AALRR’s Employment Law Conference Sees Biggest Year Yet with Over 1,000 in Attendance


Last Thursday, March 29, AALRR hosted its 19th annual Employment Law Conference in Cerritos, California. With a theme of “Mission: Possible”, the full-day event featured two keynote speakers and twelve breakout sessions hosted by the firm’s experienced attorneys. Over 1,000 guests participated in this year’s conference, making it the largest of its kind in the region.

The morning kicked off with a presentation from Shannon Huffman Polson, author of The Grit Project and one of the first women to fly Apache combat helicopters in the U.S. Armed Forces. Ms. Huffman Polson shared her expertise on leadership strategies and described why grit should be a cornerstone as you strive to attain your goals.

Late morning and early afternoon, participants were able to attend three of the twelve sessions most pertinent to their scope of work. Session topics included workplace investigations, equity issues, leaves of absence, sexual harassment concerns in the wake of the #MeToo movement, and many others in between. The conference concluded with a talk from Dr. James Doti, professor and President Emeritus of Chapman University, who discussed the economic forecast in the California workplace.

“We had an astounding turnout at this year’s conference, and were thrilled at the initial response from those who attended,” commented Paul Fleck, Managing Partner of AALRR’s Private Labor & Employment Group. “We put great thought into building our conference around the most pertinent issues to our audience so that they can get the most value out of our work.”

Attendees at this year’s conference had the opportunity of receiving a number of different credit hours from various organizations, including HRCI, SHRM, ASA, and MCLE credits with the State Bar of California. If you attended the conference this year, be sure to take our survey to receive your credit recognition.

AALRR attorneys Jonathan Judge and Robert Wenzel present on liability issues
AALRR attorneys Scott Dauscher and Carol Gefis discuss workplace equity concerns
Attendees gather after the Keynote Speech

Attendees gather in the Cerritos Center for Performing Arts after the keynote speech

About Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo

With over 35 years of unwavering commitment to client service, AALRR is one of California’s leading law firms. Our diverse team brings a seasoned perspective to California’s complex legal landscape for public and private entities, with particular strength in the areas of education, labor and employment, construction, complex litigation, corporate, taxation, and white collar law. Our public sector clients include more than 400 K-12 school districts, community college districts and universities, as well as cities, counties and special districts. We also represent diverse business entities, from small, family-run businesses to publicly traded corporations. At 185 lawyers and growing, AALRR has nine offices in Cerritos, Fresno, Irvine, Marin, Pasadena, Pleasanton, RiversideSacramento and San Diego to serve our clients throughout California. For more information about AALRR, visit our website at www.aalrr.com and sign up for our blogs, EdLawConnect, CA Public Pensions Law, Business Law Journal, Labor & Employment Law, and Labor Relations Law.


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