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NON-CELA MEMBERS: This conference is exclusively for attorneys representing workers.  You MUST sign and date the declaration in order to attend the conference.  Full-time neutrals, law school professors and law students excluded.

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2017

7:45am-8:45am
MINDFULNESS OVER MATTERS*
[* Qualifies for 1.0 hours Competence Issues CLE]
Speaker:  Emily Doskow

8:00am-9:00am
Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00am-9:15am
WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS
Jean K. Hyams, CELA Chair
Christina Krasomil, CELA Administrative Director

9:15am-10:30am
EMPLOYMENT LAW IN TODAY’S POLITICAL CLIMATE
Representing clients in the new political climate can be different – and challenging.  CELA to the rescue! Helpful analysis and specific strategies for today’s legal environment to better represent our clients in an increasingly hostile work environment.
Speakers:  Prof. Catherine Fisk, Karen Jo Koonan and Christine Sun

10:40am-11:15am
ANNUAL EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE, PART 1
Arbitration: Cliff Palefsky

11:30am-12:45pm
CONCURRENT SESSIONS

 

SEXUAL ASSAULT:  HOW TO PURSUE SEXUAL ASSAULT CASES – FROM BEGINNING THROUGH VICTORY
(Level:  Moderate through advanced)
Sharpen your litigation skills!  Top practitioners will delve into the complexities of pursuing sexual assault claims.
Moderator:  Angel Pluas
Speakers:  Kelly Armstrong, Toni Jaramilla, Alexis McKenna and Dr. Bruce Lazar Smith

DAMAGES:  CASES TO TAKE & MAXIMIZING RECOVERY
(Level:  Introductory through advanced)
Maximize your recovery in private and public sector employment cases and decide if you need an expert after hearing from top practitioners on strategies to use at trial and in arbitration.
Speakers: Therese Lawless, Matthew McNicholas, Nora Ostrofe and Mythily Sivarajah

BEYOND THE TRENCHES:  MAXIMIZING APPELLATE SUCCESS
(Level:  Introductory through Moderate)
Gain critical tips on how to litigate and create a record on a case when an appeal is likely.
Moderator: Kirby Canon
Speakers: David Duchrow and Anne Richardson

12:45pm-2:15pm
CELA ANNUAL CONFERENCE LUNCHEON AND JOE POSNER AWARD
KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Wajahat Ali

2:30pm-3:45pm        
CONCURRENT SESSIONS

PAGA TODAY AND PAGA TOMORROW:  MODERATE-ADVANCED ISSUES IN PAGA LITIGATION
(Level:  Moderate through advanced)
Litigation tips regarding the recent legislative changes to the PAGA; due process and standing challenges; defending against summary adjudication; discovery; preparing for trial and addressing manageability concerns; calculating the settlement value of PAGA claims; and assessing and distributing PAGA penalties, and obtaining court approval.
Moderator:  Peter Rukin
Speakers:  Cynthia Rice, Galen Shimoda and Xinying Valerian

DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH:  WINNING TIPS FROM UNEXPECTED PLACES
(Level:  Introductory through advanced)
Hear how the challenges of losing a case or taking a difficult case can yield crucial litigation lessons and other types of victories.
Moderator: Rocio Toriz
Speakers:   Melissa Johnson, Kimberly Lind and Raven Sarnoff

LITIGATE YOUR CASE WITHOUT LOSING YOUR ASSETS:  STRATEGIES FOR FINANCING PLAINTIFF’S SIDE EMPLOYMENT LAW LITIGATION
Presented by CELA’s Practice Management Committee

(Level:  Introductory through moderate)
Learn how to build your war chest with creative strategies including co-counseling, loans, grants, attorney
funding services and more.
Moderator: Richard Stavin
Speakers: Rosa Gallenberg and Jocelyn Larkin

4:00pm-5:15pm     
GENERAL SESSION – THE YEAR IN REVIEW – PART 1 

7:00pm-9:00pm
CELA’s 30th Birthday Party hosted by FAIR!  This is a ticketed event.  Click here for further information and to purchase tickets.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2017

8:00am-9:00am         
Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00am-10:00am
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
Speaker: Mariko Yoshihara, CELA Legislative Counsel & Policy Director

10:00am-12:05pm
ANNUAL EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE – PART 2
Speakers: Andrew Friedman and Ramit Mizrahi

12:05pm-12:30pm
Member Victories Video
Presented by Jennifer Kramer and Mariko Yoshihara

12:30pm-1:45pm
CELA DIVERSITY OUTREACH COMMITTEE LUNCHEON
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: 
Emilio Huerta

2:00pm-3:15pm
CONCURRENT SESSIONS

REPRESENTING FEDERAL EMPLOYEES:  NOW MORE THAN EVER!
(Level:  Introductory through advanced)
California has more civilian federal government employees than any other state – and they need our help. Relatively few attorneys represent this well-compensated, highly diverse workforce, despite the large and growing need. Learn the fundamentals of federal employee practice including resources for additional reference. If you’re looking for a practice niche or want to expand your representation, this session is for you.
Moderator: Marilynn Mika Spencer
Speakers: Ron Ackerman and Cheri McCracken

THE PRESS & MEDIA: A LAWYERS’ GUIDE ON HOW TO EFFECTIVELY USE THEM (Level:  Introductory through Advanced) Are you ready for your case and client to be in front of the press? Prepare yourself and your client for the media and learn how to use the media to advance your case.
SpeakerJamie Moss

WHAT TO DO WHEN LAWYERS BECOME THE TARGET OF DISCRIMINATION AND BIAS
Presented by CELA’s Diversity Outreach Committee

(Level:  Introductory through advanced)

Moderator: Rabiah Rahman
Speakers: Matthew Barragan and Prof. Jasmine Harris

3:30pm-4:45pm
UNITED WE STAND:  EMPLOYMENT LAWYERS, UNION LAWYERS AND THE WORKERS WHO NEED US ALL
CELA attorneys are always looking for new ways to protect our clients’ rights and increase leverage in litigation. Panel highlights include how plaintiffs’ attorneys can use the National Labor Relations Act and other traditional union tools to advance the rights of both unionized and non-unionized workers. Gain insight with a practical orientation to how unions operate and an in-depth discussion of the strategies that union lawyers and attorneys in individual and class cases successfully employ when they work together to advance the rights of workers.
Moderator: Henry Willis
Speakers: Christy Kwon and Caren Sencer

 

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