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Seminar: Public Sector Investigations-Orange County 150611
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Public Sector Investigations Seminar

June 11, 2015 ♦ 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Center Club
650 Town Center Dr
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Marilou Mirkovich Marilou Mirkovich

Donna Peter Donna Peter

Debra L. ReillyDebra L. Reilly


Investigating allegations of misconduct by public sector employees involves both procedural and substantive issues not present in other types of investigations.  In this half-day seminar, two experienced public sector investigators and an experienced public sector Director of Human Resources discuss the issues unique to public sector investigations, along with general investigative planning, interviewing and reporting techniques.  Among other things, you will learn how to identify public sector issues, give the proper notifications and admonishments, conduct a defensible interview, follow-up without violating state or federal laws, and issue a report that will meet the client’s needs while maintaining any applicable privileges.  Attendees will receive program materials containing tips, forms and templates that will assist them in their investigations.  Space is limited so register early below to secure your attendance.

Members Register: $150
Sustaining Members: $75
Non-Members Register: $275

Includes Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Breaks & Valet Parking
2.5 Hours HRCI & California MCLE Credit Pending

Marilou Mirkovich is a partner in the Cerritos office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Ms. Mirkovich represents employers in all aspects of labor relations and employment law. She focuses on defending discrimination claims in federal and state courts and handles matters pending before the EEOC, DFEH, and FEHC. In addition to her employment practice, Ms. Mirkovich serves as the firm's lead investigator on numerous public and private sector matters. Ms. Mirkovich has served as President of the Board of Directors for the Community Family Guidance Center. Ms. Mirkovich has also been on the Board of Directors for the Friends of the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts.

Donna Peter is currently the Director of Human Resources for the City of Santa Monica. She was previously the Director of Human Resources for the City of Manhattan Beach and has served as a human resources consultant to the City of Lynwood and Santa Monica City College. Ms. Peter received two Bachelor of Arts degrees from California State University, Chico and her MBA from California State University, Fresno. She has conducted numerous training sessions on a variety of workplace issues and has participated in roundtable discussions regarding various human resources topics. Ms. Peter has conducted internal investigations herself and has years of experience working with outside investigators.

Debra L. Reilly received her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1989. She joined Murtaugh Miller Meyer & Nelson LLP, from 1990 to 1999, where she became a partner practicing employment law. Since 2002, Ms. Reilly has focused her practice on conducting workplace investigations, and from 1994 to present, she has conducted approximately six hundred employment investigations for Municipalities, Counties, Water and Sanitation Districts, Universities, School Districts, Fire Departments, Police Departments, the United States Postal Service (holding a “sensitive” security clearance by the Postal Inspector’s Office), and numerous private sector employers. She has testified in trial concerning her reports and has qualified as an expert witness in arbitration and testified as to best practices for conducting EEO harassment and discrimination investigations. Ms. Reilly has been a Board member of AWI, Chair of the Publications Committee, and the Lead Editor of the AWI Quarterly since 2009. She has published numerous articles on workplace investigations and employment law and holds an SPHR certification from the HRCI. She is a long-time member of the State Bar of California, Labor & Employment Law Section. Although her office, Reilly Workplace Investigations, is located in San Diego County, she conducts investigations statewide.


Location:Center Club, 650 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa CA 92626

For more information:
Contact: AWI Office
Phone: 206-209-5278
Email:  office@awi.org