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Boots on the Ground – A Practitioner’s Guide to Conducting Public Safety Investigations


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Category:
External Investigators |  Internal Investigators |  POBR/FOBR |  Public Sector
Faculty:
Karen Kramer |  Eli Makus
Duration:
1 Hour
Format:
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
Feb 25, 2021
License:
Never expires.



Description

In August 2020, AWI presented a webinar largely focused on the legal framework for conducting administrative investigations involving public safety professionals. This companion webinar will drill down and provide practical guidance for investigators on the nuances unique to investigations involving law enforcement. Given the increased emphasis on transparency of investigations involving peace officers, these sensitive investigations include an added layer of scrutiny from all parties and stakeholders. While the focus of the webinar will be on the California Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights (“POBR”), the concepts and tools discussed are applicable to investigations in most jurisdictions with similar legislation. Many of these concepts also apply to investigations involving Firefighters.

Disclaimer: The contents of this webinar and the positions taken are those of the presenter only, may be time sensitive, and are not warranted, endorsed or otherwise recommended by AWI and are not intended to provide legal advice. 

Credits


CA MCLE

California MCLEs: 1.0



Handouts

Speaker(s)

Karen Kramer's Profile

Karen Kramer

Kramer Workplace Investigations


Karen Kramer, AWI-CH is an employment law attorney specializing in workplace investigations. Since forming Kramer-Wiese in 2000, Ms. Kramer’s practice has focused primarily on conducting personnel investigations involving allegations of discrimination, harassment and retaliation, as well as misconduct and disciplinary matters. She previously litigated employment law matters with Porter Scott and worked as an employment law attorney with LexisNexis. Ms. Kramer’s experience includes testifying during administrative and judicial proceedings regarding completed investigations. Ms. Kramer has conducted hundreds of workplace investigations for public agencies, and is well versed in the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights and the Firefighters Procedural Bill of Rights. She has also conducted many complex and high profile investigations involving high level public employees and elected officials. Ms. Kramer is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine (1989) and University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (1992).


Eli Makus's Profile

Eli Makus

Senior Partner

Van Dermyden Makus Law Corporation


Eli Makus, AWI-CH is an employment attorney whose practice is focused on conducting impartial workplace investigations. Eli is the Senior Managing Partner of Van Dermyden Makus Law Corporation. With more than twenty attorneys, Van Dermyden Makus is one of the largest law firms in the country devoted to providing neutral legal services, including conducting workplace investigations. Drawing upon his extensive employment law background, Eli conducts complex and sensitive investigations involving a variety of workplace complaints for public and private employers throughout California. Eli regularly trains on employment law topics, including training internal and external investigators on how to conduct impartial workplace investigations. Prior to focusing on workplace investigations, Eli served as in-house employment and medical staff counsel for a large healthcare provider. There, in addition to providing employment law advice and counsel, he conducted and supervised investigations and helped develop an internal investigations program. Before that, he worked for a large Northern California law firm representing employers in a variety of employment law matters.  Eli is the President for the AWI Board of Directors and regularly serves as Faculty for AWI’s Training Institute. Eli earned his law degree from King Hall School of Law at the University of California, Davis.

 

Email: erm@vmlawcorp.com

Office Phone: 9167792402


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