Event Location: 
The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel
1127 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036
The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, Washington, DC

Registration is CLOSED. On-Site Registration Will be Available.

The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel
1127 Connecticut Ave. NW
20036 Washington, DC

MWELA’s Annual Conference is an all-day event featuring colleagues, judges, and outside experts on topics concerning all aspects of the plaintiff’s employment practice. Our annual Lawyer of the Year award will also be presented during the conference.

Registration and Continental Breakfast
7:45 – 8:30 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks
8:30 – 8:40 am
MWELA President

The Changing Legal Landscape of the Civil Service
8:40 am - 9:40 am
Michelle Bercovici - Alden Law Group, PLLC
David Borer - General Counsel, American Federal of Government Employees 
Debra D’Agostino - The Federal Practice Group

Pregnancy & Family Responsibilities Discrimination
9:50 am - 10:50 am
Emily Martin - Vice President, Education and Workplace Justice at National Women's Law Center 
Michal Shinnar - Senior Associate, Gilbert Employment Law
Tom Spiggle - Partner, The Spiggle Law Firm

Wage and Hour Laws - They Should Benefit All Workers!
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sally Dworak-Fisher - Public Justice Center, Baltimore
Alan Kabat - Bernabei & Kabat, Washington DC
Omar Melehy - Melehy & Associates, Silver Spring

12:15 – 1:15pm
MWELA President
Presentation of 2019 MWELA Lawyer of the Year Award

Handling Security Clearance Matters and Whistleblowers in the Intelligence Community
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm

Mary Kuntz – Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch, P.C.
Charles McCullough, III - Partner, Compass Rose Legal Group
Dan Meyer - Partner, Tully Rinckey, PLLC

Ethics - When Your Client is More Difficult Than Your Opposing Counsel!
2:25 pm - 3:25 pm
Ellen Messing – Partner, Messing, Rudavsky & Weliky, P.C.A 
Richard Seymour – The Law Office of Richard T. Seymour PLLC
Erika Stillabower– DC Bar

Preparing for Trial:  Light at the End of the Tunnel or an Oncoming Train?
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Judge Amit Mehta - United States District Court for the District of Columbia 
Donna Williams Rucker - Deputy Managing Partner, Tully Rinckey PLLC
Richard Salzman - Heller, Huron, Chertkof & Salzman, PLLC

Moderator: Jennifer Scarbrough, Tully Rinckey PLLC

Cocktail Reception
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Thank you to our sponsors:



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Sensei Enterprises, Inc.


City National Bank

First Rehabilitation Resources, Inc.

Law Office of Alan Banov

Workplace Fairness

Leadership Circle

Charlson Bredehoft Cohen & Brown, P.C.


Outten & Golden LLP


Day Law Practice, LLC

Tully Rinckey PLLC 

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 info@mwela.org.

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 (cgoodin@nelahq.org) or go to www.nela.org 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.