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  • 20 May 2020 4:46 PM | BALIF Administrator (Administrator)

    **APPLICATION SUBMISSION FOR THIS SCHOLARSHIP IS NOW OPEN**

    The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley ("APABA Silicon Valley") Charity Foundation and the Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom Foundation ("BALIF Foundation") are pleased to announce a special joint scholarship for law students who have a demonstrated commitment to the Asian Pacific American and LGBTQI communities.

    PURPOSE: To recognize law students in the greater Bay Area who have shown excellence and achievement in law school and have:

    • Overcome personal hardships or challenges;
    • Shown excellence and achievement in law school;
    • Demonstrated leadership potential and a history of involvement with Asian Pacific American ("APA") and LGBTQI student, professional, or civic organizations; and
    • Demonstrated service in support of their local APA and LGBTQI communities.

    AWARD: One (1) joint scholarship of $3,000.

    APPLICATION PROCESS: Application for the scholarship includes the following:

    • Résumé submission. Please include grade point average if applicable. The applicant's grade point average and law school enrollment are subject to verification.
    • Essay submission (two page maximum). The essay should address how the applicant fulfills the above-mentioned purpose of the scholarship.
    • Interview. Scholarship finalists will be interviewed (via video conference) on Sunday, June 28, 2020.

    The APABA Silicon Valley Charity & the BALIF Foundation also require that the recipient:

    • Attend and volunteer at the APABA Silicon Valley 35th Annual Gala, at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, on October 9, 2020 (assuming the event isn't postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19);
    • Attend the BALIF Annual Gala in 2021 (invited but not required to attend);
    • Become a Student Member of APABA Silicon Valley (free of charge - sign up here) and BALIF ($10 - sign up here);
    • Participate as APABA Silicon Valley's Student Liaison at his or her law school by (i) advertising APABA Silicon Valley events and scholarships, and (ii) encouraging fellow law students to attend events and apply for future scholarships;
    • Join and actively participate in an APABA Silicon Valley Committee; and
    • Become a New Member with APABA Silicon Valley and BALIF upon graduation.

    DEADLINE: Applications must be received by Friday @ 5:00 p.m., June 19, 2020.

    If there are any questions, please feel free to contact us at scholarship@apabasv.com. Please note that applying for this scholarship doesn't preclude you from applying for the APABA Silicon Valley Achievement Scholarship as well. We encourage you to apply for both if applicable, but two separate essay submissions will be required if so.

  • 14 Jan 2020 10:58 AM | BALIF Administrator (Administrator)

    The BALIF Foundation is the charitable arm of the BALIF Bar Association.  It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and donations to it are tax deductible.

    The BALIF Foundation is offering a Summer Fellowship in the amount of $3000 for a law student working on legal issues impacting the LGBTQIA Community during the summer of 2020. 

    Send your completed application to balif@balif.org by 5 pm on April 17, 2020.

    Good luck.  Any questions?  Contact Jamie Dupree at jdupree@fddcm.com or 415-399-3843. 

     CLICK HERE to download the application.
  • 14 Jan 2020 10:55 AM | BALIF Administrator (Administrator)

    The Julius Turman Award will be granted by the BALIF Foundation to one law student each year who has shown outstanding commitment to advocacy for LGBTQ individuals, especially for the more marginalized communities of color and trans individuals. The recipient must be currently a member of BALIF, enrolled at a Bay Area Law School, identify somewhere on the LGBTQ+ spectrum, and must be available to receive the award at the BALIF Gala on March 6, 2020. 

    The awardee will receive a stipend of up to $1,500 to be used in support of attending Lavender Law or another appropriate conference or purpose (as identified by the award recipient and award committee). BALIF is working on and may be able to offer additional benefits at the Lavender Law Conference as part of the Julius Turman Award.

    As a BALIF member, we hope you'll take this opportunity to lift up the voices of emerging leaders in our community by submitting a nomination. To submit a nomination of yourself, or someone in your community, please complete the nomination form here . Nominations must be received by Friday, January 31, 2020 to be considered. Finalists for the award will be invited to participate in an interview in early February.

    If you have any other questions about the Julius Turman Award, please feel free to write direction to the lawstudentrep@balif.org

  • 14 Jan 2020 10:34 AM | BALIF Administrator (Administrator)

    BALIF Foundation Law Student Association of the Year Award

    2020 Application

    BALIF Foundation invites all LGBTQI law student associations in the Bay Area to apply for BALIF Foundation’s annual “Law Student Association of the Year” award.  Each year, the award is presented to a Bay Area law student group that has demonstrated a unique level of commitment to serving the LGBTQI community at its law school and in its community. 

    The selected law school association will win a cash prize of $500 and will be recognized on stage at the BALIF Annual Gala to be held on Friday, March 6, 2020 at the Bentley Reserve.

    We look forward to receipt of your application for the 2020 award. 

    Click here for the application.

    Email Completed Applications by 5 p.m. on February 14, 2020 to:

    jdupree@fddcm.com

  • 09 Apr 2019 1:06 PM | BALIF Administrator (Administrator)

    The BALIF Foundation is the charitable arm of the BALIF Bar Association.  It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and donations to it are tax deductible.

    The BALIF Foundation is offering a Summer Fellowship in the amount of $3000 for a law student working on legal issues impacting the LGBTQIA Community during the summer of 2019. 

    Send your completed application to balif@balif.org by 5 pm on April 29, 2019.

    Good luck.  Any questions?  Contact Chelsea HaleyNelson at chelsea@HNHimmigration.com or 510-868-0633.  

     CLICK HERE to download the application.

  • 09 Apr 2019 1:04 PM | BALIF Administrator (Administrator)

    APABA Silicon Valley & BALIF Joint $3,000 Scholarship

    APABA Silicon Valley and the Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom Foundation (the “BALIF Foundation”) are pleased to announce a special joint scholarship for law students who have a demonstrated commitment to the Asian Pacific American and LGBTQI communities. The scholarship aims to recognize law students in the greater Bay Area who have shown excellence and achievement in law school, overcome personal hardships or challenges, and demonstrated leadership and service in support of their local Asian Pacific American (“APA”) and LGBTQI communities.

    For more information and how to submit your application, please see the APABA Silicon Valley website. Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m., April 18, 2019. Interviews will take place on Sunday, April 28, 2019.

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