23rd Annual Public Sector Conference

Presented by the Labor & Employment Law Section of The State Bar of California

Tony ThurmondFriday, April 21, 2017
Claremont Club & Spa
Fairmont Hotel
41 Tunnel Road
Berkeley, CA

Earn 6.25 Hours MCLE Credit

Featuring Keynote Address by Assemblymember Tony Thurmond, Chair of the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee

PolsinelliThe Labor & Employment Law Section extends it appreciation to 2017 Bronze Sponsor, Polsinelli.

You can now REGISTER ONLINE for this program. Online registration will close after Friday, April 14.

Program Committee | Program Schedule | Essential Information |
Printable Brochure | Mail / Fax Reg. Form | Register Online

2017 Public Sector Conference Committee

Co-chairs: Laura Davis, PERB, Oakland, and Maribel Hernandez, Klein DeNatale Goldner, Fresno

Program Contributors: Adam Fiss, Anne Giese, Monica Guizer, Ari Krantz, Deborah Maddux, Latika Malkani, Stephen Mesi, Arlene Prater, Kristianne Seargeant, and Erich Shiners.

Program Schedule

Event Time

Registration Opens / Continental Breakfast

8:15 a.m.

Plenary Session

(1.50 Hours MCLE Credit)

Session 1: In One Year and Out the Other

This panel will review and discuss 2016’s most important court decisions, administrative rulings, and new and proposed legislation affecting the public sector.


  • Dale Brodsky, Beeson, Tayer & Bodine
    David W. Tyra, Kronick, Moscovitz, Tiedemann & Girard

Moderator: Maribel Hernandez, Klein DeNatale Goldner

8:45 a.m - 10:15 a.m.

Concurrent Panels

(1.25 Hours MCLE Credit)

Session 2: Arbitration 101 – How to Win at Arbitration

This is your one-stop shop for learning how to take a case to arbitration. This is a panel discussion with a labor side attorney, an employer side attorney, and a seasoned arbitrator. The panel will cover all of the steps from how you choose an arbitrator to how to prepare a winning case. This is a unique opportunity to hear from an arbitrator about what he looks for and how he reaches his decisions. This workshop is ideal for those new to arbitration but will have tips even for the more seasoned attorneys.


  • Alexander (Buddy) Cohn, Arbitrator - Mediator
  • Sarah Levitan Kaatz, Lozano Smith
  • Peter McEntee, Beeson, Tayer & Bodine

Moderator: Adam J. Fiss, Littler Mendelson

Session 3: Pensions/Impairment of Vested Rights – MAPE v. Marin County Employees Retirement Assoc.

MAPE v. Marin County Employees Retirement Assoc. is the latest landmark case interpreting the Public Employee Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA). This panel will discuss the latest developments for this and other related cases and predict what will come next in the changing world of public employee pensions.


  • Arthur W. Liou, Leonard Carder LLP
  • Linda Ross, Renee Sloan Holtzman Sakai

Moderator: Latika Malkani, Siegel, LeWitter & Malkani

10:25 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.

Lunch (Complimentary Box Lunch)

(No MCLE Credit)

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Concurrent Panels

(1.25 Hours MCLE Credit)

Session 4: Make Haste, Carefully: Advanced Methods for Seeking and Opposing Injunctive Relief

Emperor Augustus, deploring rashness, instructed his commanders: “Festina Lente” (“Make Haste, Slowly”). This panel will help you heed the Emperor’s words when handling PERB injunctive relief matters. PERB’s General Counsel and experienced union and employer practitioners will share the tips you need in order to act quickly but carefully when seeking or opposing injunctive relief in cases involving strikes, representation matters, ballot initiatives, and other fact patterns.


  • J. Felix De La Torre, Public Employment Relations Board
  • Erich W. Shiners, Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai
  • Kerianne R. Steele, Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld

Moderator: Ari Krantz, Leonard | Carder

Session 5: Overtime Pay for Cash In Lieu Payments to Employees? Navigating the Complex World of FLSA Compliance post-Flores v. City of San Gabriel

This panel will discuss the recent Ninth Circuit decision in Flores v. City of San Gabriel. If your employees receive cash payments when they opt-out of health insurance, post-Flores, must employers require the cash in lieu amount and potentially all plan benefits contributions by employers be included in employees’ regular rate of pay for FLSA overtime purposes? Understanding this complex area and how to avoid willful violations is part of this discussion.


  • David E. Mastagni, Mastagni Holstedt, APC
  • Christopher Onstott, Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann & Girard


  • Anne M. Giese, SEIU Local 1000
  • Arlene Prater, Best, Best & Krieger, LLP
12:50 p.m. - 2:05 p.m.

Concurrent Panels

(1.25 Hours MCLE Credit)

Session 6: Public Sector Investigations

This panel will cover how to use workplace investigations effectively; how to do a proper investigation; and once the investigation is done, how will it be used to improve workplace relationships.


  • Jim McGlamery, Law Offices of James E. McGlamery
  • Michael Sweeney, UC Office of the Campus Counsel
  • Timothy G. Yeung, Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai

Moderator: Deborah Maddux, Van Dermyden Maddux

Session 7: Hot Topics in Law Enforcement: A View from the Trenches

This panel will focus on current developments and legal issues impacting peace officers and the attorneys who represent them. Our experts will address the labor relations impact of recent national events involving excessive force, incidents where police are targeted, use of body cameras, and investigations.


  • Jeffrey R. A. Edwards, Mastagni Holstedt, APC
  • Alfonso Estrada, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo

Moderator: Stephen A. Mesi, California Department of Justice

2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Keynote Plenary Session

Tony Thurmond(1 Hour MCLE Credit)

Session 8: Keynote Remarks by Assemblymember Tony Thurmond, Chair of the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee

3:40 p.m. - 4:40 p.m.

Reception (Appetizers and No-Host Bar)

4:45 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Essential Information

Claremont Hotel in BerkeleyThe 2017 Public Sector Conference programs and events will be held at the Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont hotel location at 41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley, CA 94705.

Printable Brochure

For your convenience, we've provided a printable brochure that replicates the information on this web page.

Registration Fees

Public Sector Conference registration fees include access to all education programs, materials & continental breakfast and boxed lunch.

Pre-Registration Fees through April 14, 2017

  • $245 Labor & Employment Law Section Members
  • $340 Non-Section Members (includes enrollment in the Labor & Employment Law Section for 2017)

Pre-Registration Fees after April 14 and Onsite -- based on space availability

  • $290 Labor & Employment Law Section Members
  • $385 Non-Section Members (includes enrollment in the Labor & Employment Law Section for 2017)

Pre-Registration Deadline

Pre-registration deadline is Friday, April 14, 2017.

Register Online

You can now REGISTER ONLINE for this program. Online registraiton will close after Friday, April 14, 2017.

Register by Mail or Fax

Print out and complete the Mail / Fax Registration Form and return it with payment by the pre-registration deadline. Make checks payable to The State Bar of California. If paying by fax, VISA/MasterCard only. Note: One registrant per form. Photocopies may be used.

Mail To:

Program Registrations
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Or Fax To: Program Registration at 415-538-2368. VISA/Mastercard only. In order to fax your registration, credit card information is MANDATORY. (Photocopies of checks will NOT be accepted.)

Cancellations / Refunds

Cancellations or refund requests must be received in writing no later than Friday, April 14, 2017 and are subject to a $50 service charge. Substitute registrants are allowed but must register in their own name at the meeting to receive MCLE credit.

On-site Registration

On-site registration is limited and subject to availability. We expect the Conference to sell out, so please register in advance.

Special Assistance / Questions

  • For special assistance please call 415-538-2585.
  • For registration information please call 415-538-2508. Telephone registrations will not be accepted.
  • Dor program content and/or Section information call 415-538-2585.


Self-parking charge for attendees not staying at the Claremont hotel is $19, plus taxes. Valet parking is an additional $10 per day. Hotel guest parking fee is $30 per night.

Public Sector Conference Program Materials

Conference materials will be available online before the Conference and provided on a USB drive onsite. Wi-Fi is not available onsite, and printed materials will not be provided at the Conference. We recommend that you preview the materials when they are posted online, and copy conference materials that you wish to reference during the program to your electronic cevice beforehand.


The State Bar of California and the Labor & Employment Law Section are approved State Bar of California MCLE providers.