Conference Schedule

Details regarding the schedule are set forth below:

Friday, April 6, 2018 – Welcome Reception at OUE Skyspace in Downtown L.A. (OPEN NETWORKING)

Theme: “Through the glass ceiling and beyond” ft. sky-high, panoramic views

6:00 p.m. – Welcome Reception Begins

D.J.’ing By The Phenomenal Gingee (see

Hors D’oeuvres By A.C. Boral (see

7:00 p.m. – Friday Program Begins

10:00 p.m. – Day 1 Ends

Saturday, April 7, 2018 – Conference at the Omni in Downtown L.A.

Theme: “Pinays Now!”

6:00 a.m. – Optional Yoga Session

8:00 a.m. – Breakfast / Morning Conference Begins

“Voice and Visibility” Panel

>> The “Me Too” slogan started in 2006 to raise awareness regarding various forms of abuse in our society.  With recent revelations of sexual harassment and assault by and against high profile figures, a renewed #metoo movement has ignited a long overdue public conversation regarding the treatment of women in the workplace.  This includes sexual harassment and assault, as well as equal pay, gender discrimination and gender stereotypes/bias.  This panel will consist of litigators on both sides- employee/plaintiff and management/defense.  The panel will also have a female executive in the finance business which is a male dominated industry.  The litigators will discuss the laws on sexual harassment, gender discrimination, industries where wage/hour claims significantly impact female workforces.  The litigators will help employees know their legal rights and help employers/management likewise understand their obligations under the laws.  You will hear the perspective of a female executive who successfully climbed the ladder in a male dominated industry while maintaining a healthy work life balance that includes a successful career, having a family, and active philanthropy work helping immigrants and refugees. <<

Panelist: Millicent N. Sanchez

Ms. Sanchez is a shareholder of Swerdlow Florance Sanchez Swerdlow & Wimmer and the President of Workaw® Network.  She is a former member of the Executive Committee for the Labor Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association; a past chair of the Ethnic Minority Relations Committee for the State Bar of California; a former member of the Board of Governors of California Women Lawyers; a former member of the Board of Directors for YWCA of Greater Los Angeles; and a former member of the Board of Trustees for HOBY (Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership).  In addition, she is a former member of the Torch Relay Foundation, Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee Supervisor, Public Information, Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee.  Ms. Sanchez also is a current PABA Foundation Director and a former PABA President.

Panelist: Jackie Lou Raquidan

Ms. Raquidan is an executive at Union Bank.  She will be providing an in-house perspective regarding issues impacting women and minorities in the workplace.

Panelist: Adrianne De Castro

Ms. De Castro is an associate at Desai Law Firm and an active member of the California Employment Lawyers Association.  She has extensive experience representing workers in employment discrimination cases on account of age, pregnancy, disability, gender, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, and wage and hour claims.  Ms. De Castro began her career as the Ruth Chance Law Fellow at Equal Rights Advocates where she spent two years representing low-wage women workers in sexual harassment and discrimination cases.

Moderator: Toni Jaramilla

Toni Jaramilla is the founder and named shareholder of Toni Jaramilla, a Professional Corporation.  She recently testified at the California State Capitol before the Senate Committee on Judiciary and the Committee on Women, Work, and Families, regarding a proposal to bar arbitration and secret settlements in the workplace.  Ms. Jaramilla is a past chair of the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA).  She also is a former PABA President.

11:30 a.m. – Morning Breakout Session

1:00 p.m. – Lunch / Keynote Panel

Keynote Panel

>> In this Keynote Panel, individual judges will talk about the challenges they have faced that prepared them to serve as judicial officers.  The panel will be an informal conversation, where the audience will be given an opportunity to ask questions to the guest speakers.  The panel will consist of a former partner in a global law firm who was appointed as an Article III judge, a veteran prosecutor who was appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court, the first Filipina American to be elected to the Los Angeles Superior Court, and the first Filipina American to be elected as a Commissioner by the judges of the Los Angeles Superior Court.
The judicial officers, who were all former prosecutors, will share their stories on what it means for them to be a Pinay in an environment that is traditionally dominated by men; the challenges they faced in their practice; balancing family life, work, and community activities; maintaining a balance between being a private citizen and a public figure, with a focus on publications and social media; and the struggles they faced in their journey to the bench.
The panel also hopes to share practical tips for those who are interested in applying for the bench or seeking a judicial position by election.  The goal of the keynote discussion is to increase diversity in the bench and have a frank conversation regarding the under-representation of Pinays in the judiciary.  <<

Panelist: Hon. Lorna G. Schofield

Judge Schofield is the first Filipina American Article III federal judge in the United States.  She was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed in December 2012, by a unanimous U.S. Senate vote (91-0), to serve as a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.  Prior to becoming a judge, Judge Schofield was a partner at Debevoise & Plimpton and previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Panelist: Hon. Lisa M. Chung

Judge Chung currently presides over Department A19 of the Michael Antonovich Antelope Valley Courthouse.  She was appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court by Governor Gray Davis in March 2003.  Prior to becoming a judge, Judge Chung served as a Deputy District Attorney for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.

Panelist: Hon. Teresa P. Magno

Judge Magno currently presides over Department B of the Compton Courthouse.  She became the first elected Filipina American judge in the Los Angeles Superior Court in January 2015.  Prior to becoming a judge, Judge Magno was a Deputy District Attorney for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Panelist: Hon. May Santos

The Honorable May Santos is a Commissioner of the Downey Courthouse.

Moderator: Christine J. Gonong

Ms. Gonong is an attorney at Nguyen Lawyers, ALC, and an Adjunct Faculty at USC Gould School of Law.  She clerked for the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the Supreme Court of Hawaii, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  She co-authored the article entitled “Filipinos on the Bench and Challenges and Solutions for Today and Tomorrow’s Generations,” which was published in the 2017 Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession Review and the 22nd Volume of the Asian Pacific American Law Journal.  Ms. Gonong also is a former PABA President.

2:30 p.m. – Group Photo

3:00 p.m. – Afternoon Conference Begins

Saturday Afternoon Leadership and Civic Engagement Panel

>> In what has been dubbed the “Pink Wave,” an unprecedented number of women are seeking public office. But preparing for public service starts long before the wave crests and, despite a general desire to make an impact, few attorneys in the Asian American community-at-large cite the prospect of holding public office as motivation for entering law school. This panel seeks to explore the past, present, and future of Filipina sisters-in-law in public office and politics by discussing their roles in shaping policy and the realities of work in the public sector. Together, we can ride the wave! <<

Panelist: Gloria Ochoa

Ms. Ochoa is the first Filipina to graduate from King Hall (UC Davis Law School), first Filipina/o lawyer to serve as Counsel to the California Senate Judiciary Committee, first Filipina to run for a California Supervisorial seat (and win), and the first Filipino/a in California to be the nominee of the Democratic Party (or any major political party).

Panelist: Rachel Juliana

Ms. Juliana is legal counsel at Verizon Enterprise Solutions.  She also is a Plainsboro Township representative on the West Windsor-Plainsboro Board of Education in New Jersey.

Panelist: Hildegarde Aguinaldo

Ms. Aguinaldo is a Director, Corporate Counsel at DaVita Inc., a member of the Board of Governors for California Community Colleges, and a commissioner for the Los Angeles County Hospitals & Healthcare Delivery Commission.  She previously was an Associate General Counsel at UnitedHealthcare and a president/chair of the Enforcement Committee for the State of California Acupuncture Board.  She also is a former PABA President.

Moderator: Abigail Zelenski

Ms. Zelenski is a Shareholder and Managing Counsel at the Jaurigue Law Group.  Throughout her career, Abigail has focused extensively on individual and class-action wage-and-hour cases involving violations under the California Labor Code and the Fair Labor Standards Act.  Abigail was the past Vice President of the Board of the Filipino American Library and Filipino American Heritage Institute, where she dedicated seven years of community service.  In October 2012, Abigail was elected to the Governing Board of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, where she served her term through April 2014.

4:30 p.m. – Afternoon Breakout Sessions

5:30 p.m. – Halo-Halo Bar

6:00 p.m. – Closing Reception Begins (OPEN NETWORKING)

8:00 p.m. – Day 2 Ends

Sunday, April 8, 2018 – (Separate Registration) Private Group Brunch in Venice Beach (Space Limited) (OPEN NETWORKING)

Theme: “This is L.A.”

11:00 a.m. – Brunch Catered By A.C. Boral (see

1:00 p.m. – Separate Sunday Activity Ends