2020 Law Review Symposium

Access to Justice in the Contemporary Workplace

Law Review Symposium

Event Schedule

8:30 a.m. Registration And Continental Breakfast
9 a.m. Welcome Address
Tristin Green, Professor, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
University of San Francisco School of Law
9:15 a.m. Panel 1: Achieving Justice Outside The Courthouse
From inequity in contracting to mandatory arbitration to confidential settlements, concerns have been raised that employee rights are being stifled. This panel seeks to explore whether justice can be achieved in nontraditional settings or if removing justice from the courthouse inherently has significant negative impacts.

Maria Ontiveros, Professor
University of San Francisco School of Law

Josue Aparicio, Associate Attorney
Hersh & Hersh

Patricia Gillette ’76, Neutral, JAMS
Author and Keynote Speaker on Gender Diversity and Equality

Scott Jang, Principal
Jackson Lewis

Minna Kotkin, Professor of Law
Brooklyn Law School
10:45 a.m. Break
11 a.m. Panel 2: Finding Justice Through Diversity and Inclusion Programs
Diversity and inclusion is a hot button issue for companies and firms. However, insufficient consideration has been given to whether these programs fall short in providing justice to the traditionally disenfranchised. This panel offers a thoughtful critique on how diversity and inclusion programs might tokenize the diverse and capitalize on diversity champions. On the other end of the spectrum, this panel seeks to proffer solutions and examine how action from the leadership down can build inclusion into the core of organizations.

Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi, Ed.D., Vice Provost & Chief Diversity Officer, University of San Francisco

Merritt Quisumbing Anderson ’04, Fmr. Employment Counsel and VP,
Employee Experience and Engagement, GitHub, Inc.

Lisa Gelobter, CEO and Co-Founder

John Hong '08, Chief People Officer and Interim Co-General Counsel
Avellino Labs
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. Panel 3: Access to a Just Workplace: Exploring the Future of Work
Artificial intelligence, cutting-edge technology, non-competes, and no-poach agreements. What do these things have in common? They contribute to the transformation of jobs and industries, but they may also intensify injustice in the workplace. This panel will consider possible judicial and legislative reforms designed to ameliorate inequities caused by technology and employment contracts in our rapidly changing workplace.

Joshua P. Davis, Professor and Director of the Center for Law and Ethics University of San Francisco, School of Law

Jane Flanagan, Leadership in Government Fellow, Open Society Foundations;
Visiting Scholar, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

Jeffrey Hirsch, Geneva Yeargan Rand Distinguished Professor of Law
University of North Carolina School of Law

Lindbergh Porter '81, Chairperson of the Board
Littler Mendelson P.C.
2:45 p.m. Break
3:00 P.M. Keynote Speaker Introduction
Susan Freiwald
University of San Francisco School of Law
3:15 p.m. Keynote Address
Charlotte A. Burrows, Commissioner
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
4:00 p.m.  Closing Remarks
4:10 p.m. Reception