UC Berkeley School of Law (via Zoom)
January 27-28, 2022
A US and global comparative examination of sexual harassment in the workplace, focusing on skills for litigators, advisors, investigators, and human resource professionals.
When & Where:
Thursday, January 27 and Friday, January 28, 2022
Virtual UC Berkeley School of Law
Who should attend:
Litigators, advisors, investigators, and human resource professionals, and others who work on the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace.
For attorneys, this course will be approved for up to 10 hours of California MCLE credit.
Regular Program Rate:
- University of California graduates
- Members and supporters of our partner bar associations
- Employees of government or non-profit organizations
- Persons who are unemployed
- Register before January 1st, 2022, and receive a discount on registration
The fees cover access to materials that will be distributed in an electronic format.
All fees are quoted in US dollars.
For further information and inquiries on group rates, contact David Oppenheimer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cory M. Amron (she/her/hers)
- President, Women’s Lawyers on Guard
Recently retired as an intellectual property partner from Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, Cory Amron was head of the IP practice group at Vorys, is a graduate of Harvard Law School and lives in Arlington VA. She has actively worked on women’s and diversity issues as well as education of the public on the law and legal issues throughout her nearly 40 year legal career.
She was the second Chair of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, a member of the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence, the MacCrate Task Force on Law Schools and the Profession, ABA President’s Advisory Council on Diversity, the Standing Committee on Public Education and a recent Chair of the ABA Gavel Awards Committee. She is a Past Chair of the American Bar Foundation Fellows, D.C. Chapter and has held numerous positions in the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia. She was named a Star of the Bar by the WBA in 2003 and received the WBA’s Women Lawyer of the Year Award in 2004.
Robin Banks (she/her/hers)
- Barrister & Solicitor, PhD Candidate, University of Tasmania
Robin holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of NSW (1999). In 2000 she was admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor in the Supreme Court of NSW and the High Court of Australia.
Robin grew up in Tasmania and has worked in government, private and not-for-profit legal roles, including most recently as Tasmania’s Anti-Discrimination Commissioner (2010-17). Immediately before returning to Tasmania to take up this statutory appointment, Robin held the position of CEO of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (NSW) and Director of the Public Interest Law Clearing House (NSW). Robin worked for a year with the Canadian Human Rights Commission (1999-2000) and was a lawyer then Senior Associate with the Sydney law firm, Henry Davis York (2000-2005). Robin has been involved in a broad range of human rights advocacy activities and has a strong background in disability rights in particular.
Tammy Bennett (she/her/hers)
- Partner, Dinsmore
Tammy is an experienced employment attorney who focuses her practice on preventive strategies, Title VII compliance and equity, diversity, and inclusion training and consulting. She is also the chief equity and inclusion officer of the firm. In this key role, she serves as a trusted adviser to leadership in the design, implementation, and management of the firm’s equity, diversity, and inclusion programs and initiatives.
Gretchen Carlson (she/her/hers)
- Co-founder, Lift Our Voices
Gretchen Carlson is a fierce, fearless and internationally recognized advocate for women’s rights, whose bold actions against Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes helped pave the way for the global #MeToo movement. A former CBS News and Fox News journalist, author, TED talk alum, and champion for workplace equality, Carlson was named one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World”. She’s a PEOPLE TV special contributor and host of the new daily news podcast “Get The News With Gretchen Carlson” on Quake Media. Carlson is the author of the New York Times bestseller “Be Fierce” and “Getting Real,” and recently co-founded the non-profit Lift Our Voices to end the silencing of harassment victims through forced arbitration and non-disclosure agreements. Carlson’s story of harassment and retaliation at Fox News has garnered international attention, including the Showtime mini-series “The Loudest Voice” and movie “Bombshell.”
Since 2017, she’s worked with a bi-partisan coalition of legislators in Congress to introduce and advocate for the “Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Act.”. The bill was recently reintroduced and passed both the Senate and House Judiciary Committees.
Erwin Chemerinsky (he/him/his)
- Dean, Berkeley Law
Erwin Chemerinsky became the 13th Dean of Berkeley Law on July 1, 2017, when he joined the faculty as the Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law.
Prior to assuming this position, from 2008-2017, he was the founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law, at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. Before that, he was the Alston and Bird Professor of Law and Political Science at Duke University from 2004-2008, and from 1983-2004 was a professor at the University of Southern California Law School, including as the Sydney M. Irmas Professor of Public Interest Law, Legal Ethics, and Political Science. From 1980-1983, he was an assistant professor at DePaul College of Law.
Sara Church Reese (she/her/hers)
- Principal, SCR Investigations Inc.
Sara Church Reese is a San Francisco Bay Area-based employment attorney whose practice focuses on workplace investigations. In addition to conducting investigations, she advises employers on effective investigation policies and procedures, and designs and delivers training to Human Resources personnel on how to perform internal investigations and how to prevent sexual harassment.
Before focusing her practice on workplace investigations, Ms. Reese spent her career as a civil litigator and employment law advisor, both as outside counsel (most recently at Gordon & Rees, Scully Mansukhani LLP) and in-house counsel, including at Macy’s Inc., where her role included initiatives to prevent and redress discrimination and harassment.
Ms. Reese is the co-author, with The Hon. Kimberly A. Gaab, of Civil Procedure Before Trial: Claims and Defenses (The Rutter Group), and Chairs the Editorial Board of the blog of Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law.
Ms. Reese graduated from Berkeley Law in 1982 and received a B.A. degree in political science from U.C. Davis, where she graduated with highest honors, received departmental honors, and was elected to membership in Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Beta Kappa. She spent her third year of law school at Yale University School of Law and served as a law clerk to United States District Judge Warren W. Eginton.
Yohance C. Edwards (he/him/his)
- Director of Workplace Relations, United States Courts for the Ninth Circuit
Yohance Edwards joined the Ninth Circuit on January 7, 2019, as the Director of Workplace Relations. Prior to his appointment as the first Director of Workplace Relations in the federal judiciary, Mr. Edwards was the Associate Director and Deputy Title IX Officer in the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination at the University of California, Berkeley.
At UC Berkeley, he oversaw the process for resolving complaints of discrimination and harassment based on race, color, national origin, age, gender, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity, including allegations of sexual harassment. He also conducted trainings on the university’s harassment and nondiscrimination policies and procedures and helped coordinate campus compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
Deb Eerkes (she/her/hers)
- Director, Student Conduct & Accountability, University of Alberta
Deborah Eerkes is the Director of Student Conduct and Accountability at the University of Alberta, and is one of the University’s two Discipline Officers making decisions under the Code of Student Behaviour. In that role, she makes findings and issues written decisions with sanctions up to and including expulsion from the institution. As a decision-maker, she is responsible for ensuring procedural and substantive fairness throughout the process. In addition, she develops non-disciplinary accountability mechanisms that are proportionate and appropriate to the conduct at issue. In 2011, she designed and implemented a Restorative Justice program to address behaviour in the University Residence community. In addition to her work at the University, she is a member of the Response, Investigation & Adjudication Working Group for Courage to Act – a framework for preventing and addressing gender-based violence at post-secondary institutions, funded by the department of Women and Gender Equality, Government of Canada.
Noreen Farrell (she/her/hers)
- Executive Director, Equal Rights Advocates
Noreen Farrell is the Executive Director of Equal Rights Advocates, one of the nation’s leading legal non-profits advocating for women and girls at work and school. Noreen has been named a top Legal Innovator and Top Women Leaders in Law (by The Recorder) and one of the Top 100 Women Lawyers in California and Top Employment Lawyers in California (by the Daily Journal). She has led ERA’s impact litigation and policy efforts to eradicate sex discrimination (previously as ERA’s Legal Director and as its Executive Director since April 2012). She has served as counsel in numerous successful individual and class actions, including on behalf of female students, janitors, retail workers, lawyers, restaurant workers, tradeswomen, educators, and casino workers. Noreen speaks extensively across the country and has published widely on civil rights matters. She is considered a national leader in a variety of gender justice issues, including Title IX protection of students from sex discrimination, fair pay, sexual harassment, workplace leave and accommodation, and the protection of caregivers from discrimination at work.
Jeremy Fogel (he/him/his)
- Executive Director, Berkeley Judicial Institute, Berkeley Law School
On September 17, 2018, Judge Jeremy Fogel became the first Executive Director of the Berkeley Judicial Institute, a center at Berkeley Law School whose mission is to build bridges between judges and academics and to promote an ethical, resilient and independent judiciary. Prior to his appointment at Berkeley, he served as Director of the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, DC (2011-2018), as a United States District Judge for the Northern District of California (1998-2011), and as a judge of the Santa Clara County Superior (1986-1998) and Municipal (1981-1986) Courts. He was the founding Directing Attorney of the Mental Health Advocacy Project from 1978 to 1981.
Judge Fogel has served as a faculty member for the Federal Judicial Center since 2002 and was a lecturer at Stanford Law School from 2003 until his relocation to Washington. He taught for the California Continuing Judicial Studies Program and California Judicial College from 1987 to 2010 and has served as a faculty member for legal exchanges in more than a dozen foreign countries. He received his B.A. from Stanford University in 1971 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1974.
Gabrielle Friedman (she/her/hers)
- Partner, Lankler Siffert & Wohl LLP
Gabi represents U.S. and international clients in matters ranging from transnational corporate and governmental investigations and prosecutions to complex civil and regulatory matters, often with a cross-border dimension. She has obtained favorable results for clients in a wide variety of cases, including matters raising issues of corporate and securities fraud, accounting fraud, criminal antitrust law, employment discrimination, entertainment and art law, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Gabi is ranked by Chambers USA in Litigation: White Collar Crime and Government Investigations, and has served on the Ethics Committee of the New York City Bar Association.
Gabi’s practice has a strong focus on pre-indictment advocacy, and in many cases her clients avoid charges altogether. Gabi also represents lawyers facing alleged ethics violations or other forms of potential professional misconduct. Her matters have involved investigative authorities such as various United States Attorney’s Offices and state prosecutors offices, units of the Department of Justice including the Fraud Section, the FCPA Unit, the Antitrust Division and the Tax Division, and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Jane Goodman-Delahunty (she/her/hers)
- Professor, University of Newcastle Law School
Jane Goodman-Delahunty, JD., PhD, is a Professor at the University of Newcastle Law School and Member of the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal. In the scientist-practitioner tradition, she conducts empirical studies to promote evidence-based practice. She was an Administrative Judge for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and a mediator with JAMS before commencing an academic career in Australia. Dual-trained in Law and Cognitive Psychology, she has published over 200 scholarly books and articles on fact-finding in civil and criminal cases. Professor Goodman-Delahunty works internationally as a consultant in relation to memory, child and adult sexual assault, and jury behavior.
Hon. Phyllis J. Hamilton (she/her/hers)
- Senior United States District Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of California
Born in Jacksonville, Illinois, Hamilton received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University in 1974 and a Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1976. She was a deputy public defender in the California Office of the Public Defender from 1976 to 1980, and briefly served as a manager of EEO Programs for Farinon Electric Corporation in 1980. She became an administrative judge for the San Francisco Regional Office of the United States Merit Systems Protection Board from 1980 to 1985, and was a court commissioner for the Municipal Court, Oakland-Piedmont-Emeryville Judicial District from 1985 to 1991. From 1991 to 2000, Hamilton was a United States Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
Lindsay Harris (she/her/hers)
- Attorney at Law, West Coast Workplace Investigations
Lindsay Harris is a Berkeley-based attorney with more than a decade of experience focused on conducting independent investigations of claims of harassment, discrimination, and other forms of suspected workplace misconduct. She previously served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Workplace Investigators, where she helped develop its legal ethics training program for attorney-investigators. On behalf of international NGO’s, Lindsay also has led human rights investigations focused on women’s and children’s rights, and served as a gender and law consultant on discrimination affecting women in conflict and post-conflict situations. She currently serves as an advisory board member to the Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law, where she is also a guest lecturer in its Multi-University Comparative Equality Law Course. Lindsay can be reached at email@example.com.
Hon. Hannah-Beth Jackson (she/her/hers)
- former State Senator, Chair of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary
Hannah-Beth Jackson is a former California State Senator (2012-2020), practicing attorney, educator and small business owner. Named one of 11 women “blazing new trails in American politics” by the Huffington Post and the “State Senator shifting California’s workplace culture” by the New York Times, she is a nationally recognized champion for women’s equality, the environment, internet privacy, and more.
Tracey A. Kennedy (she/her/hers)
- Partner, Sheppard Mullin
Ms. Kennedy is responsible for all aspects of employment litigation matters on behalf of employers and management.
An experienced trial attorney, she has tried to verdict in state and federal court employment matters such as age, race, sex and disability discrimination, sexual and racial harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination. Ms. Kennedy has also tried to verdict wage and hour class actions. Ms. Kennedy provides preventive counseling to clients concerning personnel and employment matters. Ms. Kennedy has lectured state-wide on personnel practices, employment discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, and wrongful termination.
Ms. Kennedy also has experience in labor issues such as union organizing, labor negotiations, and labor arbitrations.
Farrah Khan (she/her/hers)
- Project Co-Director, Courage to Act
Farrah Safia Khan has spent over two decades raising awareness about the intersections of gender-based violence and equity through education, policy, art creation and advocacy. She is the founder of and Executive Director of Possibility Seeds, a member of the Government of Canada’s Advisory Council on the Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence and the Manager of Consent Comes First at Ryerson University. Farrah is co-founder of innovative community projects including Use The Right Words: Media Reporting on Sexual Violence and Director of Courage to Act, the first national project of its kind to address and prevent gender-based violence on post-secondary campuses in Canada. She regularly contributes to international media with her expertise in addressing gender-based violence and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Toronto Community Foundation’s Vital People Award. In 2018 Farrah was appointed to the Gender Equality Advisory Council for the G7 Summit. At the Summit, Farrah addressed an audience of world leaders insisting that any discussion about a thriving, sustainable and peaceful world is not possible without taking concrete action on gender equity.
Kurt Kraiger (he/him/his)
- Chair, Department of Management, University of Memphis
Kurt Kraiger received his PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from The Ohio State University. He is currently the Chair of the Management Department and Interim Associate Dean in the College of Business at the University of Memphis. He has conducted research in and consulted on workplace training for over 30 years.
David Lowe (he/him/his)
- Partner, Rudy Exelrod Zieff & Lowe LLP
David joined the Firm in 1996 and brings extensive trial and negotiation experience to every client engagement. Thoughtful reflection and integrity guide his client advocacy: whether helping a sexual harassment survivor share her story in a highly publicized court case or guiding a start-up founder through a confidential private equity buyout.
David represents C-level executives, founders, and partners in a wide range of tech economy and other fields, including life sciences, a.i., finance, and entertainment. He has developed valuable experience negotiating with—and, when necessary, going to trial against—the world’s largest and best- known public and private companies, as well as prominent private equity and venture capital firms. He also passionately represents employees, including low wage workers, who have been discriminated or retaliated against, harassed, wrongfully terminated, or denied fair pay for their work. In addition to representing clients, David serves as a neutral mediator, with a highly successful record of assisting parties to resolve their disputes.
Eli Makus (he/him/his)
- Senior Managing Partner, Van Dermyden Makus Law Corporation
Eli Makus is the Senior Managing Partner with Van Dermyden Makus Law Corporation. Eli has focused on helping resolve employment disputes throughout his legal career. After litigating disputes for many years and working as in-house employment counsel, his practice now focuses on conducting impartial investigations.
Latika Malkani (she/her/hers)
- Partner, Siegel LeWitter Malkani
Latika Malkani joined Siegel LeWitter Malkani in 1996, and since then has fought to preserve and enforce the rights of women and men working in a variety of professions. Latika’s advocacy has included tireless representation of employees seeking justice and improved conditions in the workplace. Latika has a proven record of successful results, and has helped hundreds of employees establish better working conditions, negotiate severance and post-separation packages, as well as obtain fair and just compensation through enforcement of state and federal laws. Latika believes that no employee should be made to suffer inequality or humiliation in order to earn a living, and she perseveres until her clients win positive changes and adequate relief.
Ann McGinley (she/her/hers)
- William S. Boyd Professor of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Boyd School of Law
Ann C. McGinley is the William S. Boyd Professor of Law and the Co-Director of the Workplace Law Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Boyd School of Law. An internationally known scholar in employment discrimination and disability law, McGinley is a leader in Multidimensional Masculinities Theory, an emerging discipline that applies masculinities theory from social sciences to legal interpretation. McGinley has published numerous books and nearly seventy law review articles and book chapters. Professor McGinley has lectured nationwide, including at the law schools at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and Boston Universities, and the University of Southern California. She is a Visiting Professor at the University of Adolfo Ibañez in Santiago, Chile, where she lectures annually in Spanish about U.S. employment discrimination law. She has also lectured on American Tort Law in Como, Italy, and Madrid, Spain and on masculinities, policing and employment discrimination law at Tel Aviv University in Israel.
Rudy Mendoza Denton (he/him/his)
- Professor, U.C. Berkeley School of Psychology
Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton is professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. Childhood experiences living in Mexico, the U.S., Ivory Coast, and Thailand cemented an early interest in cultural differences and intergroup relations. He received his BA from Yale University and his PhD from Columbia University. Mendoza-Denton’s professional work covers stereotyping and prejudice from the perspective of both target and perceiver, intergroup relations, as well as how these processes influence educational outcomes. He is the recipient of the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence, the University-wide Distinguished Teaching Award, as well as the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professorship in the Social Sciences.
Amelia Miazad (she/her/hers)
- Professor and Director and Senior Research Fellow, Business in Society Institute, Berkeley Law
Amelia Miazad is an expert in sustainable capitalism and founded and leads the Business in Society Institute at Berkeley Law. The Institute’s mission is to define and advance a legal and policy agenda that encourages companies to account for stakeholders and the environment.
Amelia teaches several courses at the intersection of stakeholder capitalism and corporate governance including: Introduction to Sustainable Capitalism & ESG, Business in Society Seminar, Corporations in Crisis, Social Enterprise Law, and Business and Human Rights. In addition to her in-residence teaching at Berkeley Law, Amelia has designed and teaches several executive education courses for C-Suite executives and board members around the world.
Beth W. Mora (she/her/hers)
- Attorney, Mora Employment Law
Beth W. Mora, Esq. of Mora Employment Law is a passionate and accomplished advocate for individuals facing a wide range of employment law issues.
Beth regularly engages in public speaking and publications consistent with her advocacy as well as has been quoted in legal journals, including Bloomberg Law, Daily Journal, and Law 360 on issues impacting employees and the legal community.
Beth’s current volunteer activities include: Executive Committee of the California Lawyers Association Labor & Employment Law Section, where she also serves as an Editor-in-Chief for Law Review and Vice Chair of the Education Committee; Co-Chair of Committee on Elimination of Bias in the Judiciary for California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), where she is also as member of the CELA Legislative Committee and Women’s Committee; Board of Director for Skate Like a Girl; Board of Director for Emerge California; and, Co-Lead for Legal Aid at Work’s (LAAW) Workers’ Rights Clinic in Antioch.
From the courthouse to the boardroom, Beth is a committed advocate for her clients and community. For a detailed listing of Beth’s volunteer efforts, publications, and presentations, please see her firm website at www.moraemploymentlaw.com.
Wendy Musell (she/her/hers)
- Of Counsel, Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams LLP
Wendy Musell is a “Of Counsel” to Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams LLP. She is also a partner of Law Offices of Wendy Musell. Ms. Musell has made a career of holding employers accountable when they violate worker’s civil rights. Since 1999, she has dedicated herself to representing employees in wage theft, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and whistleblower actions. She is a recognized expert in representing federal, state and other public employees, including many high-profile whistleblowers who have called out government corruption.
Wendy is a recognized leader in California representing employees and their interests, including serving as a member of the board and past President of the California Employment Lawyers Association. CELA is a statewide organization of over 1,200 California attorneys who devote the major portion of their practices to representing employees in individual employment cases and class actions. Wendy remains very active in legislative and education efforts on behalf of workers. In 2018, Wendy was honored, along with four other colleagues, with the “Strike Force 5” award for their initiative in pressing for sweeping legislative change to California’s sexual harassment laws.
Ann Noel (she/her/hers)
- Co-Director, Berkeley Center's Sexual Harassment/Violence Working Group
Ann M. Noel is the Co-Director of the Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law’s Sexual Harassment/Violence Working Group, organizing international conferences on the topic, and working with international partners to develop suggested model laws and practices regarding harassment. She is a Co-editor of the Berkeley Center’s book, The Globalization of the #MeToo Movement, published in 2020 (www.globalmetoobook.com), which describes the #MeToo movement worldwide, and suggests techniques to combat harassment.
Ms. Noel is the founder of Noel Workplace Consulting, specializing in legal advice and training on California and federal employment law compliance, especially sexual harassment prevention, disability and leave laws. Through the end of 2012, Ms. Noel was the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission’s Executive and Legal Affairs Secretary, serving as its General Counsel, crafting California’s regulations on mandatory sexual harassment training, disability and pregnancy discrimination, and its chief administrative law judge, adjudicating employment, housing and public accommodation cases.
Ms. Noel has written extensively about employment and housing discrimination law, writing and editing practice guides on fair employment, fair housing, the Violence Against Women Act, and hate crimes.
Ms. Noel has taught employment discrimination law at New College School of Law in San Francisco. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the University of California at Davis School of Law.
Denise Oldham (she/her/hers)
- Former Director and Title IX Officer, Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination UC Berkeley
Denise Watkins Oldham is the Co-Director of the Sexual Harassment and Violence Working Group of the Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law, an academic center at Berkeley Law School. Formed in 2017, the Center’s Sexual
Harassment and Violence Working Group has held international conferences on gender-based harassment law, written a book on The Global #MeToo Movement, and is now developing toolkits on workplace harassment investigations and other practical materials, and advising colleagues around the world on developing new and more effective policies prohibiting sexual harassment and violence in educational institutions and workplaces.
Before retiring from the University of California, Berkeley in July, 2020, Denise served as the Director of the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD). In this role she oversaw civil rights compliance programs for the entire campus. As Title IX Officer, Denise also directed compliance programs for sex/gender discrimination, sexual harassment and violence, pregnancy discrimination and athletics gender equity. Her complaint resolution portfolio included both formal investigation as
well as informal resolution. She ensured that required educational programs for students, staff and faculty were developed and disseminated in compliance with UC policy and state and federal requirements.
Prior to joining OPHD in 2004, Denise managed the UC Berkeley’s Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity compliance Program in the office of Staff Equity and Diversity Services at UC Berkeley. Prior to joining the University of California, Denise spent 5 years at Price Waterhouse as an international management consultant in Europe, Africa,Central and South America and the U.S. She received her Bachelor’s degree from UCLA and a graduate certificate from Georgetown University. She also has substantial training and experience as a facilitator and mediator.
Amy Oppenheimer (she/her/hers)
- Managing Partner, Oppenheimer Investigations Group LLP
Amy is a leading expert in the field of workplace investigations. She has more than 40 years of experience in employment law, as an attorney, investigator, arbitrator, mediator and trainer. She has worked with and for a large range of employers and employees – public and private, large and small – throughout the country. She is also a retired administrative law judge.
Her areas of expertise include preventing workplace harassment and responding to allegations of harassment, investigating workplace harassment, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower claims, diversity in the workplace, how unconscious bias impacts decision-making and other forms of workplace misconduct. Amy frequently does public speaking on these issues.
- Founder and Principal of Earthseed
Ifeoma Ozoma is the Founder and Principal of Earthseed, a consulting firm advising individuals, organizations, and companies on the issues of tech accountability, public policy, health misinformation, and related communications. She is a tech policy expert with experience leading global public policy partnerships, public policy-related content safety development, and US Federal, State, and International policymaker engagement at Pinterest, Facebook, and Google.
Ifeoma is a co-sponsor of the Silenced No More Act. This legislation, authored by CA State Senator Connie Leyva, will allow every individual in California to share information about discrimination or harassment they have faced on the job, even after signing an NDA. Additional projects Ifeoma has taken on include: leading research and an initiative funded by Omidyar Network that will provide tech whistleblowers with needed resources; leading a project funded by the Minderoo Foundation Frontier Tech Initiative to engage shareholders on worker protections; serving as a juror on the Google News Initiative Covid-19 Vaccine Counter-Misinformation Open Fund; advising a UN agency on coronavirus vaccine messaging and vaccine misinformation management; serving on the Selection Committee of the University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public’s Award for Excellence; and advising large nonprofit organizations on addressing misinformation and engagement with large tech platforms.
Ifeoma’s health misinformation initiatives have been lauded by the World Health Organization, the Washington Post’s Editorial Board, and the New York Times. Ifeoma received the Healthy Corporate Citizen Award for extraordinary commitment to addressing the determinants of health from the Public Health Association of British Columbia in 2019. In 2020, she presented at The National Academies of Sciences Health Misinformation Symposium and regularly presents her work in global gatherings from Geneva to Singapore.
Originally from Anchorage, AK, Ifeoma is an ardent outdoors enthusiast as well as a nature photographer. She received a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University.
Elizabeth K. Peck (she/her/hers)
- Interim Clerkship Director, Yale Law School
Liz Peck is Yale Law School’s Interim Clerkship Director and served as Assistant Dean for Judicial Engagement for over six years at Cornell Law School prior to joining the YLS administration in 2021. She has nearly a quarter century of experience advising law students and graduates on their career growth in all areas of legal practice. In addition, Liz’s experience as a law clerk in the Alaska state courts and an associate at Perkins Coie enhances her work as a legal career-development professional. Liz earned her J.D. from the Duke University School of Law in 1994 and graduated from Tufts University, magna cum laude, with a B.A. in Economics and International Relations in 1991.
Corrine Propas Parver (she/her/hers)
- Vice President, Women Lawyers On Guard Action Network
Initially trained as a physical therapist (B.PT., McGill University), Corrine Propas Parver practiced that profession for fifteen years prior to completing her legal education at American University Washington College of Law (cum laude) in 1982, where she was an Assistant Editor of The Law Review. A distinguished legal career focused primarily on health law has followed, including her having served as a health care associate attorney; in-house counsel at a professional organization; Director, Vice-President, and later President & CEO of a national health care trade association; and partner and head of the Health Law Services Practice at the Washington, D.C., law firm Dickstein Shapiro. After retiring from the law firm in 2004, she designed the health law specialization for the law school’s LL.M. Program on Law and Government, and expanded the health law curriculum so that AU Washington College of Law now offers from 15-20 health law-related courses each academic year, including the annual summer Health Law and Policy Institute, which she established in 2008.
Melanie Randall (she/her/hers)
- Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario in London
Melanie Randall is a professor at the Faculty of Law of University of Western Ontario. She held the Scotiabank Professorship with the Centre for Research on Violence Against Women and Children, at the University of Western Ontario from 1999-2004. Her current teaching and research interests are in the areas of sex discrimination and legal theory. Her publications include articles on the issue of women’s autonomy rights, and on sexual violence in women’s lives, including state accountability for responding to and remedying this violence, particularly through law.
- Founding Partner, Renne Public Law Group
Louise Renne is a founding partner of Renne Public Law Group, and was previously a founding partner of Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai Public Law Group. She leads the firm’s public interest litigation. Ms. Renne pioneered the model of public interest plaintiff coalitions comprised of government agencies, individuals, and non-profit organizations during her 16-year tenure as San Francisco City Attorney. She is known for transforming the traditionally defense-oriented practice of municipal law by creating an affirmative litigation program that won significant victories for cities and counties in California. As a nationally recognized and respected leader in municipal law, she often testifies before federal, state, and other governmental bodies. She is also frequently requested to conduct impartial investigations for local public agencies in high-profile cases.
- Executive VP, Development Dimensions International, Inc. (DDI)
Doug Reynolds is Executive Vice President of Innovation and Technology at Development Dimensions International (DDI), where his department develops and implements software-based assessment and learning products for leaders in large organizations. His consulting work has focused on the implementation of assessment for executive and leadership evaluation. Doug has published and presented frequently on topics related to the intersection of I-O psychology and technology. He co-edited Next Generation Technology-Enhanced Assessment and the Handbook of Workplace Assessment, and coauthored Online Recruiting and Selection. Dr. Reynolds is a Past President of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (2012-2013).
Julie Roginsky (she/her/hers)
- Co-founder, Lift Our Voices
Political activist and advocate Julie Roginsky has long been an outspoken champion of women’s rights and issues. A nationally recognized political consultant, Roginsky began her career working at a prominent organization dedicated to electing more women to political office. Throughout her career, she has focused her efforts on mentoring and empowering women who seek to become engaged in the political process.
Roginsky is a former contributor at CNBC and the Fox News Channel, where she was a frequent co-host of “Outnumbered” and “The Five”. In 2017, she became one of the first women to file a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit against the Fox News Channel and its chairman. Since then, she has fought relentlessly against non-disclosure agreements and other tools that organizations use to silence women from publicly disclosing their experiences with toxic work environments.
Keith Rohman (he/him/his)
- President, Public Interest Investigations, Inc.
Keith Rohman, president and founder of PII, is a recognized expert in all aspects of workplace investigations. Over the past 35 years, the firm’s clients have included prominent public- and private-sector employers who have turned to PII to investigate significant problems with board members, staff, contractors, and other stakeholders.
Rohman is a past president of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI), an international association of more than 1,600 attorneys, human resource professionals, and private investigators who conduct or manage workplace investigations. He is an AWI Certificate Holder (AWI-CH). Rohman also serves as a senior faculty member at AWI’s accredited Training Institute for Workplace Investigators and has conducted trainings throughout the U.S. and Canada. He is an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School, where he has taught investigation in employment and other investigative areas for the past 15 years.
Under Title IX, Rohman has conducted and overseen investigations of sexual assault complaints at numerous colleges, universities, and K-12 districts. He serves as a senior trainer with T9 Mastered Training for Campus Investigators, a program focused Title IX investigations. Additionally, he was an investigator for attorneys in landmark litigation filed on behalf of service women and men sexually assaulted in the U.S. military.
Furaha-Joy Sekai Saungweme (she/her/hers)
- Founder and Regional Coordinator of Africa End Sexual Harassment Initiative (AESHI)
Furaha Joy Sekai Saungweme is a lawyer and the founder of Africa End Sexual Harassment Initiative (AESHI). She is a former Company Secretary as well as a 2019 fellow of Women Leaders for the World, (a project of How Women Lead based in the USA, California) which is a champion for promoting women in leadership globally. She sits on the Editorial Board of the Berkeley University Center on Comparative Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law and is part of the Berkeley COVID-19 Equality Law Working Group. Furaha has written widely on democracy, gender and socio-economic rights in Africa, presenting research papers and discussions at academic institutions in Africa, Europe and the USA.
Colleen Sheppard (she/her/hers)
- Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University
Colleen Sheppard is a Professor at McGill University, Faculty of Law, and former Director of the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. She has an Honours B.A. and LL.B. from the University of Toronto, an LL.M. from Harvard University and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Following her legal studies, she clerked for Chief Justice Dickson at the Supreme Court of Canada and served as a Commissioner on the Quebec Human Rights and Youth Rights Commission from 1991-1996. Her teaching and research focus on human rights law, equality and anti-discrimination law, constitutional law, and feminist legal theory. Selective publications include: DISCRIMINATION STORIES: EXCLUSION, LAW & EVERYDAY LIFE (2021), INCLUSIVE EQUALITY: THE RELATIONAL DIMENSIONS OF SYSTEMIC DISCRIMINATION IN CANADA (2010) & “#MeToo Canada: Toward a Culture of Equality” in Ann M. Noel & David B. Oppenheimer eds., The Global #MeToo Movement (2020), 35-44.
Jessica Ramey Stender (she/her/hers)
- Senior Counsel, Equal Rights Advocates
As Senior Counsel for Workplace Justice & Public Policy, Jessica leads ERA’s policy advocacy with a focus on sexual harassment, pay and pregnancy discrimination and represents workers in employment discrimination cases.
Jessica Co-Chairs the Stronger California Women’s Agenda, a statewide network of organizations and coalitions advancing policy reform to improve the economic security of women and families in California.
She is Co-Chair of the Women’s Rights Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section on Civil Rights and Social Justice and Co-Chair of the Policy Committee of the National Taskforce on Tradeswomen Issues, and is a member of the Policy Committee of the national Equal Pay Today campaign.
Elizabeth "Liz" Tippett (she/her/hers)
- Professor, University of Oregon Law School
Professor Tippett’s research examines employment practices, consumer decision-making, and the intersection of law and technology. Her research has been published in the Minnesota Law Review, the Yale Journal of Law and Technology, the Berkeley Journal of Labor and Employment Law, and the American Business Law Journal, among others, with forthcoming work to appear in the Arizona Law Review and Texas Law Review. She is currently working on a monograph about the history of employment law, under contract with the University of California Press.
Before joining the faculty, Professor Tippett practiced employment law at the Silicon Valley based law firm, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Professor Tippett graduated from Harvard Law School in 2006 and Harvard College in 2002. As a student, she spent several years working for the late Professor Roger Fisher, co-author of ‘Getting to Yes.’
Mark Tuft (he/him/his)
- Partner, Cooper White & Cooper LLP
Mark L. Tuft is a Certified Legal Malpractice Specialist (California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization) and a litigation partner with Cooper, White & Cooper LLP. He serves as outside counsel to lawyers, law firms, and public and private organizations on professional responsibility and professional liability matters, including law firm mergers and dissolutions, conflicts of interests, attorney sanctions and State Bar admission and disciplinary matters. He also acts as an expert witness and consultant in these matters. His practice includes legal malpractice defense, media law and related first amendment litigation. He also serves as an arbitrator and mediator in lawyer-client and law firm disputes.
Sue Ann Van Dermyden (she/her/hers)
- Founding and Senior Partner, Van Dermyden Makus Law Corporation
Sue Ann Van Dermyden, JD, AWI-CH, is a founding and senior partner of Van Dermyden Makus Law Corporation. Sue Ann began as an employment litigator in 1993. Since 2006, her practice focuses on conducting workplace and Title IX investigations. She also provides expert witness testimony on employment matters; and, conducts interactive and entertaining training seminars. Sue Ann is an educator, serving as adjunct Professor at McGeorge School of Law teaching workplace investigations. Sue Ann is also a shareholder and faculty of T9 Mastered, a training company focused on educating Title IX sexual assault investigators.
Allison West (she/her/hers)
- Attorney, Employment Practices Specialists
Allison West is an employment attorney by background and for over 20 years has assisted companies in creating a safe and respectful company culture.
She focuses her practice on delivering customized workplace training, conducting workplace investigations; coaching executives/managers concerning performance or disciplinary issues; and serves as an expert witness. Allison also specializes in using her mediation skills to help individuals and groups to work through conflicts and create more collaborative work environments.
Jamillah Williams (she/her/hers)
- Professor, Georgetown Law Center
Professor Williams received her J.D. from Stanford Law School and her Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford. Her research focuses on contemporary bias, the effectiveness of antidiscrimination law, and the capacity of law to promote compliance and social change. More specifically, she uses social psychological theory and empirical analysis to examine the impact of antidiscrimination law on the individuals it was intended to protect. After law school, Dr. Williams worked as an Associate in the Employment Law practice of Paul Hastings, LLP in Chicago, IL where she specialized in conducting privileged diagnostics of employment processes and advising employers on diversity/inclusion programs. Before joining the faculty at Georgetown University Law Center, Williams was a National Science Foundation Fellow and Visiting Scholar at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago, IL.
Justice Rebecca Wiseman (she/her/hers)
- Assoc. Justice, California Court of Appeal
Hon. Rebecca A. Wiseman (Ret.) served as an Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District, for 18 years. She previously served on the Kern County Superior Court and the Bakersfield Municipal Court.
Justice Wiseman is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, School of Law, and has earned an LL.M. degree from the University of Virginia, School of Law. She served on the Board of Directors for the California Judges Association and is past Chair of the California Judges’ Foundation.
She is a coauthor of the The Rutter Group’s California Practice Guide: Employment Litigation. Justice Wiseman is a member of the Temporary Assigned Judges Program and has sat on assignment at the First District Court of Appeal, Division 3, the Sixth District Court of Appeal, and on numerous Central and Northern California trial courts.
Mariko Yoshihara (she/her/hers)
- Legislative Counsel & Policy Director, CA Employment Lawyers Association
Mariko Yoshihara is the Policy Director and Legislative Counsel for the California Employment Lawyers Association. In her role, she leads and organizes legislative efforts to strengthen workers’ rights in California. In 2018, she helped pass comprehensive sexual harassment reform measures, giving California the strongest sexual harassment laws in the nation. She also helped pass the landmark Fair Pay Act in 2015 and subsequent equal pay legislation banning inquiries into prior salary and requiring large employers to submit pay data reports to the state.
Before joining CELA, Mariko interned for the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee, analyzing labor and employment law bills for the California state legislature. She also worked for Assembly Member Swanson and Assembly Member Fuentes as a legislative aide. Mariko graduated cum laude from UC Hastings College of the Law and summa cum laude from San Jose State University where she also played Division I soccer. Mariko serves on the boards of ACLU of Northern California and ACLU California Action. She was also the founding board chair of the Sacramento non-profit, the Center for Workers’ Rights. In her spare time Mariko likes to cook, travel, run and play soccer and volleyball.