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120 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116

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Suzanne Paullin or Kenneth I. Gordon
Gordon Law Office

Get Up to Date on the Latest Trends and Development
Effecting Your Plaintiff's Employment Practice

     Don't miss your chance to learn from some of the leading plaintiffs' employment lawyers in the region, during the Seventh New England Regional Conferencdiscriminatione May 13-14, 2011 at the Colonnade Hotel in Boston.   This year's conference will feature a keynote address during Saturday's Luncheon delivered by retiring U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Gertner, whose book, In Defense of Women, Confessions of an Unrepentant Advocate, published by Beacon Press, will have been recently released.  You will hear from heroic lawyers from Madison, WI, fighting for the rights of public workers to collectively bargain, as well as heroic examples from our clients and their attorneys at Friday's Gala Conference Dinner.  :


Friday, May 13, 2011

11 a.m. to noon            Registration and box lunch

Noon – 12:40 p.m.        Welcome and Opening Remarks
                                   Jody Newman and James S. Weliky, Regional Conference Chairs.

12:40-1:55 p.m.            Proving Hidden Bias
                                   Chair:  Jody Newman, Colorra LLP, Boston.

2:10-3:25 p.m.              Drafting Bulletproof Complaints (Breakout Session)
                                   Chair:  Rebecca Pontikes, Pontikes & Swartz, LLC, Boston.

2:10-3:25 p.m.              Tackling the Tough Deposition: Strategies and Solutions
(Breakout Session)

                                   Chair:  Charles S. Kirwan, Charles S. Kirwan & Associates,
                                   Warwick, RI.

3:40-4:55 p.m.             New Strategies for Defeating Summary Judgment (Breakout Session)
                                  Chair:  Ellen Messing, Messing, Rudavsky & Weliky, PC, Boston.

3:40-4:55 p.m.             Developing Valuable Emotional Distress Evidence (Breakout Session)
                                             Chair:  David E. Belfort, Bennett & Belfort, PC, Cambridge.

5-6 p.m.                      Effective Discovery of Hidden Bias
                                  Chair:  David G. Webbert, Johnson &  Webbert, LLP, Augusta, Maine.

 6-7 p.m.                     Cocktail Reception

 7-10 p.m.                   Conference Gala Dinner
Featuring Heroes of the Cause, NELA members from Madison, WI,
                                  and examples from our Clients and their Lawyers.

 Saturday, May 14, 2011

 8-9:15 a.m.                Breakfast Tables
                                 Featuring discussions involving ERISA & Employee Benefits; USERRA &
                                 Justice for Those Who Serve; Federal Employees; ADA/Disability Law;
                                 Client Management and more.

 9:15-10:45 a.m.         Employment  Claims on the Cutting Edge
Chair:  Philip Gordon, Gordon Law Group, LLP, Boston.

 11 a.m.-noon            State of the States in Whistleblower and Wrongful Termination Law
                                (Breakout Session)
                                Chair: Jon Meyer, Backus, Meyer & Branch, LLP, Manchester, NH.

11 a.m.-noon             Reductions in Force and the Older Worker (Breakout Session)
                                Chair: Jeffrey N. Young, McTeague Higbee, Case, Cohen, Whitney
                                & Toker, Topsham, ME.

 noon-1:45 p.m.         Keynote Luncheon
                               Featuring Address from U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Gertner.

1:45-2:45 p.m.          Trends in Non-Compete Agreements and Trade Secrets (Breakout
                               Chair: Kenneth I. Gordon, Gordon Law Office, Boston.

 1:45-2:45 p.m.         Arbitration: The Nuts and Bolts (Breakout Session)
                               Chair: Dahlia Rudavsky, Messing, Rudavsky & Weliky, PC,

 3-4:15 p.m.              Trial Tips from the Experts
Chair: Heather M. Burns, Upton & Hatfield, Concord, NH.

 4:15-4:30 p.m.         Closing Remarks
                               James S. Weliky and Jody Newman.


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