September 25-27, 2019
Las Vegas, Nevada
The Flamingo Las Vegas


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September 25, 2019

9:00 Introduction And Recent Developments In Public Safety Labor Issues

Recent developments from around the country in the area of public safety labor relations.

Will Aitchison.

10:30 The Impact Of Past Practice On Collective Bargaining

Will Aitchison.

12:00 Lunch (Included in registration)

1:00 The Impact Of Past Practice On Collective Bargaining, continued from the morning session.

2:00 Basic Principles Of Grievances And Arbitration

Will Aitchison.

4:00 Adjournment

4:15 Hosted Reception

Thursday, September 26, 2019

9:00 The Special Case Of Social Media

Anil Karia.

10:30 A Grievance And Arbitration Checklist

A basic checklist that both labor and management representatives can use whenever a grievance is at hand.

Anil Karia.

12:00 Lunch (Included in registration)

1:00 How An Arbitrator Looks At Grievances

Margaret Brogan.

4:00 Adjournment

Friday, September 27, 2019

8:30 Principles Of Just Cause And Disciplinary Grievances

A point-counterpoint discussion featuring management and labor perspectives:

Harry Stern and Todd Lyon.

11:30 Adjournment

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The Flamingo Las Vegas
3555 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Rooms are also available at

LINQ Hotel
(adjacent to The Flamingo)
3535 Las Vegas Blvd. South
(702) 733-3111(888) 373-9855

To make arrangements, visit You can also call either hotel directly. For the Flamingo, use Group Code SFGAP9 Room rates Tuesday through Thursday nights are $119 per night, plus a $30 per room, per night resort fee and 13.38% tax. Rates Friday and Saturday nights are $150 plus resort fee and tax. For the LINQ, use Group Code SQGAP9. Room rates Tuesday through Thursday nights are $109 per night, plus a $30 per room, per night resort fee and 13.38% tax. Rates Friday and Saturday nights are $150 plus resort fee and tax. A limited number of rooms are available at these rates on Friday and Saturday nights, so book early if you plan to stay over the weekend. Reservations must be made by September 2, 2019. Reservations received after this date will be on a space-available basis only and at the prevailing rate.

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Will Aitchison
Mr. Aitchison is a Portland, Oregon attorney who has represented over 100 law enforcement and firefighter labor organizations in five western states. He is a veteran of hundreds of public sector labor negotiations. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. and is the author of several books on public sector labor matters, including The Rights of Law Enforcement Officers (7th Edition), and The Rights of Firefighters (4th Edition).

Margaret Brogan
Ms. Brogan is a full-time labor arbitrator and mediator, with offices in Oakland, CA and Philadelphia, PA. She is the immediate past-president of the National Academy of Arbitrators. In her 29 years of arbitration practice, she has had significant experience with regard to public safety employees in both the grievance and interest arbitration forums. She received her J.D. from Villanova University, and has been on the adjunct faculty for both the University of California, at Berkeley, School of Law, and St. Joseph’s University.

Anil S. Karia
Mr. Karia is a founding member of the Public Safety Labor Group in Portland, OR. He has been practicing union side labor law since 2009. He specializes in representing law enforcement associations and guilds in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska in all aspects of their labor relations, including day-to-day counsel, negotiations, arbitrations, unfair labor practice proceedings, civil litigation, and critical incident response. He is general counsel for police association and guilds of all sizes, including the Portland Police Association. He has bargained many labor agreements and has participated in numerous arbitrations on their behalf. He graduated from Reed College in 1999, and obtained his law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2006.

Todd Lyon
Mr. Lyon is a partner in Fisher Phillips’ Portland and Seattle offices. He has been a labor lawyer for over 20 years, representing public and private sector employers in labor negotiations, labor arbitrations, and employment litigation. A skilled negotiator who bargains pro-employer collective bargaining agreements, Todd has conducted hundreds of arbitration hearings with superior results concerning virtually every aspect of contract interpretation, discipline, union security, and interest arbitration. Todd has also successfully litigated before the National Labor Relations Board and state labor boards in both representation and unfair labor practice hearings. He is a graduate of Saint Norbert College and received his J.D. from Hamline University School of Law.

Harry Stern
Mr. Stern is the managing partner of the California law firm Rains Lucia Stern St. Phalle Silver. His practice is focused on civil litigation and criminal defense. He has successfully defended peace officers in a number of high-profile trials. He regularly represents peace officers in internal investigations, administrative hearings, coroner’s inquests, grand jury proceedings and related court actions. He is a graduate of the University of San Francisco.

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P.O.S.T. Certification
Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) credits may be available on a state-by-state basis. If you would like information on your state, please contact Seminar Coordinator Claire Cowan at (503) 282-5440 or prior to the seminar.

Continuing Legal Education certification
LRIS has been approved as a CLE provider by the State Bar of California. This program will qualify for 12.5 hours of MCLE credit by the State Bar of California. If you require certification from any other state, please call Seminar Coordinator Claire Cowan at (503) 282-5440 prior to the seminar.

Registration fees are $795 per person; $645 per person if three or more attend from the same organization. Registration fees include attendance, lunch on the first two days of the seminar, all seminar materials, and a hospitality reception on the first evening.

Each attendee will receive a notebook containing extensive written materials pertaining to each of the subjects addressed.

Reservations may be canceled up to ten days prior to the seminar with a full refund. Cancellations made within ten days are subject to a $150 fee. Substitutions may be made at any time.