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Navigating Virtual Mediation: Mediators’ Insights

Over the past few weeks, the legal community has had to deal with court closures, travel restrictions, and citywide lock-downs.  Resolving legal disputes has more urgency than ever to our clients. Mediators are turning to Online Dispute Resolution in ways that turn out to be effective, efficient and successful if you know how to use them.
Join this conversation and benefit from the experience of three top neutrals as they discuss best practices in the new world of Online Alternative Dispute Resolution.


Employment Law – Client Management for Both Plaintiff and Defense Attorneys - Stories of Success, Missed Opportunities and Lessons Learned

The program will address the most challenging, yet crucial, task of an employment litigator - client management. From managing expectations to marshaling effective testimony to fostering emotions, we will share our stories of success, missed opportunities and the lessons learned. Join us for commiseration, sharing and strategies learned only through experience.


Applying for a Domestic Violence TRO and Permanent Order During the COVID Pandemic: An Attorney's and Judge's Perspective

A discussion on how to apply for a Domestic Violence Temporary Restraining Order and Permanent Restraining Order and the present effects of the COVID Pandemic on DV Victims.


Coping in a Pandemic: A Conversation with Marisa Faynsod, LCSW

Please join WLALA for a conversation with Marisa Faynsod, LCSW. Ms. Faynsod will discuss ways to cope during these challenging times. Ms. Faynsod has over 10 years of experience working with children, families, and adults. She specializes in working with survivors of abuse (sexual abuse and domestic violence), depression, anxiety, and familial conflict. She has worked in the LA Unified School District and is a National Certified Trauma Expert.


How Allies Can Support All Women in the Law: An All Perspectives Discussion on Upping the Ante on Diversity

What is an “ally”? Come join us for a vital and thought provoking discussion on specific, successful actions white, male allies in the law can do to support greater gender and racial diversity within the industry. With this event, we hope to up the ante on the industry’s ongoing diversity and inclusion efforts by empowering allies with impactful steps they can take in their day-to-day legal practices to support and sponsor their fellow women in the law. Many allies in the industry, though supportive for gender parity and diversity in general, are frozen by fear about what to say or what not to say to support this cause. However, in order to have meaningful progress on diversity, inclusion, and equity in the legal industry, we need the support of the entire legal community.


Advocating for Access: Defending Reproductive Rights During COVID-19

As governments attempt to tackle the unprecedented public health and economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, women are suffering additional barriers in accessing essential reproductive healthcare services. In some states, lawmakers and anti-choice activists are exploiting the COVID-19 crisis to restrict access to reproductive healthcare by ordering the closure abortion clinics and limiting maternal health services contending it is not essential healthcare. Join us for a discussion on advocacy efforts aimed at keeping reproductive healthcare an essential service.


Employment Law - Finding Our Way Out of the Pandemic

This Program will discuss:

  • Return to work considerations including testing, employee protection issues (including workers compensation considerations), paid leave, and ADA/Accommodation issues if an employee has underlying health issues.   
  • Severance Agreements – What belongs in a Severance Agreement and what does not. 
  • Employees refusing to return to work? Issues presented with unemployment, PPP loans etc.


Restorative Justice and Alternatives to Incarceration

Restorative justice strikes at the very core of the civilized criminal justice system. It is reflected in the development of programs that provide alternatives to convictions and incarceration. Los Angeles is leading the charge in the creation of such programs at all levels of the criminal justice system (federal, state/county, and city). This distinguished panel of experts will discuss the principles of restorative justice, the court programs that exist to implement those principles, and the issues with these programs that we face moving forward, particularly with the impact of COVID-19.

Creating Change - Public and Private Sector Attorneys Transforming Law and Policy Through Advocacy

The rate of homelessness in many American cities has hit all-time highs, and the rights of individuals experiencing homelessness are constantly being challenged. Individuals and families immigrating to the United States are facing huge legal barriers and many lack the advocacy they need to ensure safety and stability for their families. Low-income and vulnerable communities constantly face physical and mental health challenges and often lack the resources or advocacy needed to obtain the help they need. Fortunately, there are attorneys in the public and private sectors working toward effecting change in order to improve the lives of individuals and communities who are marginalized and vulnerable. Join us for a panel of attorneys from legal non-profits and large law firms as they discuss recent cases and projects they have worked on to change policy in the fields of housing, immigration, and mental health. Our panelists will discuss specific lawsuits, share tips and strategies for transforming policy, and how you can get involved through pro bono efforts.