2018 SAHRA Conference Educational Sessions
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How Will HR and Employers Weed Through the New Employment Regulations

with Recreational Marijuana Use in California

September 19, 2018

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.


The recreational use of marijuana is now legal in several states, and medical marijuana is legal in eve more states.  Any use of marijuana, however, remains subject to federal prosecution under the Controlled Substances Act.  In this session, we explore the evolving legal landscape regarding marijuana and the challenges employers face in responding to these regulations.  Dean will also share some practical case studies on the specific situations employers have been dealing with and we will discuss the best ways of resolving those challenges. 



Speakers: Professor Jay Mootz, Dean Rocco Esq., and Elisa Alevy Esq.


Professor Mootz teaches and writes in traditional doctrinal areas such as contract, sale, insurance and employment law. He is dedicated to using modern teaching tools, and is the co-author of a Sales casebook and a forthcoming Employment Law casebook. Professor Mootz has edited three volumes of the 14-volume Appleman Library Edition insurance law treatise, and he has served as an expert consultant regarding insurance coverage issues.


Most recently, he has written and spoken about the emerging adult-use cannabis industry in California, discussing insurance coverage issues and questions of professional responsibility for attorneys advising cannabis clients. He has served as a Member of the Board of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws from 2006 until 2012, and was elected to membership in the American Law Institute in 2012.

Professor Mootz has undertaken an ambitious agenda of interdisciplinary scholarship exploring relationships between law and contemporary European philosophy. His primary focus is on the hermeneutical and rhetorical traditions. He is the author of Rhetorical Knowledge in Legal Practice and Critical Legal Theory (2006) and has edited and contributed to a number of volumes relating to jurisprudential topics. He has been a regular presenter at academic symposia in Europe, Africa, and South America.


Francis J. Mootz III joined the McGeorge School of Law on June 1, 2012 as the school's ninth dean. After his five-year term as dean, he joined the faculty as Professor of Law. Previously, Professor Mootz served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Dean for Faculty Development, and William S. Boyd Professor of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has also taught at Penn State Dickinson School of Law, William and Mary Law School and Western New England University School of Law. Professor Mootz is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Duke University Graduate School, and Duke University School of Law.



Dean Rocco is a pragmatic, results-oriented attorney who leverages the firm’s geographic reach and strength across multiple disciplines to the benefit of clients. He takes great pride in building longstanding partnerships with clients through responsive communication and consistent, positive results in keeping with clients’ business philosophies and litigation objectives.

Dean is the Western Region Chair of the firm’s national Employment & Labor practice. In that capacity, he maintains a significant practice representing employers and management in a wide range of employment litigation. He lends his knowledge and perspective to building effective personnel programs and policies, counseling employers and managing risk during difficult employee issues, and training employers on legal compliance and best practices.

Dean also serves as co-chair of the firm’s national Cannabis Law practice. Dean works with clients inside and outside the cannabis industry to navigate the complex and quickly evolving framework of recreational and medical marijuana laws impacting their businesses.  

As a distinguished attorney and recognized authority in his field, Dean is routinely asked by media outlets, business organizations and professional associations to share his perspectives on evolving legal issues.


Elisa Levy is a Senior Administrator and Human Resource Development practitioner with 25 years’ experience.  She has worked in publicly-traded, closely-held, and non-profit corporations, in a variety of sectors involving engineering, manufacturing, information technologies, and academia.  Her core disciplines areas include organizational design and development, budget management and oversight, recruitment and retention, restructuring, employee relations, compensation programs, team development, business development, work-process redesign, investigations, Titles VII and IX, and other policy violations, and Clery Act compliance.


Ms. Levy earned her Master of Science, cum laude, in Human Resource Management, and her Bachelor of Arts in Music, with a minor emphasis in psychology.  She holds certifications in SHRM-SCP and SPHR-CA.  She is also certified as by the Association of Title IX Administrators as a Level II Civil Rights Investigator and a Title IX Investigator. 


Ms. Levy is currently the Business Services Director for West Yost Associates, in Davis. She is the former Assistant Dean for Administration and Strategic Planning at University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.  She is a prolific volunteer, and in her spare time enjoys skiing and hiking in the Alps, and traveling with her husband and daughters.  




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