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2022 MWELA Annual Conference
Friday, March 04, 2022, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM EST
Category: MWELA Events

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. Our annual Lawyer of the Year award will also be presented during the conference. We are applying for CLE credits in Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Embassy Suites DC Convention Center
900 10th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001


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

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

8:40-9:50am:              Preparing Witnesses for Depositions & Testimony at Trial

                                     Speakers:      Yaida Ford, Ford Law Pros, PC
                                                            Donna Rucker, Tully Rinckey, PLLC
                                                            Bill Day, The Day Law Practice LLC

                                     Moderator:    Jeanett Henry, Law Offices of Jeanett P. Henry, LLC

9:50-10:00am:            Break

10:00-11:15am:         The Secret Sauce for a Successful Mediation

                                    Speakers:     Hon. Sherrie L. Krauser (Ret.), Associate Judge,
                                                          Prince George’s County Circuit Court
                                                          Hon. Gerald Bruce Lee (Ret.), Judge,
                                                          United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
                                                          Kim M. Keenan, JAMS Mediator & Arbitrator

                                   Moderator:     R. Scott Oswald, The Employment Law Group, P.C.

11:15 am-12:20pm:   Strategies for Maximizing Recovery of Attorney’s Fees’ Awards

                                     Speakers:      Omar Melehy, Melehy & Associates, LLC
                                                            Andrew Freeman, Brown, Goldstein & Levy
                                                            Nick Woodfield, The Employment Law Group

                                     Moderator:     Harini Srinivasan, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, PLLC 

12:30-2:30pm:           Lunch Service & Schmooze Time (Box lunches will be provided to allow for social distancing)
                                    Lawyer of the Year & Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award Presentations 

2:35-3:40pm:              Recognizing & Proving a Strong Hostile Work Environment Claim  

                                     Speakers:      Dennis Corkery, Washington Lawyers’ Committee
                                                            Kristin Alden, Alden Law Group, PLLC
                                                            Ellen Renaud, Alan Lescht & Associates, PC

                                     Moderator:     Roshni Shikari, Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch, PC

3:40-3:50pm:              Break

3:50-5:00pm:              Challenging Ethics Issues in Employment Claims

                                    Speakers:      Saul Singer, The District of Columbia Bar
                                                           Lauren Snyder, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis, LLP

                                    Moderator:     Jessica Westerman, Katz, Marshall & Banks, LLP

5:00-6:00pm:              Networking Reception

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

REGISTRATION RATES (In-person and Virtual attendance options now available)

Member Type Early Bird
(through 12/31/2021)
Regular Rate
(1/1/2022 and after)
Current Members (renewed through Dec. 31, 2021)  $245.00  $305.00
Non-Profit, Paralegal & Government Employees  $175.00
(Use discount code NP21)
(Use discount code NP22)
(includes application for regular membership,
subject to approval by the Board)
 $425.00  $425.00

 Requests for registration refunds must be received by 5:00 pm, February 25. Replacement attendees are permitted.

Click here to register

Please Note:

To protect the health and safety of our members, MWELA will require the following COVID safety protocols for all attendees at the conference:

  • Vaccination:  All conference attendees will be required to show a copy or photograph of their COVID vaccination record. Those with a medical or religious exemption should email [email address] by [date], along with documentation demonstrating their claim for exemption, for review.
  • Negative COVID test result:  All conference attendees (including those who have been vaccinated) will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID test result – either a PCR test taken within 48 hours of the conference, or an at-home rapid test taken within 24 hours of the conference. Attendees wishing to take an at-home rapid test should order one for themselves prior to the conference “(e.g. Abbott BinaxNow antigen test)”

Please be prepared to show a copy of your vaccination record and negative test result to MWELA staff upon check-in at the meeting registration table at the Embassy Suites. To preserve your privacy, vaccination and test results will be held in strict confidence by MWELA staff members only. Attendees may also be asked to sign a brief certification at registration regarding their vaccination and negative test result.

MWELA will have N95 Masks and rapid tests available for purchase at the registration desk for attendees who arrive without proof a negative test result, although the attendee may not enter the conference until their negative test result can be confirmed (approx. 20-30 minutes).

In addition, the following protocols will be in place:

  • Masks will be required at all times during the meeting, unless you are actively eating or drinking. (Panelists, moderators, and other presenters will be permitted to unmask while speaking).
  • Hand sanitizer will be available.
  • Socially distant seating will be set between attendees in the main conference room. 
  • We ask anyone who has symptoms of possible COVID (including runny nose, headache, sneezing, sore throat, persistent cough, or fever), or has recently been exposed to COVID-19 prior to the conference, refrain from attending.
  • We will abide by any additional D.C. and federal COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines that are in place at the time of the conference.

All event registrants acknowledge an assumption of risk. We hope you are comfortable with these measures intended to protect the health and safety of all attendees and their families.

Thank you to our sponsors

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