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May 2016 Bar Bulletin

Pacific Coast Labor & Employment Law Conference Set for May 19–20

By Nancy Maisano


The Pacific Coast Labor Employment Law Conference features national speakers with multiple perspectives, and includes sessions on the newest issues facing employment and labor lawyers — worker classification under the new “gig” or “on demand” economy; joint employers under the NLRA; handling addiction in the workplace; and transgender issues and practices.

Returning will be popular speakers such as Paul Grossman providing his comprehensive “Essential EEO Update” and Judge Mark Bennett delivering a session on ethics.

The Conference is an outstanding value with a focus on practical information. It also provides excellent networking opportunities; this year there will be a happy hour after the Thursday session. Unlike many CLEs, it’s also fun — and even inspiring. Join us!

Some of the highlights for this year’s topics include:

• “Key Evidentiary Issues in Employment Cases,” by Dana Sullivan, David Symes and the Hon. Mark W. Bennett;

• “Joint Employers Under the Ever-
Expanding NLRA and Beyond: What Every Labor and Employment Law Practitioner Should Know,” by Harry Johnson;

• “Women in Tech: Is There a Silicon Ceiling?” by Kelly Dermody, Lynne C. Hermle and Kieran Snyder; and

• “Transgender Rights: Emerging Issues and Best Practices,” by Carolyn Ladd and Matt Wood.

The Conference will also feature sessions exploring important developments in the ADA, labor law, addiction in the workplace, and intellectual property rights in the employment context. For details and to register, go to www.pacific

Not only is the Pacific Coast Conference a fantastic CLE, but its proceeds fund two summer clerkships in the area of labor and employment law: one for a University of Washington law student and one for a Seattle University law student. Additionally, proceeds from the Conference, as well as donations and a bequest, have endowed the Mary Ellen Krug Scholarship Fund at UW and SU, which provides annual scholarships to law students at each school. Working with the law schools, KCBA’s Labor & Employment Law Section administers the two programs.

We want you to join us. The Labor & Employment Law Section is always looking for new members to expand our ranks. This is an unparalleled opportunity to network with an interesting peer group, to help maintain and strengthen our tradition of exceptional conferences, and to support a program that gives funds to worthy law students.

In short, there is nothing not to like. To join the Section, go to For more information, please contact Section Chair Nancy Maisano at

We look forward to seeing you at the Conference!

Nancy Maisano, of Maisano Mediation, LLC, is a full-time mediator of employment and other commercial disputes, and serves as chair of the King County Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section.

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