The Third Annual Maryland Employment Lawyers ("MELA") Conference, "Protecting Employee Rights in the State Courts of Maryland," will be Friday, September 28, 2007 at the Columbia Sheraton.
There will be an exciting line-up, focused on how to succeed in the Maryland state courts. Special attention will be given to the new private right of action under 49B, Maryland's anti-discrimination law. Judges from various circuit courts in Maryland, and from the Office of Administrative Hearings, will give an insider's view to their jurisdictions. You'll also learn how to run a "lean and mean employment law practice," and get tips from seasoned employment litigators about how to win employment cases in the circuit courts (especially under local county codes). A full agenda is below and a brochure/registration form is attached.
8:30-9:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00-10:00 a.m. How to Run a Lean and Mean Employment Law
Moderator: Mary T. Keating, Esq.
Law Office of Mary T. Keating
Daniel A. Katz, Esq.
Andalman & Flynn, PC
Gwenlynn Whittle D'Souza, Esq.
Lippman, Semsker & Salb, LLC
Peter Holland, Esq.
The Holland Law Firm, PC
10:15-11:15 a.m. Mechanics of the New Private Right of Action
Moderator: Deborah Thompson Eisenberg, Esq.
Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP
Kathleen Cahill, Esq.
Law Offices of Kathleen Cahill, LLC
Glendora Hughes, Esq.
General Counsel, Maryland Commission on
11:15-12:15 p.m. Tips for Litigating Discrimination Claims
under the Local County Codes
Moderator: Thomas Gagliardo, Esq.
Gagliardo Law Firm
Linda Hitt Thatcher, Esq.
Thatcher Law Firm, LLC
Rebecca N. Strandberg, Esq.
Rebecca N. Strandberg & Associates
Leizer Goldsmith, Esq.
The Goldsmith Law Firm, LLC
Tammany M. Kramer, Esq.
Heller, Huron, Chertkof, Lerner, Simon & Salzman, PLLC
12:15 - 1:30 p.m. LUNCH
The Honorable Thomas Perez, Secretary Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation
1:45 - 2:45 p.m. How to Litigate a State Administrative Hearing
at the OAH
Moderator: James E. Rubin, Esq.
Rubin Employment Law Firm, P.C.
The Honorable Thomas Dewberry
Chief Administrative Law Judge, OAH
The Honorable Bernard McClellan
Administrative Law Judge, Deputy Director of Quality Assurance, OAH
The Honorable Wayne Brooks
Administrative Law Judge, Deputy Director of Operations, OAH
Jessica Kaufman, Assistant Attorney General Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
Break (Sponsored by JMW Settlements)
3:00 - 4:15 p.m. Views from the Bench: Litigating in Maryland's Circuit Courts
Moderator: Jerry R. Goldstein, Esq.
Bulman, Dunie, Burke & Feld
The Honorable Evelyn Omega Cannon
Circuit Court for Baltimore City
The Honorable Toni E. Clarke
Circuit Court for Prince George's County
The Honorable Ronald B. Rubin
Circuit Court for Montgomery County
4:15 - 5:00 p.m.
MELA Happy Hour