Southern California Mediation Association
2019 Employment Mediation Institute
Echoes of the Roar:
How #MeToo Continues to Impact Employment Mediators
Saturday, May 18, 2019
8:00am – 12:30pm
USC Gould School of Law
699 Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA, 90089
This half-day program will feature a deep dive into the various legal developments that have resulted from our collective cultural self-examination triggered by the #MeToo movement, and their practical impacts on employment mediators. Because of the heightened focus engendered by recent cultural shifts, emotional intelligence and awareness of societal and personal blind spots are key tools in the mediator’s toolbox. We will examine these, as well as generational differences among the people we work with. For example, how do the ways in which Boomers, Gen-Xers, and Millennials perceive the world affect communication and understanding among them?
Phyllis W. Cheng, Esq.
Phyllis W. Cheng is on the neutral panels of ADR Services, Inc., U.S. District Court, Central District of California, and California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District. She has resolved disputes as a neutral on matters related to: employment; wage and hour; class actions; civil rights; government; public accommodations; disability access; housing; attorneys’ fees; and appeals. Before becoming a neutral, Phyllis was an Employment Partner at global firm DLA Piper. She served in the administrations of California Governors George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Brown. For nearly seven years, Phyllis was Director of the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the largest state civil rights agency in the United States. She is an editor of California Fair Housing and Public Accommodations (The Rutter Group Civil Litigation Series), author of the California Lawyers Association’s Labor & Employment Case Law Alert, and contributor to various publications. Phyllis received her B.A. and M.Ed. from UCLA, J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law, and Ph.D. from USC, where was a James Irvine Fellow.
Harold Coleman, Jr., Esq.
Harold Coleman, Jr., Esq., is Senior Vice President for Mediation at the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the global dispute resolution leader. He is also the Mediator/Executive Director for AAA Mediation.org, an AAA technology innovation that trains and develops mediators, promotes their practices, and connects them with a diverse community of users and ADR thought leaders worldwide. Coleman also trains new AAA arbitrators and aspiring mediators in basic/advanced arbitration case management techniques and basic/advanced mediation skills. A former multi disciplinary project manager and complex litigation attorney, Coleman has mediated and arbitrated multiple hundreds of litigated and non-litigated disputes over a 30+ year legal and ADR career. His formal education encompasses studies in civil engineering, business, real estate and law, leading to the academic degrees of Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctor. He is a former member of the AAA’s international board of directors, a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators (CCA), and currently officer/director for the International Mediation Institute (IMI). He is program co-chair for the American Bar Association’s 2018-2019 Advanced Mediation & Advocacy Skills Training Institute. He is a recipient of the State Bar of California’s Distinguished Service to the Legal Profession citation and was nominated, vetted for, and profiled in the National Law Journal’s Legal Times as an ADR Champion for 2017. Most recently, Coleman was conferred the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution’s 2018 Chair’s Distinguished Service Award. Coleman serves the global ADR community from the Association’s Southern California and New York offices.
Katherine J. Edwards, Esq.
Katherine J. Edwards has been a full-time neutral since 2000 after a career representing employees, both reporting and responding parties, at established law firms in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, including Allred, Maroko and Goldberg. She earned her BA from the University of Washington in Seattle and her JD from Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu.
Katherine currently serves as a private mediator of primarily litigated employment-related matters throughout California. In addition, she has a national practice as an independent workplace investigator and Title IX investigator. She also provides post-investigative/complaint remedial solutions including executive coaching, sensitivity training, and multi-rater feedback (360-feedback).
Gail A. Glick, Esq.
In almost 25 years of practice, Gail Glick has successfully represented a wide variety of workers, from librarians to lawyers, salespeople to retail managers, factory workers to CEOs, in matters of employment discrimination and retaliation, wrongful termination, defamation, unfair competition, and wage and hour claims. Gail received her J.D. from Loyola Law School in 1994 and her B.A., cum laude, from Amherst College in 1991. She has been named a “Rising Star” or “Super Lawyer” by Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine since 2009. Gail received training in mediation at Pepperdine’s Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution and through the Los Angeles County Bar Association. She is the current Chair of the LACBA’s Labor and Employment Law Section, a Vice President on the Board of Directors of the Disability Rights Legal Center, a co-chair of the ABA’s Technology Symposium in Labor and Employment Law, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Amherst Association of Southern California. Gail is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and is a Lecturer in Law at USC Gould School of Law, teaching employment dispute resolution. Gail is also a member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, the California and National Employment Lawyers Associations, the Consumer Attorneys of California, the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, and Legal Eagles for Truth, Justice and the American Way. She lectures frequently on employment law issues and alternative dispute resolution.
Todd B. Scherwin, Esq.
Todd Scherwin is the managing partner of the Los Angeles office of the national labor and employment law firm Fisher Phillips. Todd represents employers in class action and individual litigation, arbitration, and before state and federal agencies in a wide range of labor and employment matters including employment discrimination, Private Attorney General Act (PAGA), harassment, wrongful termination, and retaliation claims. Todd has defended employers in civil litigation in state and federal court, including the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court where his team was successful in a 5-4 decision in Encino Motorcars v. Navarro in 2018 regarding the application of overtime laws under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Todd also provides day-to-day counseling to companies on a variety of employment matters, including termination and discipline, state and federal leave laws, harassment and discrimination issues, and compliance with wage and hour laws.
Todd is a member of the HR Advisory Board at the California State University, Long Beach where he also serves as a lecturer in Labor and Employment Law. Todd has been recognized as a Super Lawyer, is a former clerk to District Court Judge Ronald S.W. Lew, and a graduate of USC Law School.
Leslie E. Wallis, Esq.
Leslie Wallis is an employment attorney in downtown Los Angeles. She has worked as an employment litigator, as well as providing advice and counsel to a wide range of clients. Leslie also provides training in the areas of harassment, discrimination, elimination of bias and she conducts workplace investigations. She trained as a mediator through Pepperdine’s Straus Institute in conjunction with the Los Angeles County court system and worked with the Los Angeles ADR program for several years. Prior to beginning her legal career, Leslie studied with the Royal Ballet in London, England and then earned her Bachelor’s degree in ballet at Indiana University. Following her career as a ballet dancer in the U.S. and abroad, she returned to California to study law at UCLA. In 2016, Leslie completed UCLA’s year long mindfulness facilitator training through the University’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. She was introduced to meditation as a teenager, but only rediscovered a meditative practice many years later. Leslie is working to share mindfulness in legal and corporate communities. She helped to facilitate a recent mindfulness research experiment involving 100 attorneys from her firm, Ogletree Deakins.