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PELA Retreat 2020

  • 24 Aug 2020
  • 28 Aug 2020
  • 4 sessions
  • 24 Aug 2020, 12:00 PM 2:00 PM (MDT)
  • 25 Aug 2020, 12:00 PM 2:00 PM (MDT)
  • 27 Aug 2020, 10:00 AM 5:00 PM (MDT)
  • 28 Aug 2020, 10:00 AM 3:30 PM (MDT)
  • Wherever you have the internet


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The Colorado Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association Retreat is virtual for 2020. But rest assured, we have the same great programming we always do and a fun event on Thursday evening to make up for the lack of in person socializing. The schedule of presentations is complete. Note there is nothing schedule for Wednesday, August 26, but we have 2 hours of presentations on Monday and Tuesday during lunch and fuller days of presentations on Thursday and Friday. Everything is available on-demand after the retreat, so if you cannot attend something live, you can watch it at your convenience. While we may shift these times by a few minutes here or there as we work out the final nuances to a virtual retreat, here is the schedule:

MONDAY, August 24

12:00-12:30 – View from a Legislator

            Rep. Leslie Herod

12:35-2:05 – Radical (and Not-So-Radical) Changes to Federal and Colorado Wage and Hour Law

            Adam Harrison (Sawaya & Miller), Victoria Guzman (CDLE), Scott Moss (CDLE), and John Michael Guevara (Wolf Guevara)

TUESDAY, August 25

12:00-12:25 - Ferreting Out & Exposing Implicit Bias From Intake To Trial

            Chris Houk (Houk Law Firm, Tempe, AZ)

12:30-1:45– Not Throwin’ Away My Shot:  An Overview of Federal Sector Employment Law

            Marisa Williams (Williams & Rhodes) and Euell Thomas (Livelihood Law)

THURSDAY, August 27

10:30-10:40 – Welcome and Introduction

            Ian Kalmanowitz (Cornish & Dell'Olio)

10:40-11:30 – Coronavirus and the ADA

            Brian East (Disability Rights Texas)

11:35-12:25 - Defeating Summary Judgment and Prevailing at Trial in Cases Involving Cat’s Paw Liability

            John Culver (Benezra & Culver)

12:25-1:25 – Lunch On Your Own

1:30-2:20 – New State Employment Laws (COVID Whistleblower Law, Paid Sick Leave, and Other New Laws)

            David Seligman (Towards Justice) and Rachel Ellis (Livelihood Law)

2:20-2:30 – PELA Legislative Program

            Rachel Ellis 

2:35-3:00 – Helpful Things to Include in Scheduling Orders

            Hunter Swain (Swain Law)

3:00-3:25 - Using Both Sides of the Brain to Take Great Depositions

            Diane King (King & Greisen)

4:00-5:30 – Trivia 


10:30-11:20 – Evidentiary Issues on Summary Judgment

            Rita Byrnes Kittle (EEOC)

11:20-11:30 – PELA’s Fellowship Program

            Ariel DeFazio (Sweeney & Bechtold) and Ben Ward (PELA Fellow)

11:35-12:25 – COVID claims through Wrongful Termination in Violation of Public Policy

            Paul Maxon (The Law Office of Paul Maxon)

12:25-1:15 – Lunch Groups Over Zoom

1:15-1:30 – Recent Analysis of Ministerial Exception from Our Lady of Guadalupe School

            Arash Jahanian (The Meyer Law Firm)

1:30-3:00 - Legislative and Caselaw Update

            Joan Bechtold (Sweeney & Bechtold) and Barry Roseman (Roseman Legal)

Are you wondering "where are the ethics credits?" Don't worry, PELA is preparing a 3-4 ethics credit seminar for later this fall.

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