Convention Highlights

Be Inspired 

The opening plenary session, “‘Be The Change: Honoring Courageous Plaintiffs,” will bring to life the stories of three remarkable individuals who stood up to their employers and held their ground in the face of immense adversity, not only to vindicate their own rights, but to improve the lives of others as well.

Be Informed

In addition to honoring our Courageous Plaintiffs, the Convention will feature plenary sessions on “Let’s Get To Work! Defending & Advancing Employee Rights,” “Because ‘Cause’ Matters: Causation Under Federal & State Employment Discrimination Laws,” and the indispensable “Year In Review: Significant Developments In Employment Law.” Dedicated program tracks on Discovery, Trial Advocacy, Representing Vulnerable & Underserved Workers, and for New Lawyers (and lawyers new to the practice of plaintiffs’ employment law) will help you identify sessions that are directly relevant to your practice.

Beyond the program tracks, other cutting-edge substantive law and practical skills presentations will cover a diverse range of topics, including defeating summary judgment, creative settlement terms, maximizing damages, national origin discrimination, defining employment relationships in the 21st century, and many others.

Be The Change

Together with NELA, your advocacy—each client, each case, and each fight for equality—is amplified by the over 4,000 NELA and Affiliate members who share your passion for justice. We hope to see you in San Antonio to Be The Change that will build a stronger future for workers across the country.




Social Justice Lawyering: From Law Student To Employee Advocate

Wednesday, June 21
5:00–6:15 p.m.
$10 Current law students and recent graduates of sponsoring law schools
$45 Law students and recent graduates of non-sponsoring law schools

Law students and recent law graduates are invited to join NELA and The Employee Rights Advocacy Institute For Law & Policy for an engaging and interactive discussion on how a career in plaintiff-side employment law offers a unique and meaningful way for new lawyers to use their skills to drive progressive social change.

This program is sponsored by the National Employment Lawyers Association and The Employee Rights Advocacy Institute For Law & Policy. Find out more.

NELA Law Student Panel

President's Welcome Reception

Wednesday, June 21
6:30–8:00 p.m.


Convention participants are invited to join NELA President Alicia K. Haynes, the NELA Executive Board, and the 20176 Annual Convention Committee for an informal gathering to
celebrate 32 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 Litigation and the Texas Employment Lawyers Association.

         






Be The Change: Honoring Courageous Plaintiffs

Annual Convention Opening Plenary
Thursday, June 22
9:30 a.m.
The opening plenary session, “Be The Change: Honoring Courageous Plaintiffs,” will bring to life the stories of three remarkable individuals, Juan Alonzo-Miranda, Yosif Bakhit, and Gretchen Carlson, who stood up to their employers and held their ground in the face of immense adversity, not only to vindicate their own rights, but to improve the lives of others as well.

Courageous Plaintiffs

Tobias 5K Run

Friday, June 23
7:00 a.m.

Join the early risers for the Tobias 5K Run. Meet NELA Founder Paul H. Tobias in the hotel lobby and take a run along the famous San Antonio Riverwalk before the morning plenary.



Simply The Best

2017 Gala Fundraiser
Friday, June 23
7:30–11:00 p.m.
San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter

Please join the NELA and Institute family for an unforgettable farewell celebration honoring Teri at NELA’s 2017 Annual Gala Fundraiser, Simply The Best. After dinner on your own, we will gather for dessert on the evening of Friday, June 23 to say thank you and good-bye to NELA’s leader and inspiration. Simply The Best will feature a brief program recognizing Teri’s achievements followed by a night of live music and dancing featuring the Bad Funky Bones, San Antonio’s renowned Motown, Soul, and Funk Band.
Paul and Teri
Comments From NELA’s 2016 Annual Convention Participants

This was my first NELA event. I enjoyed it and learned a lot.

Best NELA Convention so far. I had a great time and look forward to an awesome Convention next year.

Great materials by the speakers for my sessions. Great job done by all.

It is invaluable to have all the materials, especially for the concurrent sessions that I wasn’t able to attend.
2016 Annual Convention Committee

Co-Chairs
Kelly Brandon
Daniel B. Kohrman
Susan D. Motley

Bryce W. Ashby
Terisa E. Chaw
Joseph D. Garrison
Karla Gilbride
Charles E. Guerrier
Matthew C. Koski
Matthew Lango
Karen Maoki
Rachhana T. Srey

New Lawyers Track Subcommittee
Bryce W. Ashby
Terisa E. Chaw
Charles E. Guerrier
Matthew Lango
Susan D. Motley

Representing Vulnerable & Underserved Workers Track Subcommittee
Rachel M. Bien
Justin D. Cummins
Brendan Donelon
Gilda “Jill” Hernandez
Laura L. Ho
Daniel A Katz
David L. Kern
Matthew C. Koski
Rachhana T. Srey
Meredith Stewart
Justin M. Swartz
Marni Willenson