Friday, June 29, 2018

   Wednesday | Thursday | Saturday

7:00 a.m.

Tobias 5K Run
Participants are requested to meet in the lobby of the Hilton Chicago Hotel at 6:45 a.m.

7:00–9:00 a.m.

Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00–10:15 a.m.

#MeToo: Hot Topics & Emerging Trends In Harassment Litigation
Moderator: Allegra L. Fishel
Speakers: Toni J. Jaramilla, Emily J. Martin & David J. Zehner

10:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m.


Pre-Trial Litigation
& Trial Advocacy

Witness Interviewing, Examination & Lie Spotting
Moderator: Ethan Levin-Epstein
Speaker: Philip A. Mullenix

Employment Law 101

Initial Consultations & Client Selection: What To Ask & What To Look For
Moderator: Jamaal (“Jay”) W. Stafford
Speakers: Jason C. Han & Maureen T. Holland

Sixth & Seventh Circuit Law

Sixth & Seventh Circuit Case Law Roundup
Speakers: Maha M. Ayesh & Paul W. Mollica

Wage & Hour Law

Managing “Individualized” Discovery In FLSA Collective Actions
Moderator/Speaker: Reena I. Desai
Speakers: Sarah J. Arendt & Andrew Santillo

Mediation From The Defense & Insurance Perspective
Moderator: Joseph D. Garrison
Speaker: Brian J. Farrell, Jr. & Michael W. Hawkins


Using Labor Law To Advance Employee Rights
Moderator/Speaker: Michael C. Subit
Speakers: Jennifer Kroll & Richard Saks

12:00–1:45 p.m

Box Lunch
Box lunch is available to Convention registrants only.

NELA Members Forum: Connect • Build • Advance
Join new NELA Executive Director Terry O’Neill, NELA President James H. Kaster, the NELA Executive Board, and NELA Staff to talk about how NELA members, NELA Affiliates, NELA Affiliate members, and our coalition partners are responding to the challenges in defending the progress our country has made on civil and workers’ rights, and our collective efforts to bring about positive change in the American workplace.

NELA Committee & Practice Group Meetings
Convention participants are welcome to attend the committee and practice group meetings of their choice. Please check the bulletin board at the Registration Desk for other meetings.

2:00–3:15 p.m.


Pre-Trial Litigation
& Trial Advocacy

Putting A Dagger In The Heart Of Summary Judgment
Moderator: Rebecca G. Pontikes
Speakers: Amanda A. Farahanay, Jonathan J. Margolis & Thomas A. Newkirk

Employment Law 101

Demystifying The Deposition Process: Advice For New(er) Lawyers On Effectively Taking & Defending Depositions
Moderator: Rebecca Peterson-Fisher
Speakers: E.E. Keenan & Heather Newsom Leonard

Sixth & Seventh Circuit Law

Rebuilding The Rust Belt: Organizing Under Trump
Moderator: Robin B. Potter
Speakers: Prof. Robert Bruno, Thomas Geoghegan & Latoyia Kimbrough

Tax Issues For Employment Lawyers
Moderator: Matthew C. Koski
Speaker: Robert W. Wood

Federal, State & Local Protections For LGBT Workers: The Evolving Legal Landscape
Moderator/Speaker: Joshua R. Goodbaum
Speakers: Gregory R. Nevins & Lisa C. Stratton


The FMLA @ 25: Where Have We Been & Where Do We Go From Here?
Moderator: Alejandro (Alex) Caffarelli
Speakers: Sandra Radtke & Brooke Timmer

3:45–5:00 p.m.


Pre-Trial Litigation
& Trial Advocacy

Turning Employer Investigations To Your Client’s Advantage
Moderator: Amy Oppenheimer
Speakers: D. Jan Duffy & Michelle R. Matheson

Employment Law 101

Deadlines & Administrative Exhaustion
Moderator: Hunter A. Swain
Speakers: Lauren Betters & Laura Wolf

Wage & Hour Law

Wage & Hour Class & Collective Action Two Years After Tyson Foods: Opportunities & Threats
Moderator/Speaker: Seth R. Lesser
Speakers: Marc Cote & Caitlin Madden

Damages: Cases To Take & Strategies For Optimizing Recovery
Moderator/Speaker: J. Bernard Alexander, III
Speakers: Therese M. Lawless & Nora C. Ostrofe


Cutting Edge Disability Accommodation Issues
Moderator/Speaker: Lisa Golan
Speakers: Thomas J. Crane & John Griffin

7:30–11:00 p.m.

NELA’s Annual Gala Fundraiser | Celebrating Our Voices For Change

    Wednesday | Thursday | Saturday
  Program subject to change without notice.