Date(s) - 07/26/2022
10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Orange County LERA, Los Angeles LERA and San Diego LERA are now SoCal LERA, serving all of Southern California’s labor and employment community.

Second Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference (Virtual)

In cooperation with

National Academy of Arbitrators (NAA), Southern California Region
Programming support provided by
National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region 21 and Region 31, Los Angeles

Please join us as we continue the tradition of LERA’s annual one-day conference in Southern California designed for all labor or management representatives in the private or public sectors, including attorneys, union organizers and representatives, HR professionals, arbitrators and mediators, students, and academics, providing invaluable information on the latest labor and employment law issues and legislation affecting the workplace.

When: Tuesday, July 26, 2022 from 10 am to 4:30 pm (PDT)

Featured Speakers

Jennifer A. Abruzzo, General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board and will discuss her vision for the NLRB.

Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley School of Law, will present an insightful analysis of cases recently decided or pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.

NLRB Region 31 Regional Director Mori Rubin

NLRB Region 21 Regional Director William B. Cowen

Also, distinguished NAA arbitrators, and well-known practitioners in the fields of labor and employment law.

Program Schedule

A full agenda with program information will be released soon!


Josh Adams, President, SoCal LERA

10:15 to 11:45 am — SESSION 1

Secrets of Effective Advocacy in Arbitration presented by the Southern California Region of the National Academy of Arbitrators

The theme of this Year’s program is “When the Show Must Go Online: Arbitration of Disputes in the Remote Workplace.” During the first half of this Session, a panel of expert arbitrators will discuss recent and hypothetical cases involving cancel culture, conduct during quasi-work related events, and new technology requirements at work. The format will be the ever-popular “Red Light/Green Light” presentation in which panelists explain how they would rule and why. During the second half of this Session, guest arbitrators who will join attendees in small group breakout rooms will facilitate discussion of additional cases and attendees’ questions.

Moderator: Christopher David Ruiz Cameron*, Justice Marshall F. McComb Professor of Law, Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles  

Arbitrator Panelists: Kathy Fragnoli*, JC Gonzalez*, Yuval Miller, and Ken Perea*

Small Group Guest Arbitrators: Dave Beauvais, Bob Bergeson*, Carl Bosland*, Michael Eagleson*, Isabelle Gunning, Najeeb Khoury, Sylvia Marks-Barnett, Jon Monat*, Guy Prihar*, Sheri Ross, and Jan Stiglitz*

Member, National Academy of Arbitrators

Program Documents: This content will soon be available at the SoCal LERA Member Resources page.

11:45 to 12 Noon — BREAK

12 pm to 1:30 pm — SESSION 2

NLRB Update Featuring NLRB General Counsel Jennifer A. Abruzzo and Region 21 and 31 Directors

SoCal LERA is proud to host the National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Jennifer A. Abruzzo in conjunction with the two Southern California NLRB Regional Directors, William Cowen and Mori Rubin.

Moderator: TBD

Speakers: NLRB General Counsel Jennifer A. Abruzzo; William B. Cowen, Regional Director, NLRB Region 21; and Mori Rubin, Regional Director, NLRB Region 31

1:30 to 2 pm — BREAK

2:00 to 3:00 pm — SESSION 3

Your Employment Handbook May be Illegal (and Could Land You in Court) 

New laws make many common employment policies illegal, subjecting employers to damages and attorney’s fees. Every employer (and union) needs to weed out the unlawful provisions. Our panelists will review the new laws and decisions, and their impact in the workplace. For example, Pres. Biden just signed a new law banning mandatory arbitration of sexual harassment cases. A new California law prohibits employers from requiring employees to arbitrate claims under California’s anti-discrimination laws or the Labor Code. The law also bans mandatory waivers of class actions and jury trials. Other new California laws prohibit company policies requiring employees to sign non-disclosure and non-disparagement agreements. The NLRB has signaled that it may restrict policies limiting employees’ free speech rights, including disclosures of confidential workplace information to others inside and outside the workplace. In contrast to these expanded legal protections, some union contracts now mandate arbitration of employees’ statutory claims, potentially preventing employees from going to court.

Moderator: Jonathan Judge, Partner with Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo


Employment Attorney, Plaintiff Side: Jen Kramer, Co-Managing Partner with Hennig Kramer Ruiz & Singh, LLP

Labor Attorney, Management Side: Roger Crawford, Partner with Best Best & Krieger Attorneys at Law


3 to 3:15 pm — BREAK


Supreme Court Update Featuring Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley School of Law

Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, a preeminent constitutional law and First Amendment scholar will present an insightful analysis of cases recently decided or pending before the U.S. Supreme Court and their potential impact on workers and the workplace.


Pricing and Registration

Registration is $55 that covers all sessions. You can register now at the bottom of this page by submitting your booking. If you have been to this website before, you will need to login first (upper right corner).

MCLE Credits

This program provides up to 6 hours of California MCLE credit. Following the program, please email JC Gonzalez at to request your certificate of attendance.


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