Annual Conference Exhibitors

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 exempted from this requirement.

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2017

5:30pm-6:30pm
WELCOME RECEPTION
Hosted by CELA’s Mentoring Committee

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2017

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

7:45am-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.
Moderator: Wendy Musell
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: TOP PRACTITIONER TIPS FOR WORKING UP CASES
Sharpen your litigation skills! Experienced practitioners will examine the complexities of sexual assault claims.  (Level: Moderate through advanced)
Moderator:  Angel Pluas
Speakers:  Kelly Armstrong, Toni Jaramilla, Alexis McKenna and Dr. Bruce Lazar Smith

DAMAGES: CASES TO TAKE & MAXIMIZING RECOVERY
Whether you find yourself in court or arbitration, this important panel will help you enhance your client’s recovery and reveal if and when to use expert testimony
in court or arbitration. (All levels)
Moderator/Speaker: Mythily Sivarajah
Speakers: Therese Lawless, Matthew McNicholas, and Nora Ostrofe

BEYOND THE TRENCHES: MAXIMIZING APPELLATE SUCCESS
When an appeal is likely to follow trial, it’s your job to protect your client’s interests.  Attend this panel to learn how to litigate
with an appeal in mind and to create the necessary record. (Level: Introductory through moderate)
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
Wajahat Ali is a lawyer, writer, journalist, TV host, and an award-winning playwright. He is the author of The Domestic Crusaders—the first major play about Muslim Americans, post-9/11 which was performed off-Broadway and at the Kennedy Center. Mr. Ali helped launch the Al Jazeera America network as co-host of Al Jazeera America’s The Stream, and has worked with the US Department of State to design and implement the “Generation Change” leadership program to empower young social entrepreneurs. He is a frequent guest on CNN and his writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, Washington Post, the Guardian, and Salon.

JOE POSNER AWARD: David J. Duchrow
David’s service to CELA spans decades and includes 11 years on the CELA Board, including a term as Chair from 2007 to 2009. He served on the Education Committee for 10 years. In 2012, the Board pressed David into service to head CELA’s Amicus Committee. This is a job of mammoth proportion.  David remains abreast of developments in employment law to identify opportunities for CELA’s voice to be heard, fields requests from CELA members, ally organizations and others for CELA to weigh in on amicus briefs, reviews, edits and approves all CELA filings, and frequently authors or co-authors CELA’s briefs.  David has demonstrated his commitment to diversity in CELA and in his own law practice. During his term as Chair, David encouraged CELA to create our sibling non-profit, the Foundation for Advocacy Inclusion & Resources, nurturing FAIR through incorporation and establishment of non-profit status.  In his own law practice, David has hired at least four law clerks through the FAIR Employee Justice Fellowship program, two of whom he then hired as associates.

 

2:30pm-3:45pm        
CONCURRENT SESSIONS

PAGA TODAY AND PAGA TOMORROW: MODERATE-ADVANCED ISSUES IN PAGA LITIGATION
Presented by CELA’s Worker Outreach Committee
Get ready to dig beneath the surface of PAGA litigation strategies. Panelists will address due process and standing; discovery; preparing
for trial and case management; calculating settlement value; assessing and distributing PAGA penalties; court approval; legislative and
LWDA changes; and other hot button issues. (Level: Moderate through advanced)
Moderator:  Peter Rukin
Speakers:  Cynthia Rice, Galen Shimoda and Xinying Valerian

DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH: WINNING TIPS FROM UNEXPECTED PLACES
Difficult cases and trial losses can produce decisive litigation lessons and victories you never dreamed of. Take a listen. (All levels)
Moderator: Rocio Toriz
Speakers:   Melissa Johnson, Kimberly Lind and Raven Sarnoff

LITIGATE YOUR CASE WITHOUT LOSING YOUR ASSETS: Strategies for Financing Plaintiffs Employment Litigation
Presented by CELA’s Practice Management Committee
No war chest? No problem! Learn how to cover litigation costs using tried-and-true methods as well as creative strategies. (Level: Introductory through moderate)
Moderator: Richard Stavin
Speakers: Rosa Gallenberg, Rodrigo Guevara and Lindsay Nako

4:00pm-5:15pm     
LESSONS LEARNED FROM WINNING
Moderator: Arcolina Panto
Speakers: Alreen Haeggquist, Mika Hilaire, Monique Olivier and Christopher Whelan

7:00pm-10:00pm
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

7:45am-8:45am
Legislative Committee Breakfast

8:00am-9:00am         

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
Emilio J. Huerta is a lifelong resident of the Central Valley and lives in Bakersfield, California. Emilio witnessed firsthand the organizing leadership his mother Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez, while learning to appreciate the value of committing to a life of service to others. In January, this longtime CELA member embarked on a bid to represent California’s 21st Congressional District.  In Washington, he promises to will work to ensure that the people of the Central Valley have good jobs with fair wages, access to health care services and coverage, a clean and safe environment, and educational opportunities that puts their dreams and aspirations within reach.

 


2:00pm-3:15pm
CONCURRENT SESSIONS

REPRESENTING FEDERAL EMPLOYEES:  NOW MORE THAN EVER!
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.  This panel will cover the fundamentals of federal employee practice and provide resources for additional reference.  If you’re looking for a practice niche or want to expand your representation, this session is for you. (Level:  All levels)
Moderator: Marilynn Mika Spencer
Speakers: Ronald Ackerman and Cheri McCracken

THE PRESS & MEDIA: A LAWYERS’ GUIDE ON HOW TO EFFECTIVELY USE THEM
Are you, your client, and your case ready for the spotlight?  Prepare for the press and learn how to use the media to advance your client’s interests. (Level: All levels)
Moderator: Emile Davis
SpeakerErica Terry Derryck, Chris Dolan and Jamie Moss

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

(Level:  All levels)
Join us for this timely, essential discussion about combating discrimination and harassment directed to you – the attorney – based on your race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, or other protected characteristics.
Moderator: Rabiah Rahman
Speakers: Abre’ Connor, Prof. Jasmine Harris and Lori Rifkin

3:30pm-4:45pm
UNITED WE STAND:  EMPLOYMENT LAWYERS, UNION LAWYERS AND THE WORKERS WHO NEED US ALL
(Level:  All levels)
CELA attorneys are always looking for new ways to protect our clients’ rights and increase leverage in litigation.  This panel will highlight 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.  Beyond that, the panel will provide a practical orientation to how unions operate and an in-depth discussion of the strategies available when union and plaintiffs’ attorneys work together in individual and class cases.
Moderator: Henry Willis
Speakers: Dale Brodsky, Christy Kwon and Caren Sencer

 

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