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Developments in Sexual Harassment Law

Friday, February 7, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

On Friday February 7, 2020, the Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law will host a full-day CLE program on Developments in Sexual Harassment Law. Topics will include developments in California sexual harassment law, developments in Title IX law, developments in workplace investigation practice, and developments in the worldwide #MeToo movement. There will be plenty of time for discussion and networking.

Conference Details
Friday, February 7, 2020
8:00am to 6:00pm
Room 105, Berkeley Law

Event cost:

  • Registration: $400 (Early bird rate by December 15, 2019: $375)
  • Berkeley Law alumni and members of our bar association partner organizations: $350 (Early bird rate by December 15, 2019: $325)
  • Non-profit and public employee rate: $250

To register: Click here

MCLE credit:

For attorneys, this course will be approved for up to 7 hours of CLE credit, which will include 1 hour of elimination of bias credit.

Articles, Resources, and Written Materials


8:00        Registration and continental breakfast

8:30        Introductions.  Room 105
                Every participant will be asked to make a 15 second self-introduction

9:00        Panel 1 – Developments in California Sexual Harassment Law and their Impact on Litigation. Room 105


    • Ann Noel, former Chief Counsel, California Fair Employment & Housing Commission; Sexual Harassment Working Group Co-Director, Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law


    • Diane Cafferata, Partner, Quinn Emanuel
    • Scott P. Jang, Principal in the San Francisco office, Jackson Lewis
    • Theodora Lee, Partner, Littler
    • Leslie Levy, Partner, Levy, Vinick, Burrell & Hyams

    • Mariko Yoshihara, Legislative Counsel and Policy Director, California Employment Lawyers Association

10:15     Coffee, tea and networking

10:45     Panel 2 – Developments in Title IX Law. Room 105


    • Suzanne Taylor, Systemwide Title IX Director, University of California Office of the President


    • Eve Fichtner, Partner, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
    • Lauren Groth, Partner, Hutchinson, Black and Cook
    • Maha Ibrahim, Staff Attorney, Equal Rights Advocates
    • Denise Oldham, Title IX Officer and Director, Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination, UC Berkeley
    • John Shields, Senior Research Scientist at ETR, and Managing Director of ETR’s K12T9 Initiative

12:00     Lunch and keynote speech: Room 105

1:00        Panel 3 – Developments in the Worldwide #MeToo Movement: Room 105


    • David B. Oppenheimer, Clinical Professor of Law, Berkeley Law & Director, Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law


    • Professor Shreya Atrey, Oxford (by teleconference, UK, India and intersectionality)
    • Nasrina Bargzie, Advocate for Gender Inclusion in Afghanistan
    • Peter Dunne, Sr. Lecturer, University of Bristol; Associate Member, Garden Court Chambers (by teleconference, UK, sexual orientation and identity, and intersectionality)

    • Naina Kapur, Law Offices of Naina Kapur (India)
    • Professor Karen O’Connell, Senior Lecturer, University of Technology Sydney (by teleconference, Australia)
    • Professor Robin Runge, George Washington University and Solidarity Center, Washington D. C. (ILO specialist)
    • Professor Isabel C. Jaramillo Sierra, Universidad de los Andes (Colombia)
    • Karen Vandekerckhove, Director of Gender Equality Unit, Department of Justice, European Commission

2:15        Coffee, tea and networking

2:45        Panel 4 – Workplace Investigations in the Wake of #MeToo: ROOM 105


    • Amy Oppenheimer, Law Offices of Amy Oppenheimer; Sexual Harassment Working Group Co-Director, Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law


    • Staci Dresher, Partner and Associate General Counsel, The Mintz Group

    • Heather Irwin, Partner, Gordon & Rees
    • Heidi Swartz, Director and Associate General Counsel, Labor & Employment, Facebook
    • Vida Thomas, Partner, Law Offices of Amy Oppenheimer

4:00        Coffee, tea and networking

4:30        Closing Discussion – What did we learn; What’s next? Room 105


5:30        Reception and networking:  Donor Lobby

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Friday, February 7, 2020
8:00 am - 6:00 pm


Law Building, Warren Room

Events are wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, contact the organizer of the event. Advance notice is kindly requested.

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