Join the National Employment Lawyers Association in historic Boston, Massachusetts for our 2014 Annual Convention, Blazing The Trail: Courage I Challenge I Change on June 25–28, 2014 at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. A powerful tool in combating employment discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, and ethnicity, Title VII of the Act has transformed the American workplace and paved the way for other anti-discrimination laws that are part of our arsenal today in securing equal employment opportunity.

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  • Discovery
  • Emerging Issues
  • Nuts & Bolts
  • Trial Advocacy
  • Wage & Hour
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Keynote Address

Annual Luncheon With
The Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (Retired)
Thursday, June 26, 2014
12:15–1:45 p.m.

The Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones

Judge Jones is the recipient of many honors and awards such as the Governor’s Humanitarian Award from the Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission, induction into the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame, The American Lawyer’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund Award of Excellence, and the Ohio Bar Medal from the Ohio State Bar Association. More Information

"This Civil Rights Act is a challenge to all of us to go to work in our communities and our States, in our homes and in our hearts, to eliminate the last vestiges of injustice in our beloved country."

President Lyndon B. Johnson July 2, 1964


Wednesday, June 25, 2014
President’s Welcome Reception
6:30–8:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 26, 2014
Welcome Address By
Senator Elizabeth Warren
8:30 a.m.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren
Annual Reception
6:00–7:00 p.m.

Friday, June 27, 2014
Tobias 5K Run
7:00 a.m.

Annual Dinner
6:00–7:30 p.m.

Equality & Justice:
Joining The Call To Action
Annual Gala Fundraiser
8:00–11:30 p.m.
Honoring The NAACP Legal Defense and
Educational Fund, Inc.

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Scholarships Available

Scholarships to attend NELA's 2014 Annual Convention are available through the The Employee Rights Advocacy Scholarship Program. Legal services, public interest, and private lawyers who represent workers are encouraged to apply for full or partial scholarships. More Information

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Early-Bird Rates Through May 16, 2014
  • $675 NELA Members
  • $575 Legal Services/Public Interest/Gov't Attys
  • $350 NELA Law Students
  • $950 Non-Members
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Host Hotel

Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel
425 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02210

$199 Single Occupancy
$219 Double Occupancy
(888) 627-7115
(617) 532-4600
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