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Seminar and Conference Schedule

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2016
11:30am-5:45pm

WAGE & HOUR BOOT CAMP*

(*The Boot Camp is targeted towards practitioners with little to no wage and hour experience. Boot Camp includes materials, lunch and refreshments.)


11:30am-1:00pm




2:00pm-3:00pm


3:00pm-4:00pm


4:15pm-5:45pm

Nuts & Bolts
Speakers: Fernando Flores, Allison Kosinski and Mark Thuesen

Common wage and hour claims and the requirements for compliance - overtime, minimum wage, meal and rest,
expense reimbursement, 201-204, wrongful deductions, and pay statements.


Independent Contractor Misclassification
Speakers: James Cordes and Arlo Uriarte

Overtime Exemptions
Speakers: Wilmer Harris and Laboni Hoq

Litigation Issues
Speakers: Daniel Brome, May Mallari and Stan Saltzman

5:30pm-7:00pm CELA President's Reception -- Everyone Invited

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2016

7:45am-8:45am

MINDFULNESS FOR ATTORNEYS*
More and more law firms are incorporating mindfulness into their workplaces to improve stress resiliency,
job performance, physical health and happiness. Come and experience mindfulness first hand. Learn
about science behind it and practical tools you can use to create more ease and well-being.
Kelly Barron, Certified Mindfulness Facilitator, UCLA
[*qualifies for 1.0 hour Competency Issues CLE]

7:45am-9:00am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00am-9:15am

WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS
Jean K. Hyams, CELA Chair, Oakland
Christina Krasomil, CELA Administrative Director, Woodland Hills

9:15am-10:30am

CREEPY CRAWLY SETTLEMENTS
Employers increasingly propose aggressive settlement terms: sweeping gag clauses, oppressive
indemnity provisions, releases of unrelated claims against third parties, sky-high liquidated damages,
future employment bans, and much more. When and how should you (or must you) push back –
and what favorable terms should you seek?
Level: introductory through advanced.

Moderator:
Speakers:
Phil Horowitz, San Francisco
Deborah Kochan, Berkeley
David Lee, Chicago
Prof. Gary C. Williams, Loyola Law School

 
   
10:30am-10:40am BREAK

 

10:40am-11:10am

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

Arbitration: Cliff Palefsky, San Francisco

11:15am-11:30am
 
BREAK

11:30am-12:45pm

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

 

FORCED ARBITRATION - DON'T GIVE UP THE FIGHT
This panel will explore how to be a zealous advocate for clients who are subject to forced arbitration
clauses.  Topics will include the legal landscape for opposing motions to compel arbitration as well
as the strategies to maximize success when forced into arbitration.
Level: introductory through advanced.

Moderator:
Speakers:
Katharine Chao,Oakland
Jennifer Bennett, Oakland
Peter Javanmardi, Los Angeles
Emily Nugent, Oakland
 


 

 

Presented by CELA's Diversity Outreach Committee
LITIGATING YOUR CASE WHILE ADDRESSING IMPLICIT BIAS ISSUES*
How do you show implicit bias at play in a case without saying it? This panel will discuss the theoretical and
sociological research of implicit bias, and provide advice on how to address implicit bias in all aspects of
litigation — including framing the complaint, conducting discovery, getting past summary judgment, and
educating judges and juries.
Level: introductory through advanced. 
[*qualifies for 1.25 hours Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society CLE]

Moderator:
Speakers:
Christina Cheung, Los Angeles
Hon. Rupert A. Byrdsong, Los Angeles Superior Court
Sonia Chopra, Oakland
Charlotte Fishman, Oakland
 


Presented by CELA's Legislative Committee
USING THE NEW CALIFORNIA FAIR PAY ACT TO COMBAT GENDER DISCRIMINATION
Level: introductory through advanced.

Moderator/Speaker:
Speakers:
Jennifer Reisch, San Francisco
Lori Andrus, San Francisco
Dan Kuang, Folsom
Felicia Medina, San Francisco


 

12:45pm-2:15pm

CONFERENCE LUNCHEON

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson

During her tenure in the Legislature, Sen. Jackson has become revered as a successful advocate
for women, environmental preservation, and protecting the privacy and rights of all Californians. 
She is the author of California’s Fair Pay Act – Senate Bill 358 – the 2015 landmark legislation that created
the toughest equal pay law in the United States, and was recently selected by the Huffington Post as one
of 11 women throughout the country "blazing new trails" in the American political arena.


JOE POSNER AWARD

2:30pm-3:45pm

CONCURRENT SESSIONS
 

DEMYSTIFYING FEDERAL COURT PRACTICE
This panel will review the timeline of a federal court case, pointing out differences between federal
and state court practices and procedures along the way.  Learn helpful practice pointers and tips for
using federal court procedures to your advantage!
Level: introductory through advanced.

Moderator:
Speakers:
Matthew Helland, San Francisco
James Kan, Oakland
Randy Rumph, Bakersfield
Anna Park, Los Angeles


 

 

 


PROSECUTING AND PREVAILING IN A FAILURE TO ACCOMMODATE CASE
A discussion from experienced litigators on how to successfully litigate a disability accommodation case.
The topics will cover the interplay between: (1) workers' compensation and the FEHA and how to to keep
or resurrect your case while theirs is going on; (2) reasonable accommodation and the interactive process -
where we will explore what is good faith, problems with the new regs and when to use an expert; and
(3) right to privacy vs. reasonable accommodation documentation.
Level: moderate through advanced.

Moderator:
Speakers: 

Traci Hinden, San Francisco
Joan Herrington, Oakland
Darryl Lucien, Encino

 

 

 

 


MAKING JOINT EMPLOYERS PLAY RIGHT: SHARE ACCOUNTABILITY!

Parent & subsidiary, staffing company & workplace company, affiliated employers – when are they both
accountable for unlawful employment practices and wage obligations? When is it necessary to pursue
the “other” employer? What is the legal test and… how do you prove it? Come to this panel to find out!

Level: moderate through advanced.

Moderator:
Speakers:
Sandra Munoz, Los Angeles
Sonya Smalletts, San Francisco
Lauren Teukolsky, Pasadena

 

3:45pm-4:00pm

BREAK

4:00pm-5:15pm

LESSONS LEARNED FROM WINNING
 

Moderator:
Speakers:
Dolores Y. Leal, Los Angeles
Lisa Mak, San Francisco
A. Jacob Nalbandyan, Los Angeles
Lisa Peck, San Jose
Michael Strauss, Ventura
Maria Vizzusi, Salinas


 


 

5:15pm-7:30pm

ANNUAL CONFERENCE RECEPTION/ONLINE AUCTION WRAP UP

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2016
 

7:45am-8:45am Legislative Committee Breakfast (all CELA members welcome to attend)
 

8:00am-9:00am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00am-10:00am

ANNUAL EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE (PART 2)

Legislation: Mariko Yoshihara

10:00am-11:00am

THE YEAR IN REVIEW

Speakers:    Andrew Friedman, Culver City
Ramit Mizrahi, Pasadena

11:00am-11:10am

BREAK

11:10am-12:05pm


THE YEAR IN REVIEW (cont.)

 
12:05pm-12:30pm MEMBER VICTORIES VIDEO

 
   
12:30pm-1:45pm CELA DIVERSITY OUTREACH COMMITTEE LUNCHEON
Everyone's invited!  Keep the growth and passion going in 2016.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: José R. Padilla

José R. Padilla was born and raised in rural California, by parents who came from farm worker families.
José received his BA from Stanford in 1974. Deciding that he could best serve his rural community through
legal advocacy, José attended Boalt Hall School of Law, U. C. Berkeley. After graduation in 1978, he started
what has become a 32 year legal career with California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) Inc., advocating for
the rights of California’s farm worker and rural poverty communities. The central principle of giving back to
his community through public service has guided José professionally and personally. He is married to
Deborah Escobedo, an education rights attorney.  Mr. Padilla has received numerous honors and awards
including: the 2014 Lifetime Achievement, Excellence in Legal Service, from MALDEF and The 2013
Mathew O. Tobriner Public Service Award from the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center.  He serves
on the Board of a number of national and state organizations working in the public interest or for public service. 
Among them: the Poverty, Race, Research Action Council (Washington D.C); Parent Institute for Quality
Education (PIQE), California Project Director Association and the National Legal Aid & Defenders Association (NLADA).

2:00pm-3:15pm

DEPOSITION SHOW AND TELL
With video clips and analysis, this panel will demonstrate styles and techniques to successfully
capture useful testimony.  Enjoy this great opportunity to see CELA colleagues in action as they
take on perpetrators, supervisors, HR personnel, experts and other witnesses, and counteract
oppositional witnesses and obstructionist opposing counsel. Level: introductory through advanced.

Moderator:
Speakers:
Jean K. Hyams, Oakland
Wilmer Harris, South Pasadena
Kashif Haque, Irvine
 


FAREWELLS

 

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