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ACES 2020
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Join us for OC-ALA's premier educational event and Business Partner Expo!

When: Friday, January 31
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: Irvine Airport Hilton
18800 MacArthur Boulevard
Irvine, California  92612
United States
Contact: Toni Burnside

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The Annual Chapter Education Summit (ACES) was developed to offer Legal Administrators and Managers an opportunity to learn and exchange vital information with other Administrators, Legal Managers, Industry Leaders, and Business Partners.

Mark your calendars now for this year's exciting schedule, to be announced shortly. 

Keynote speakers and bios:

Rebecca Heiss, PhD Leadership

After earning her PhD with research designated as “transformative” by the National Science Foundation, Dr. Rebecca Heiss went on to hold multiple appointments in academia, applying her research to solve practical problems in overcoming what she refers to as “biological ghosts” - subconscious behaviors that haunt modern life. She founded a stress hormone consultation company, Biologic Balance, and is currently launching a new self-awareness, 360-review app, called Icueity, to help every individual reach her/his full potential. She has been honored to speak internationally on her work, including multiple TEDx talks, and has found her calling in helping others recognize the power of biological applications in their lives. Rebecca lives in South Carolina with her spoiled rotten dog named Bird, and tries every day to live her life motto: “spread happy.”

For Rebecca Heiss, PhD’s presentation – Instinctive Cognition

  • CLM® Application Credit: [2] hours in the subject area of Organizational Development.
  • CLM® Recertification Credit: [2] hours in the subject area of Communication and Organizational Management (CM).
  • Key Outcomes and Takeaways: After the Instinctive Cognition presentation, participants will: (1) Understand the root of subconscious behaviors. (2) Neutralize fear associated with blind spots through self-awareness. (3) Recognize and modify common toxic instincts at the individual and organizational scale. (4) Establish a road map to challenge toxic instincts and consciously tell their own stories. 



Richard J. Simmons
Labor Law

Richard J. Simmons is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in the firm’s Los Angeles office of Sheppard Mullin.  Richard represents employers in various employment law matters involving litigation throughout the country and general advice regarding state and federal wage and hour laws, employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, employee discipline and termination, employee benefits, affirmative action, union representation proceedings, and contract arbitrations.

For Richard J. Simmons, Esq.’s presentation – Labor Law Update

  • CLM® Application Credit for Functional Specialists: [2] hours in the subject area of Human Resources Management (HR) toward the additional hours required of some Functional Specialists to fulfill the CLM application requirements.
  • CLM® Recertification Credit: [2] hours in the subject area of Human Resources Management (HR).
  • Key Outcomes and Takeaways: To keep those with personnel, HR, compensation and pay responsibilities on the cutting edge so they can lead their firms through the labyrinth of state and federal rules and comply with their new and evolving obligations.




Lance Breger

Wellness Plan

Lance Breger is an Executive Wellness Coach and the CEO of Infinity Wellness Partners, a comprehensive corporate wellness company that prepares law firms and legal professionals for the most productive and healthy work-life. 


As a 20-year veteran of the health and wellness industry, Lance has led programs for tens of thousands of professionals based on his four pillars of wellness: fitness, nutrition, mind/body, and ergonomics.


In 2016 the Wellness Council of America named Lance as one of the Top 25 Health Promotion Professionals in the nation. Lance earned a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Master’s degree in Health Promotion Management from American University and has achieved certification as a personal trainer, holistic lifestyle coach, health coach, and exercise coach. 






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