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Seminar and Conference Schedule

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2014
FULL-DAY SKILLS SEMINAR

 

10:30am-5:45pm                                                DEPOSITION SKILLS WORKSHOP

Experience intensive, hands-on deposition training, where seasoned employment trial lawyers will guide participants through different aspects of deposition: extracting information from resistant witnesses, examination of Human Resource personnel, decision makers, workplace investigators; and examination regarding managing agent status.

Participants will be divided into small groups, with relatively similar experience levels. Each participant will conduct and observe multiple deposition segments, with live witnesses.  Participants will receive critiques and feedback in a group setting. 

Training will be conducted by experienced attorneys from the employment/civil rights community, including instruction and videotape examples. 

Materials will include deposition excerpts and check lists.

Using a learning-by-doing approach, the Deposition Skills Training strives to give participants the confidence to take effective depositions.

 

6:00pm-7:00pm CELA COMMITTEES RECEPTION -- Everyone invited!
Come mingle with your fellow committee members or learn how to join a CELA Committee.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2014

8:00am-9:00am

MENTOR BREAKFAST
This is a special gathering to welcome CELA members participating as mentors or mentees in
CELA’s Mentor Program. Hosted by CELA’s Mentor Committee.

8:00am-9:00am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00am-9:15am

WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS
J. Bernard Alexander, CELA Chair, Santa Monica
Christina Krasomil, CELA Administrative Director, Woodland Hills

9:15am-10:25am

THE CHALLENGES OF OPPOSING SUMMARY JUDGMENT

Moderator:
Speakers:
    Anne Richardson, Pasadena
Associate Justice Jeffrey W. Johnson, 2nd District Court of Appeal
Moira McQuaid, San Mateo
Prof. Suja Thomas, University of Illinois School of Law

10:25am-11:05am

THE YEAR IN REVIEW: ANNUAL EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE (PART 1)

Moderator:
Arbitration:
Legislative: 
  J. Bernard Alexander, CELA Chair, Santa Monica
Cliff Palefsky, San Francisco
Scot Bernstein, Folsom
Mariko Yoshihara, CELA Political Director

11:05am-11:15am

BREAK

11:15am-12:30pm

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

 

Presented by CELA's Technology Committee

ELECTRONICALLY STORED INFORMATION AND ETHICAL ISSUES IN DISCOVERY
[1.25 hours Ethics Credit]

Moderator:
Speakers:
  Leonard Sansanowicz, Los Angeles
Emily Nugent, Oakland
Amy Semmel, Los Angeles
 

Presented by CELA's Public Employee Committee

PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RIGHTS UNDER THE LABOR CODE
Extending the rights that all workers should enjoy to public employees.

Moderator:
Speakers: 
  Thomas McCammon, San Diego
David J. Duchrow, Santa Monica
Kate Hallward, Oakland
Andrea Rosa, Elk Grove
 

Presented by CELA's Practice Management Committee

CO-COUNSELING

Moderator:
Speakers:
  Curt Surls, Manhattan Beach
Lawrance Bohm, Sacramento
Rosa Vigil Gallenberg, Burbank
Kelly Knight, Studio City
12:30pm-2:00pm CONFERENCE LUNCHEON

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Prof. Gerald López
Gerald López is a core faculty member of UCLA’s Critical Race Studies Program at UCLA School of Law.
He is the author of many acclaimed books including A Fair and Just Workplace (2006) and Rebellious Lawyering (1992),
and articles on problem solving, race, immigration, health of undocumented Mexicans, and legal education.  Prior to
joining the faculty at UCLA, Prof. López has served on the NYU, Stanford, and Harvard law faculties, and helped found
the Lawyering for Social Change Program at Stanford Law School. 
 

JOE POSNER AWARD RECIPIENT: Christopher H. Whelan
Chris Whelan truly embodies Joe's spirit. Many of you know Chris as a CELA board member, and undoubtedly
from his defamation "treatise" which he has freely shared with CELA members for several years. Chris has
become the defamation guru who is always willing to help any CELA member who reaches out to him.
Joe Posner was a mentor to hundreds of plaintiff employment attorneys and when he passed away, a void
was felt. Chris has picked up the torch and has also become a mentor to countless CELA members.

2:15pm-3:30pm

CONCURRENT SESSIONS
 

Presented by CELA's Diversity Outreach Committee

OVERCOMING OBSTACLES: New Diversity Champions Speak Out
[1.25 hours Elimination of Bias Credit]

Moderator:
Speakers: 
  Christina Cheung, Los Angeles
Gerlani Cotton*
Hani Khan
Giselle Olmedo, San Francisco
*invited


 

  DISABILITY 101
What every plaintiffs employment lawyer needs to know about handling disability cases.

Moderator/Speaker:
Speakers: 
  Joan Herrington, Oakland
Jinny Kim, San Francisco
Noah Lebowitz, San Francisco
  Presented by CELA's Wage and Hour Committee

WAGE AND HOUR LITIGATION:
Impact of Recent Blockbuster Supreme Court Decisions

Moderator:
Speakers: 
        Cornelia Dai, Pasadena
Laura Ho, Oakland
Aaron Kaufmann, Oakland
Michael Singer, San Diego

3:30pm-3:45pm

BREAK

3:45pm-5:00pm

LESSONS LEARNED FROM WINNING

Moderator:
Speakers: 
       
Martha Gomez, Los Angeles
Rob Hennig, Los Angeles
Yameen Salahuddin, Chino Hills
Jill Telfer, Sacramento
Lauren Teukolsky, Pasadena


 

5:00pm-7:30pm

ANNUAL CONFERENCE RECEPTION

   

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2014

8:00am-9:00am Legislative Committee Breakfast

8:00am-9:00am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:15am-12:00pm

THE YEAR IN REVIEW: ANNUAL EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE (PART 2)

Speakers:    Andrew Friedman, Culver City
Ramit Mizrahi, Pasadena

10:45am-11:00am

BREAK

12:00pm-1:30pm


CELA DIVERSITY OUTREACH COMMITTEE LUNCHEON

Everyone's invited! Keep the growth and passion going in 2014.


1:45pm-3:00pm

CONCURRENT SESSIONS
 
SUBSTANCE ABUSE: PERSPECTIVES ON DETECTION, PREVENTION AND TREATMENT
[1.25 hours Competence Issues credit]
 
Speakers:    Raul Ayala, Los Angeles
Moira Brennan, San Diego
Greg Dorst, Covina
 

Presented by CELA's Immigrant Employee Rights Committee

PROVING DAMAGES IN IMMIGRANT EMPLOYEE CASES

Moderator:
Speakers: 
  Alan J. Romero, Pasadena
Sonia Chopra, National Jury Project, Oakland
Sandra Munoz, Los Angeles
William Tamayo, EEOC, San Francisco

 

Presented by CELA's Mentor Committee

998 OFFERS AND STRATEGY: LEVERAGING YOUR CASE FOR SETTLEMENT AND TRIAL

Moderator:
Speakers:
  Kelly Armstrong, San Francisco
Melissa Johnson, San Diego
Joseph Lovretovich, Woodland Hills
Larry Organ, San Anselmo

3:00pm-3:15pm

BREAK

3:15pm-4:30pm

A PRIMER FOR BIGGER VERDICTS

Moderator:
Speakers:
  Angeline Kwik, Irvine
Genie Harrison, Los Angeles
Harry Plotkin, Jury Consultant
Carney Shegerian, Santa Monica
 

FAREWELLS

 

California Employment Lawyers Association   •   Phone: (818) 703-0587   •   Fax: (818) 703-0591