Ethics, labor and employment updates on tap at April 25 Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference

Thursday, March 21, 2019
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40th Annual Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference Keynote Speaker Louise Melling, deputy legal director at the ACLU and the director of its Center for Liberty

Join us on Thursday, April 25, for the 40th Annual Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference, at Suffolk University Law School.

Keynote speaker Louise Melling is a deputy legal director at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the director of its Center for Liberty, which encompasses the encompasses the ACLU’s work on reproductive freedom; women’s rights; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights; freedom of religion and belief; and disability rights. In this role, she leads the work of the ACLU to address the intersection of religious freedom and equal treatment, among other issues.

Melling has been with the ACLU since 1992, serving in several roles before becoming the director of its Reproductive Freedom Project in 2003 and a deputy legal director in 2010. She is a graduate of Yale Law School and Oberlin College.


Conference Agenda

  • 11 a.m.-noon: Registration
  • Noon-12:15: Welcoming remarks
    • Christopher A. Kenney, Esq., Massachusetts Bar Association president
    • Kavita M. Goyal, Esq., and Adam M. Hamel, Esq., conference co-chairs
  • 12:15-1 p.m.: Keynote speaker Louise Melling, deputy legal director at the ACLU and the director of the ACLU Center for Liberty
  • 1-2 p.m.: Playing by the Rules, Ethical Considerations for Employment Lawyers
    • Kavita M. Goyal, Esq., moderator
    • Mark Preiss, Esq., moderator
    • Ellen J. Messing, Esq., panelist
    • Paul G. Lannon Jr., Esq., panelist
  • 2-2:15 p.m.: Break
  • 2:15-3:15 p.m.: The View from the Other Side of the Bench
    • Laurence J. Donoghue, Esq., moderator
    • Nancy S. Shilepsky, Esq., moderator
    • Hon. Robert B. Gordon, panelist
    • Hon. Scott L. Kafker, panelist
    • Hon. Mary T. Sullivan, panelist
    • Hon. Indira Talwani, panelist
  • 3:15-4 p.m.: Labor Law Update
    • Rachel Ann Culley, Esq., moderator
    • Kevin C. Merritt, Esq., moderator
    • James A.W. Shaw, Esq., panelist
    • Liam T. O'Connell, Esq., panelist
  • 4-5 p.m.: Employment Law Update
    • Anne K. Morrill, Esq., moderator
    • Valerie C. Samuels, Esq., moderator
    • Anne L. Josephson, Esq., panelist
    • Robert L. Kilroy, Esq., panelist
  • 5-6 p.m.: Reception
Click here for a full list of faculty and additional conference details.