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|Workplace Investigations Basics Seminar|
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April 1 ♦ Seattle ♦ Amy Oppenheimer & Judy Mims
U.S. Bank Centre Building, 4th Floor Conference Room, 1420 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
April 10 ♦ Sacramento ♦ John Baum & Natasha Baker
Weintraub Tobin Law Corporation, Wells Fargo Center, 400 Capitol Mall, 11th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814
April 25 ♦ LA ♦ Keith Rohman & Deborah Maddux
JAMS, 707 Wilshire Blvd, 46th Fl, Los Angeles, CA 90017
The fourth annual presentation of this popular, fast-paced, interactive program is designed to teach all of 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. The Sacramento and Los Angeles seminars are co-sponsored by the State Bar of California Labor & Employment Law Section. Space is limited so register now.
John Baum is a partner in the San Francisco office of Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP. His focus is in labor and employment law litigation and counseling on behalf of private and public employers, as well as educational institutions. Mr. Baum represents employers in wrongful discharge and discrimination disputes before federal and state courts and government agencies. He also counsels clients on a variety of issues impacting the employer-employee relationship, including employee discipline and termination, personnel policies and employer investigations. He offers a special expertise in the areas of compliance with disability laws and reasonable accommodation. Mr. Baum regularly presents in-house management training on how to manage within the law, sexual harassment and how to conduct an internal investigation into employee issues. He frequently lectures on employment topics before professional organizations, attorneys and business groups. Mr. Baum also conducts investigations into employee issues for clients who want such matters conducted by someone outside of the organization.
Natasha Baker is a partner in the San Francisco office of Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP. She represents private and public institutions of higher education and private employers in a wide range of legal matters pertaining to employment, labor relations, regulatory compliance and student affairs. Ms. Baker's practice includes conducting preventative training and providing practical advice on a wide-range of legal issues. Ms. Baker also represents clients in administrative agency charges and state and federal litigation. She also regularly conducts third-party investigations into a variety of workplace issues and has trained supervisors and managers nationwide on the best practices to use when conducting an investigation. Ms. Baker regularly presents on topics of employment, labor relations, regulatory updates and student affairs and has published several articles in professional journals. She received her BS with honors from Tufts University, and her JD with honors from University of Maine School of Law.
Deborah Maddux 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.
Judy L. Mims
Judy L. Mims received her BA in Political Science, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Idaho and her Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law. Ms. Mims works on employee relations investigations at Microsoft Corporation. Prior to that she led a team of attorneys at Microsoft responsible for discrimination investigations globally. Before that, she was an Assistant Attorney General representing public agencies, including the University of Washington, in all employment and labor union matters. Ms. Mims also served for 7 years in an administrative HR role in higher education at the University of Washington School of Medicine, working on various policy and employment matters involving tenured medical faculty. Ms. Mims served on the King County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Board as a Trustee and Chair from 1999-2001. From 2002-2006, she was the Public Sector lawyer/representative and Chair (2006) of the Executive Committee for the Labor & Employment Section of the Washington State Bar Association. She is presently serving on the Board of Directors for the charity West Side Baby, which provides nearly half a million diapers and supplies to under-served populations in South King County each year. Ms. Mims received her Certificate of Completion from the 2013 AWI Training Institute, and was a speaker on a panel on Corporate Investigations at the 2013 AWI Annual Conference.
Amy Oppenheimer has more than 25 years experience working in the field of employment law, emphasizing preventing and responding to workplace harassment and discrimination. As an attorney, she has litigated employment cases. Since 1992 she has acted as a neutral in a variety of capacities, including investigating claims of harassment and discrimination, training workplace investigators, mediation and arbitration. 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. Ms. Oppenheimer is the founder and immediate past president of the Association of Workplace Investigators, Inc. (AWI).
Keith Rohman is founder and president of Public Interest Investigations, Inc., a Los Angeles-based firm of licensed private investigators and attorneys. Mr. Rohman is a recognized expert in the investigations field, including workplace investigations. He has served as a member of the Equity Oversight Panel (EOP) of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, which is a civilian oversight panel charged with monitoring Internal Affairs investigations at the Sheriff’s Department. Mr. Rohman was also the Executive Director of the Office of Discrimination Investigation for the City of Los Angeles where he directed an investigative team responsible for conducting workplace investigations into hundreds of discrimination and retaliation complaints raised by City employees. More recently, Mr. Rohman was selected as the Court Monitor by U.S. District Court Judge Audrey B. Collins to monitor compliance with the Court’s order in Pierce et al. v. County of Orange, et al., a civil rights case filed on behalf of physically disabled jail inmates. Mr. Rohman is an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School where he teaches Fact Investigation. In addition to his workplace investigations, Mr. Rohman has investigated allegations of torture at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, shootings by Blackwater employees in Iraq, and assisted attorneys on representation of capital murder defendants at the trial and appellate levels.