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39th Annual Labor & Employment Law Symposium

Within the space of a day, this Symposium will provide invaluable practical information and insights concerning a number of topics of vital importance to professionals who work in, or whose work brings them in contact with the field of labor and employment law.

Whether you are an experienced practitioner or new to the field of labor and employment law, the Symposium provides a full day of practical information and insight concerning recent developments, strategies, and current trends shaping this continually evolving practice area.

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Program  Schedule

8:20–9:50 AM
An Epic Year: A Review of Recent Employment and Labor Law Cases

Angel James Horacek, Law Offices of Angel J. Horacek
Anthony Zaller, Zaller Law Group, PC

10:00–11:00 AM

Understanding and Using FEHA Regulations in Your Practice

María G. Díaz, Allred Moroko Goldberg
Ryan Derry, Paul Hastings LLP
Kevin Kish, California Department of Fair Employment and Housing


Wage-Hour Class and PAGA Actions: The Trial Lawyer Perspective

Kevin T. Barnes, Law Offices of Kevin T. Barnes
Cornelia Dai, Hadsell Stormer & Renick, LLP
Tracey Kennedy, SheppardMullin

11:15 AM-12:15 PM
Free Speech v. Hate Speech: The Politics and Practicalities of Regulating Employee Speech


Jody D. Armour, University of Southern California, Gould School of Law
Eugene Volokh, UCLA School of Law

12:15–1:30 PM Luncheon
Keynote Speaker: 
Gustavo Arellano, Nationally-recognized author and syndicated columnist; Features Writer, Los Angeles Times; Frequent Contributor, KCRW

1:35–2:35 PM (Elimination of Bias Credit)
Recognizing and Preventing Unconscious Bias in Your Legal Practice

Hon. Rupert A. Byrdsong, Los Angeles Superior Court
Katherine M. Forster, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
Dr. Sangeeta Gupta, Gupta Consulting Group

2:45–4:00 PM
New Rules: Labor Law Under the Trump Board

Nicole Buffalano, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
William B. Cowen, National Labor Relations Board, Region 21
Kirill Penteshin, UNITE HERE Local 11
John F. Ring, National Labor Relations Board
Mori Rubin, National Labor Relations Board, Region 31

4:15–5:15 PM  (Ethics CLE Credit)
How to Avoid Ethical Pitfalls in Your Employment Practice

Diane L. Karpman, Karpman & Associates
Hon. Michael D. Marcus (Ret.), ADR Services, Inc.
David B. Parker, Parker Mills LLP

5:15–6:30 PM Cocktail Reception

CLE Credit: 7.5 hrs of CLE Credit (including 1 hr. of Elimination of Bias credit and 1 hr. Legal Ethics Credit) 


Written course materials will be distributed via e-mail prior to the program. Please make sure we have your correct e-mail address at the time of registration.


CLE+ Members


Labor & Employment Section Member


LACBA Members


All Others


Government or NPO Attorney


CA State Bar Labor & Employment Section Members


AWI Members (Assoc of Workplace Investigators)


Law Students



Limited Special Rate for Barristers/Young Attorneys:
$195*  for the first fifty 1st or 2nd year attorneys who register. (Symposium registration will also include complimentary Labor & Employment Law Section membership.)

* Please contact Member Services at 213-896-6560 to register for this rate. 

3/5/2019 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Millennium Biltmore Hotel 506 S. Grand Avenue Los Angeles 90071
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Advance registration (both online and via phone) closes for most programs approximately 12-24 hours before event time (in order to allow for operational considerations), we would still like to have you join us, and you are more than welcome to register on-site and attend, unless the program is specifically noted as SOLD OUT. Full refunds issued only for registrations which are cancelled 48 hours in advance.

The LACBA online event registration system supports registration for individual event participants 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For assistance with group/multiple registrations, or if you’d simply prefer to register by phone (with Visa, MasterCard or American Express), please call LACBA’s Member Services Department at (213) 896-6560 any time from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you have questions about programs or program registration, you’re also welcome to contact Member Services by e-mail at: msd@lacba.org

The Los Angeles County Bar Association is a State Bar of California MCLE approved provider. If this is a CLE event, the Los Angeles County Bar Association certifies that this activity has been approved for MCLE credit. CLE events will state the amount and type of credit offered in the calendar listing.