Friday, February 1, 2019 - 07:45

The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel
1127 Connecticut Ave. NW
20036 Washington, DC

MWELA’s Annual Conference is an all-day event featuring colleagues, judges, and outside experts on topics concerning all aspects of the plaintiff’s employment practice. Our annual Lawyer of the Year award will also be presented during the conference.

Registration and Continental Breakfast
7:45 – 8:30 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks
8:30 – 8:40 am
MWELA President

The Changing Legal Landscape of the Civil Service
8:40 am - 9:40 am
Michelle Bercovici, Alden Law Group, PLLC
David Borer - General Counsel, American Federal of Government Employees 
Debra D’Agostino - The Federal Practice Group

Pregnancy & Family Responsibilities Discrimination
9:50 am - 10:50 am
Emily Martin - Vice President, Education and Workplace Justice at National Women's Law Center 
Michal Shinnar - Senior Associate, Gilbert Employment Law
Tom Spiggle - Partner, The Spiggle Law Firm

Wage and Hour Laws - They Should Benefit All Employees!
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sally Dworak-Fisher - Public Justice Center, Baltimore
Alan Kabat - Bernabei & Kabat, Washington DC
Omar Melehy - Melehy & Associates, Silver Spring

12:15 – 1:15pm
MWELA President
Presentation of 2019 MWELA Lawyer of the Year Award

Handling Security Clearance Matters and Whistleblowers in the Intelligence Community
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm
Elaine Fitch - Partner, Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch, P.C.
Charles McCullough, III - Partner, Compass Rose Legal Group
Dan Meyer - Partner, Tully Rinckey, PLLC

Ethics- Difficult Clients
2:25 pm - 3:25 pm
Ellen Messing – Partner, Messing, Rudavsky & Weliky, P.C.A 
Richard Seymour – The Law Office of Richard T. Seymour PLLC
Hope Todd – DC Bar

Preparing for Trial
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Judge Amit Mehta - United States District Court for the District of Columbia 
Richard Salzman - Heller, Huron, Chertkof & Salzman, PLLC

Cocktail Reception
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Thank you to our sponsors:



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Sensei Enterprises, Inc.


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City National Bank

Leadership Circle

Charlson Bredehoft Cohen & Brown, P.C.

The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel
1127 Connecticut Ave. NW
20036 Washington, DC