2019 Prop 65 Conference

Monday, September 23, 2019
Julia Morgan Ballroom, 15th Floor
Merchants Exchange Building
465 California Street, San Francisco


7:45 to 9:00 

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Pre-Conference Classes

8:00 to 9:00

Prop. 65 Compliance 101

Description: Overview of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessments regulations.    


Matt Nevins, Research Manager, Center for Environmental Health

Carol Monahan-Cummings, Chief Counsel, OEHHA

Robert Scofield, Principal Toxicologist & Vice President, GSI Environmental

8:00 to 9:00

Prop. 65 Freshman Orientation

Description: Overview of substantive legal cases interpreting Prop. 65 regulations.   


Joshua Bloom, Partner, Environmental General Counsel

Bill Verick, President, Mateel Environmental Justice Foundation 

Morning Plenary Session

9:05 to 9:10

Welcome to the Conference

Lana Beckett, Publisher, Prop. 65 Clearinghouse & CEI Today

9:10 to 9:30

Opening Address from the Conference Chair

Arthur (Artie) Lawyer, Principal, Exponent

9:30 to 10:30

Warnings: What's Working, What's Not


Carol Monahan-Cummings, Chief Counsel, OEHHA


Rachel Michelin, President, California Retailers Association

Judith Praitis, Partner, Sidley Austin

David Roe, Retired, Law Offices of David Roe

Will Wagner, Associate, Greenberg Traurig

10:30 to 10:45


10:45 to 11:45

From Raw Materials to the Store's Shelf: How Can You Be Sure You're Compliant?


David Roe, Retired, Law Offices of David Roe


Tom Lewandowski, Principal, Gradient

Jeff Margulies, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

Renee Wasserman, Shareholder, Rogers Joseph O'Donnell

Michael Kirschner, President, Design Chain Associates

12:15 to 1:00


12:45 to 1:45

Lunch Program: What's New with TSCA and How Does It Intersect with California's Chemical Regulations?


Fiona Smith, Writer, Prop. 65 Clearinghouse & CEI Today


Michael Boucher, Partner, Crowell & Moring

Avinash Kar, Senior Attorney & Director of State Health Policy, NRDC

Karl Palmer, Acting Deputy Director, Safer Products & Workplace Program, DTSC

Karyn Schmidt, Senior Director, American Chemistry Council

Afternoon Plenary Session

1:45 to 2:45

Pitfalls to Avoid When Testing Products or Relying on Previous Consent Judgments


James Wheaton, President, Environmental Law Foundation


Sarah Esmaili, Partner, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer

Renee Kalmes, Principal, Exponent

Leslie Krasny, Partner, Keller and Heckman

Stan Landfair, Partner, Dentons

2:45 to 3:45

New Chemical Listings: How to Make Sure Your Company Stays Compliant


Margaret Whittaker, Managing Director & Chief Toxicologist, ToxServices


Sophia Castillo, Partner, Downey Brand

Ann Grimaldi, Principal, Grimaldi Law Offices

Ryan Landis, Principal, Polsinelli

Tom Lee, Partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

3:45 to 4:00


Breakout Sections

4:00 to 5:00

Prop. 65 Enforcement: Ethical and Legal Responsibilities for Plaintiff and Defense Attorneys


Sue Fiering, Deputy Attorney General, Retired Annuitant


Amy Lally, Partner, Sidley Austin

David Sadwick, Partner, Tatro Tekosky Sadwick

Parker Smith, Co-Founder, Sy and Smith

Mark Todzo, Principal, Lexington Law Group

4:00 to 5:00

Safe Use Determination (SUD) Workshop

Description: A SUD is a tool that can provide verification to businesses that their product or operating practices comply with the requirements of Prop. 65. A SUD can also provide important assurance to the public that a given product or activity is in compliance with Prop. 65.

This workshop panel will discuss when and how a company should consider opting to file a SUD.


Mike Easter, Principal, Ensight

Martha Sandy, Chief, Reproductive & Cancer Hazard Assessment Branch, OEHHA

5:00 to 6:00

Networking Cocktail Reception

Prop 65 Program Materials


2019 Prop 65 Conference Sponsors


Full Sponsors

  • Buchalter
  • Cardno ChemRisk
  • Crowell & Moring
  • Exponent
  • GSI Environmental
  • Hunton Andrews Kurth
  • Keller and Heckman
  • Scali Rasmussen

Basic Sponsors

  • • Applied Technical Services (ATS)
  • • Beveridge & Diamond
  • • Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
  • • EnSIGHT
  • • Gradient
  • • Grimaldi Law Offices
  • • Hanson Bridgett LLP
  • • Kelley Drye & Warren

Supporting Sponsors

  • American Chemistry Council
  • American Herbal Products Association
  • Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers
  • CalChamber
  • California Environmental Insider
  • California Retailers Association
  • Center For Environmental Health
  • Daily Journal Corporation