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Thursday, December 14, 2023 

As the California MCLE deadline quickly approaches, we were pleased to offer a full day of CLE programming to help our clients and alumni stay current with developments in the law and satisfy CLE requirements.

Our program featured a diverse array of panelists and presenters from around the U.S covering the following topics:

  • Recent developments in substantive areas such as restructuring and corporate defaults, SEC regulations, liquidity transactions, and employment law
  • Ethical applications of generative artificial intelligence
  • Eliminating Bias, a thought-provoking session led by Kenji Yoshino, the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at New York University School of Law and the faculty director of the Meltzer Center for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging
  • Competence (Substance Abuse), an inspiring session led by Mary Beth O’Connor, author of From Junkie to Judge: One Woman's Triumph Over Trauma and Addiction

Panelists and topics are listed below, along with a link to the full agenda and schedule.

Attorneys with last names beginning with H-M must report their MCLE compliance by January 31, 2024. Our team will process the MCLE paperwork in a timely manner so you receive an online certificate from the system.

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Please contact Sandra Puljic with questions.


Mary Beth O'Connor

Former Attorney and Recovery Advocate
Author, From Junkie to Judge: One Woman's Triumph Over Trauma and Addiction
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Kenji Yoshino

Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law and faculty director of the Meltzer Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging


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Gurpreet Bal

Partner, DLA Piper
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Barclay Blair

Senior Managing Director, AI Innovation, DLA Piper
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Bennett Borden

Chief Data Scientist, DLA Piper
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Brian Hamano

Partner, DLA PIper
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Robert Klyman

Partner, DLA Piper
Global Co-Chair and US Co-Chair of the Restructuring Practice
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Clara Knapp

Associate, DLA Piper
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Ute Krudewagen

Partner, DLA Piper
Chair, International Employment practice
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Scott Layfield

Associate, DLA Piper
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Alan Seem

Partner, DLA Piper
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Troy Valdez

Partner, DLA Piper
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Carrie Williamson

Partner, DLA Piper
Deputy Managing Partner, Palo Alto office
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9:15 am – Registration & Breakfast

9:45 am – Dealmaking Strategies and Opportunities Arising from Corporate Distress in 2024 (1.0 General)
Presented by Robert Klyman and Scott Layfield

10:40 am – Ethical Applications of Gen AI (1.0 Ethics)
Presented by Barclay Blair and Bennett Borden

11:35 am – SEC Regulatory Developments in 2023 and Looking Ahead to 2024 – What You Need to Know as a Public Company (1.0 General)
Presented by Alan Seem and Clara Knapp

12:30 pm – Lunch

1:00 pm – From Junkie to Judge: Overcoming Addiction and Resources for Attorneys (1.0 Competence)
Fireside chat by Mary Beth O'Connor and Carrie Williamson

2:00 pm – What's New in Employment Law for California Employers – California, US and Global Trends and Development (1.0 General)
Presented by Ute Krudewagen and Troy Valdez

3:00 pm – Break

3:30 pm – Cashing Out: Considerations for Private Companies, Founders and Other Stakeholders in Exit, Secondary Sales and Other Liquidity Transactions (1.0 General)
Presented by Brian Hamano and Gurpreet Bal

4:30 pm – Allyship, Mentorship, and Sponsorship: Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession (1.0 Elimination of Bias)
Presented by Kenji Yoshino

5:30 pm – Happy Hour