Friday, July 27, 2007

Protecting Employee Rights in the State Courts of Maryland

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
under 49B

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
Human Relations

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

Keynote Speaker:
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

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