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MWELA Brown Bag Webinar: Litigating Race Discrimination in Employment in the BLM Era
Friday, January 22, 2021, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
Category: MWELA Events

In this timely brown bag we will explore how to understand, respect, and navigate in our cases the fast-evolving dynamics of race between employers and employees, lawyers and judges, litigants and juries, and law and society. What is changing, and what’s changing all too little? What do we most want to know about how to approach our vital work now? What hard truths might we ourselves be missing?

Please Note: Your questions will be the basis for our conversation. Please submit them in advance with your online event registration, or send to Steve Pershing at [email protected].us.


Jia Cobb, Esq., Partner, Relman Colfax, PLLC

A partner at Relman Colfax, Jia Cobb litigates a wide variety of civil rights cases in housing, employment, and police accountability. She has tried nearly 40 cases to verdict. Before joining Relman Colfax, Jia was for many years a trial attorney at the D.C. Public Defender Service. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where she was coordinating editor of the Harvard Law Review and received a Heyman post-graduate fellowship for attorneys in government service. She has taught trial advocacy as an adjunct professor at American University Washington College of Law and for Harvard Law School’s Trial Advocacy Workshop, and since 2016 has served on the D.C. Bar’s Criminal Law and Individual Rights Steering Committee.

Jeanett Henry, Esq., Law Offices of Jeanett P. Henry, LLC

Jeanett Henry has been practicing for over 30 years in the areas of family law, criminal law, personal injury, government contracts, employment law, civil rights, and police brutality. She received her B.A. summa cum laude from York College of the City University of New York and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. She is a MWELA board member and vice-Chair of our diversity committee. She serves on the DC Bar’s government contracts steering committee, and is a member of the D.C. Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice

Moderator: Steve Pershing, Esq., Pershing Law PLLC

Steve Pershing maintains a D.C. sole practice representing plaintiffs in employment discrimination and other civil rights cases. He was legal director of the Virginia ACLU from 1989 to 1996, and a civil rights litigator at the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division from 1996 to 2005. Later he was senior counsel at the Center for Constitutional Litigation, P.C., and of counsel to Charlson Bredehoft Cohen and Brown. He also serves as a mediator with the EEOC Washington Field Office and the Montgomery County, Md., Office of Consumer Protection. Since 1999 Steve has been a member of the adjunct faculty at the George Washington University Law School. He is a 1979 graduate of Harvard College and a 1987 graduate of the University of Virginia Law School.

Program Cost

Members only: no charge

Registration is required. Access information will be sent in a confirmation email. 

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