7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
This panel will review and discuss 2017’s most important court decisions, administrative rulings, and new and
proposed legislation affecting the public sector.
Moderator: Gilbert A. Castro, Workday
Join an interactive discussion analyzing the recent developments in anti-SLAPP law and its impact on public
entities and public employees. The panel will discuss various issues pertinent to anti-SLAPP motions in the public
sector. Our panelists have worked on significant litigation and some of the landmark cases in this area.
Moderator: Kenneth C. Jones, California Department of Justice
Over the past few years, PERB has issued several important decisions on bargaining issues. Our panelists from
labor, management, and PERB will discuss these decisions and how they are impacting negotiations at the table.
Join us for an insightful conversation of great value to anyone preparing for labor negotiations.
Moderator: Daniel M. Trump, Public Employment Relations Board
11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Yes, you can fight (or defend) City Hall! Public sector employment litigation differs greatly from private sector
litigation. This panel will discuss many of the nuances unique to the public sector, including the Government
Tort Claims Act, the Public Records Act, whistleblower claims, immunity, writs of mandate, and much more. This
panel is appropriate for agency and employee-side attorneys, especially those who are new to public sector
Moderator: Anne Giese, SEIU Local 1000
This panel will provide an overview of the California Public Records Act and the tension between public
agency’s responsibilities of disclosure and the public’s rights to obtain information. Our panelists will discuss the
various perspectives of public agency employers, union representatives, and litigants in addressing disputes
arising under the CPRA, along with a review of recent cases and developments in the law.
Moderator: Felix DeLaTorre, Public Employment Relations Board
11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Ticketed event $20 per person. Advance RSVP requested. Purchase your lunch ticket on the Registration Form.
This session will focus on the hot topic of lawyer well-being with Anne Brafford, Editor in Chief of the 2017 National
Task Force Report on Lawyer Well-Being and Chair of the ABA Law Practice Division’s Attorney Well-Being
Committee. Workplace stress significantly increases lawyers’ risk of depression, anxiety, burnout, alcohol abuse,
and cognitive impairment—all of which can affect lawyers’ well-being and quality of work. Fortunately, multiple
science-based strategies can help lawyers not only cope with professional pressures and avoid psychological
distress but also harness stress for optimal performance.
Speaker: Anne Brafford, Aspire
1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Public employee disciplinary hearings present increasingly complex procedural and substantive issues. Attorneys
representing the employee, the employer, and the decision-maker will address advanced issues in preparing for
and conducting a winning administrative appeal/arbitration hearing that will be upheld on review. Discussion
will include what documents an employee is entitled to in support of their defense and how to obtain and use
those documents at the hearing, contacting employee witnesses, obtaining and using investigation reports,
shortening the hearing, the effect of collateral proceedings, use of after-acquired evidence, and taking a
proposed decision to the final decision-maker, as well as other topics important to presenting a winning case.
Moderator: Arlene Prater, Best Best & Krieger LLP
Two attorneys and a political economist will address the legal framework, economic, concerns and pragmatic
considerations involved when employers decide to contract work out to private entities. We will address the
case law in both the private and public sector, statutory constraints, local ordinances, and collective bargaining
relationships as they intersect with the duty to bargain. The panelists will also discuss some of the pragmatic
concerns regarding hidden costs involved in contracting out along with other unforeseen risks.
Moderator: Kate Hallward, Leonard Carder LLP
2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
 Judges Panel–Persuasion: Advice From Your Audience
An esteemed panel of jurists will share perspectives on topics ranging from effective argument to practical tips in
handling common issues in employment law. Your ultimate audience of decision-makers will address many phases
of the litigation process, from discovery and pre-trial matters, to post-trial motions, fee petitions, and appeals.
3:45 p.m. - 5 p.m.