Moot Court Committee
Moot Courts are a valuable resource and a great opportunity to vet arguments, refine your presentation, shape your thinking, and get feedback on a variety of aspects regarding your appellate advocacy. The MWELA Moot Court Committee can also provide opportunities for brainstorming sessions with fellow practitioners in advance of filing your final appellate brief. A pre-brief brainstorming session followed by a moot court is a terrific way to fully and effectively prepare for an appeal. Moots are available for all MWELA members. We also welcome requests for moots from non-member plaintiffs with important appellate issues that will affect employees. This will give the MWELA community an additional opportunity to reach out and help shape the law. The Moot Court Committee tracks the names of new and veteran practitioners to be included in the pool of volunteer judges. If you would like to request a moot or volunteer to be a judge, email

Chet Levitt Fund
The Chet Levitt Fund for Employment Law is dedicated to ensuring fairness in the workplace by providing financial and other support for important cases to protect employee rights. The Chet Levitt Fund makes small grants to cover specific litigation expenses, such as depositions, expert witnesses, and the printing of appellate records and briefs.

National Employment Lawyers Association
The National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) advances employee rights and serves lawyers who advocate for equality and justice in the American workplace. MWELA is a local affiliate of NELA. NELA offers its members programming via webinars and regional and annual conferences. NELA sponsors an annual Lobby Day in Washington, DC. The NELA website also includes a find a lawyer search.

NELA’s Employee Rights Advocacy Institute for Law & Policy
The Institute’s mission is to advocate for employee rights by advancing equality and justice in the American workplace.

Workplace Fairness
Workplace Fairness is a non-profit organization that provides information, education, and assistance to individual workers and their advocates nationwide and promotes public policies that advance employee rights. Workplace Fairness’ goals are that workers and their advocates are educated about workplace rights and options for resolving workplace problems and that policymakers, members of the business community, and the public at large view the fair treatment of workers as both good business practice and sound public policy. The website includes information on workplace rights, an attorney search, resources links, and a blog.

Civil Rights Tax Relief Act
This website explains how the Civil Rights Tax Relief Act (CRTRA) solves amended the tax code to eliminates noneconomic damages from gross income and permits income averaging for back pay received in a lump sum.


Workplace Fairness National Employment Lawyers Association
Civil Rights Tax Relief Act Chet Levitt Fund

Looking for an Employment Lawyer?

Use MWELA’s Find A Lawyer search, in the left navigation bar. Select a practice area: the search will provide you with 10 names randomly selected from MWELA members who practice in that area and who have paid an additional fee to be listed in the search directory. The search results include the name, address, phone number, email address, website, and practice areas of attorneys who meet your search criteria. Note that more than 10 members may practice in any given area; additional searches may yield additional names.

MWELA does not provide legal advice and is not responsible for the advice or services provided by the attorneys included in the Find a Lawyer search.

Attorneys: MWELA Sustaining Members and Presidents Club Members are included in the Find a Lawyer search. If you wish to upgrade your membership be included in the search, contact

Become a MWELA Member

Welcome to the Web site of MWELA — the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association. We are about 300 lawyers who represent people in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

As advocates for employee rights and civil rights, we work to protect the rights and privileges of employees in both the private and public sectors of the Washington metropolitan area workforce. We are dedicated to promoting workplace fairness and the right of employees to work in an environment free of discrimination. MWELA provides assistance, support and resources to members throughout the metropolitan area to attain the highest ideals of practice and encourage the sharing of expertise and skills to best serve our clients.

On our vibrant and active listserve, MWELA members share strategies, tips, and responses to queries regarding both routine and novel employment law issues. The listserve is also available as an on-line searchable database, a powerful research tool.

MWELA holds monthly Brown Bag gatherings featuring presentations on trial strategies and techniques, emerging employment law issues, use of new courtroom technologies, successful litigation efforts, and other matters critical to a successful employment law practice.

Our Moot Court Committee regularly prepares our members for oral argument before appellate courts. MWELA's Amicus Committee produces thoughtful and excellent briefs on important policy matters before the courts of appeals, lending a powerful persuasive voice for the plaintiff and for employees generally. MWELA produces a monthly Newsletter covering member news, victories, and key decisions.

At our all-day Annual Conference, MWELA presents local and federal judges, colleagues, and outside experts on topics concerning all aspects of the plaintiff's employment practice. We also present our annual Lawyer of the Year award.

MWELA maintains an on-line Brief Bank, with ready arguments, briefs, and pleadings. MWELA works toward changes in public policy through the lobbying efforts of our members, to strengthen anti-discrimination and related workplace laws.

MWELA Case Advisory service offers two programs to both MWELA members and non-members. One is a Three-member Clinic Panel, which reviews a lawyer’s case either before it is filed or after it is pending and possibly encountering difficulties. The other is a Single Advisor Legal Consultation where an experienced MWELA attorney provides advice and tips on a particular topic to a less experienced lawyer. Topics may include areas of substantive law and procedure, litigation and trial practice, appeals, settlement agreements, and particular Court and administrative forums with which a lawyer may be unfamiliar. 

NELA MWELA is the local affiliate of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA). NELA and its 68 state and local affiliates have more than 3,000 members. We strongly encourage our members to join NELA. For more information, please contact Ms. Colleen Goodin, Membership Director, NELA, (415) 296-7629 ( or go to for an application. MWELA members receive a discount on NELA dues.

MWELA members can access our brief bank, listserve and newsletter archives, board meeting information, and other resources. If you are a lawyer and devote a majority of your employment practice to representing plaintiffs, join us.