Employment Law Conference

October 2017
Employment Law Conference 2017
Co-sponsored by the Labor & Employment Law of the Colorado Bar Association
Program Highlights:
- Practical Employment Law Tips and Tricks
- Case Law Update
- ETHICS: When Good Lawyers Do Bad Things
- Privacy and Data Protection
- Cybersecurity, Ransomware and Hacking: What to Do When You Get Breached
- New Lawyers Bootcamp – Checklists and Cheat Sheets
- In-House Counsel and Human Resource Professionals
- Inclusiveness and Diversity
- The Blurring Lines in the Workplace
Program Description:
This year, the CBA-CLE Employment Law Conference goes to the mountains! This is the perfect chance to spend a fall weekend in Vail. This year’s program has many topics of interest to you, whether you represent plaintiffs or defendants, whether you are in-house counsel or are with a law firm, whether you are a human resource professional or conduct workplace investigations. Your Program Co-Chairs, Jon Olafson of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP and the team from Colorado Bar Association CLE have put together a spectacular event where you will have the opportunity to see old friends, make new connections, and learn what’s new in the employment law world.
Among the many hot topics available to you in the 5 plenary sessions and 4 tracks are: Cybersecurity, Ransomware and Hacking: What to Do When You Get Breached; The Latest in Workplace Investigations; Implicit Bias in the Employment Law Context; Expectations of Privacy in the Physical and Digital Workplace … and so much more!
United States Magistrate Judge Michael Hegarty will be your “Judge in Residence” – present throughout the Conference to answer any questions you have about the state of employment law today from the perspective of the court.
And don’t miss the Featured Presentation - the Changing Landscapes of Cybersecurity in the 21st Century featuring the Honorable Mary Beth Long, Former Assistant Secretary of Defense
The Honorable Mary Beth Long is co-founder and principal of Global Alliance Advisors, LLC, an international business consulting firm. She is also founder of M B Long & Associates, PLLC, an international legal and advisory firm. From 2007-2009, Ms. Long served as the first woman confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and as Chair of NATO’s High Level Group (HLG), responsible for NATO’s nuclear policy. In her defense department roles, she also acted as Principal Deputy Secretary of Defense on the Middle East, Africa, the Western Hemisphere, Asia, and Southeast Asia; and was the Deputy Secretary of Defense for Counter Narcoterrorism with a budget of over $1 billion. To those credentials, she adds more than a decade of Central Intelligence Agency operational experience (1986–99) on terrorism and other security issues.
After leaving government, Ms. Long founded Metis Solutions LLC. Under her tenure as CEO, the company was recognized in Inc. Magazine’s List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies in 2014, 2015, and 2016 and was featured in Forbes magazine’s Women Business Leaders. Ms. Long advises several Fortune 500 companies on international defense markets. From 2013-2016, she served as a Senior Subject Matter Expert for the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO as well as a Senior International Advisor to the Minister of Defense of Colombia.
Ms. Long has advised several Presidential candidates and appears regularly on Fox News, BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera English and NPR on Middle East issues and the Intelligence Community.  She is a licensed lawyer and, from 1999 until 2004, was an associate specializing in civil litigation matters at Williams & Connolly LLP. Ms. Long travels regularly to the Middle East, Europe, Latin America, and Afghanistan and has offices in Abu Dhabi and Kabul. She is an Honors Graduate of Pennsylvania State University, magna cum laude, and in 2016, Ms. Long received the Distinguished Alumni Award, the University’s highest honor presented to its alumni.  She received her J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law.
All of this in the idyllic setting of Vail in autumn.  Register Now!
Hotel Information:  
Make your hotel reservation early!
Vail Marriott Mountain Resort
715 West Lionshead Circle
Vail, CO 81657
(970) 476-4444
No matter the season, there is no place on earth like Vail. The Vail Valley provides the perfect backdrop to whatever activity you have in mind. Whether it’s hiking, golfing, bicycling, shopping, or eating at a world-class restaurant, the Vail Marriott is your headquarters for planning a perfect mountain getaway.
Rooms are being held for guests of the Employment Law Conference until September 20, 2017.
Room Rates:
Single/Double Occupancy Rates begin at $139 plus daily resort fee and applicable taxes.
To reserve your room online, please go to: https://aws.passkey.com/go/CLEEmploymentLaw2017
Rates will be available 3 days prior to and 3 days after the Event Dates, subject to availability.
CANCELLATIONS: If you are unable to attend, please notify Colorado CLE by September 28, 2017 and we will gladly refund your tuition in full. Cancellations after September 28 will be refunded less a $100 cancellation fee OR you may send someone in your place. Please refer to your booking agreement with the Marriott should you need to cancel or transfer your hotel reservation.

Special Thanks to Our 2017 Employment Law Conference Sponsors!


Colorado Defense Lawyers Association



Bloomberg Law


FindLaw, part of Thomson Reuters

Investigations Law Group, LLC


Judicial Arbitrator Group, Inc.


AB Court Reporting & Video, Inc.



Sponsorships are still available! Please contact Melissa Higham at mhigham@cobar.org for more information.      

6:00 – 7:30pm
Welcome Reception Sponsored by CDLA
Registration Open and Continental Breakfast
Housekeeping Announcements and Introduction of Program Co-Chairs
Heidi Ray, Esq., Program Director, Colorado Bar Association CLE, Denver, CO
Welcome and Introduction
Jon Olafson, Esq., Program Chair, CBA  Labor & Employment Law Section Co-Chair, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, Denver, CO, and Clayton Wire, Esq., CBA Labor & Employment Law Section Co-Chair, Ogborn Mihm, LLP, Denver, CO
Plenary Sessions: TECHNOLOGY
Privacy and Data Protection – What You Need to Know
- Changes to the Regulatory Landscape—How Will Your Firm or Organization be Impacted?  
- How Can You Prepare and What Should You be Doing Now?
- How Should You Advise Clients on Preparing for the Changes?
Presented by Sarah Branam, Esq.
Cybersecurity, Ransomware and Hacking; Data Breaches; What to Do When You Get Breached
Presented by Edward Hopkins, Esq.
Networking Break – Please Visit Your Sponsors!
Changing Landscape of Cybersecurity in the 21st Century
Presented by The Honorable Mary Beth Long, Former Assistant Secretary of Defense
Putting the Technology Pieces Together: A Panel Presentation by the Morning’s Speakers
Presented by Sarah Branam, Esq., Edward Hopkins, Esq., the Honorable Mary Beth Long
12:10 – 1:30pm
Lunch on Your Own
1:30 – 3:10pm
Checklists and Cheat Sheets for Attorneys New to Labor and Employment Law
Tools to Begin Your Practice
Presented by Alice Powers, Esq., and Sarah Parady, Esq.
3:10 – 3:30pm   
Networking Break
1:30 – 2:20pm
The Unique Relationship Between In-House Counsel and Law Firm Attorneys
Presented by Victoria Donovan, Esq.
2:20 – 3:10pm
Circumstances When Employees Are Likely to Pursue Claims, and Fixing Problems Before They Escalate - a Plaintiff Counsel's Perspective
Presented by Robert Truhlar, Esq.
3:10 – 3:30pm
Networking Break – Visit Your Sponsors!
3:30 – 4:20pm
How to Use the Power of ESI to Tell a Story
Forget eDiscovery as you know it! The availability of ESI makes it easier than ever to tell a story and to piece together the facts. Rather than getting lost in your data, imagine the landscape of available data as a series of puzzle pieces that may or may not be for the puzzle you are building. We’ll explore how to find the right puzzle pieces and put them together — and why the notion of thinking that  way will help  refine your discovery efforts and make them much more productive and valuable.
4:20 – 5:10pm
The Latest in Workplace Investigations
Presented by Liz Rita, Esq.
Wine Tasting Reception Sponsored by Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
Plenary Session – Fine-Tuning Your Practice
Welcome Back and Announcements
A Few Words from Colorado Bar Association Leadership
Presented by CBA Executive Director Patrick Flaherty
Employment Law Tips and Tricks
What Works and What Doesn’t from the Perspective of the Bench
Presented by the Honorable United States Magistrate Judge Michael Hegarty
Networking Break – Please Visit Your Sponsors!
Case Law Update
Joan Bechtold, Esq., and Bill Berger, Esq.
ETHICS: When Good Lawyers Do Bad Things
Presented by Christopher Montville, Esq.
12:20 – 1:30pm
Lunch on Your Own – Enjoy Vail!
1:30 – 2:20pm
Taking a Knee
Legal Issues Surrounding Protest and Political Activity in the Workplace.
The Nature of At-will Employment; Colorado’s Lawful Off-duty Conduct Statute; Issues
Presented by Whitney Traylo
2:20 - 3:10pm
ETHICS: Implicit Bias in the Employment Law Context
Presented by Nicholas Haynes, Esq.
3:10 – 3:30pm
Networking Break – Please Visit Your Sponsors!
3:30 - 4:20pm
Title VII Update on Inclusiveness
Presented by Elizabeth Phillips, Esq., and Diane King, Esq.
1:30 – 2:20pm
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding in the Workplace: Litigation, Accommodations, and Advising Employees and Employers
Presented by Benjamin Wick, Esq., and Holly Franson, Esq.
2:20 – 3:10pm
Federal Wage and Hour Issues, Including the 24-Hour Employee
Presented by Martine Wells, Esq., and Brian Gonzales, Esq.
3:10 – 3:30pm
Networking Break – Visit Your Sponsors!
3:30 – 4:20pm
Expectations of Privacy in the Physical and Digital Workplace
Cell Phones, Laptops, Home Computers, Facebook Accounts and Desk Drawers
Presented by Lorrie Ray, Esq., and Elizabeth “Booka” Smith, Esq.
Adjourn – Thank you for Attending This Year's Employment Law Conference!
Location Information
Vail Marriott Mountain Resort
715 West Lionshead Circle
Vail, CO 81657
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Registration Fees
Non Member $449.00
CBA Member $409.00
CBA Labor & Employment Law Section Member $379.00
Paralegal/Legal Support Staff $309.00
CLE ELITE Pass Holder $199.00
Human Resources Professional $409.00
New Lawyer Edge Member $204.50
CLE BASIC Pass Holder $229.00
CDLA Member $379.00
  • General Credits: 14.00
  • Ethics Credits: 2.00
Start Date - End Date
October 05, 2017 - October 07, 2017
Start Time - End Time
8:15 AM - 4:20 PM
Event Location
Vail Marriott Mountain Resort
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