ACBA Virtual Labor and Employment 2022 Symposium: Employment Law Issues in a Post-Pandemic World

Employment Attorney, Chris Nepacena, will be speaking at the ACBA’s Labor and Employment Symposium on the COVID in the Workplace, from Theory to Reality: Whistleblowers, Accommodations, and the No-Size-Fits-All Challenge of COVID-19 panel on September 28th.

Please join the ACBA Labor and Employment Section for multiple MCLE programs designed specifically for labor and employment attorneys.


9:00AM–10:30AM – When Remote Employees Work in Another State, Whose Laws Apply?
Speakers: Allison Crow, Jones Day; Jenny Schwartz, Outten & Golden; Hilary Hammell, Law Offices of Hilary Hammell (Moderator)

10:45AM–11:45AM – COVID in the Workplace, from Theory to Reality: Whistleblowers, Accommodations, and the No-Size-Fits-All Challenge of COVID-19 
Speakers: Matt Sperling, Addepar; Christopher (Chris) Nepacena, Donahue Fitzgerald; Bobby Shukla, Shukla Law

Throughout lockdown, employers and attorneys wondered at the legal issues COVID-19 might pose once employees returned to the workplace. Now a reality, how has COVID played out in the workplace and in litigation? This panel will feature speakers from a variety of practice backgrounds speaking to their experience in the field, and the ways they have learned to prepare for, prevent, and respond to workplace claims created by COVID-19. Whistleblower actions, accommodations for religious exemptions and workers with disabilities, and industry-specific impacts and approaches will be discussed.

12:00PM-1:00PM – Judges Panel / Lunch 
Speakers: Justice James Lambden, Judge Brad Seligman, Judge Somnath Chatterjee

1:15PM-1:45PM – 2022 Employment Law Legislative & Caselaw Update
Speakers: Kristin Smith, Wood Smith Henning & Berman LLP; Arkady Itkin, Law Office of Arkady Itkin; and Raymond Chavez, Gordon and Rees

2:00PM-3:00PM – Legal Protections, Best Practices, and Emerging Issues for Transgender, Gender Nonconforming and Nonbinary Employees
Speakers: Roberta Steele, Regional Attorney for San Francisco EEOC District Office; Walter Stella, Cozen O’Connor; Riley Hewko, Senior Legal Counsel, Moveon; Caspian Nash, Executive Director, Beyond Binary Legal

3:15PM-4:15PM – The Impact of COVID-19 on Jury Trials and Jury Verdicts   
Speakers: Will Rountree, Bonora Rountree; Maria Bourn, Law Offices of Tanya Gomerman; Mike Laurenson, Gordon & Rees

Post-symposium: Optional in-person social at a location in Oakland!


Additional Speakers

Matt Sperling


Bobby Shukla

Shukla Law

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