2020 National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity Law

ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law’s Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity Law

Speaking Engagement | March.25.2020 - March.28.2020 | 8am - 9pm (Pacific Daylight Time)

Park Hyatt Aviara, Carlsbad, CA

Orrick’s Erin Connell and Mike Weil will serve as speakers at this year’s annual conference on equal employment opportunity law taking place in Carlsbad, CA from March 25-28. Erin, who serves as Employer Co-Chair and Planning Committee Co-Chair for this year’s conference, will lead a management and defense lawyer-focused discussion, while Mike discusses Employee Mobility and Advanced Restrictive Covenant Issues in a separate discussion

The National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity Law is presented by the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law’s Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity Law. The program will address issues and concerns from the perspective of plaintiff, management, union, the judiciary and government counsel. The Conference also will afford the opportunity to meet and network with top level practitioners from all areas of the practice, including government leaders.

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CLE Credits Available: Y


  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Pay Equity

Erin M. Connell Partner

San Francisco

Erin's practice covers all aspects of employment law. She defends employers in class actions and other complex cases, as well as in systemic investigations and audits by the EEOC, OFCCP, and the California CRD. Erin has led dozens of internal pay equity analyses and is a trusted advisor for several of the nation's most prominent employers on developing areas of employment law, including pay equity and pay transparency, DEI best practices, and the use of AI in employment decision making.

Erin also is an accomplished first chair trial lawyer. She has tried several cases before juries and in arbitration, and has obtained numerous defense summary judgment rulings and other favorable resolutions in state and federal court. Erin led the trial team that obtained a complete dismissal for Oracle in OFCCP v. Oracle, the largest pay equity case ever brought by OFCCP, which garnered national media attention and earned Erin recognition as a "Litigator of the Week" by the American Lawyer and a 2021 Employment MVP by Law360. As lead counsel, Erin also successfully obtained decertification in a statewide California pay equity class action, Jewett v. Oracle.

Erin's clients include leading technology and Fortune 500 companies, including: Oracle, Meta, Microsoft, Netflix, Pinterest, Twitter, Workday, PayPal, Sony Interactive Entertainment, NVIDIA, Airbnb, SiriusXM, Dropbox, Amgen, Zendesk, Splunk and Goldman Sachs. 

Erin is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Bar Association of San Francisco, a faculty member with the Institute for Workplace Equality (IWE), and frequently speaks on California and national employment law issues, including for IWE, the ABA, the Practicing Law Institute (PLI) and the American Employment Legal Council (AELC). She was formerly the management chair of the ABA Equal Employment Opportunity Committee. She has published numerous articles on employment law in publications around the country, including the ABA Journal of Law & Employment Law. She also provides employment law training and conducts internal investigations on employment-related matters.