Speaking Engagements

 2015-2017 Speaking Engagements

2017

Mr. Robbins presented on investigation  and other harassment prevention issues at the EEOC’s LA Harassment Workshop.  This half day program took place the morning of July 14, 2017.

Mr. Robbins will speak about NLRB Developments affecting workplace investigations during the 69th Annual meeting of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA), June 1-4, 2017, Anaheim, CA. See the following  link  for more information:   http://www.leraweb.org/69th-lera-anl-mtgCA

On March 21, 2017, Mr. Robbins spoke about NLRB Developments affecting workplace investigations at a program co-sponsored by UCLA and the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

On March 20, 2017, Mr. Robbins guest-lectured on workplace investigation issues at USC.

On March 14, 2017, Ms. Underwood presented on workplace investigation issues at a program sponsored by the Beverly Hills Bar Association

Mr. Robbins taught at the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI) Institute for Workplace Investigators  in Monterey California.  This was from February 20 through February 24, 2017. Two more Institutes will be offered in 2017.  Also, he  will teach at a private Institute in June 2017.

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2016

On November 17, 2016, Mr. Robbins will speak to the Orange County Chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (OCLERA) on NLRB developments affecting workplace investigations.

Mr. Robbins will speak at the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI) Annual Conference in San Francisco California. The conference will take place on November 3 – 5, 2016. Mr. Robbins will speak about the EEOC’s Select Task Force on Sexual Harassment. Mr. Robbins testified before that task force in September, 2015.

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On September 9, 2016, Dr. Sniderman presented at the Association of Workplace Investigator’s (AWI) Workplace Investigation Basics Seminar. in Costa Mesa, CA 92626.

Ms. Blake  presented a program at the South Bay Bar Association on April 13, 2016  entitled, “My Client Just Received a Charge of Discrimination from the Government-Now What?”

Mr. Robbins  presented at the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI) weeklong Training Institute e conducted from February 22 to February 26, 2016 in Santa Barbara California. Once again, this popular Training Institute was sold out.

Ms. Blake presented during a daylong Los Angeles County Bar Association mediation workshop in Los Angeles, California.

2015

Mr. Robbins spoke at the American Bar Association’s (ABA) 9th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, November 4-7, 2015, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

On October 24, 2015, Ms. Balin, Ms. Blake, and Ms. Underwood presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Workplace Investigators (“AWI”).  The presentation was entitled, “It’s Just a Matter of Time: Testifying About Our Own Investigations and Other Revelations from the Member Survey.” The three professionals presented the results of a survey of workplace investigators, which they designed and conducted, and about which they have also written an article, entitled “Tales From the Hot Seat: What to Expect When You’re Getting Grilled.” The article is expected to be published in the AWI JOURNAL in October 2015.

On October 9, 2015, Mr. Robbins presented on investigation issues at the 88th Meeting of the State Bar of California, in Anaheim California.

Mr. Robbins presented on NLRB developments affecting workplace investigations.  This AWI Webinar will be held September 30, 2015.

On May 13, 2015, Mr. Robbins and Ms. Balin presented a program entitled “Workplace Investigations; Avoiding the Traps.”  The program took place during the HR.com 2 day conference.  Over 400 HR professionals attended the presentation.

On April 14, 2015, Ms. Blake spoke at a program sponsored by the Southern California Mediation Association. The program was entitled “Dollar$ and $en$e: Growing Your Practice Through Smart Marketing.”

Mr. Robbins spoke at AWI’s 2015 week-long Training Institutes. The first,   held February 23 – 27, 2015, in Sonoma, California. The second,  May 4 – 8, 2015, in Mystic Port, Connecticut.

On February 10, 2015, Ms. Blake presented a program sponsored by the Southern California Mediation Association. The program was entitled “Dollar$ and $en$e: Growing Your Practice Through Smart Marketing” and will take place in Santa Monica, California.

Michael Robbins with Hon. J. Alex Kozinski, Chief Judge for the Ninth Circuit and Hon. J. .. Marsha Berzon, Judge for the Ninth Circuit,  at the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s 33rd Annual Labor and Employment Law Symposium.

Michael Robbins with Hon. J. Alex Kozinski, then Chief Judge for the Ninth Circuit and Hon.  Marsha Berzon, Judge for the Ninth Circuit, at the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s 33rd Annual Labor and Employment Law Symposium

Past Speaking Engagements

Mr. Robbins presented on workplace investigation issues at the Association of Workplace Investigators’ (AWI) 5th Annual Conference, held November 13 – 15 in Walnut Creek, California.

Mr. Robbins spoke at the 2014 UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers) Attorneys Conference on “Ethical Issues Involving Internal Investigations.” The Conference was held from September 14, 2014, to September 17, 2014, at the La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, California.

Mr. Robbins spoke about workplace investigations the evening of March 19, 2014, in a program presented by the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

Mr. Robbins and Ms. Blake served as a faculty members at the Association of Workplace Investigators’ week-long 3rd National Training Institute, which took place from February 24 to February 28, 2014, at the Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach, Oxnard, California.

Mr. Robbins spoke at the Defense Research Institute (DRI) Sexual Torts Seminar held in San Diego on November 14, 2013, on the subject, “Workplace Investigations as a Defense.”

On October 25, 2013, as part of the AWI Annual Conference, Ms. Blake spoke about useful ways to frame and tailor investigative findings, in a presentation entitled “Framing Your Findings: What the Client Needs to Know.”

On September 17, 2013, Mr. Robbins presented a Webinar on workplace investigations for the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (ASCDC).

Mr. Robbins spoke about workplace investigations the evening of June 4, 2013, in a program presented by The Rutter Group. Entitled, “Workplace Investigations, Conducting, Managing, Attacking and Defending.”

Mr. Robbins spoke about workplace investigations during a Webinar presented for State Bar of California, Labor & Employment Section. That April 12, 2013, program was entitled, The Standard of Care for a Workplace Investigation.

Mr. Robbins served as the Chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s 33rd Annual Labor and Employment Law Symposium which was held on March 27, 2013. Approximately 250 Labor & Employment Attorneys and Human Resource Professionals attended the event.

Mr. Robbins served as a faculty member at the Association of Workplace Investigators’ week-long National Training Institute, which took place from February 25 to March 1, 2013, in Santa Barbara, California.

On November 29, 2012, Mr. Robbins and Ms. Balin spoke at a program sponsored by The Hawaii State Bar Association, Section of Labor & Employment Law. Entitled, “Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations (Legal and Ethical Considerations for Attorneys),” the program was presented in Honolulu.

Michael Robbins and Cathy Balin with Ken Nakasone, Chair of the Hawaii State Bar Association, Section of Labor & Employment Law — following their November 29, 2012, presentation of the program on workplace investigations

Ms. Balin spoke at the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI) 2012 Annual Conference which took place on November 1-3, 2012, in Oakland , California.

On August 15, 2012, Mr. Robbins participated in a program entitled, “Investigating Complaints of Disability Discrimination.” The program was sponsored by the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI).

On August 8, 2012, Mr. Robbins participated in a program entitled, “Liability Experts in Employment Litigation.” The program was sponsored by the State Bar of California, Labor & Employment Section.

Mr. Robbins, Ms. Balin and Mr. Barer served as faculty members at the Association of Workplace Investigators’ week-long National Training Institute. The Institute took place from June 25 to June 29, 2012 in San Diego, California. Another National Training Institute will take place in February 2013 in Santa Barbara, California.

On June 22, 2012, Mr. Robbins participated in a panel entitled, “Hey Boss, It’s the Fed! Federal Laws You Should Know as an Employer.” This panel discussion took place during a conference sponsored by the International Association of Insurance Receivers, in Las Vegas. Mr. Robbins spoke on workplace investigations and on the interactive process for accommodating employees.

On June 12, 2012, Ms. Blake led a roundtable discussion concerning discrimination awareness and workplace investigations for the Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles (CAALA) Women’s Caucus.

On May 1, 2012, Mr. Robbins participated in a program sponsored by the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI). The program was entitled, “Building a Workplace Investigations Practice.”

Mr. Robbins served as the Co-Chair for the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s 32nd Annual Labor and Employment Law Symposium held at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles on March 7, 2012. In addition, once again, he moderated the “Year in Review” panel.

Mr. Robbins and Ms. Balin presented “Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations” during a program entitled “Sexual Harassment, News and Views” sponsored by the New Hampshire Bar Association. The program took place on February 16, 2012, in Concord, New Hampshire.

Mr. Robbins spoke about workplace investigations in two programs, “Examining the Investigation” and “Expert Testimony on Trial, By the Experts.” The seminar took place at the Annual Conference of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI) held on November 13 to 15, 2011. Ms. Balin and Ms. Blake also spoke at the same conference in a program on investigations entitled, “Enlisting Your Clients’ Help In Maintaining Investigation Integrity.”

Mr. Robbins spoke about workplace investigations at the 29th Annual Meeting of the California Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Section. The program was entitled Use of Liability Experts in Harassment Litigation. The program took place October 15, 2011, in Anaheim California.

On July 8, 2011, Mr. Barer presented at a full-day seminar on conducting workplace investigations. The seminar was sponsored by the California Association of Workplace Investigators (CAOWI) and by the California State Bar Association.

On June 15, 2011, Mr. Barer spoke on workplace investigations to the West Valley chapter of the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA). (Select Client satisfaction tab for comments on the presentation).

Mr. Robbins served as the Coordinator for the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s 31st Annual Labor and Employment Law Symposium held in March 2011.

Mr. Robbins spoke on workplace investigation issues at the 2011 Midwinter Meeting of the American Bar Association’s Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee held in March 2011 in Puerto Rico.

Mr. Robbins spoke about workplace investigations at the First Annual Conference of the California Association of Workplace Investigators (CAOWI). The conference was held on November 4, 5, & 6, 2010, in Oakland, California.

On November 4, 2010, Ms. Blake served as a panelist in an Ogletree Deakins’ Labor and Employment Law Seminar entitled “Enforcement Trends of the ADA.”

On November 4, 2010, Ms. Blake served as a Beverly Hills Bar Association Inn of Court, panelist for a program entitled, “When Law Firms Downsize: Racial, Gender and Age Bias Claims as Pink Slips Proliferate.”

On September 13 and 14, 2010, Ms. Balin and Ms. Blake spoke at the EEOC’s Technical Assistance Program Seminar (TAPS) in Palm Springs. They participated in a presentation entitled, “Twists in the Road: Navigating the Pitfalls and Dilemmas of Workplace Investigations.”

On June 1, 2010, Mr. Robbins spoke at the California Association of Workplace Investigator’s program, “Mastering the Art of Workplace Investigations.” The program was co-sponsored by the California State Bar Association.

On May 26, 2010, Mr. Robbins and Dr. Sniderman spoke on reasonable accommodation and interactive process issues at a Human Resource conference sponsored by EmpowerTech. The program was entitled, “Dispelling Misconceptions Pertaining to the Employment of Individuals with Disabilities,” and was held in Los Angeles.

Mr. Robbins served as the Coordinator for the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s 30th Annual Labor and Employment Law Symposium held on March 31, 2010, at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. In addition, he moderated the “Year in Review” panel. More than 250 attorneys and Human Resource Professionals attended.

On February 9, 2010, Mr. Robbins participated in a panel on workplace investigations sponsored by the Los Angeles County Bar Association. More than 90 attorneys and Human Resource Professionals attended.

On December 3, 2009, Ms. Blake participated in a panel for the Beverly Hills Bar Association Inn of Court on a program entitled, “Protecting the Privilege, Conflicts and Waiver — Ethical Issues When a Firm Represents the Company and Its Officers.”

On September 10, 2009, Ms. Balin and Ms. Blake spoke at the 2009 EEOC’s Technical Assistance Program Seminar in Pasadena, California. Their topic was entitled, “Now What? Managing Performance in the Workplace in the Wake of a Discrimination Claim.” They were joined by well-known defense and plaintiffs’ attorneys, as well as an in-house Human Resource Professional.

Dr. Sniderman spoke before the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) at their 61st Annual Conference and Exposition, June 28 – July 1, 2009, in New Orleans, Louisiana. His topic was “Managing the Disabled Worker.”

On November 10, 2008, at 10:00 a.m., Dr. Sniderman was featured on the internet radio program, Voice America Business talking about “5 Human Resource Mistakes That Will Sink Your Ship.”

On November 6, 2008, Ms. Blake and Mr. Sniderman were panelists at an MCLE presentation of the Beverly Hills Bar Association Inn of Court regarding disability accommodation under the ADA and FEHA, entitled “To Accommodate or Not to Accommodate — Is That a Question?”

On March 6, 2008, Mr. Robbins participated in the 28th Annual Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Symposium. Mr. Robbins moderated the panel, “Hot Topics in Disability Discrimination.”

On March 9, 2007, Mr. Robbins participated in the Twenty Seventh Annual Labor and Employment Law Symposium of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

On May 10, 2007, Mr. Robbins addressed the Wilshire Bar Association on “Sexual Harassment Investigations; Protecting your Clients, Protecting Your Law Firm.”

On June 1, 2007, Mr. Robbins participated in the California State Bar’s panel, “Internal Investigations on Trial: Plaintiff and Defense Perspectives.” This program was repeated in 2008 in Northern California.

On July 12,2007, Ms. Balin addressed District 9 of PIHRA (Professionals In Human Resources Association) on conducting workplace investigations.

On September 10, 2007, Mr. Robbins addressed the Labor & Employment Section of the Orange County Bar Association on “Harassment and Discrimination Investigations: Protecting Your Clients, Protecting Your Law Firm.”

On September 27, 2007, Mr. Robbins participated in the California Employment Lawyers Association Seminar, “Disability Discrimination Cases: From Intake Through Trial”.

On November 9, 2007, Mr. Robbins participated in the Consumer Attorneys of California seminar “Working on the Chain Gang, Accommodating the Disabled Worker.” The seminar took place during the 46th Annual Convention in San Francisco, California.

On February 16, 2006, Mr. Robbins spoke at the annual meeting of the County Counsels’ Association of California in Carmel California on conducting workplace investigations in the public sector.

On May 24, 2006, Mr. Robbins spoke at LEFTJAW (a Southern California association of plaintiff’s employment lawyers) relating to workplace investigations and expert testimony.

On February 25, 2005, Mr. Robbins spoke at the Twenty-Fifth Annual Labor and Employment Law Symposium of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

On April 13, 2005, Mr. Robbins and Ms. Balin spoke about conducting workplace investigations at the Lorman Educational Services seminar on “Employee Discharge and Documentation in California.”

On May 10, 2005, Mr. Robbins moderated the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s program on Lyle v. Warner Bros. (the “Friends lawsuit”).

On June 25, 2005, Mr. Robbins spoke about conducting workplace investigations at the Sixteenth Annual Convention of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) in Philadelphia, PA.

On November 15, 2005, Mr. Robbins and Ms. Balin spoke at a seminar sponsored by the Beverly Hills Bar Association entitled, “Investigation Advice — Workplace Investigations by the Experts.”