When: November 17, 2017, 9:00am to 4:15pm

Where: Berkeley School of Law, 2745 Bancroft Way (Simon Entrance), Goldberg Room 297 Boalt


Registration is free but must be completed by November 11, 2017. Click here to register.

Note: This event has been approved for 4 CLE credits.

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) of 1967 will celebrate its 50th Anniversary later this year. The ADEA was firmly grounded in the civil rights era and inspired by the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It has accomplished much since its enactment. Yet, while overt bias on grounds of race, sex and other categories is routinely condemned, age-based stereotypes and ageism remain largely an acceptable form of prejudice in America. Moreover, the ADEA – by virtue of its statutory language and how that text has been interpreted by the courts – has become a second-class civil rights law, providing older workers far less protection than its peers.

To commemorate the significance of the ADEA’s achievements and to identify the substantial work still left to do, AARP, AARP Foundation, and the Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law are co-sponsoring this symposium to examine many of the most pressing issues in age discrimination law, and to help point the way to strengthening the law for the next 50 years. We hope you can join us for this crucial and timely conversation.

Questions about the Law Symposium can be directed to Maame Gyamfi at 202-434-6291 or ADEAat50@aarp.org.


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Friday, November 17th
8:00 AM

Breakfast and Registration

Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

9:00 AM

Opening Remarks

William Alvarado Rivera, AARP Foundation

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

9:15 AM


JoAnna Tonini, Editor-in-Chief, Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law
Richard Treadwell, Editor-in-Chief, Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law

9:15 AM - 9:20 AM

9:20 AM

Panel 1: "Shouldn't You Be Retiring Already?": Age Stereotypes in the Modern Era

Catherine Fisk, Berkeley Law
Sarah Barber, San Francisco State University
Helen Dennis, Author, Columnist, and Expert on Aging and the New Retirement
Dara Smith, AARP Foundation

9:20 AM - 10:30 AM

10:40 AM

Panel 2: Age And…: Intersectional Discrimination against Older Workers

Lauren Edelman, Berkeley Law
Daniel B. Kohrman, AARP Foundation Litigation
Joanna Lahey, Texas A&M University
Joanne Song McLaughlin, University at Buffalo, SUNY

10:40 AM - 11:50 AM

11:50 AM

Enforcing the ADEA: An EEOC Perspective

Ami Sanghvi, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

11:50 AM - 12:20 PM

12:20 PM

Lunch and Break

Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law

12:20 PM - 1:00 PM

1:00 PM

Panel 3: The Role of State Statutes in Combatting Age Discrimination in the Workplace: The Sky’s the Limit

Laurie A. McCann, AARP Foundation Litigation
Carol J. Garvan, Johnson Webbert & Young
Sandra Sperino, University of Cincinnati College of Law
Cathy Ventrell-Monsees, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

1:00 PM - 2:10 PM

2:12 PM

Panel 4: Tech Progress that Enables Age Bias: Discrimination in Hiring and Big Data’s Potential to Limit Opportunities for Older Workers

Daniel B. Kohrman, AARP Foundation
Ifeoma Ajunwa, Cornell Law School & Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations
Toni S. Locklear, APTMetrics
Laurie A. McCann, AARP Foundation Litigation

2:12 PM - 3:22 PM

3:30 PM

Closing Speaker

Ashton Applewhite, Author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism
Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM