Staying True to Your Roots 2017 CLE

January 26, 2017

Staying True to Your Roots 2017 Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Practising Law Institute, 685 Market Street, Suite 100 in San Francisco

Join your colleagues and friends for the National Lawyers Guild’s 6th Annual Staying True to Your Roots program, a day of inspiring and useful continuing legal education taught by leading advocates in the fields of social justice lawyering and legal work. Register by January 10 for 20% off standard rates of $175 for the day/$35 per hour for members of the NLG and co-sponsoring organizations, or $285 for the day/$55 per hour for non-members. On-site lunch is $15. *No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

9am - Meditation for Legal Professionals. Emily Doskow, an Oakland-based family law attorney, will lead a morning meditation session.

9:30am - 10:30am - Maintaining Competence and Happiness in the Face of Stress and Clients’ Trauma, While Achieving Career Satisfaction. Many attorneys struggle with difficult clients, job satisfaction, and finding balance between their personal and professional lives. Psychologist Galia Schecter and Attorney/Life Coach Heather Mills will discuss how to skillfully and professionally handle stress and pressure from listening to and supporting clients who have endured trauma, and how to create and maintain happiness and success in career goals. (Competence CLE credit.)

10:40am - 11:40am - Sexual Harassment in Progressive Legal Spaces. Despite best intentions, progressive workplaces are not immune from sexual harassment and sexism. Panelists Darci Burrell (Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams LLP), Jessica Stender (Equal Rights Advocates), and Lori Rifkin (Hadsell Stormer & Renick LLP) will discuss both identifying and addressing sexual harassment and sexism in the workplace, particularly as it relates to progressive legal spaces. (Elimination of Bias CLE credit.)

12pm – 1:50pm – Brown Bag Plenary Session - Building a Progressive Movement to Defend and Expand Human and Civil Rights in the Trump Era. Join us for a roundtable discussion with a panel of advocates and community members discussing the role of progressive lawyers in the upcoming struggle against the Trump agenda. Panelists will focus on practical ways to get involved. Kris Hayashi (Transgender Law Center), Cat Brooks (Anti Police-Terror Project/Interim Exec Dir of NLG SF Bay Area Chapter), Elica Vafaie (Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus), Gabriel Haaland (SEIU Local 1021), Derek Schoonmaker (Centro Legal de la Raza), and Angelica Salceda (ACLU of Northern California) will participate, and Nina Farnia, President of the NLG SF Bay Area Chapter, will chair the discussion. (General CLE credit.)

2pm – 3:50pm - Closing Arguments - Perspectives and Tips from the Bench and Litigators. Closing arguments are critical in every trial and hearing. Panelists Theresa Lawless (Lawless & Lawless), Shannan Duggan (Winer, McKenna & Burritt, LLP), and the Honorable Edward M. Chen (Northern District of California) will discuss how to connect with the jury and/or judge, as well as the best ways to fail, in a conversation moderated by Karen Jo Koonan. (General CLE credit.)

4pm – 5pm - Legal Ethics while Using Modern Office and Litigation Technology. Lee Tien of the Electronic Frontier Foundation will discuss the NSA’s continued use of widespread warrantless data collection and what that could mean for social justice lawyers during the Trump administration. Mr. Tien will discuss best practices for using technology while protecting clients’ confidentiality, including encryption tools and the use of cloud-based software. (Ethics CLE credit.)

Co-sponsors include the NLG National Immigration Project, the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (SFTLA), the Alameda County Bar Association (ACBA), the Bay Area CABAL, the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), the Charles Houston Bar Association, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Northern California Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association (ACCTLA), the National Police Accountability Project, and the Iranian American Bar Association (IABA).

We look forward to seeing you there!