We are excited to announce the 2022 Legal Symposium.  We will have three speaker presentations in the morning, and we will provide a unique opportunity to discuss various legal topics in a round table format in the afternoon - HR Speed Dating with an Attorney.

Speakers and Presentations

Robin Cross: What Legal Issues Will HR Professionals Face in 2025?

Learning Objectives: Attendees will learn how they should start preparing for 2025 HR legal issues today.  These issues include likely new laws and regulations that will be enacted affecting discrimination, harassment and retaliation in the workplace.    

Robin Cross has over twenty years’ experience advising and representing local governments in employment law disputes.  She is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law with the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  She was recognized as an International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) Fellow in 2013.  She has served as President of IMLA’s Personnel Section since 2018, which led to her being awarded the William I. Thornton, Jr. IMLA Faculty Award in 2021.


Caroline Harrison: What Legal Issues Do HR Professionals Face Today Regarding Remote/Hybrid Work and Some Solutions That Have Worked So Far?

Learning Objectives:  Attendees will learn what HR legal issues have arisen with the rise of remote and hybrid work, and some of the solutions that have worked and unfortunately, not worked.

Caroline Harrison is a founding Partner of Pham Harrison LLP. As an attorney Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, she represents employers in disputes with former employees, and guides them through the sometimes confusing arena of employment law. Her practice focuses on employment litigation and counseling.


Traci Clements: What Legal Issues Do HR Professionals Face in Benefits in 2022 – 2023?

Learning Objectives:  Attendees will learn what HR legal issues have arisen in the employee benefits realm so far in 2022, and what further issues will arise in 2023.   

Traci focuses her practice on general employment law matters as well as ERISA and employee benefits including executive compensation. Her past experience includes working in Human Resources and serving as in-house counsel, including General Counsel to a publicly traded company. This experience gives Traci a strong appreciation for our clients’ needs to balance business goals with legal compliance as she assists corporate leaders with solving daily workplace issues.

Afternoon Roundtable Discussions:

John Hagan, Rob Ghio, Jervonne Newsome, and Shannon Norris will be presenting in a format that will allow attendees to get answers to your most pressing questions, we call it "HR Speed Dating with an Attorney".  Attendees will learn the latest legal trends in the HR areas being covered.  

John Hagan - Managing Attorney, Hagan Law Group

“Post Roe v. Wade: What does HR Do Now?” 

John Hagan is an attorney who is Board Certified in HR law and who has been practicing for 25 years.  He is the former president of MCHRA, DallasHR and Collin County HR.  He currently serves as a board member for North Texas SHRM and Texoma SHRM.  He co-wrote two books on Texas HR law.  He provides regular legal updates via email and LinkedIn and so leave him your card if you want to receive them.

Jervonne Newsome - Partner at Lynn Pinker Hurst & Schwegmann, LLP

“Diversity, Equity & Inclusion"

Recognized as Best Lawyer in America for 2021 and 2022 and D Magazine’s Best Lawyer under 40, Jervonne’ Newsome is a Partner at Lynn Pinker Hurst & Schwegmann, LLP, a top-tier litigation boutique in Texas. Jervonne's optimistic approach, unyielding work ethic, and “outside-the-box” litigation strategies are highly respected among the legal community and her clients. Her ability to synthesize and create streamlined arguments, as well as her execution during trials, yields successful results and speedy resolutions. Jervonne’s clients include Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and, corporate and senior executives and officers across a range of complex civil and business litigation matters like labor and employment law, trusts and estates, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, business torts, employment law, trade secrets, non-compete disputes, oil and gas, and more. Jervonne was named among Dallas Top Legal Women and recognized by Chambers and Partners during their 2021 Diversity & Inclusion Awards ceremony. She currently serves as the Practice Group subcommittee chair for the Dallas Bar Association's Equality Committee where she is leading the committee in drafting a DEI toolkit to be used as a resource for law firms and in-house counsel in promoting and sustaining their DEI programs.

Rob Ghio - Dismuke & Waters, PC

“What’s Up and Down with Arbitrations!”

Rob Ghio is an attorney with over 25 years of experience representing employers in all aspects of employment law, including litigation regarding employment discrimination, wage and hour claims, drafting and reviewing employment contracts and severance agreements, litigating noncompetition agreements, and advising employers on employment-related compliance issues.

Shannon Norris - Managing Member, Norris Law Firm PLLC

“Managing the Great Resignation, Legally!”

Shannon Norris has been practicing since 1993 in the areas of employment law, business litigation, trade secrets, civil fraud, and employee benefits. During that time, he has represented a broad range of clients from Fortune 100 companies to small businesses and individuals. Mr. Norris has extensive experience with employment litigation, noncompete agreements, misappropriation of trade secrets, and occupational fraud. He is a regular speaker on topics relating to employment law, civil litigation, and human resources.

Mr. Norris began his career in 1993 at the law firm of Jones Day where he was a member of the Labor & Employment Law Section. He formed his own practice in the year 2000. He is also a Certified Fraud Examiner and a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.  Mr. Norris is Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® PEER REVIEW RATINGSTM fall into two categories—legal ability and general ethical standards.

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The 2022 Legal Symposium program has been submitted for 6.0 SHRM PDC's.  North Texas SHRM is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information, visit the SHRM certification website at www.shrmcertification.org.

The 2022 Legal Symposium program has been submitted for 6.0 Business recertification credit hours toward aPHR™, aPHRi™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™, or SPHRi™ recertification through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®).

The 2022 Legal Symposium program has been approved for 6.0 Accredited CLE hours through the State Bar of Texas.

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