This is my final installment as your President. It has truly been a privilege to serve this fine organization as President these last two years. I have enjoyed working with wonderful officers: Linda, Joe, Michael and Anjali. Together, we made a great team. Moreover, the officers received incredible support from our board and fellow members.
Reflecting over my time in MWELA, I have seen this organization grow since 1994 when I joined as a new member. I joined the board soon thereafter and have seen this organization provide great influence over the tri-state courts (state and federal) and administrative tribunals. I have seen a level of comradery unmatched by other organizations. Serving as Treasurer, Vice President and now President has given me a full perspective of the innerworkings of MWELA and the limitless opportunities that we have as civil rights practitioners to affect change and equality for workers and others whose civil rights have been trammeled. I strongly encourage each of you to offer your leadership to MWELA in whatever way you can. In the context of the National Employment Lawyers Association (“NELA”), MWELA has taken on a great leadership role. We have one of the largest chapters. We have influenced other NELA members to contribute one billable hour in an effort to pass the Civil Rights Tax Relief Act. We have worked to present brown bag programs to increase the knowledge base and skill level of our members. We have offered annual seminars to further our members’ substantive knowledge of the law, practice development and law practice management skills. Serving as your President during this tremendous period of growth and evolution for MWELA has been gratifying to say the least.
I plan to continue working with fellow members and representatives from the management bar to offer jury instructions and other materials to the D.C. Superior Court judges to further MWELA’s influence. We welcome more volunteers for this important project. We welcome more volunteers for our very important amicus work. May I remind you that MWELA’s amicus influence was a driving force behind the D.C. Court of Appeals decision in Lively. We can make a difference.
I also would like to remind everyone of our new computer projector for use. As we better ourselves as advocates, we much grow with the times and learn to use the tools that enable us to be more persuasive before judges and juries alike. If you are interested, please contact Jonathan Puth to take advantage of this member benefit. Lastly, I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at our annual conference on April 20, 2004. Mark your calendars. The details are listed below:
"SHAPING YOUR CASE THROUGH DISCOVERY" 8:30am-9:30am Electronic discovery: Magistrate Judge Paul Grimm2 MWELA MONTHLY January 2004
9:30am-10:30am Key recent case developments which will shape our cases: David Cashdan and Julie Martin
10:45am-12:00pm Deposing the Alleged Discriminator: Lisa Banks Deposing the Human Resources representative: Rick Saltzman Rule 30(b)(6) deposition strategy and tactics: Linda Correia
12:00pm-1:30pm Luncheon Speaker: The Honorable Paul Friedman, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Presentation of “Lawyer of the Year” Award: Douglas Huron
1:45pm-2:15pm Deposing the Management Official: Fred Gittes
2:15pm-2:45pm Expert discovery strategy and tactics: Janet Vecchia
3:00pm-4:00pm C r e a t i v e d i s c o v e r y approaches and effective use of discovery devices: Elaine Fitch, Laura Stefani, Vic Glasberg
4:00pm-5:00pm “Give ‘em the old razzle dazzle: the courtroom as theatre” Thinking outside the box to the end game: Laurence S. Kaye
Like last year’s conference, this all day event will prove to be one of MWELA’s finest. Take care.
Eric L. Siegel President