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Thursday, July 18

Wage and Hour Update | 9:05 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.

1.25 Hours MCLE

Since late 2023, there have been many new developments in the wage-and-hour space, and more changes are on the horizon. In this fast-paced 75-minute discussion, the panel will address the most critical developments in this ever-evolving area of law, all of which will have a substantial effect on employer policies and practices and wage-and-hour litigation.

Jahan Sagafi and Nina Huerta
  • Jahan Sagafi, Outten & Golden
  • Nina Huerta, Locke Lord
What Happens When PAGA Cases Go to Trial?

1.25 Hours MCLE

What happens when PAGA cases go to trial? The panelists have collected and analyzed more than 80 judgments in PAGA trials and will answer all of your questions, including:

  • How often do plaintiffs win?
  • When they do win, how much do courts award in penalties?
  • How often do courts exercise their discretion to reduce the penalties awarded? And by what percentage?
  • How often do courts find liability, but award zero?
  • Do trial courts stack PAGA penalties or award penalties at subsequent rates?
  • How much do they award in attorney fees?
  • What do courts of appeal do with these judgments?
  • What is the value of an “average” PAGA claim?

If you litigate PAGA cases, you are not going to want to miss this panel!

  • Steve Pearl, Steve Pearl Mediation
  • Jennifer Kramer, Hennig Kramer Ruiz & Singh, LLP
  • Julie Trotter, Call & Jensen, APC
  • James Michalski, Michalski Law Offices
Pay Dirt! (Lunch/Keynote Speaker) | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

0.5 Hours MCLE

Join use at the lunch hour for a fast-paced, interactive, Jeopardy-style trivia game that will test your wage and hour knowledge.  Hosted by Bryan Schwartz, the former chair of CLA’s Labor and Employment Committee, get ready to have some fun and earn bragging rights!

Bryan Schwartz
  • Bryan Schwartz, Bryan Schwartz Law
Civility, Bias & the Legal Profession – Oh My! | 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

1 Hour MCLE; 1 Civility in the Legal Profession

Experienced practitioners, defense counsel Guillermo A. Escobedo and plaintiff counsel Beth W. Mora, once opposing counsel in an employment matter, will present multiple avenues for litigators to promote civility and eliminate bias-driven incivility in the legal profession, including incivility and bias directed at parties, counsel and the judiciary.   

Beth W. Mora and Guillermo Escobedo
  • Beth W. Mora, Mora Employment Law, APC
  • Guillermo Escobedo, Jackson Lewis
US Department of Labor and CA Division of Labor Standards Enforcement: An Inside Look into Enforcement and Litigation Strategies | 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

1 Hour MCLE

Join us for a behind-the-scenes discussion with DOL and DLSE lawyers. They will discuss each agency’s investigation, enforcement, and litigation strategies and what you should know to effectively represent your clients.

  • Deborah Graves, California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
Judges and Litigators: Perspectives from the Bench and Bar on Wage and Hour Litigation | 3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

1.25 Hours MCLE

Enjoy this lively discussion between judges, and litigators from the plaintiff and defense-side about the current state of wage and hour litigation, class and PAGA representative actions, trials, and best practices for practitioners.

  • Honorable Melissa McCormick, Orange County Superior Court
  • Honorable Stuart Rice, Los Angeles Superior Court
  • Jacqueline Beaumont, Call and Jensen, APC
  • Adrianne DeCastro, Desai Law Firm, P.C.

Awards Reception | 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Come join us to celebrate the winner of the 1st Annual Labor and Employment Law Pro Bono Achievement Award.

Friday, July 19

Breakfast | 8:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks | 8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Employment Law Year in Review | 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

1.5 Hours MCLE

In this fast-paced presentation, Anthony J. Oncidi and Andrew Friedman will once again cover the top employment law cases from the past year, with an emphasis on the cases of greatest utility to employment law practitioners.

  • Andrew Friedman, Helmer Friedman
  • Anthony Oncidi, Proskauer
Best Practices and Cultural Competence in Employment Matters Involving Limited-English Speakers: From Client Intake, Through Investigation, To Trial | 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Concurrent Session)

1.25 Hours MCLE; 0.75 Hour Elimination of Bias, 0.5 Hour Implicit Bias

In this moderated panel including a plaintiff’s attorney, management counsel, and an independent investigator, we will discuss best practices and cultural competence in employment matters involving limited-english speakers. We will review special considerations and tips for working with limited-english speaking clients, witnesses, and parties during intake, investigation, litigation (discovery/deposition), hearings and trials, and mediation/settlement. Topics to be covered include: Whether an attorney/investigator has the necessary language skills and cultural competence to take on the matter, how to effectively represent limited-English speakers, elimininating bias, working with interpreters/translators, preparing for hearing/trial, ensuring clients understand the proceedings and any documents they are asked to review or sign.

  • Jennifer Reisch, Reisch Law
  • Leiann Laiks, Strategy Law LLP
  • Karen Carrera, Carrera Workplace Solutions
Board But Not Boring – The NLRB Affects Your Workplace In Unexpected Ways | 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Concurrent Session)

1.25 Hours MCLE

Now more than ever, employers, unions and workers across all industries are finding that the National Labor Relations Act applies to them in ways they may have never considered. Join our experienced panelists in conversation about updates in Board law that all labor and employment attorneys should know. This presentation will cover recent developments with respect to who is classified as an employee under the NLRA and what constitutes protected employee conduct; pitfalls that can arise in employee handbooks, severance agreements, and non-compete agreements; what to expect when a union demands recognition from an employer, in light of the Board’s Cemex decision; and the circumstances in which an employer can or cannot take unilateral action when its employees are represented by a union.

  • Lisl Soto, Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld
  • Tom Lenz, Atkinson, Andelson,Loya, Ruud & Romo
  • Danielle Pierce, Assistant Regional Director Region 31
Lunch and Keynote with Associate Justice Hernaldo J. Baltonado | 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

1 Hour MCLE

  • Associate Justice Hernaldo J. Baltonado
Adaptive Advocacy: AI’s Role in Modern Legal Practice (Title Author: ChatGPT) | 1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Concurrent Session)

1.25 Hours MCLE; 1.25 Hours Technology in the Practice of Law

How is AI being used by Attys – acceptable use and what to avoid? 2) AI’s impact on profession generally – what platforms are being used, how help practice 3) looking ahead, what we want to see in AI.

  • Tiffany Cruz, In-House Attorney and Adjunct Professor at Chapman University Law
Effective Tips and Strategies for Mediation | 1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Concurrent Session)

1.25 Hours MCLE

Better Lawyering Through Mindfulness (interactive program – duty of competence; practical strategies; self-care practices; how to deal with trauma; mindfulness and meditation – neuroscience, tips and strategies for how to make mindfulness/meditation part of their daily practice.

  • Speaker TBA
Better Lawyering Through Mindfulness | 3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

1.5 Hours MCLE; 1.5 Wellness Competence

Better Lawyering Through Mindfulness (interactive program – duty of competence; practical strategies; self-care practices; how to deal with trauma; mindfulness and meditation – neuroscience, tips and strategies for how to make mindfulness/meditation part of their daily practice.

  • Jeena ChoDe