection with other legal professionals and create a space that provides services and community for the LGBTQ+ community at large.

        As a non-licensed legal professional, volunteering for BALIF has given me an opportunity contribute to my community while also engaging with my interest in law. I hope to continue working alongside the board and BALIF members to build robust programming, develop a strong social media presence and invite legal support professionals to enjoy the vibrant opportunities BALIF provides its members.

        On a personal note, I like to spend my free time outdoors, hiking, camping, and backpacking. You’ll often find me on the trails with my trusty camera seeking the perfect shot. When I’m not outside, I’m in the studio editing. My art is primarily focused on identify formation and has been featured in galleries that promote BIPOC artists, folks in the LGBTQI+ community and women identifying artists.

        MEn: 5 Candidates for 3 Positions

        Name Statement
         Ezekiel Gorrocino

        My personal experiences as a gay Latino immigrant have instilled in me a profound understanding of the intersectionality within our community and the importance of amplifying voices that have historically been marginalized and silenced. That’s why I am passionate about fostering inclusivity and representation within the LGBTQI community. I firmly believe that diverse perspectives are essential for creating meaningful change and advancing the rights and well-being of all individuals.

        I am driven by a desire to ensure that all members of the LGBTQI community feel seen, heard, and supported. If given the opportunity to serve on the board, I would like to work to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and to bring more members to our organization. I will strive to create spaces where individuals of all backgrounds feel welcomed and valued, and where their experiences are acknowledged and respected.

        I also bring to the table a diverse skill set and a strong dedication to community service. While a student at UC Law SF, I served as the Internal Vice- President of the Latinx Law Student Association and worked at the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic. Before law school I volunteered at the Frameline Film Festival, Under One Roof, political campaigns, and citizenship drives. Now that I am in my second year of practice, I feel it is time for me to return to work with my community and contribute to creating a more inclusive and equitable community for us all.

        Thank you for considering my candidacy.

          Connor Kratz+

        I would be thrilled to contribute to a community in which I have longer desired to immerse myself: Bay Area LGBTQ members of the legal profession. As a first-generation attorney and gay man, I have come to understand the initial difficulties many members of our community may face in connecting with others like themselves in the legal profession. The process of networking can be an intimidating and unwelcome experience for newcomers, particularly for those who identify with groups that have historically been excluded from these opportunities. Nonetheless, we uproot this problem through our intentional and concerted efforts to give our LGBTQ peers a sense of belonging and empowerment that enables us to better establish ourselves in the broader legal community.

        I am currently a resident of the Castro and often find myself erecting a wall between my neighborhood and the office. I tend to feel pressure to screen parts of my identity from exposure in the workplace and have difficulty finding the opportunity to discuss professional diversity with regards to sexual orientation and gender identity. Taking an active leadership role in BALIF would not only embolden me to navigate those conversations with my own employer, but also strengthen our BALIF community to similarly provide others the confidence, skills and inspiration to do the same.

        I am most interested in planning social and community events that allow LGTBQ lawyers to connect and bolster each other. I am also interested in extending our outreach to LGBTQ folks beyond the legal profession to contemplate and share how we as lawyers can better serve the LGTBQ as a whole. I imagine achieving this goal through local engagement and volunteering activities, including an expansion of BALIF's visibility and participation at established LGTBQ events and programs in the Castro and beyond that are already staples of our community.

        Thank you for your consideration of my candidacy.

        Jon Lucchese*

        I’d like to seek another term as a BALIF Boardmember to continue to develop on the successes of expanding on the in-person programming, furthering membership growth and benefits to all members, and building our network of sponsors and partners since the onset of the pandemic. And, I would like to continue serving our Membership and Gala Committees and help with the fundraising efforts that support our org, the nation’s oldest LGBTQIA bar association and the friendliest, most collaborative, and diverse group of legal professionals, to put on regular, well-attended, quality events.

        I’ve been a member of BALIF for nearly 15 years and am glad to have served with the Board in recent years. It’s been good to use the broad professional network with local law firms and in-house legal departments that I have cultivated from my dozen year career as a legal recruiter (Robert Half Legal) as well as from my long-time participation in BALIF to give back to our association in raising more sponsorship funds for the Gala and promoting membership with all queer and allied attorneys, paralegals, legal support staff, and other legal industry professionals throughout Northern California. I look to double these efforts in another term.

        Ernie Mejia+ My name is Ernie and I would love the opportunity and privilege to join the BALIF Board. I am a class of 2019 graduate who currently works in Civil Healthcare litigation at Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani “GRSM”. At GRSM, I am fortunate enough to be part of the Associate Leadership Council, which allows me to be a liaison between associate and senior counsels and the firm’s partners and management team. In this role, I advocate for associate/senior counsel needs and facilitate programs and educational opportunities office wide for approximately over 200 attorneys in San Francisco. I am involved with the firm’s DEI efforts at both a locally and nationally. Outside of work, I continue to be involved with my alma mater’s Academic and Bar Exam Success Program for 3L students preparing for the bar and the Academic Support Program geared towards the success and retention of first generation students of color at the University of San Francisco “USF”. I am involved with the mentorship program at USF, allowing me to build meaningful and supportive connections with other queer and latinx students navigating higher education. Lastly, I enjoy volunteering at the SF LGBT Center when I get the chance to provide additional support in executing their many wonderful events. Lastly, participating in the BALIF resume workshop recently was such a great experience that I hope to continue my involvement with this great organization through the BALIF board.
         Daniel Turner My name is Daniel Turner, and I’m a land use attorney practicing in San Francisco. I attended UC Law SF (formerly UC Hastings), Class of 2020, and have lived in the city for seven years. During my time at UC Law, I was vice president of OUTLAW (the school’s LGBTQIA+ student organization), vice president of ASUCH (the student body government), and director of communications for the Hastings Public Interest Law Foundation (HPILF). In these roles, I strove to connect with others, build community, and create an inclusive, vibrant, and welcoming environment. Some of these efforts included a push for gender neutral restrooms in the school’s newer buildings with OUTLAW, and helping to coordinate the school’s annual HPILF Gala to raise summer scholarship funds for students with public interest placements. Now, as a practicing lawyer, I make a strong effort to continue engaging with these communities, including attending UC Law alumni and student career events, BALIF events, and acting as a mentor in the BALIF mentor-mentee program. In my current career as a land use attorney, I frequently interact with neighborhood, community, and cultural identity groups to collaborate on development projects and negotiate compromises and targeted solutions to individual and community concerns. I believe all of these experiences have prepared me to be a strong contributor to BALIF and carrying out its mission, and I would appreciate the opportunity to represent the greater BALIF community.


        Name Statement
        Rafael Langer-Osuna*

        I’m looking to serve you again for another two years as a BALIF board member. I am currently one of your Co-Chairs and have also co-chaired the Programming Committee this past year. I have previously worked with BALIF’s Governance, Diversity, Community Activism, and Amicus Committees. I have experience leading the Board, organizing CLE events, organizing and hosting the Halloween Community Fundraiser, co-hosting the BALIF Gala. I remain proud of updating BALIF’s demographics questions, helping to reform BALIF’s personal data collection, and in helping to update BALIF’s bylaws. I look forward to continuing to assist the Board as we continue to emerge into our post-pandemic world.

        Professionally, outside of BALIF, I am a litigation partner in the San Francisco office of Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP where I work on internet and data privacy matters as well as matters involving foreign sovereigns. I maintain an active pro bono practice.

        I presently Co-Chair the National Trans Bar Association and look forward most to continuing to serve as a liaison between the BALIF Board and the National Trans Bar Association.

        I would be honored if you would vote for me to continue serving on BALIF’s board.

        Virginia Millacci *

        My name is Virginia Millacci (they/them). I am the Executive Director of Family & Children’s Law Center in Marin County, the only legal aid non-profit in the Bay Area providing direct representation in general family law matters. As the Executive Director, I am skillful and experienced in board functionality. I offer unique insight to board governance, recruitment, finances, and fundraising. My objective is to bring these skills to BALIF to grow membership and fundraise to give back to our LGBTQ legal community.

        Giving back to communities is a key motivator for the work I do. Since I graduated law school, I have worked mostly in the legal aid sector, representing survivors of domestic violence. Majority of my clients were/are low-income immigrants where English is typically their second or third language. In 2023, 70% of my clients had 2 children and were living off $3,000 gross monthly income. As a first-generation Filipinx-American, I know how giving back is a monumental way to lift up and support communities.

        While in law school, I served on the BALIF board. During my tenure, I sought to celebrate and engage the law student community, and created the Julius Turman Award. While on the Board, I became familiar with the influence BALIF has on the next generation of attorneys and legal community. Now, as the manager of a non-profit, I have a stronger appreciation and knowledge for the skills necessary to maintain board excellence. I am excited to bring my knowledge, skills, and experience to BALIF.

        LAw Student WomEn: 2 Candidates for 1 Position

        Name Statement
        Euni Lee+

        My name is Euni Elisabeth Lee (she/her) and I’m a rising 2L at Berkeley Law running for Law Student Representative! I am a queer Korean-American woman, the proud daughter of immigrants, and a first-generation law student. I am a recent graduate of Columbia University, where I received the LGBTQIA+ Legacy Award for my on-campus advocacy serving BIPOC LGBTQ+ students. At Berkeley, I received recognition as a Henderson Center Scholar for my steadfast dedication to BIPOC LGBTQ+ community advancement and liberation. As a 1L, I continued serving the LGBTQ+ community by joining Queer Justice Project (a student-led pro bono initiative) and working with Transgender Law Center’s Legal Helpdesk. As a 2L, I’ll take on a leadership position in Queer Justice Project to expand our impactful initiatives.

        As Law Student Representative, I hope to foster increased and intentional connections between BALIF and current law students by promoting BALIF’s community-building events and incredible resources. Since becoming a member in August 2023, I can attest to the power of these resources myself—I’ve created an invaluable connection with my BALIF mentor and joined a strong community of lawyers who share my lived experiences. I know firsthand that community support is essential when entering the legal profession as a marginalized individual. This truth will motivate my work as Law Student Representative: I will ensure that LGBTQ+ law students—especially those with intersectional identities—are connected to BALIF’s thriving community of lawyers to foster meaningful relationships based on mutual support and shared identity. Thank you for your consideration!

        Keerthi (Kiki) Yalamanchili

        Hi all! My name is Keerthi (Kiki) Yalamanchili (she/her). I’m a queer 1L at Berkeley Law, involved in our Queer Caucus. I am passionate about promoting diversity in law, which is my prime motivation in running for the BALIF Board.

        Primarily, my experience is concentrated in increasing diversity in academic environments. I am Co-Leader of the Foster Education Project at Berkeley Law, which is charged with providing pro-bono legal services to foster youth and representing them in their respective school districts. I was also involved with the For People of Color Conference, and in my capacity as a law student, I helped organize this event for prospective, minority law school applicants. Additionally, prior to law school, I was Head Counselor multiple summers, for a minority-student camp for high-school seniors across the U.S.. This was hosted at business schools across the country, with a goal of encouraging minority students to envision their futures in college and in business.

        My goal in running for the BALIF board is to strengthen the connection between law students and the BALIF professional community, similar to that of my law school board representative predecessors (BALIF representative Emily Hunt, notably!). I am confident that my prior experience will provide a new perspective on how to best facilitate my goal.

        In addition, I was able to attend the BALIF Gala and conceptualize what legal, queer representation looks like in the Bay Area, and I am very interested in being involved with the Gala next year.

        Law Student MEn: 1 CANDIDATE FOR 1 POSITION

        Name Statement
        Caleb Krywenko*

        My name is Caleb Krywenko (He/Him), and I am running (again) for a Law School Rep position on BALIF’s Board for the 2024-25 year. I’m currently wrapping up my 2L year at UC Law San Francisco.

        Over the past year, BALIF has proven to be a great resource for mentorship and professional development. I’ve met many incredible, talented, and passionate advocates, and I hope to continue to build relationships within this community. I’ve had the chance to organize several events for BALIF, including a law student mixer, the Mock Interview and Resume Review Workshop, and the annual Gala. I would be honored to serve as a member of the Board again so I can continue to advance and iterate on the work we’ve done this past year.

        I care deeply about BALIF’s mission and would be honored to earn your support. Thank you.


        Name Statement
        No Candidate Running


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