Event Location: 
Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert Street NW
Washington, DC 20008
Omni Shoreham Hotel

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.

2014 MWELA Members Rate: $260*
Non-Member Rate: $360
Non-Profit and Paralegal Rate: $210**
2014 MWELA Student Members Rate: $60*

*You must be logged in to your 2014 member account to receive the member rate. Please contact us if you need log in assistance.

**Please contact us to receive the Non-Profit and Paralegal Rate


Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:30am - 8:40am
Jonathan C. Puth, Correia & Puth, PLLC

Proving Emotional Damages

8:40am - 9:40am
John Davidson, Davidson & Kitzmann, PLC
Paulette Chapman, Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP
Lisa Banks, Katz, Marshall & Banks

Proving the emotional injury sustained by your client is core in any litigation where compensatory damages are sought. Jurors often struggle to appreciate the depth of an emotional injury when the plaintiff presents at trial without visual bruises or broken bones. The presenters on this panel will show you how they have successfully humanized the client and each will provide effective tips on how to help the jury discover the true magnitude of the emotional damage that lies beneath the surface.


9:40am - 9:50am

Proving your Case - The Proof Toolkit

9:50am - 10:50am
Joel Bennett, Law Offices of Joel P. Bennett, P.C.
Cathy Harris, Kator, Parks, Weiser & Harris, PLLC
Robin Cockey, Cockey, Brennan & Maloney, L.L.P.

You may have the best case facts for establishing a violation of a statute or law; however, if you cannot prove the violation occurred you are all dressed up with nowhere to go. This panel will arm you with tried and true steps to lay the ground work necessary to reveal the evidence you need in order to prove your case. You will hear the step-by-step approaches used by the panel members with success. Moreover, you will learn what you need to make certain that you have in your toolkit before tackling the burdens of proof in your case.


10:50am - 11:00am

David Lee, President, NELA

11:00am - 11:10am

Trial Techniques in the 21st Century

11:10am - 12:25pm
The Honorable Richard W. Roberts, Chief Judge, United States District Court
Elaine Bredehoft, Charlson, Bredehoft, Cohen & Brown, P.C.
R. Scott Oswald, The Employment Law Group, P.C.

Even if you have the best case, facts and evidence, effectively presenting that evidence at a motion’s hearing and at trial is absolutely critical when seeking to persuade the fact finder. We are fortunate to have panelists, who will provide an insightful and practical look at how to take the steps at trial that count which includes a valuable view from the bench from Chief Judge Richard W. Roberts.

Transition to Lunch

12:25pm - 12:35pm

Luncheon and Keynote Presentation

12:35pm - 1:45pm
David Lopez, General Counsel, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Washington, DC

Presentation of 2014 MWELA Lawyer of the Year Award

Transition to Meeting Room

1:45pm - 2:00pm

Beyond the Seven Hour Deposition: Innovative, Effective, and Efficient Discovery Techniques

2:00pm - 3:30pm
Kathryn B. Dickson, Dickson Geesman, LLP
Kathleen Cahill, Law Offices of Kathleen Cahill
Jennifer I. Klar, Partner, Relman, Dane & Colfax PLLC

Two prominent and experienced trial attorneys will share their creative discovery techniques that result in the most powerful evidence at trial, don’t follow the playbook defense counsel expects (and prepares for), allow for valuable discovery without unlimited resources, and recognize the limitations of court restrictions on formal discovery. This powerful presentation will give you critical pointers and practical advice and is a must-attend for both the most new and the most experienced litigators.


3:30pm - 3:45pm

Building your Factual Case - Ethically

3:45pm - 5:00pm
Laura Brown, Director of Legal Services, DC Employment Justice Center
Tom J. Gagliardo, AFGE Local 1923
David Ross Rosenfeld, David Ross Rosenfeld, P.C.
Paul H. Merry, Law Office of Paul H. Merry

You want that evidence, you need that evidence and the witness is willing to talk to you. However, this dynamic panel will discuss the ethical questions you must first ask yourself. The speakers will address the status of the law under Rule 4.2 in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. This must-attend segment of the Conference will equip you with the answers to those ethical dilemmas as you seek to obtain the evidence you need to prove your case.

Cocktail Reception

5:00pm - 6:00pm