President's Welcome Reception
Wednesday, June 26
Convention participants are invited to join NELA President Patricia A. Barasch, the NELA Executive Board, and the
2013 Annual Convention Committee for an informal gathering to celebrate 28 years of employee rights advocacy,
renew friendships, and make new ones. First-time Convention participants are especially encouraged to attend.
The President's Welcome Reception is generously co-sponsored by AARP Foundation and Colorado PELA.
The Summit For Workers' Rights: Honoring Courageous Plaintiffs
Thursday, June 27
The Summit For Workers' Rights: Honoring Courageous Plaintiffs, the Convention's opening plenary session, will pay tribute to three brave women whose perseverance has sparked change that will benefit and empower
workers across the nation. Our honorees faced pernicious discrimination, harassment, and assault—because of
their religion, disability, gender, or immigration status—and spent years fighting to vindicate their rights. NELA will
celebrate their victories, applaud their strength, and share their powerful stories to propel us forward in advancing workers' rights.
See Thursday's Schedule
2013 Annual Convention Keynote Speaker
Annual Luncheon With The Honorable Patricia A. Shiu
Director, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs,
U.S. Department of Labor
Thursday, June 27
NELA is honored to welcome Patricia A. Shiu, Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs at the U.S. Department of Labor, as our keynote speaker for The Summit For Workers' Rights. At the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Ms. Shiu leads a staff of nearly 800 men and women around the country who are dedicated to protecting workers, promoting diversity, and enforcing the law.
Director Shiu also serves on the National Equal Pay Enforcement Task Force, which has been charged by President Barack Obama with cracking down on violations
of equal pay laws and fulfilling, once and for all, the promise of the 1963 Equal Pay Act. She also represents the Secretary of Labor on the federal Interagency Working Group of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Ms. Shiu served as Vice President for Programs at the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center in San Francisco. Ms. Shiu joined the Employment Law Center in 1983 as a staff attorney and spent 26 years representing workers in both individual and class action cases focused on employment discrimination.
Tobias 5K Run
Friday, June 28
Join the early risers for the Tobias 5K Run. Meet NELA Founder Paul H. Tobias in the hotel lobby and take a run through downtown Denver before the morning's plenary.
Raising OUR Voices For Change
NELA's Annual Gala Fundraiser To Advance Equality And Justice In The American Workplace
Friday, June 28
Honoring Nan Aron, President & Founder Of The Alliance for Justice
Featuring The NELA Talent Show & Karaoke Night
You are cordially invited to join us after the Annual Dinner on Friday evening for our Gala Fundraiser, the yearly celebration of what we appreciate most about NELA members and our supporters—your unwavering dedication to workers' rights, your enthusiasm for our community, and your fervor for fun. Proceeds from the Gala fuel NELA's key advocacy initiatives, including our Amicus, Judicial Nominations, and Legislative & Public Policy Programs.
This year, NELA honors Nan Aron, President of the Alliance for Justice (AFJ), who has spent more than 30 years raising her voice for change while inspiring thousands of others to raise their own voices in the fight for equal justice under law for all Americans.
A leading voice in public interest law, Ms. Aron founded AFJ in 1979 and continues to guide the organization
in its mission to assure that all Americans have the right and opportunity to secure justice in the courts and to have their voices heard when government makes decisions that affect their lives.
AFJ's Justice Program is the nation's premier source of information on federal judicial nominations, and leads national campaigns to confirm U.S. Supreme Court and other federal judges committed to upholding core constitutional values of justice and equality. Ms. Aron is nationally recognized for her vast expertise in the federal judiciary and citizen participation in public policy.
Ms. Aron will be introduced by former NELA President Frederick M. Gittes.
The NELA Talent Show & Karaoke Night
The evening continues as we turn the spotlight on you, our own gifted NELA members and guests for the always popular
NELA Talent Show & Karaoke Night. Participation is open to all, and it is not too early to start planning your act. Individual and group acts are welcome. All performers must have a ticket to the Gala.
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Celebrate The Institute's Fifth Anniversary At Coors Field!
Colorado Rockies v. San Francisco Giants
Saturday, June 29 & Sunday, June 30
After conquering "The Summit," you are cordially invited to celebrate
The Employee Rights Advocacy Institute For Law & Policy's
5th anniversary with Freking & Betz at Coors Field on Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30. Enjoy America's favorite pastime while advancing equality and justice in the American workplace! Don't miss this chance to see the Colorado Rockies take on the 2012 World Series Champions San Francisco Giants after the NELA Annual Convention. Group seats are located in Section 151 (left field Pavilion). Your contribution to The Institute is tax-deductible as a charitable donation to the extent permitted by law.
Tickets will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis for a minimum contribution of $50.00 to The Institute. Tickets will be distributed at the Freking & Betz exhibit table for "The Real Employee Handbook" at the NELA Annual Convention.
Freking & Betz will host a post-game party on Saturday, June 29 (location to be determined).