2017 Workplace Investigation Basics Seminars


April 13 • Oakland, CA • Marguerite Malloy & Amy Oppenheimer


 April 13 • Los Angeles, CA • Deborah Maddux & Keith Rohman
 September 26 • Atlanta, GA • Britt Mare Cole-Johnson & Cinnamon McLin 
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The seventh annual presentation of this popular, fast-paced, interactive program is designed to introduce the participants to the theory and the practical skills necessary to investigate allegations of employee misconduct. Among other things, you will learn how to: ask effective questions, interview reluctant witnesses, obtain relevant evidence, assess credibility, and arrive at a legally defensible decision. You will also learn how to prepare and utilize all of the necessary documentation during the investigative process. Each attendee will receive program materials containing valuable checklists, forms, and templates that will assist them in carrying out investigations. The seminar runs from 9 am to 4 pm and includes continental breakfast and lunch. 

Members Register $275
Sustaining Members $137.50
Non-Members Register $425

Deborah Maddux (Los Angeles, CA) is a founding principal of Van Dermyden Maddux Law Corporation. She specializes in employment law and human resources management. Her firm heavily focuses on conducting workplace investigations and other neutral work. Ms. Maddux is a licensed California attorney, a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and a certified EEOC investigator. Drawing upon her extensive background, which includes experience as a litigator, advisor to a State Commission, in-house counsel, and now owner and manager of her own firm, Ms. Maddux has provided employment law services throughout California for nearly two decades. Ms. Maddux is a frequent trainer and speaker. She pioneered the interactive computer forensics Pre-Conference session at the 2012 AWI Annual Conference, led the Pre-Conference session at the 2013 AWI Annual Conference, and was on the faculty of the 2012 AWI Training Institute.

Marguerite Malloy (Oakland, CA) is associate counsel of the Alameda County Employees' Retirement Association (ACERA), a public agency which is the retirement pension plan for over 20,000 current and former public employees in Alameda County, California. ACERA is governed by a Board of Retirement consisting of nine members and two alternates, and has over 90 employees. Ms. Malloy provides legal advice and assistance to the ACERA Board of Retirement and ACERA staff. Her responsibilities include workplace investigations and other employment matters. Since ACERA is a public agency, Ms. Malloy's expertise includes conducting public sector workplace investigations. Ms. Malloy has been a member of AWI since 2010, has attended numerous AWI programs, and received a certificate of completion from AWI's 2014 Institute.

Amy Oppenheimer (Oakland, CA) has more than 30 years experience working in the field of employment law. For the past twenty-five years her emphasis has been preventing and responding to workplace harassment and discrimination. After litigating on behalf of plaintiffs for eight years Ms. Oppenheimer began a neutral practice as an investigator of claims of harassment and discrimination, trainer, mediator and arbitrator. She is also a retired Administrative Law Judge for the State of California. Ms. Oppenheimer is the author of many articles about harassment, bias and discrimination, including one of the only practical guides to doing investigations: Investigating Workplace Harassment, How to be Fair, Thorough and Legal, published in 2003 by Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). She is a trial qualified expert on the issue of employment practices in preventing, responding to and investigating workplace harassment and discrimination, having testified at trial, deposition and arbitration more than sixty times. Ms. Oppenheimer is a frequent speaker on investigations for AWI and other professional associations. For AWI she has presented at seminars, webinars, annual conferences, and the AWI Institute. Ms. Oppenheimer is the Vice Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California, is the founder and immediate past president of AWI, and the Chair of the AWI Institute.

Keith Rohman (Los Angeles, CA) is the president of Public Interest Investigations, Inc. (PII) in Los Angeles, a firm with 30 years’ experience assisting corporations, government entities and attorneys. He has been involved in many high-profile cases, including litigation related to the torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib, allegations of shootings of Iraqis by Blackwater, Inc., the trial against Los Angeles police officers accused of beating Rodney King, and numerous capital murder cases. Mr. Rohman is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, where he teaches fact investigation. Mr. Rohman served as the court appointed Monitor in the matter of Pierce v. Orange County, et al., a federal ADA class action case filed on behalf of disabled inmates at the Orange County Jail. He was appointed by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors to the Equity Oversight Panel (EOP) of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, a civilian oversight board that oversees Internal Affairs investigations of discrimination allegations at the LASD. PII is currently contracted to investigate discrimination complaints against elected officials and high-level County executives with the County of Los Angeles, and was selected by the City of Los Angeles as an investigator for the Special Committee on Investigative Oversight which handles similar investigations. Mr. Rohman served as the executive director of Los Angeles City Office of Discrimination Investigation, which conducted more than 300 employment discrimination investigations, and provided recommendations to the City Council on restructuring how the City handled these matters. Mr. Rohman is a Sustaining Member and Secretary of AWI and has been a popular speaker at AWI annual conferences, seminars, webinars, and Institutes.

Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson (Atlanta, CA) Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson, a partner in Robinson+Cole's Labor and Employment Group, counsels boards of directors, senior management, and human resources professionals in all areas of employment law, with a focus on sensitive, high-risk personnel issues, investigations, compliance, training, and U.S. market entry initiatives for international organizations. She represents a wide array of employers, ranging from Global 500 Companies and publicly-traded companies to nonprofit organizations and educational institutions to manufacturers and has been ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the state of Connecticut in the area of Labor & Employment since 2014 and in Connecticut  Super Lawyers® since 2013. Britt-Marie regularly advises clients regarding personnel policies, affirmative action compliance, pay equity, discipline and terminations, wage and hour issues, disability and reasonable accommodations, leaves of absence, employment contracts, severance and separation agreements, reductions in force, and workplace health and safety issues. She also represents employers across various industries in litigation involving discrimination, wrongful termination, retaliation, and other employment claims. Britt-Marie is a trained workplace investigator, and regularly serves as a speaker for the Association of Workplace Investigators.  Robinson+Cole is an Am Law 200 firm serving regional, national, and international clients from nine offices throughout the Northeast, Florida, and California.

Cinnamon McLin (Atlanta, CA) is the Workplace Ethics and Concerns Manager for Southern Company Services. She is responsible for managing concerns and compliance investigations, including managing support and guidance protocols and reporting systems, as well as maintaining policies throughout Southern Company. Cinnamon previously served as a Workplace Ethics coordinator at Southern Company subsidiary Georgia Power, where she led concerns investigations and facilitated training for managers and employees on matters involving ethical behavior, conflict resolution and the concerns program.
Prior to joining Georgia Power in 2014, Cinnamon served as a Strategic Performance Consultant at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she was responsible for complaint investigations across the Institute, updating and implementing policies and procedures, serving as a mediator for faculty and staff, and advising managers and human resources professionals on performance issues and disciplinary matters. For over 10 years, Cinnamon practiced law as a litigation attorney at Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs LLP, representing clients in complex commercial and employment litigation and securities arbitrations. She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and is also a registered neutral with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution. Cinnamon earned her bachelor's degree from Stanford University and her juris doctor degree from Vanderbilt Law School.