Case Evaluation

MWELA Case Evaluation service is designed to better equip attorneys in the plaintiff’s employment law field. MWELA is well-known for providing valuable assistance to its members and the legal community on plaintiff's court appeals via our Moot Court and Amicus Committees. Since plaintiff’s employment law is increasingly becoming more sophisticated and difficult and, it seems, more pro-defendant, more attention must be paid to the bringing and litigation of cases at the trial court and the administrative levels. Through its Case Evaluation service, MWELA is putting more emphasis on the successful development, presentation, litigation, and trial of employee cases that originate in the U.S. District Courts and local state courts or at the administrative level.

The Service offers two programs to both MWELA members and non-members. One is a Three-member Clinic Panel which will review a lawyer’s case either before it is filed or after it is pending and possibly encountering difficulties. The Clinic Panel will review pleadings and documents in advance and then meet with the attorney handling the case for an hour. The Panel will provide legal and litigation advice and trial tips.

The other program is a Single Evaluator Consultation where an experienced MWELA attorney will provide 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. Specific topics are listed below.

MWELA accepts requests for panels and consultations on an ongoing basis, and the committee chairs will make every effort to schedule them promptly. Clinic Panels and Legal Consultations will be scheduled at a location and time convenient for the evaluators. To schedule a Case Evaluation, contact the MWELA office at info@mwela.org or 703-778-4648.

Download a registration form for a Single Evalutor Consultation Case Evaluation here. Download a registration form for a Three-Member Panel Case Evaluation hereOnce MWELA receives your registration, you will be provided with additional forms to complete.


Case Evaluation Pricing

  MWELA Member Non-member
Single Evaluator Consultation $95.00 $95.00
Three-member Clinic Panel $95.00 $195.00

Case Evaluation Attorneys Needed
MWELA is actively seeking experienced member attorneys to serve on the Clinic Panels and to provide legal consultations to less experienced lawyers.

To volunteer for MWELA’s Clinic Panels or for Legal Consultations in a particular area, contact the MWELA office at info@mwela.org or 703-778-4648.

Topics for Legal Consultations:

Substantive Law and Procedure

  • Arbitration
  • Attorney’s Fees
  • Class Actions
  • Disability Retirement for Federal Employees
  • Discrimination. Age (ADEA)
  • Discrimination. Disability/Reasonable Accommodation (Rehabilitation Act; ADA)
  • Discrimination. Title VII (National Origin; Race/ Color; Religion/Creed; Sex/Gender; Other)
  • EEO Remedies (Back Pay/Front Pay; Compensatory Damages; Early Retirement; Other)
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • FOIA Requests & Appeals
  • Grievances at Federal Agencies
  • Jury Trials
  • Mediation
  • Performance Ratings & PIPs
  • Privacy Act Requests & Appeals
  • Retaliation for EEO Activity
  • Retaliation for Opposing Discrimination
  • Security Clearances
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Sick Leave Abuse
  • USERRA (Veterans’ Re-employment Rights)
  • Wage & Hour/Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Whistleblower Rights
  • Worker’s Compensation for Federal Employees (OWCP; ECAB)

Litigation and Trial Practice

  • Complaint
  • Initial Scheduling (Report, Order, Conference)
  • Motion to Dismiss & Opposition
  • Written Discovery
  • Depositions
  • Status Conference
  • Motion for Summary Judgment & Opposition
  • Pretrial Statement
  • “Mock Trial”
  • Bench Trial
  • Jury Trial
  • Motions at and after Trial
  • Motion for Attorney’s Fees

Appellate Cases

  • Notice of Appeal
  • Obtaining an Amicus Brief
  • Appellant’s Brief
  • Joint Appendix
  • Appellee’s Brief
  • Appellant’s Reply Brief
  • Oral Argument
  • Motion for Costs

Settlement Agreements

  • Settlement Agreement, Agency EEO
  • Settlement Agreement, EEOC - Federal Employees
  • Settlement Agreement, EEOC - Private Sector
  • Settlement Agreement, Federal Court
  • Settlement Agreement, MSPB (includes “Last Chance”)
  • Settlement Agreement, Private Sector
  • Severance/Separation Agreements, Private Sector
  • Non-compete Clauses

Forum: Courts

  • U.S. District Court, D.C.
  • U.S. District Court, Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District, Virginia
  • U.S. Magistrate Judges
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • D.C. Superior Court
  • D.C. Court of Appeals
  • Maryland Courts
  • Virginia Courts

Forum: Agencies

  • Department of Labor (DOL)
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) -Federal Employees
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) -Private Sector
  • Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA)
  • Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB)
  • Office of Compliance (OC/Congress)
  • Office of Federal Operations at EEOC (OFO)
  • Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
  • Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP)
  • Office of Special Counsel (OSC)
  • Security Clearance Agencies
  • Federal Agency, FAA
  • Federal Agency, Navy
  • Federal Agency, State Department
  • Federal Agency, USDA
  • Federal Agency, TSA
  • Federal Agency, Veterans Affairs
  • D.C. Office of Employee Appeals (OEA)
  • D.C. Office of Human Rights (OHR)
  • Human Rights Commissions in Maryland
  • Human Rights Commissions in Virginia
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Looking for an Employment Lawyer?

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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.