Event Location: 
The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel
1127 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036
The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, 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 Cost :

Early Bird Rates (Before December 31st, 2017)
2017 MWELA Member Rate: $225*
Non-Member Rate: $385
Non-Profit and Paralegal Rate: $155**
2017 MWELA Student Member Rate: $65*
Regular Rates
2017 MWELA Member Rate: $285*
Non-Member Rate: $385
Non-Profit and Paralegal Rate: $215**
2017 MWELA Student Member Rate: $65*

*You must be logged in to your member account to receive the member rate. Please contact us if you need log in assistance. If you have not yet renewed your membership, renew and register for the conference together here.

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


Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:30 – 8:40 am
MWELA President

Discovery Issues in Employment Litigation

8:40 am - 9:40 am
Tom Spiggle, The Spiggle Law Firm
Christine Webber, Cohen Milstein
Alan Kabat, Bernabei & Kabat, PLLC

Our panel will address several hot discovery issues for both single-plaintiff cases and class or collective actions. We will discuss effective discovery requests and techniques for analyzing an employer’s document production, including employer databases. We will also discuss overcoming or working around objections typically raised by employers to discovery requests.

Title VII Retaliation

9:45 am - 10:45 am
Kristen Alden, Alden Law Group, PLLC
David Lopez, Outten & Golden, LLP
A.J. Dhali, Dhali PLLC

Retaliation claims are the most frequently alleged basis of discrimination in both the private and federal sectors. Recently, the EEOC issued new guidelines on interpreting retaliation claims under Title VII. The panel will discuss the new guidelines with a focus on some of the novel acts considered retaliatory. The panelists will also break down the different ways retaliation is construed in the private and federal sector, including practical tips for both jury trials and administrative hearings.

Litigation Sanctions

10:50 am - 11:50 am
Carla Brown, Charlson Bredehoft Cohen & Brown, P.C.
Richard Renner, Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch, P.C.
Professor Michael Frisch, Georgetown University Law Center

In the context of today's high-pressure litigation, defendants may be inclined to seek judicial sanctions against plaintiffs' employment lawyers as a litigation strategy, to exploit ethical missteps, tactical mistakes, or poor judgment, or to counter novel advocacy.

Learn what conduct gives rise to sanctions, how to prevent it, and how to address sanctions threats when they arise.


12:15 – 1:30pm
MWELA President

Presentation of 2018 MWELA Lawyer of the Year Award

Gender Identity Discrimination

1:20 pm - 2:20 pm
Jillian Weiss, Executive Director, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, Inc.
Sasha Bucher, Staff Attorney, Lambda Legal
Heather Wydra, Whitman-Walker Health, Senior Staff Attorney, Legal Services Program

Transgender rights are a hot-button issue and are changing the employment law landscape. This panel will provide attendees with an introduction to the background and terminology of transgender identity, then move into a survey of the history of transgender legal rights within the United States, including practical considerations to consider when deciding to represent a transgender person. Also, the panelists will discuss recent case law and legal principles in representing Transgender individuals under Title VII and the ADA.

Summary Judgment

2:25 pm - 3:25 pm
Donna Rucker, Tully Rinckey, PLLC
Stephen Z. Chertkof, Heller, Huron, Chertkof & Salzman, PLLC
Donald Temple, Temple Law Offices
Dionna Lewis, Tully Rinckey PLLC

Learn how to avoid common pitfalls of Summary Judgment: Learn tips, tools, and techniques for effectively attacking and/or presenting a summary judgment motion.

Rules of the Road with Pat Malone, Dennis Egan, and Elaine Bredehoft

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Patrick A. Malone, Patrick Malone & Associates P.C.
Dennis E. Egan, The Popham Law Firm
Elaine Charlson Bredehoft, Charlson, Bredehoft, Cohen & Brown, P.C.

Back by popular demand is Patrick Malone’s Rules of the Road, America’s bestselling trial guide on proving liability. Since its original release in 2006, it has helped plaintiffs’ lawyers throughout the country secure significant victories in cases with difficult liability issues. Mr. Malone is joined by two veteran plaintiff employment lawyers who discuss how to apply Rules of the Road to employment cases to win your next trial.

Cocktail Reception

5:00pm - 6:00pm