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2021 MWELA Annual Conference-Day 2
Friday, March 05, 2021, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT
Category: MWELA Events

MWELA’s 2021 Annual Conference will be held virtually, over the course of two days. The event will feature 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. 

We are applying for CLE credits in Virginia and Pennsylvania.


See our Thursday, March 4, 2021 Agenda Here

Friday, March 5, 2021

12:00 - 12:05 pm
Overview of Conference
Recognition of Sponsors

  • Omar Melehy, MWELA President and Principal Attorney, Melehy & Associates LLC 

12:05 - 1:05 pm
COVID-Related Claims:  Fact-Patterns and Causes of Action Relating to Illness, Childcare, Quarantine and other COVID-Related Issues

  • Brian East, Attorney at Law, Disability Rights Texas
  • Kelle Kruse, Principal, The Employment Law Group, P.C.
  • Laura Narefsky, Public Interest Fellow, Education & Workplace Justice, National Women's Law Center

1:05 - 1:15 pm

1:15 - 1:20 pm
A Word From Our Sponsor: Planet Depos

1:20 - 1:40 pm
Review of 2020 4th Circuit Employment Decisions 

  • Nina Ren, Associate, Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch P.C.

1:40 - 2:00 pm
Review of 2020 D.C. Circuit Employment Decisions 

  • Susan E. Huhta, Partner, Outten & Golden

2:00 - 2:20 pm
Review of 2020 Supreme Court Employment Decisions 

  • Christine Webber, Partner, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC

2:20 - 2:40 pm 
Review of 2020 Employment Decisions - Discussion Among All Panelists

  • Nina Ren, Associate, Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch P.C.
  • Susan E. Huhta, Partner, Outten & Golden

2:40 – 2:50 pm

2:50 - 3:05 pm
2021 Lawyer of the Year Presentation: Joe Kaplan (posthumously)

3:05 – 3:15 pm

3:15 – 3:20 pm
A Word From Our Sponsor: JMW Settlements 

3:20 – 4:20 pm
Federal Employee Update:  2020 Decisions and Biden-Era Policy Updates

  • Ricardo J.A. Pitts-Wiley, Partner, Federal Practice Group
  • James Eisenmann, Partner, Alden Law Group, PLLC

4:20 - 4:25 pm
Recognition of Sponsors
Closing Remarks

  • Subhashini Bollini, MWELA Immediate Past President and Partner, Correia & Puth

*Scheduled speakers subject to change.

REGISTRATION RATES (Includes access to both days of the conference.)

NOTE: to get the member rate, be sure to log in before continuing. You must have a December 31, 2021 expiration date to register at the member rate.

Member Type Regular Rate 
Current Members (renewed through Dec. 31, 2021)  $125
Non-Profit, Paralegal & Government Employees
(Use non-member registration option with discount code; Non-Profit, Paralegal & Government Employees status will be confirmed)
 $100 - Discount code NPParaGovReg
Non-member (Includes application for regular membership, subject to approval by the Board)  $245

Requests for registration refunds must be received by 5:00pm, February 26. 
Replacement attendees are permitted, but must be the same registration type.



Thank you to our sponsors

Sustaining Sponsors


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