Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Phone Conference Call
Present: Oscar Winslow, President
Howard Fuchs, 1st Vice President
Josh Geller, 2nd Vice President
Nick Lauber, Treasurer
Ann Rosenthal, Secretary
Patrick Hiscocks, Criminal Director
Matt Schonbrun, Criminal Director
Karine Philips, Criminal Director
Garcelle Embry, Civil Director
Carmen Hawkins, Civil Director
Legal Counsel: David Mastagni, by phone.

Management request regarding grievances.

LACAA needs the Mastagni firm to be available when employees need representation, but Members should not be referred to the Mastagni firm in all situations.

The Employee must be the person who starts the grievance process, not LACAA’s lawyers. Employees must start the process by notifying their supervisors of the potential grievance. LACAA’s Members have the right to an employee rep., but not necessarily an attorney at the beginning of the process. If there is no resolution, then Step 2 is when the Legal Committee determines whether to tell the employee to handle the situation on their own, or refer them to the Mastagni firm.

Grievances tend to fall in to two categories: Interpersonal grievances – member on member problems – what approach is most appropriate for these circumstances? (2) An employee is being targeted by the front office – discipline or transferred, etc.

Step 1 – Informal discussion (Section 21). Right to representation is informal. The Office asked for our help setting up a mediation process to resolve some of the disputes that may not rise to grievance level, but still needs a resolution. Representation must be only in a situation in which the Member is anxious about approaching their supervisor on their own.

President Winslow will contact Leela Kapur and inform her that the LACAA Board is willing to work with her and will put some procedures in place during the initial grievance process.

The Mastagni firm will offer training again for grievance reps.


As you know, our new MOU includes annual reimbursement for MCLE-related expenses. To ensure that you receive complete and timely reimbursement, we encourage you to follow the instructions contained in the MCLE protocol provided by City Attorney Management. You must complete and submit a reimbursement form in order to receive reimbursement.

You can reimburse expenses related to attending MCLE programs that are accepted by the California State Bar, even if the program takes place in another state. Eligible expenses include the cost of the program, travel, and per diems.

Please be judicious when choosing lodging and which food/drink expenses you submit for reimbursement.

The Board is pleased to announce that LACAA has retained the law firm of MASTAGNI, HOLSTEDT, AMICK, MILLER & JOHNSEN as General Counsel.

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