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2023 MWELA Annual Conference
Friday, March 03, 2023, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM EST
Category: MWELA Events

2023 MWELA Annual Conference
Friday, March 3, 2023
The Mayflower - Grand Ballroom
1127 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
Valet Parking = $66 daily

8:00 am - 6:00 pm 

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. 
We will also present the annual MWELA Lawyer of the Year Award.

AGENDA (subject to change based on speaker availability)

Please Note: CLE documentation will be sent to confirmed attendees via email when received from each state, approximately 90 days following the conference. (We currently apply to VA, OH & PA)

8:00-8:30am:                Registration & Breakfast

8:30-8:40am:                Welcome, Opening Remarks, Sponsor Introductions

8:40-9:40am:               Back to Work: Current Developments at the Revitalized Merit
                                      Systems Protection Board

James Eisenmann, Alden Law Group, PLLC
                                      Hon. Cathy A. Harris, Acting Chair, U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board

9:40-9:55am:                Break

9:55 -10:00am:            Sponsor Remarks

10:00-11:00am:           Current Topics in Labor and Employment Law:
                                      Employee Rights after Dobbs, Overtime for High-Wage Workers,
                                      The Right to Strike Meets State Tort Law, Title VII Religious
                                      Accommodation, and More

                                       Michelle Banker, National Women's Law Center
                                       Prof. Eric Schnapper, University of Washington School of Law 
                                       Sarah Nesbitt, Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman and Fitch (Moderator)

11:00am-12:00pm       It Pays to Do Justice: Representing Low-Wage Workers in Wage Theft Cases

                                       Omar Melehy, Melehy & Associates, LLC
                                       Matt Handley, Handley Farah & Anderson PLLC
                                       Matt Kaplan, The Kaplan Law Firm

12:00-12:10pm           Break - Transition to East Room for lunch

12:10-1:10pm:            Lunch with Lawyer of the Year Presentation & Fireside Chat
East Room

1:10-1:20pm               Break - Transition to Grand Ballroom for afternoon sessions

1:20-2:20pm:              What’s Going On in the Other Room? Understanding Employers’
                                     Tactics and Lawyer-Client Dynamics in Settlement Negotiations.

                                      Jennifer Klar, Relman Colfax PLLC
                                      Manesh K. Rath, Keller Heckman
                                      Amy L. Bess, Vedder Price

2:20-3:20pm:               “Don’t Come In Here With—”: A View From the Bench
                                       Hon. Yvonne Williams, Associate Judge, D.C. Superior Court
                                       Hon. Michelle Childs, U.S. Court of Appeals - D.C. Circuit
                                       Steve Pershing, Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman and Fitch (Moderator)
                                       (Not a CLE session)

3:20-3:35pm:                Break

3:35-3:40pm                Sponsor Remarks

3:40-5:00pm                Ethics in Fee-Shifting Cases:
                                      What Plaintiffs’ Employment Lawyers Need to Know
Erika Stillabower, D.C. Bar
                                      Arthur Burger, Jackson & Campbell , P.C.
                                      Rachel E. Green, Katz Banks Kumin (Moderator)

5:00-6:30pm:               Networking Reception
East Room

MWELA will abide by all current COVID-19 health restrictions and guidelines that may be in place at the time of the conference.

Register Now

(Please Note: In-person registration is now SOLD OUT. Virtual registration is still available.) 

All virtual registrants will receive login information and a link to conference related materials via email by 5 PM ET on Thursday, March 2nd. Please watch your in-box and check your spam filter if necessary.

Member Type Regular Rate
(1/1/2023 and after)

Current MWELA Members
Current MWELA Student Members
(Use discount code StdRate23)
(Members must be renewed through Dec. 31, 2023)



NELA affiliate Members
(Use discount code NELAAff)


Non-Profit, Paralegal & Government Employees
(Use discount code NP2023)


(includes application for MWELA Regular
subject to Board approval)


If you have difficulty completing the registration form, please email your contact & registration information to [email protected] for assistance.

Requests for registration cancellation refunds must be received by 5:00 pm, February 24.
Replacement attendees are permitted and encouraged in place of cancellation.
Dietary restrictions must be submitted by February 24.

We will abide by all current COVID-19 health restrictions and guidelines that may be in place at the time of the conference.
Thank you to our sponsors
Sustaining Sponsors

Indexed IO

Silver Conference Sponsor

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Workplace Fairness

Conference Sponsorships Available!
To secure your conference sponsorship, please complete our online order form.
Contact us at [email protected] for questions.