Undoing Injustice: A New Era in the Field of Employment Discrimination

July 19, 2012

Employment discrimination, like most other areas of law, is a rapidly evolving field of practice. This 1 hour CLE event will be an opportunity to learn about advances in employment discrimination law from a panel of experts dealing with issues of harassment and discrimination in the workplace on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, or national origin. Whether you are looking for an opportunity to learn about a new area of practice to bring back to your firm or you are merely trying to fulfill your CLE hours requirement by engaging in an interesting, lively discussion of the law, this is the CLE event you want to attend. Speakers to include:

Nelson Chan is Chief Counsel of the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing's (DFEH) Legal Division, which prosecutes cases of employment and housing discrimination throughout California. A member of the Legal Division since 2004 and formerly Associate Chief Counsel in Elk Grove, Mr. Chan is one of the most experienced and longest-serving attorneys in the DFEH. He has successfully prosecuted numerous Department cases, including: DFEH v. Capital Hills ARCO (Johnson) (sexual harassment in employment), $300,000 plus $25,000 civil penalties; DFEH v. City and County of San Francisco (Martin) (employment retaliation) $160,000 and affirmative relief; DFEH v. Alameda County Superior Court (Bolton) (physical disability in employment) $125,000 and affirmative relief; and DFEH v. Nosratian (Helvaci/HRC) (familial status discrimination in housing), $30,000 and affirmative relief.

Prior to joining the DFEH, Mr. Chan was Governor Gray Davis' appointee as: Deputy Secretary of the Global Economic Development Division (GED) of the California Technology, Trade, and Commerce Agency (TTCA); and Director of its Sacramento Regional Office. He also served as State Director of the Small Business Development Center Program (SBDC). Mr. Chan also represented individual and corporate clients in private practice for 16 years. Mr. Chan graduated with honors from the University of California at Davis, with a B.A. degree in political science/public service. He earned his J.D. degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco.

Jean K. Hyams is a founding partner of Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams LLP in Oakland, California. She considers it a privilege to represent people with disabilities, older workers, women, gays and lesbians, whistleblowers, people of color, and other workers in lawsuits seeking vindication for civil rights violations. Jean serves as a member of the executive board of the California Employment Lawyers Association, a mediator through the U.S. District Court's ADR Program, and a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars on employment law and trial practice. Jean has been named by Northern California Super Lawyers as one of the "Top 100 Lawyers in Northern California" every year beginning in 2009. She received her J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law in 1989.

Ilona Turner is Legal Director of Transgender Law Center, the leading national legal organization working to advance the rights of transgender and gender nonconforming people. Transgender Law Center's legal team represented the complainant Mia Macy in Macy v. Holder, which led to the EEOC's groundbreaking decision in April 2012 confirming that transgender people are protected by Title VII’s prohibition of sex discrimination. Ilona previously worked as a staff attorney at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and as the lobbyist for Equality California, where she helped pass legislation that prohibited housing and employment discrimination against transgender people and significantly expanded the rights of domestic partners in California. She has written articles on transgender rights including Sex Stereotyping Per Se: Transgender Employees and Title VII, 95 Cal. L. Rev. 561 (2007), and is the co-author of the annual updates to the chapter Representing Transsexual Clients in the West treatise Sexual Orientation and the Law. She received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.

The event is scheduled for Thursday, July 19, 2012 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. at Golden Gate University, 536 Mission Street, Room 3200, San Francisco, CA 94105. Light refreshments will be provided. Free for law students, $40 for nonmember attorneys, and $15 for National Lawyers Guild members and members of co-sponsoring organizations - no one is turned away for lack of funds. One hour California CLE credit provided. For more information, please contact Ravi at (415) 285-5067, ext. 303 or rangir@uchastings.edu.

This event is sponsored by Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom, Flynn Law Office, Golden Gate University School of Law's Women's Employment Rights Clinic, Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams LLP, National Center for Lesbian Rights, National Lawyers Guild, Transgender Law Center, and University of California Hastings College of the Law's Center for WorkLife Law.