Employment Law Conference

September 2018
Employment Law Conference 2018
Co-sponsored by the Labor & Employment Law of the Colorado Bar Association  
Program Highlights:
The CBA-CLE Employment Law Conference is returning to Vail for the second year in a row! With its fresh air and outstanding fall colors, Vail is the perfect place to learn, network, and unwind. This year’s program has something for everyone! From human resource professionals, to plaintiff and defense practitioners, to in-house counsel, and public interest and public sector attorneys. Your Program Chair, Clayton Wire of Ogborn Mihm LLP, and the team from Colorado Bar Association CLE, have put together a spectacular event. Join our fantastic faculty for this unparalleled educational opportunity.  Register Now!
- Easiest Catch: Don’t Be Another Fish in the Dark ‘Net
- A Tale of Two Advocates: How Investigation of Employment Claims Differs Among Plaintiff and Defense Lawyers
- Judge’s Panel - Practical Employment Law Tips and Strategies from the Bench
- Digital Forensics – What Exists and How Can You Find It?
- Hide and Seek: A Trade Secret Litigation Primer
- A Complete 2018 Update:
- Colorado State Legislative Update
- Case Law, Federal Law and Regulation Update
- A Fireside Chat with Ralph Torres
- New Lawyer Boot Camp
- Day-to-Day Issues and Challenges in the Workplace (In-House Counsel and Human Resources Professionals)
- Inclusiveness and Diversity
- Litigation
Take the afternoon off! Start the Conference, and the weekend, on the right foot!
Enjoy recreation and relaxation activities on Thursday afternoon before the Welcome Reception begins at 6:00 PM!
- When: Thursday, September 20, 2018, 12:30 PM
- Where: EagleVail Golf Club, 459 Eagle Dr., Avon, CO 81620
- Cost: $69.00
Fee includes: Green fee, cart, range balls, and bag handling fees
- Available Tee Times: 20 (First come, first served. Register today!)
Enjoy a spa treatment any day of the Conference!
- When: Thursday, September 20 – Saturday, September 22, 2018
- Where: Golden Leaf Spa, Vail Marriot Mountain Resort, 715 W. Lionshead Circle., Vail, CO, 81657
- Cost: Conference participants will receive a 15% discount on all a la carte massage and facial treatments. Participants can also receive a 10% discount on all a la carte nail services. Discounts are only valid on a la carte treatments and are not valid with any other offers, packages, or upgrades.  
- Appointments: Call Golden Leaf Spa to make a reservation (1-970-479-5004) and mention that you are a CBA-CLE Employment Law Conference participant!
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 5, 2018, or until the Room block is full.
Room Rates:
Single/Double Occupancy Rates begin at $145 plus daily resort fee and applicable taxes.
To reserve your room online, please go to:
Rates will be available 3 days prior to and 3 days after the Event Dates, subject to availability.
Valet parking is available to all attendees at $20 per 24-hour period.
CANCELLATIONS: If you are unable to attend, please notify CBA-CLE by September 13, 2018 and we will gladly refund your tuition in full. Cancellations after September 13 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.



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September 20, 2018
6:00 - 7:30 PM
Welcome Reception
September 21, 2018
7:30 AM
Registration Open and Continental Breakfast
8:15 AM
Housekeeping Announcements and Introduction of Program Chair
Heidi Ray, Esq., Assistant Executive Director, Colorado Bar Association CLE
8:20 AM
Welcome and Introduction
Clayton E. Wire, Esq.,Program Chair, CBA Labor & Employment Law Section Co-Chair, Ogborn Mihm, LLP
Matthew C. Cooper, Esq., CBA Labor & Employment Law Section Co-Chair, Squire Patton Boggs LLP
Plenary Sessions
Employment Law 2018: Headlines and Highlights
8:30 AM
Navigating the Information Age:  Protecting Your Information and Maintaining Security Awareness
You've read the headlines. Unfortunately, the question now is not if your information is going to be accessed or stolen, but when. To inform the attendees of current developments in the digital underground as well as provide realistic advice for cyber protection, Kyle Loven will be discussing recent high-profile cybercrime events, including website breaches impacting a variety of organizations and sectors. Kyle will discuss particularly dangerous types of threats that might affect individuals involving the Dark Web, phishing, and Wi-Fi attacks.
Presented by Kyle Loven, J.D., National Director, Computer Forensic Services, Minneapolis MN
9:20 AM  
Digital Forensics
Presented by Jack L. Hobaugh Jr., Esq., and Kevin Knierim, Cyopsis
10:10 AM
Networking Break - Please Visit Your Sponsors!
10:30 - 11:30 AM
A Tale of Two Advocates: How Investigation of Employment Claims Differs Among Plaintiff and Defense Lawyers
Presented by Katherine Otto, Esq., and Robert Truhlar, Esq.
11:30 AM -1:30 PM
Lunch on Your Own - Enjoy Vail!
1:30 - 5:10 PM  
Checklists and Cheat Sheets for Attorneys New to Labor and Employment Law
Tools to Begin Your Practice
Presented by Tamera Westerberg, Esq., and  
Mary Jo Lowrey, Esq.
3:10 - 3:30 PM
Networking Break - Please Visit Your Sponsors!
(In-House Counsel and Human Resources Professionals)
1:30 - 2:20 PM  
The Gender Pay Gap: 55 Years After the Equal Pay Act
Presented by Charlotte N. Sweeney, Esq., and Amy L. Miletich, Esq.
2:20 - 3:10 PM  
Employee Drug Use and Abuse:  
A Hypothetical-Based Panel Presentation  
Presented by John Baer, Esq., Pharm.D., Sean R. Gallagher, Esq., and Gary M. Kramer, Esq.
3:10 - 3:30 PM
Networking Break - Please Visit Your Sponsors!
3:30 - 4:20 PM  
Wage and Hour Issues, Including Independent Contractors
Presented by Colleen T. Calandra, Esq., and  
David H. Miller, Esq.
4:20 - 5:10 PM  
Employee Class Actions After Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis
Presented by Alexander Hood, Esq., and David Seligman, Esq.
Wine Tasting Reception
Sponsored by FindLaw
September 22, 2018
Plenary Sessions
Employment Law in Colorado: The Lay of the Land
8:30 AM
Welcome Back and Announcements
8:45 AM  
A Few Words from Colorado Bar Association Leadership
9:00 AM
2018 Colorado State Legislative Update
Presented by Jeremy Schupbach, Director of Legislative Relations
9:30 AM  
Employment Law Tips and Strategies - What Works and What Doesn't from the Perspective of the Bench
- Employment-Specific Case Guidance
- Pre-Trial and Trial Tips
- General Practice and Professional Advice
Presented by Honorable Lance P. Timbreza, Honorable Mark D. Thompson, and Honorable W. Terry Ruckreigle
Moderated by Honorable Harlan R. Bockman (ret.), JAMS
10:30 AM
Networking Break - Please Visit Your Sponsors!
10:45 AM  
2018 Update: Case Law, Federal Laws and Regulations
Presented by Joan Bechtold, Esq., and Bill Berger, Esq.  
11:45 AM
Fireside Chat with Ralph G. Torres, Esq.
Interviewed by LaLonnie Gray, Esq.
12:30 - 12:45 PM
Lunch is Served - Please Collect Your Lunch and Return to the Classroom. Lunch is Included in Your Registration.
12:45- 1:35 PM
Hide and Seek: A Trade Secret Litigation Primer
Presented by Jon Olafson, Esq.
1:35 - 1:50 PM
Post-Lunch Break
1:50 - 2:40 PM  
In a Rapidly-Changing Culture, When Does Appearance Become a Protected Trait?
-- CRCP 2.1
.5 Ethics Credit
Presented by Steven Gutierrez, Esq., and Whitney Traylor, Esq.
2:40 - 3:30 PM
Ageist Stereotyping
Presented by Matthew C. Cooper, Esq., and Rachel Ellis, Esq.
3:30 - 3:45 PM
Networking Break - Please Visit Your Sponsors!
3:45 - 4:35 PM
Broader Perspectives on #MeToo - Thoughts on Hostile Work Environments from Inside and Outside the EEOC
Presented by Iris Halpern, Esq., and Lauren Jaeckel, Esq.
1:50 - 2:40 PM  
Section 1983 Employment Litigation
Presented by Jessica Allen, Esq., and Qusair Mohamedbhai, Esq.
2:40 - 3:30 PM
Preparing For and Taking Depositions
- CRCP 3.3, 3.5, 4.3
1 Ethics Credit  
Presented by Faisal Salahuddin, Esq., and Charles Casteel, Esq.
3:30 - 3:45 PM
Networking Break - Please Visit Your Sponsors!
3:45 - 4:35 PM
Introduction to Federal OSHA Cases
- OSHA record-keeping rules and recent changes
- Hypothetical OSHA citation and case analysis from prosecution and defense perspectives
- OSHA case progression, from “OSHA's at my client's front door” to “My client's OSHA citations are scheduled for trial.”
Presented by Judge Brian A. Duncan (Moderator), U.S. Administrative Law Judge - Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC), Denver Region, Matthew Finnigan, Esq., U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor, Denver Regional Office, and Patrick J. Miller, Esq., Sherman and Howard, L.L.C.
Special thanks to Judge Patrick B. Augustine, First Judge - Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) Denver Region, for his assistance in coordinating this panel.  
4:35 PM
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 $489.00
CBA Member $449.00
CBA Labor & Employment Law Section Member $379.00
CLE ELITE Pass Holder $199.00
Human Resources Professional $449.00
New Lawyer Edge Member $224.50
CLE BASIC Pass Holder $229.00
CDLA Member $449.00
Law Student - Non CBA Member $199.00
Law Student - CBA Member $199.00
  • General Credits: 15.00
  • Ethics Credits: 1.50
Start Date - End Date
September 20, 2018 - September 22, 2018
Start Time - End Time
6:00 PM - 1:40 PM
Event Location
Vail Marriott Mountain Resort
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