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Seminar and Conference Schedule

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2015
HALF-DAY SEMINAR

 

1:00pm-5:00pm    THEY'D BETTER WATCH WHAT THEY SAY

How plaintiffs employment attorneys can identify, establish, preserve, revive, use, and win defamation cases.

5:00pm-6:00pm Welcome Reception -- Everyone Invited

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2015

7:30am-9:00am


SHARED ECONOMY BREAKFAST

All are invited to participate in this working group to discuss legal strategies for and legislative fixes to the
rapidly-evolving case law on independent contractors, including the Uber and Lyft cases, among others.

7:45am-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

SHINING A LIGHT ON THE DARK SIDE
Former defense lawyers offer their insights on navigating defense tactics designed to defeat your client’s case.
Level: introductory through advanced.

Moderator/Speaker:
Speakers:
Aanand Mehtani, Los Angeles
Eric Grover, San Francisco
Raymond Hane, Costa Mesa
Denise K.Top, Oakland
 
   

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
E-DISCOVERY 101
This one has it all!  Experienced practitioners will detail what you need to know to effectively propound and respond to
e-discovery requests, and will discuss effective approaches to resolve e-discovery disputes. 
Level: introductory through moderate.

Moderator:
Speakers:
    Hon. Paul S. Grewal, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District
Tilak Gupta, Los Angeles
Jayme L. Walker, Oakland


 

 

 

LITIGATING FAITH
Handling religious discrimination, harassment and failure to accommodate claims based on religion.
Level: introductory through moderate.

Moderator:
Speakers:
     Menaka Fernando, San Francisco
Phoebe Liu, DFEH, Los Angeles
Alan J. Reinach, Westlake Village
Siri Thanasombat, EEOC, San Francisco


 

 

Presented by CELA's Law Practice Management Committee
THE TOP 10 THINGS YOU MUST DO TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE
Level: introductory through advanced.
 

Moderator:
Speakers:
Alex Hartounian, La Crescenta
Darci Burrell, Oakland
Marqui Hood, Los Angeles
David Sarnoff, San Francisco
 


 

 

12:30pm-2:00pm

CONFERENCE LUNCHEON

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Chief Justice Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye
Chief Justice Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye was appointed to the California Supreme Court by
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Following her confirmation hearing and statewide election,
she was sworn into office on January 3, 2011 as the first Asian-Filipina-American and the second
woman to serve as Chief Justice of California.  She chairs the Judicial Council of California
(the administrative policymaking body of California courts) and the Commission on Judicial Appointments. 
Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye served for more than 20 years on California appellate and trial courts
before her appointment to the California Supreme Court.  She received her B.A., with honors,
from the University of California, Davis, in 1980 and her J.D. from U.C. Davis, School of Law, in 1984.
 

JOE POSNER AWARD

 

2:15pm-3:30pm

CONCURRENT SESSIONS
 

Presented by CELA's Mentor Committee

MAKE 'EM PAY!
Solid strategies for maximizing punitive damage awards. 
Level: moderate through advanced.

Moderator:
Speakers:
      Alireza Alivandivafa, Los Angeles
Elizabeth Riles, Oakland
Dan Stormer, Pasadena

 


 

 

  Presented by CELA's Immigrant Employee Rights Committee

PROACTIVE LITIGATION: ACCELERATING JUSTICE FOR IMMIGRANT WORKERS
Successful and innovative techniques to aggressively right the wrongs inflicted on an underserved,
much-abused workforce, and to quickly collect judgments and defaults.
Level: introductory through advanced.

Moderator:
Speakers: 
Kírby Fernando Cañon, Fresno
Cathe Caraway-Howard, Playa Del Rey
Jennifer Liu, San Francisco
Matthew Sirolly, Los Angeles
 

 

 

 


Presented by CELA's Public Employee Committee

WHO SAYS YOU CAN'T FIGHT CITY HALL? PROVEN TRIAL TECHNIQUES IN PUBLIC EMPLOYEE CASES
Learn from fellow CELA members who took on public agencies, and won.
Level: introductory through advanced.
Moderator:
Speakers:
Maria Bourn, San Francisco
James Guziak, Anaheim Hills
Angeline Kwik, Irvine
Joshua Milon, Pasadena
Alyssa Schabloski, Studio City

 

3:30pm-3:45pm

BREAK

3:45pm-5:00pm

LESSONS LEARNED FROM WINNING

Moderator:
Speakers:
Anne Richardson, Los Angeles
Kathryn Dickson, Oakland
Tamara Freeze, Irvine
Renuka Jain, Los Angeles
Laura Weber, Sonoma






 

5:00pm-7:30pm

ANNUAL CONFERENCE RECEPTION, SILENT & LIVE AUCTION

The reception is a perfect time to meet up with your CELA Mentor/Mentee! This is not just for
new matches — use this as a chance to reconnect! (Note: this is in lieu of the
newcomers breakfast that usually occurs on Friday.)

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2015
 

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

8:00am-9:00am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:15am-10:45am
11:00am-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 2015.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Hina B. Shah

Hina B. Shah is an Associate Professor of Law and the Director of the Women’s Employment Rights
Clinic (WERC) of Golden Gate University School of Law, addressing employment and labor issues
faced by low-wage and immigrant workers.  WERC served as legal counsel to the California Domestic
Workers Coalition, helping expand overtime for domestic workers in California.  Prior to WERC,
Ms. Shah was the Director of the Labor/Employment Project at the Asian Law Caucus, Inc. (ALC), litigating
and advocating for the rights of immigrant workers.  Ms. Shah has lectured extensively on the plight of
low-wage and immigrant workers and on implicit bias in the workplace.  She has written numerous articles
including Broadening Low-Wage Workers’ Access to Justice: Guaranteeing Unpaid Wage in Targeted Industries,
published in the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal.  In addition, she is a frequent contributor to the
California Employment Lawyers Association blog, CELA Voice


1:45pm-3:00pm

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

 
 
Presented by CELA's Wage and Hour Committee
NOT ALL ABOUT THE MATH: DAMAGES IN WAGE AND HOUR CASES
It’s more than a simple math equation when it comes to maximizing damages in wage and hour cases. 
This session answers the questions you never knew to ask. 
Level: moderate through advanced.

Moderator:
Speakers:
Winifred Kao, San Francisco
Jennifer Connor, San Diego
Beth Ross, Oakland

 
 
  Presented by CELA's Diversity Outreach Committee
THE TROUBLE WITH LAWYERS AND DIVERSITY: A CONVERSATION WITH STANFORD LAW PROFESSOR
AND RENOWNED AUTHOR DEBORAH RHODE

Level:  introductory through advanced. 
Offers 1.25 hours of specialty MCLE credit in Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society.


Moderator:
Speakers:
     Adrianne De Castro, Costa Mesa
Prof. Deborah L. Rhode, Stanford University
 



 

 

BLOWING THE WHISTLE
How to identify and pursue the most common employment-related whistleblower claims
under state and federal qui tam statutes, California Labor Code section 1102.5,
Health and Safety Code section 1278.5, Sarbanes-Oxley, and Dodd-Frank.
Level: introductory through moderate.

Moderator/Speaker:
Speakers:
     Craig Byrnes, Manhattan Beach
Martin Aarons, Sherman Oaks
Pooja Rajaram, Venice
Jordan A. Thomas, New York City
 




 


3:00pm-3:15pm


BREAK

3:15pm-4:30pm

MEDIATING YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS
Learn effective strategies and gain insights for mediation -- and get a behind-the-scenes-look at what plaintiff
and defense are discussing -- through a simulated mediation presented by seasoned mediators and practitioners.

***STARRING***

Lynne Bassis and Mark Rudy as the mediators
   

Jody LeWitter as the plaintiff's attorney
Michelle Iarusso as the plaintiff


Christopher Archibald as the defense attorney
Paul Glusman as the defendant
 
 


FAREWELLS

 

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