Conferences and Seminars

D.C. Bar Programs

SERIES: ERISA Basics Series, November 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2011. Part 1: ERISA Basics Series: ERISA Introduction; Part 2: ERISA Basics Series: Minimum Standards and Plan Design; Part 3: ERISA Basics Series: Problems in Plan Administration; and Part 4 Only: ERISA Basics Series: Fiduciary Responsibility and Participant Rights. The cost is: $89 for Section members, $99 for D.C. Bar members, $109 for Government lawyers, and $129 for others for a single program. The cost for the entire series are as follows: $259 for Section members, $279 for D.C. Bar members, $289 for Government lawyers, and $309 for others.

D.C. Bar programs are generally held at the D.C. Bar’s new location at 1101 K Street, N.W., First Floor, Washington, D.C. unless otherwise stated. For more information and to register for these programs, please visit:

ABA Sponsors Brown Bag on OSC

ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Government Operations and Personnel Committee Brown Bag Lunch Series: “Latest Federal Developments at the Office of Special Counsel,” November 3, 2011, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the ABA Headquarters, 740 15th St. NW, John Marshall Room, 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20005. The cost is $5 In-person participation (ABA Section of Administrative Law member); $10 Inperson participation (Non- ABA Section of Administrative Law member) ; a n d $ 1 5 Teleconference participation (members and nonmembers). For more information or to register, contact Ryan Spagnolo at or 202-662-1528

MELA Conference

The Maryland Employment Lawyers Association (MELA) conference returns to its fall schedule. Please save the date to join us for the MELA conference on November 18, 2011, at the Doubletree Hotel in Columbia, MD. For more information, contact Julie Martin - K orb at

MWELA Case Evaluation Clinic

MWELA's Case Evaluation Clinics on September 28, 2011 provided valuable advice and insight to three lawyers who have pending employment law cases.

The cases involved 1) an ADA claim for a terminated contract employee at NIH, 2) a terminated federal contractor's whistleblower case in the U.S. District Court, and 3) a D.C. Circuit mediation for a foreign born hotel employee in an abusive work environment.

Many thanks to MWELA's Case Evaluators who freely gave of their time and expertise: Gary Brown, Leizer Goldsmith, Jon Gould, John Karl, Jim Klimaski, Donna Rucker, and Yuval Rubinstein, and also to "model juror" Dr. Edith Thomas and to MWELA President Scott Oswald who graciously hosted the Sept. 28 Clinics.

For more information about MWELA's Case Advisory Service or about our next Case Evaluation Clinics, please call me at 202-496-0400 or email me at . We are prepared to promptly schedule a Case Evaluation Clinic for any MWELA member with an urgent need for advice on a particular case.

– Joe Gebhardt, Co-Chair, Case Advisory Committee