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Thursday, May 27, 2021

Time (Central)ProgramCLE
9:45 - 10:00 a.m.Welcome and Introduction

Jaime Walker Luse, Tydings & Rosenberg LLP, Baltimore, MD 
Stacy L. Moon, Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP, Birmingham, AL
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.How to Make your Best Case When You Aren't in the Room

Listen to the Chief Judges of two different federal District Courts as they explain what they have learned (good and bad) from a year of remote arguments and share their perspectives on what works, and maybe more importantly, what doesn’t. This session will also address best practices in motion practice in an employment law case when you have to present your side by phone or video screen.

Moderator
Anne G. Bibeau, Vandeventer Black LLP, Norfolk, VA

The Honorable Waverly D. Crenshaw, Jr., Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville, TN
The Honorable Beth Phillips, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Kansas City, MO
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11:00 - 11:15 a.m.Break
11:15 - 12:30 p.m.The Year in Review: Annual Discrimination and Retaliation Law Update

Always entertaining and immensely informative, Al Latham returns to deliver his fast-paced and incisive update on the latest and greatest discrimination and retaliation court opinions affecting defense practitioners.  This must-see presentation is a tradition at DRI Employment and Labor Law Seminars and provides an invaluable resource for employment litigators.

J. Al Latham, Jr., Paul Hastings LLP, Los Angeles, CA
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12:30 - 1:00 p.m.New to DRI and the Employment and Labor Law Committee

Dessi N. Day, Green & Roberts LLP, Committee Chair 
Gordon Hill, Hill Ward Henderson, Committee Vice Chair
Stacy L. Moon, Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP, Program Chair
Eric E. Kinder, Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, Program Vice Chair
12:30 - 1:45 p.m.Break
1:45 - 2:45 p.m.Untangling an Intricate Web – Designing and Implementing Paid Leave Policies

The web of statutory, regulatory and common law surrounding employer paid leave programs (both mandatory and voluntary) has increased exponentially in the past few years.  As seen in the media with respect to maternity/paternity leave policies, not all companies are navigating that web cleanly.  This session will address how to draft and implement paid leave policies to maximize employer protection without running afoul of the law, including those with multi-jurisdictional practices.

Helen R. Holden, Spencer Fane LLP, Phoenix, AZ
David M. Kight, Garmin International Inc., Olathe, KS
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2:45 - 3:00 p.m.Break
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.Small Group Networking Breakout Opportunities

Pick the roundtable you think matches your practice the best.
(A) Litigation Workshop Roundtable: Defense Decisions About Decision Makers

This interactive roundtable discussion will discuss the defense tools at your disposal to steer the case to the best decision maker.

Stanley E. Graham, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP, Nashville, TN
Demetrius O. Holloway, Stites & Harbison PLLC, Louisville, KY
(B) The latest on dealing with COVID

When do get back to the New Normal?  And what is the New Normal anyway? Converse with leading employment lawyers on the latest developments in managing a workforce during a pandemic.

Robert Luskin, Goodman McGuffey, LLP, Atlanta GA
Kathleen Weron, Manning Curtis Bradshaw & Bednar PLLC, Salt Lake City, UT
(C) Advising clients on how to steer through the regulatory U-Turn

What changes are we seeing in how federal agencies are enforcing the law and how are we advising our clients? Learn the latest developments from various federal agencies and what policies your clients need to have in place yesterday.

Alison Crane, Jackson Lewis, P.C., Chicago, IL
Kevin Carr, Spilman Thomas and Battle, PLLC, Charleston, WV
4:00 - 4:15 p.m.Break
4:15 - 4:45 p.m.Employment and Labor Law Committee Meeting (Open to all)

Dessi N. Day, Green & Roberts LLP, Committee Chair 
Gordon Hill, Hill Ward Henderson, Committee Vice Chair
4:45 - 5:45 p.m.Zoom Networking (Open to all)

Virtual Happy Hour, hosted by Young Lawyers subcommittee

Friday, May 28, 2021

Time (Central)ProgramCLE
9:30 - 9:45 a.m.Welcome and Introduction

Dessi N. Day, Green & Roberts LLP, San Diego, CA
Eric E. Kinder, Spilman Thomas and Battle PLLC, Charleston WV
9:45 - 10:45 a.m.Inside the Beltway

Recently appointed EEOC Commissioner Keith Sonderling has served for the last several years in Washington, recently finishing a tour as the Deputy Administrator of the US Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division. As a former private practice labor and employment practitioner, he will share his unique perspective on his time at DOL, and EEOC agency dynamics, initiatives, and enforcement.

Commissioner Keith Sonderling, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Washington, D.C.
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10:45 - 11:00 a.m.Break
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Small Group Networking Breakout Opportunities

Pick the roundtable you think matches your practice the best.
(A) Litigation Workshop Roundtable: Defense Decisions About Decision Makers

This interactive roundtable discussion will discuss the defense tools at your disposal to steer the case to the best decision maker.    

Stan Graham, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP, Nashville, TN
Demetrius O. Holloway, Stites & Harbison PLLC, Louisville, KY
(B) The latest on dealing with COVID

When do get back to the New Normal?  And what is the New Normal anyway? Converse with leading employment lawyers on the latest developments in managing a workforce during a pandemic.

Harvey B. Cooper, Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman LLP, Omaha, NE
Sandy L. Morris, Valentine Austriaco & Bueschel, P.C., Chicago, IL
David E. Renner, FisherBroyles LLP, Pittsburgh, PA
(C) Advising clients on how to steer through the regulatory U-Turn

What changes are we seeing in how federal agencies are enforcing the law and how are we advising our clients? Learn the latest developments from various federal agencies and what policies your clients need to have in place yesterday.

Alison B. Crane, Jackson Lewis PC, Chicago, IL
Reginald W. Belcher, Turner Padget Graham & Laney, Columbia, SC
12:00 - 12:15 p.m.Break
12:15 - 1:15 p.m.Lawyer Well-being: Elevate Your Practice Inside and Outside the Law
 
No one is immune from the highly stressful conditions caused by the practice of law and changing environment due to COVID-19. Our lack of control, combined with external pressure to "do it all," only makes matters worse. Join attorney and Wellworks Consulting founder Dani Berry and lawyer/mental health advocate Stuart Mauney as they discuss mental and emotional health and well-being of lawyers, and how you can build the skills needed to identify, manage, and override stress.

Dani Berry, Wellworks Consulting and Stanton Law LLC,  Atlanta, GA
C. Stuart Mauney, Gallivan, White & Boyd P.A., Greenville, SC
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1:15 p.m.Adjourn