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43rd Annual Labor & Employment Spring Conference


The Massachusetts Bar Association welcomes back our Labor & Employment members to the 43rd Annual Labor & Employment Spring Conference. This year’s conference will be an in-person event at Suffolk University Law School. Faculty presenters include a number of judges and accomplished attorneys who have provided significant thought leadership in the areas of labor and employment law.

This year's keynote speaker is U.S. Secretary of Labor Martin J. Walsh. A lifelong champion of equity and fairness, and a proud product of the City of Boston, Walsh leads the U.S. Department of Labor with a strong connection to working people and a commitment to creating an economy that works for all.

Walsh spent the last seven years as the mayor of Boston. While mayor, he led the creation of close to 140,000 jobs and helped secure a statewide $15/hour minimum wage, paid sick leave, and paid parental leave. He established universal, high-quality pre-kindergarten for all children, and free community college for low-income students.


This conference is offered as a hybrid. Attendees can attend virtually but are strongly encouraged to attend in person. We will send information on remote participation prior to the program. All attendees must follow Suffolk University Law School's health and safety guidelines. Details to be forthcoming.

Registration for this conference is required by 5 p.m. on Monday, May 16.


Full conference agenda:

10–11 a.m.: Registration

Refreshments & networking 

11–11:10 a.m.: Welcome Remarks

Scott Miller, Esq., Office of the Regional Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor
Alfred A. Gray Jr., Esq., Rubin and Rudman LLP
Michelle De Oliveira, Esq., Kenney & Sams PC

11:10 a.m.–12:10 p.m.: Employment Law Update 

Moderator: Keerthi Sugurmaran, Esq., Jackson Lewis PC
Panelist: Denise Murphy, Esq., Rubin and Rudman LLP
Panelist: Mark Pedulla, Esq., Counsel for Wage & Hour, U.S. Department of Labor
Panelist: Brian MacDonough, Esq., Sherin and Lodgen LLP

12:15–1:15 p.m.: Labor Law Update 

Moderator: Dennis Coyne, Esq., McDonald, Lamond Canzoneri
Panelist: Sarah Spatafore, Esq., Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane LLP
Panelist: John M. Becker, Esq., Sanduli Grace PC 
Panelist: Laurie R. Houle, Esq., Staff Counsel, MTA Division of Legal Services

1:15–1:45 p.m.: Lunch/Networking 

Boxed lunch provided for attendees 

1:45–2:45 p.m.: Keynote Speaker: U.S. Secretary of Labor Martin Walsh

Keynote speaker introduction: Dennis Coyne, Esq., McDonald Lamond Canzoneri 

2:50–3:50 p.m.: COVID-19’s Everlasting Impact in the Workplace: Vaccine Mandates, Returning to the Office, Managing Remote Work, Reasonable Accommodations & Interjurisdictional Employers

Moderator: Michelle De Oliveira, Esq., Kenney & Sams PC
Panelist: Beth Meyers, Esq., Burns & Levinson LLP
Panelist: Adam Hamel, Esq., McLane Middleton PA
Panelist: Lauren Moran, Esq., Chief of Fair Labor Division, Attorney General's Office
Panelist: Louise McCarthy, Esq., General Counsel, Perkins School for the Blind

3:50–4:05 p.m.: BREAK 

4:05–5:05 p.m.: Judicial Panel

Moderator: Kavita Goyal, Esq., Rosen & Goyal PC
Judge 1: Justice Asha White
Judge 2: Justice Mary Sullivan
Judge 3: Justice Shannon Frison

5:05–5:10 p.m.: Closing Remarks

Scott Miller, Esq. U.S. Department of Labor Office of the Regional Solicitor
Alfred A. Gray Jr., Esq., Rubin and Rudman LLP
Michelle De Oliveira, Esq., Kenney & Sams PC
Valerie C. Samuels, Esq., ArentFox Schiff LLP

5:10–6 p.m.: Networking Session & Membership Opportunity

Refreshments & appetizers