2018 Prop 65 Conference

Monday, September 24, 2018
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.    


Caroline Cox, Staff Scientist, Center for Environmental Health

Renee Kalmes, Principal, Exponent

Carol Monahan-Cummings, Chief Counsel, OEHHA

8:00 to 9:00

Prop. 65 Freshman Orientation

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


Ryan Landis, Principal, Polsinelli

Harrison Pollak, Deputy Attorney General

Morning Plenary Session

9:05 to 9:10

Welcome to the Conference

Lana Beckett, Publisher, Prop. 65 Clearinghouse

9:10 to 9:30

Opening Address from the Conference Chair

Gene Livingston, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig

9:30 to 11:00

OEHHA's New Warning Regulations: A Brave New World for Companies and Consumers


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


Jeffrey Margulies, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

Carol Monahan-Cummings, Chief Counsel, OEHHA

Anthony Samson, Senior Attorney and Policy Advisor, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer

Bill Verick, President, Mateel Environmental Justice Foundation

11:00 to 11:15


11:15 to 12:15

Federal Preemption: Legislative and Legal Challenges Facing Prop. 65


Hon. Richard Kramer (ret.), San Francisco Superior Court, JAMS


Howard Hirsch, Principal, Lexington Law Group

Trent Norris, Partner, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer

David Roe (ret.), Principal, Law Offices of David Roe

Karyn Schmidt, Senior Director, American Chemistry Council

12:40 to 1:30


1:00 to 1:30

Lunch Speaker

Lauren Zeise, Director, OEHHA

Afternoon Plenary Session

1:30 to 2:30

Business Strategies for Prop. 65 Compliance

Description: The changes released in August 2018 to Prop. 65 warning requirements led many companies to preemptively assess their responsibilities under the statute. For many companies, the number of products and raw materials that must be evaluated is considerable. This panel will discuss strategies to help companies negotiate compliance along the distribution chain.


Michael Green, CEO, Center for Environmental Health


Scott Lesnet, ES Manager, HNI Corp.

Dr. Thomas Lewandowski, Principal, Gradient

Rick McNeil, Partner, Crowell & Moring

Renee Wasserman, Shareholder, Rogers Joseph O'Donnell

2:30 to 3:30

New Challenges in the Court Room: First Amendment Defenses


Hon. David Garcia (ret.), San Francisco Superior Court, JAMS


Trent Norris, Partner, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer

Dennis Ragen, Deputy Attorney General

William Tarantino, Partner, Morrison & Foerster

James Wheaton, Senior Counsel, First Amendments Project and President, Environmental Law Foundation

3:30 to 3:45


Breakout Sections

3:45 to 4:45

How to Create Prop. 65 Warnings for Internet Platforms


Eric Somers, Principal, Lexington Law Group


Alejandro Bras, Associate, Morrison & Foerster

Stan Landfair, Partner, Dentons

Carol Monahan-Cummings, Chief Counsel, OEHHA


3:45 to 4:45

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 panel will explain how to present your findings to OEHHA to show that exposure to a listed chemical in your product is at or below the Safe Harbor number.


Allan Hirsch, Cheif Deputy Director, OEHHA


Mike Easter, Principal, Ensight

Ann Grimaldi, Principal, Grimaldi Law Offices

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

3:45 to 4:45

Choosing Consultants and Labs for Small and Medium Size Companies: Perils and Pitfalls


Caroline Cox, Staff Scientist, Center for Environmental Health


Anthony Cortez, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig

Mitzi Clark, Partner, Keller and Heckman

Robert Scofield, Vice President and Principal, GSI Environmental

Margaret Whittaker, Managing Director and Chief Toxicologist, ToxServices

5:00 to 6:00

Networking Cocktail Reception

Prop 65 Program Materials


2018 Prop 65 Conference Sponsors


Full Sponsors

  • Applied Technical Services (ATS)
  • Barnes & Thornburg LLP
  • Cardno ChemRisk
  • Downey Brand LLP
  • Exponent
  • Gradient
  • GSI Environmental
  • Hunton Andrews Kurth
  • Keller and Heckman
  • Meyers Nave
  • Scali Rasmussen

Basic Sponsors

  • • Cozen O'Connor
  • • Ensight
  • • Grimaldi Law Offices
  • • Hanson Bridgett LLP
  • • Kelley Drye & Warren
  • • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
  • • Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
  • • Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila

Supporting Sponsors

  • American Chemistry Council
  • Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers
  • CalChamber
  • California Environmental Insider
  • California Retailers Association
  • Center For Environmental Health
  • Sustainable Furnishings Council
  • The Daily Journal