2023 Los Angeles Legal Education Conference

Thursday, June 22, 2023 | 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles | 506 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

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Please join us on Thursday, June 22, 2023 for a thought-provoking exploration of the latest trends and challenges in California employment law, from wage & hour and post-pandemic updates to cutting-edge developments in employment litigation. Our panelists will provide practical insights and strategies for navigating the ever-evolving legal landscape, helping you stay ahead of the curve and avoid common pitfalls.
This year’s keynote luncheon speaker will be highly acclaimed national speaker and author Chris DeSantis who will address embracing generational diversity in the workplace and beyond.  
Attendees will earn up to 4.0 California CLE/HRCI/SHRM credits, provided free of charge. Our program will include a light breakfast and lunch.

Event Program

8:00AM - 9:00AM: Registration and Breakfast
Please register and join us for a light breakfast.
9:00AM - 9:10AM: Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:15AM - 10:15AM: AI FYI: Cutting Edge Technological Issues Impacting Employers
In today's fast-paced and rapidly evolving technological landscape, employers face numerous challenges and opportunities arising from artificial intelligence (AI) and its related applications. This panel aims to provide employers with an understanding of the current and emerging AI trends, their potential impact on the workplace, and strategies to navigate the associated legal, ethical, and operational considerations.

  • Dion Cominos / Partner, GRSM
  • Debra Ellwood Meppen / Partner, GRSM
  • 10:20AM - 11:20AM: Watch List: Employment Litigation Alert 2023
    This panel will provide attendees with critical insights and practical guidance on the most pressing employment litigation issues facing employers in 2023. Our panelists will explore recent legal developments, trends, and best practices to help attendees stay ahead of the curve in managing employment litigation risks. We will discuss key trends and hot-button issues in employment litigation, including wage and hour disputes, discrimination claims, and workplace safety issues. Our panelists will provide insights into new legal theories, recent court decisions, and emerging risks that are shaping the employment litigation landscape. Attendees will learn about recent legal developments and practical strategies for mitigating risk and avoiding common pitfalls.

  • Dina Glucksman / Partner, GRSM
  • Debbie Kim / Partner, GRSM
  • Rachel Salvin / Senior Counsel, GRSM
  • Brandon Takahashi / Senior Counsel, GRSM
  • Sonia Taylor/ Senior Counsel, GRSM
  • 11:35AM - 12:35PM: Latest Developments in Class Action Litigation
    This panel will provide attendees with a comprehensive update on the latest developments in class action litigation. Our panelists will explore recent trends, key court decisions, and legislative developments that are shaping the class action landscape in California and beyond. We will begin by discussing recent developments in wage and hour class action and representative litigation.

  • Peter Choi / Partner, GRSM
  • Mollie Burks / Partner, GRSM
  • Linh Hua / Partner, GRSM
  • Gene Williams / Senior Counsel, GRSM
  • 12:45PM - 1:45PM: Lunch Program: Keynote Speaker, Chris DeSantis - Embracing Generational Diversity
    This presentation is based on Chris DeSantis’ book, Why I Find You Irritating: Navigating Generational Friction at Work. It’s not enough to just understand generational differences. Companies need to embrace the diverse perspectives and experiences each generation brings to the workplace and learn from one another.

    In this topic you will learn:

  • What is important to each generation in terms of their beliefs, values, and priorities;
  • How the expression of those values can be misinterpreted across different age groups; and
  • How to overcome the misinterpretations.

    Chris DeSantis is an independent organizational behavior consultant based in Chicago. He works with individuals or groups to enhance their effectiveness, with an emphasis on user-friendly solutions aligned with the company’s strategic initiatives.

    Chris has more than 25 years of experience in training, development and consulting—10 of which was within corporate environments and since 1995 as an external consultant. He was the Director of Training and Development for the American Medical Association and was part of the Human Resource Development group for Brunswick Corporation.
  • 2:00PM - 3:00PM: Navigating Complex Employment Law: Best Practices for Hiring and Firing in the Current Litigation-Forward Environment
    This presentation will provide a comprehensive overview of current employment law topics that are crucial for employers to understand. Our panelists will discuss various aspects of employment law, including how employers can manage the legal risks of hiring while conducting layoffs, the WARN Act and how to ensure compliance, practical strategies for addressing pay equity issues and promoting a fair and equitable workplace, and how to safely hire and fire employees in the current litigation-forward environment. Attendees will learn how to minimize legal risks when making employment decisions and best practices for documenting those decisions. This presentation is a must-attend for anyone responsible for employment law compliance in their organization. Attendees will leave with a deeper understanding of the most important employment law issues and practical strategies for mitigating legal risks.

  • Brandon Saxon / Partner, GRSM
  • Kimberly Westmoreland / Partner, GRSM
  • Erika Shao / Partner, GRSM
  • To learn more about Chris DeSantis' book, Why I Find You Irritating: Navigating Generational Friction at Work, click here.

    Questions? Please Contact:

    Joelle Underwood