Attorneys and General Public REGISTER HERE

Students, UC Berkeley Law Faculty and Staff, Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Section of the State Bar, Speakers and Moderators, tech sector and app-based workers REGISTER HERE

Time: 8:00am - 7:00pm, 2016

Location: St. John’s Presbyterian Church at 2727 College Ave.


The nature of work in today’s tech centered economy is triggering many questions about the employer/employee relationship, workplace regulation, the vulnerability of workers, and diversity in the workplace. This symposium about Workers on the Precipice will tackle these pressing and nuanced issues through a series of panels composed of attorneys, academics, organizers, and workers. Join us for the conversation! Click on Individual Panels to Download MCLE Materials

The Symposium location has been moved to St. John’s Presbyterian Church at 2727 College Ave. in Berkeley. Last week, a local union, AFSCME Local 3299, called for speakers to boycott speaking events at UC Berkeley unless and until the University improves its treatment of subcontracted workers. To honor the boycott, we have changed the Symposium venue. We thank you for your understanding and apologize for any inconvenience.

Luckily, St. John’s Presbyterian Church is very close to Berkeley Law and is easily accessible by car and public transportation. The church is about a 10 minute walk from the Underhill Parking Garage and a ~15 minute bus ride on the Bus 51B from Rockridge Bart. Street parking is available on the surrounding streets, but is limited to 2 hours. The schedule and everything else for the day remain unchanged, this is just a change in location.

A request for approval of Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 6 hours has been approved for this symposium. Berkeley Law is an accredited continuing legal education provider in California.

Questions or Comments? Contact Symposium Editor Zarah Rahman at


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Friday, February 26th
8:00 AM

Registration / Coffee

St. John’s Presbyterian Church

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

8:45 AM

Opening Remarks

Jenny Yang, Chair, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

St. John’s Presbyterian Church

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM

9:00 AM

The Devolution of Work

Veena Dubal, Associate Professor, UC Hasting College of Law
Beth Ross, Attorney, Leonard Carder LLP
Annette Bernhardt, Senior Researcher & Sociologist, UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education
Anwar Zadran, Uber driver and former unionized cab driver
Moderator: Anne Richardson, Associate Director, Public Counsel

St. John’s Presbyterian Church

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

10:30 AM

Organizing Workers

Bhairavi Desai, Executive Director, New York Taxi Workers Alliance
Derecka Mehrens, Executive Director, Working Partnerships USA
David Rosenfeld, Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld
Dmitri Iglitzin, Schwerin, Campbell, Barnard, Iglitzin & Lavitt, LLP (Teamsters Representative)
Moderator: Sheila Sexton, Beeson, Tayer & Bodine

St. John’s Presbyterian Church

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

11:45 AM

The Hidden Low Wage Workers

Ruth Silver Taube, Faculty, Santa Clara Law, Santa Clara County Wage Theft Coalition
Joe Frankl, Regional Director of the San Francisco Office, National Labor Relations Board
Denise Solis, Vice President, SEIU USWW
Moderator: Doris Ng, Staff Counsel, California Labor Commissioner's Office

St. John’s Presbyterian Church

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

1:00 PM


St. John’s Presbyterian Church

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

1:30 PM

Keynote: Bhairavi Desai, Executive Director, New York Taxi Workers Alliance

St. John’s Presbyterian Church

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

2:30 PM

Immigrant Workers in the Tech Economy

Maria Ontiveros, Professor, University of San Francisco School of Law
Christine Brigagliano, Partner, Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale, LLP
Kathryn Dickson, Partner, Dickson and Geesman
Moderator: Bill Tamayo, District Director San Francisco District Office, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

St. John’s Presbyterian Church

2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

4:00 PM

Race and Gender Discrimination

Zassmin Montes de Oca, Chief Maker at Women Who Code
Erica Joy Baker, Slack Technologies, Inc., and activist for greater diversity in tech
Nicole Sanchez, VP of Social Impact at Github
Moderator: Lin Chan, Partner, Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

St. John’s Presbyterian Church

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

5:30 PM


St. John’s Presbyterian Church

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM