41st Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference


10:00 am - 4:30 pm


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SoCal LERA serves all of Southern California’s labor and employment community, including Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego

This is our 41st Labor Law Conference held in Southern California. 

41st Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference

In cooperation with

National Academy of Arbitrators (NAA), Southern California Region
and 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 and employment professionals in either the private or public sector. This program is geared for attorneys, union organizers and representatives, HR professionals, arbitrators and mediators, supervisors and managers, students and academics, by providing invaluable information on the latest labor and employment law issues and legislation affecting the workplace.

Featured Speakers

General Counsel Jennifer A. Abruzzo, National Labor Relations Board, will discuss her perspectives on the NLRB.

Professor Roberto L. Corrada, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, will discuss the future of college athletes as employees in revenue generating sports.

 NLRB Region 21 Regional Director William B. Cowen

NLRB Region 31 Regional Director Mori Rubin

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

Program Schedule

10 to 10:15 am — Welcome

Josh Adams, President, SoCal LERA

10:15 to 11am — NAA Panel

I Swear to God

Religious and Disability Accommodations and Related Issues in the Workplace

Isabelle Gunning, Yuval MillerSheri Ross,* Dan Saling,* and Moderator Christopher David Ruiz Cameron*  (*denotes NAA member)

11 to 11:45 am — NAA Breakout Sessions with Guest Arbitrators

Sara Adler,* Dave Beauvais, Carl Bosland,* Fred Horowitz,* Sylvia Marks-Barnett, Armida Ornelas, Guy Prihar,* Ted Scott, and Brenda Suttonwills (*denotes NAA member)

12 pm to 1:30 pm — NLRB Update with Guest Speakers

General Counsel Jennifer A. Abruzzo, National Labor Relations Board
William B. Cowen
, Regional Director of NLRB Region 21
Mori Rubin, Regional Director of NLRB Region 31

Written Materials

GC 21-07 Full Remedies in Settlement Agreements GC 22-05 Goals for Initial Unfair Labor Practice Investigations GC 24-01 Guidance in Response to Inquiries about the Board Decision in Cemex GFC 23-01 Settling the Section 10(j) Aspect of Cases Warranting Interim Relief OM 07-27 Non-Board Settlement.doc

2:00 to 3:00 pm — Practical Labor Relations

Focus on Grievance Handling

How does Each Side Get Ready?

Eric Markovits, Associate, Schwartz, Steinsapir, Dohrmann & Sommers

Cheryl Kopitzke, Legal Counsel, Kaiser Permanente

Charley Mims, Chief Representative, Los Angeles Professional Managers Association

Mike DeCesare (ret.), Los Angeles County and LA County Sheriff’s Dept. Labor Relations

3:15 to 4:15 pm — Keynote Speaker Professor Robert L. Corrada

It’s Not All Academic

The Future of College Athletes as Employees in Revenue-Generating Sports and Its Implications for the Rest of the Workforce

Professor Roberto Corrada, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, will discuss the future of college athletes as employees in revenue generating sports.

View my research on my SSRN Author page: 

Roberto Corrada – College Athletes in Revenue Generating Sports

Roberto Corrada – NU College Athletes – A Dissent

Roberto Corrada – College Athlete Unionization

NCAA v Alston, Johnson v NCAA (Third Cir) Amicus Brief-Trustees of Dartmouth Board Decision-Trustees of Dartmouth (1) Opposition to RFR of DDE-Trustees of Dartmouth Certification of Representative-Trustees of Dartmouth

 4:15 to 4:30 pm — Closing Remarks & Signoff

Additional Conference Written Materials

Independent Stave Co Texas TranseasternFriedman v Southern Cal Permanente Medical Group , MV Transportation , NLRB v Katz , Wendt Corporation Tecnocap LLC , Cemex Construction Materials Pacific LLC , Groff v DeJoy

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).


The 41st Annual SoCal LERA L&E Conference is fully remote and will be held by Zoom.

MCLE Credits

This program provides up to 5 hours of California MCLE credit. Following the program, please email jadams@gslaw.org to request your certificate of attendance.


Questions logging in or having trouble with the website? Contact Emily Smith at eesmith@illinois.edu. For all other questions, email Josh Adams at jadams@gslaw.org.




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