About the Event

This event starts at 5:30 pm and goes until 8:00 pm.

Join the Diversity & Inclusion Committee for a viewing of our favorite scenes from RBG. While enjoying gourmet popcorn and fancy sodas, we will use these clips as inspiration for a discussion on how far women have come in the practice of law and how far we still have to go.  

Please note, this event is only for MWELA members. Be sure to login to your member account or if you are registering someone else, use the email address associated with their member account. If you have difficulties logging in or determining the correct email address, please email info@mwela.org.
 

Planned by Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

 

Lawyers’ Alliance for the Public Justice Center 

Hosts An Evening of Discussion and Dialogue:

Salinas v. Commercial Interiors

Challenging Wage Theft. Creating Accountability.

 

Date: 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

 

Time: 

Happy Hour & Appetizers -- 5:30 pm

Presentation & Discussion -- 6:15 pm

 

Location: 

Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll 

1100 New York Ave. NW

Washington, DC 20005

 

Reservations: 

peltonj@publicjustice.org

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Stimulating Discussion!

Join us for analysis and conversation regarding the years-long strategy behind Salinas v. Commercial Interiors, which successfully challenged the standard for joint employment in wage cases. PJC attorney Sally Dworak-Fisher, who co-counseled this case primarily with James & Hoffman, PC, will share some of the strategies, challenges, and opportunities presented throughout the case.  Together, we will analyze the implications of the joint employment standard adopted by the Fourth Circuit and its potential to enhance the remedial purposes of the Fair Labor Standards Act in this era of outsourcing. Join us to consider this one case and see how effective legal strategies and partnerships make lasting change.

 

 

Sponsored by: 

Public Justice Center

 

Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll

 

American Constitution Society

 

James & Hoffman

 

Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association

 

National Lawyers Guild - DC Chapter

 

Outten & Golden

 

Also special thanks to Grand Cata, A Latino Wine Co.

 

 

 

About the Event

This event starts at 6:00 pm and goes until 8:30 pm.

MWELA, along with the Washington Council of Lawyers and the Washington Bar Association, invites you to join an evening discussion on Harnessing the Media as an Advocacy Tool on November 13, 2018. This panel will provide guidance to attorneys seeking to use the media to tell their clients’ stories and hold employers accountable for discrimination.  In the #MeToo era, the media serves as an effective tool to challenge discrimination and bring real change to a broad range of workplaces.  This conversation will prepare attorneys to utilize public exposure as an advocacy tool, exploring when it is appropriate (or not) to leverage the media, how to use the media to find clients or witnesses, and how the media can encourage programmatic or systematic relief.  It will also touch on how to manage or control public exposure, and ways to guard against concerns like defamation claims.  A reception will follow the panel.

Speakers:

Steve Ralls, Director of External Affairs, Public Justice, P.C.
Christy Setzer, President, New Heights Communications
Melody Meyer, Spokesperson, TIMES UP Legal Defense Fund, SKDKnickerbocker

Moderator:
Lauren Khouri, Associate, Correia & Puth, PLLC
 

Planned by the New Lawyers Committee.

 

Register for this Free Event

About the Event

The opening statement is a plaintiff’s chance to frame an entire case and sometimes can seal a case. Too often, it’s a last-minute afterthought and becomes a rote recitation of facts. This seminar will focus on the power of a persuasive open and how to construct one. It will feature a comparison between the opening statement in Makray v. Perez and a YouTube posting by one of the jurors. The vlog gives a unique insight into the deliberations and how they were influenced by the opening statement. It’s a one of a kind “inside baseball” look.

Can't attend in person? We are offering a call-in option for this luncheon seminar. Join us at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, November 13 by calling 571-351-6843 and entering code 874. If you join us by phone, please mute the microphone of your phone and refrain from placing the call on hold as sounds and hold music are transmitted to the in-person program and other callers.

Please contribute $50, $100, $250, $500, or another amount.

Please note that donations to the MWELA Legislative Fund are 100% dedicated to lobbying and are not tax-deductible.

ATTENTION PRO SE LITIGANTS

MWELA’S PRO SE PANEL PROGRAM

The Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association (MWELA) has established the Pro Se Panel Program to connect pro se litigants who have filed viable employment law claims in the U.S. District Court for D.C., D.C. Superior Court, and at the D.C. Office of Human Rights with attorneys in the DC metro area who practice employment law.

Fill out this intake form to request attorney representation or e-mail prosepanel@mwela.org for further information. If you do not have access to the internet, you can call (703) 778-4648 (inquiries by phone will be reviewed on a weekly basis).

A volunteer MWELA attorney will contact you for a free consultation to evaluate your case and explore whether representation is appropriate.

MWELA IS NOT A PRO BONO LEGAL SERVICES PROVIDER and does not
guarantee representation or contingency fee agreements. Representation terms will be agreed upon between the lawyer and client, in writing.

DISCLAIMER: DISCLAIMER: Participation in the MWELA Pro Se Panel Program does not create an attorney-client relationship between potential clients and MWELA. Instead, MWELA provides an opportunity for individuals with legal claims to reach private representation agreements with attorneys who practice employment law. Participating attorneys must have at least two years of legal practice experience. MWELA makes no further representations regarding the experience and capabilities of participating attorneys.

Welcome to the Web site of MWELA — the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association. MWELA is comprised of over 300 lawyers who regularly advise and represent employees in employment and civil rights disputes. MWELA is the local chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association, a national organization of more than 3,000 lawyers dedicated to the advancement of employee rights. MWELA supports the orderly and fair development of the law to the benefit of employees. In keeping with its mission, MWELA regularly holds educational programs, discussions, and networking events for its members and in cooperation with other voluntary bar associations. MWELA regularly files amicus briefs on issues of importance in area courts, conducts moot court sessions for its members, and shares information of value to members, enabling them to keep abreast of pertinent developments in the law. Its annual daylong conference is devoted to the latest issues in the practice of employment law.

As advocates for employee rights and civil rights, we work to protect the rights and privileges of employees in both the private and public sectors of the Washington metropolitan area workforce. We are dedicated to promoting workplace fairness and the right of employees to work in an environment free of discrimination. MWELA provides assistance, support and resources to members throughout the metropolitan area to attain the highest ideals of practice and encourage the sharing of expertise and skills to best serve our clients.

On our vibrant and active listserve, MWELA members share strategies, tips, and responses to queries regarding both routine and novel employment law issues. The listserve is also available as an on-line searchable database, a powerful research tool.

MWELA holds monthly Brown Bag gatherings featuring presentations on trial strategies and techniques, emerging employment law issues, use of new courtroom technologies, successful litigation efforts, and other matters critical to a successful employment law practice.

Our Moot Court Committee regularly prepares our members for oral argument before appellate courts. MWELA's Amicus Committee produces thoughtful and excellent briefs on important policy matters before the courts of appeals, lending a powerful persuasive voice for the plaintiff and for employees generally. MWELA produces a monthly Newsletter covering member news, victories, and key decisions.

At our all-day Annual Conference, MWELA presents local and federal judges, colleagues, and outside experts on topics concerning all aspects of the plaintiff's employment practice. We also present our annual Lawyer of the Year award.

MWELA maintains an on-line Brief Bank, with ready arguments, briefs, and pleadings. MWELA works toward changes in public policy through the lobbying efforts of our members, to strengthen anti-discrimination and related workplace laws.

MWELA Case Evaluation service offers two programs to both MWELA members and non-members. One is a Three-member Clinic Panel, which reviews a lawyer’s case either before it is filed or after it is pending and possibly encountering difficulties. The other is a Single Evalulator Consultation where an experienced MWELA attorney provides advice and tips on a particular topic to a less experienced lawyer. Topics may include areas of substantive law and procedure, litigation and trial practice, appeals, settlement agreements, and particular Court and administrative forums with which a lawyer may be unfamiliar. 

NELA MWELA is the local affiliate of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA). NELA and its 68 state and local affiliates have more than 3,000 members. We strongly encourage our members to join NELA. For more information, please contact Ms. Colleen Goodin, Membership Director, NELA, (415) 296-7629 (cgoodin@nelahq.org) or go to www.nela.org for an application. MWELA members receive a discount on NELA dues.

MWELA members can access our brief bank, listserve and newsletter archives, board meeting information, and other resources. If you are a lawyer and devote a majority of your employment practice to representing plaintiffs, join us.

Looking for an Employment Lawyer?

Use MWELA’s Find A Lawyer search, in the left navigation bar. Select a practice area: the search will provide you with 10 names randomly selected from MWELA members who practice in that area and who have paid an additional fee to be listed in the search directory. The search results include the name, address, phone number, email address, website, and practice areas of attorneys who meet your search criteria. Note that more than 10 members may practice in any given area; additional searches may yield additional names.

MWELA does not provide legal advice and is not responsible for the advice or services provided by the attorneys included in the Find a Lawyer search.

Attorneys: MWELA Sustaining Members and Presidents Club Members are included in the Find a Lawyer search. If you wish to upgrade your membership be included in the search, contact info@mwela.org.


Become a MWELA Member

Welcome to the Web site of MWELA — the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association. We are about 300 lawyers who represent people in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

As advocates for employee rights and civil rights, we work to protect the rights and privileges of employees in both the private and public sectors of the Washington metropolitan area workforce. We are dedicated to promoting workplace fairness and the right of employees to work in an environment free of discrimination. MWELA provides assistance, support and resources to members throughout the metropolitan area to attain the highest ideals of practice and encourage the sharing of expertise and skills to best serve our clients.

On our vibrant and active listserve, MWELA members share strategies, tips, and responses to queries regarding both routine and novel employment law issues. The listserve is also available as an on-line searchable database, a powerful research tool.

MWELA holds monthly Brown Bag gatherings featuring presentations on trial strategies and techniques, emerging employment law issues, use of new courtroom technologies, successful litigation efforts, and other matters critical to a successful employment law practice.

Our Moot Court Committee regularly prepares our members for oral argument before appellate courts. MWELA's Amicus Committee produces thoughtful and excellent briefs on important policy matters before the courts of appeals, lending a powerful persuasive voice for the plaintiff and for employees generally. MWELA produces a monthly Newsletter covering member news, victories, and key decisions.

At our all-day Annual Conference, MWELA presents local and federal judges, colleagues, and outside experts on topics concerning all aspects of the plaintiff's employment practice. We also present our annual Lawyer of the Year award.

MWELA maintains an on-line Brief Bank, with ready arguments, briefs, and pleadings. MWELA works toward changes in public policy through the lobbying efforts of our members, to strengthen anti-discrimination and related workplace laws.

MWELA Case Advisory service offers two programs to both MWELA members and non-members. One is a Three-member Clinic Panel, which reviews a lawyer’s case either before it is filed or after it is pending and possibly encountering difficulties. The other is a Single Advisor Legal Consultation where an experienced MWELA attorney provides advice and tips on a particular topic to a less experienced lawyer. Topics may include areas of substantive law and procedure, litigation and trial practice, appeals, settlement agreements, and particular Court and administrative forums with which a lawyer may be unfamiliar. 

NELA MWELA is the local affiliate of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA). NELA and its 68 state and local affiliates have more than 3,000 members. We strongly encourage our members to join NELA. For more information, please contact Ms. Colleen Goodin, Membership Director, NELA, (415) 296-7629 (cgoodin@nelahq.org) or go to www.nela.org for an application. MWELA members receive a discount on NELA dues.

MWELA members can access our brief bank, listserve and newsletter archives, board meeting information, and other resources. If you are a lawyer and devote a majority of your employment practice to representing plaintiffs, join us.