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August Legal Update & Luncheon

  • 15 Aug 2019
  • 10:15 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Ridglea Country Club
  • 12


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August Legal Update & Luncheon

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Legal Hour

10:15 am - 11:15 am


Speaker: Julie Ross & Julia Gannaway
Topic:  What Happened in the U.S. Supreme Court's 2018-2019 Term?

Julie Ross and Julia Gannaway, management side employment lawyers with Ross|Gannaway, PLLC, will provide a lively discussion on what happened this past term and what to look forward to in the next term.  First, Justice Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed following a highly charged emotional and political process.  Then, despite what many anticipated would be a divided Court, the Supremes produced a number of unanimous employment law decisions in its October 2018-2019 term. The Court handed down three employment arbitration-related cases along with deciding that filing an administrative charge with the EEOC is not a jurisdictional prerequisite to filing a lawsuit. Perhaps more relevant to the daily work of HR professionals is what will happen next term. The Supreme Court will finally make a much-anticipated ruling on whether Title VIl’s “on the basis of sex” prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity. 

Speaker Bio:

Julie Ross is a partner in the law firm of Ross | Gannaway, PLLC. Her law practice is devoted solely to employment law, and she represents employers and management in both the public and private sector. Julie’s practice emphasizes all aspects of employment law including assisting clients on FMLA, FLSA and ADA issues; assisting clients against claims such as wrongful discharge, employment discrimination and harassment under Title VII, ADA, ADEA and other employment statutes; training in all areas of employment law; and investigation of employee complaints. Julie has a J.D. with honors from Texas Tech University and a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Texas.

Julia Gannaway is a partner in the law firm of Ross | Gannaway, PLLC. Her practice is dedicated largely to employment law in the public sector. The firm represents only employers. The firm’s office is located in Southlake but their clients are all around the state. Julia worked as an Assistant City Attorney in Odessa and Bryan before coming to work at the firm. Julia worked as an Assistant City Attorney in Odessa and Bryan before coming to work at the firm. She advises clients on matters relating to investigations and disciplinary actions in Chapter 143 settings and non-Chapter 143 cities; matters relating to the Fair Labor Standards Act and Texas law regarding pay issues. Her practice involves representing clients before Federal and State courts, administrative hearings for civil service and TCOLE, and in EEOC/DOL investigations. She also moonlights as the author of numerous Public Information Act requests for rulings. Julia is a 1991 graduate of Texas A&M in economics and obtained her JD from the University of Houston in 1994. She is also a member of the Texas Bar College.


11:30 am - 1 pm

Speaker: Ryan Searles 
Topic:  Active Shooter Response Training
(The A,B,C’s of Active Shooter Response)

We often associate active shooter incidents with schools, but most people aren’t aware that active shooter incidents happen at businesses twice as often. These events can dramatically impact operations, lives, and communities. While we may feel as though we have no control over this alarming trend, organizational leaders are obligated to prepare their organizations to respond if faced with such a situation. In this session, we’ll discuss how to gather, assess, and synthesize external environmental information related to active shooter incidents to ultimately guide your organization through strategic decisions that will improve the company’s competitive advantage to stay in business, should such a tragic event occur. Attendees will gain knowledge regarding best available risk management strategies regarding this topic, including avoidance, mitigation, and acceptance.

Speaker Bio:

Mr. Searles develops customized curriculum on topics ranging from Workplace Violence Prevention, Active Shooter Response Training, self-defense, OSHA, CPR, weapons, and tactics. He possesses a comprehensive background in complex problem-solving and relationship building derived from conducting domestic and global operations across five continents. Mr. Searles has managed enterprise wide risk management programs to protect life and safety, critical infrastructure, as well as high-value property and equipment.

Mr. Searles conducts Corporate Training, Vulnerability, Threat & Risk Assessments, Tabletop Exercises, Specialized Active Shooter Response Training, and Policy and Procedure writing, which he has done for numerous Fortune 100 companies, hospitals, schools, and other organizations. With more than 17 years of professional experience in security, force protection, and risk management for multiple-jurisdictional responses at local, state, regional, and national levels, Mr. Searles is certified through Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) as a Medical Instructor, Civilian Active Shooter Response Instructor, and Law Enforcement Response Instructor to Active Shooter Emergencies

A recipient of multiple Purple Hearts and service-related accommodations, Mr. Searles understands the sacrifices required to ensure our nation’s freedom. While serving in the U.S. Army, he also received several medals for outstanding performance and professionalism.

Meeting Location:

Ridglea Country Club
3700 Bernie Anderson Ave.
Fort Worth, Texas 76116

Please note - beginning in June, Ridglea will be remodeling the front entryway to the Club.  We will enter through the west door by walking between the Tennis Courts and the Clubhouse.  This will lead into the hallway that runs in front of the receptionist desk.  This will be well marked outside the Club.

Reservations / Cancellations

All registrations must be received before close of business on the Monday prior to the event.  Thereafter, a limited number of registrations will be accepted at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. Please understand that you cannot be guarantee seat at the meeting if you do not register by the Monday preceding the event. If you can't make the event, please let us know 72 hours beforehand by sending an email to info@fortworthhr.org, so that we can cancel your registration. Otherwise, we will bill you for the reservation (we pay the venue based on the number of attendees reserved - including no-shows).

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PO Box 100184 
Fort  Worth, Texas 76185



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