3rd Annual Employment Law Institute

Friday, March 10, 2017 | 8:15am – 5:40 pm

Networking Lunch| 12:35 pm – 1:35 pm

Program Co-Chairs:

Jyotin Hamid
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Jeremiah Iadevaia
Vladeck, Raskin & Clark P.C.


  • This institute will examine recent trends, developments, and cutting-edge issues in employment law. Topics to be discussed include common ethical pitfalls for employment lawyers; legal issues arising both in the hiring process and dismissal of an employee; employers’ increasing use of big data and concerns about employment discrimination; developments in wage and hour law; and strategies for mediating employment disputes. There will also be break-out sessions focusing on employment issues that frequently arise for in-house counsel and legal and ethical considerations for the virtual workplace.  The panels will include in-house counsel for several large New York corporations and financial institutions, representatives from governmental agencies, and top practitioners from both the plaintiffs’ and defense bar.

    Live Program: $399 Member | $499 nonmember
    In House Counsel: $299 Member | $399 Nonmember
    Small Law Firm: $249 Member

  • Ali Ayazi
    Employment Attorney
    Home Box Office, Inc.

    Vivian Berger
    Nash Professor of Law Emerita
    Columbia University School of Law

    Marc Bernstein
    Paul Hastings LLC

    Rod Biermann
    Dorf & Nelson LLP

    Kate Bischoff
    tHRive Law & Consulting LLC

    Lloyd B. Chinn
    Proskauer Rose LLP

    Miriam F. Clark
    Ritz Clark & Ben-Asher LLP

    Christopher A. D’Angelo
    Michelman & Robinson, LLP

    Penn Dodson
    Anderson Dodson, P.C.

    Jake D. Feldman
    Assistant General Counsel – Trademarks
    Johnson & Johnson

    Richard B. Friedman
    Richard Friedman PLLC

    Rachel L. Garber
    Executive Director and Counsel
    UBS AG

    Naima J. Garvin
    Senior Attorney
    IBM Corporation

    Katherine A. Greenberg
    Acting Deputy Commissioner, Law Enforcement Bureau
    NYC Commission on Human Rights

    Robin H. Gise, Esq.
    Mediator and Arbitrator

    Tracy Richelle High
    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

    Steven D. Hurd
    Proskauer Rose LLP

    Abby Israel
    Senior Manager, OFCCP Matters
    Deloitte LLP

    Paul Keefe
    Supervising Attorney
    New York City Commission on Human Rights

    Joseph J. Lazzarotti
    Jackson Lewis LLP

    Anna L. Marciano
    Deputy General Counsel
    Legal Department
    Heineken USA Inc.

    Bran C. Noonan
    Akerman LLP

    Heather Parlier
    Associate Provost for Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action
    Columbia University

    James G. Paulsen
    Labor and Employment Attorney

    Ellyn Pearlstein
    Counsel, Employment & Benefits
    Tiffany & Co.

    Betsy Plevan
    Proskauer Rose LLP

    Jeffrey D. Pollack
    Mintz & Gold LLP

    Sebastian Riccardi
    Trial Attorney
    U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, New York District Office

    Mark D. Risk
    Mark Risk, PC

    Jill L. Rosenberg
    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

    Louis G. Santangelo
    Associate General Counsel

    George B. Schwab
    Kraus & Zuchlewski LLP

    Tricia Bozyk Sherno
    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

    Andrew W. Singer
    Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP

    Wendy Stryker
    Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, P.C.

    Gillian Thomas
    Senior Staff Attorney
    ACLU Women’s Rights Project

    Anne C. Vladeck
    Vladeck Raskin & Clark, P.C.

    Christopher Wilkinson
    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

    Erin M. Wolters
    Assistant General Counsel
    Deloitte LLP

  • 8:15 am – 8:30 am Introduction & Program Overview  

    Jyotin Hamid & Jeremiah Iadevaia

    8:30 am – 9:45 am Track 1A: Legal Issues Arising in the Hiring Process: Background Checks, Medical Inquiries & Discrimination Issues

    Panelists: Jeremiah Iadevaia, Paul Keefe & Tricia Boyzyk Sherno

    Track 1B: The Virtual Workplace

    Panelists: Ali Ayazi, Marc Bernstein, Richard B. Friedman, Joseph J. Lazzarotti, Bran C. Noonan, Anna L. Marciano & Wendy Stryker

    9:45 am – 9:55 am Break
    9:55 am – 11:10 am Track 2A: Legal Issues Arising from Employee Terminations: Discrimination, Retaliation, & Other Possible Claims

    Panelists: Jyotin Hamid, Ellyn Pearlstein & George B. Schwab

    Track 2B: “Big Data” and Discrimination: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Predictive Analytics

    Panelists: Kate Bischoff, Katherine A. Greenberg, Sebastian Riccardi & Gillian Thomas

    11:10 am – 11:20 am Break
    11:20 am – 12:35 pm Track 3A: Ethics for Employment Lawyers

    Panelists: Miriam F. Clark, Tracy Richelle High, Jeremiah Iadevaia
    & Louis G. Santangelo

    Track 3B: OFCCP – What Federal Contractors Need to Know in 2017

    Panelists: Abby Israel, Heather Parlier, Jill L. Rosenberg & Christopher Wilkinson

    12:35 pm – 1:35 pm Networking Lunch
    1:35 pm – 2:50 pm Plenary Session: A Conversation with Leaders of the Employment Bar

    Moderator: Jyotin Hamid
    Panelists: Betsy Plevan & Anne C. Vladeck

    2:50 pm – 3:00 pm Break
    3:00 pm – 4:15 pm Track 5A: Litigating Wage & Hour Cases Under the Fair Labor Standards Act & the New York Labor Law

    Panelists: Rod Biermann, Penn Dodson & Jeffrey D. Pollack

    Track 5B: Social Media & Employment Law

    Panelists: Jake D. Feldman, Richard B. Friedman, Steven D. Hurd, James G. Paulsen, Andrew W. Singer & Wendy Stryker

    4:15 pm – 4:25 pm Break
    4:25 pm – 5:40 pm Track 6A: Settling Employment Disputes in Mediation

    Panelists: Vivian Berger, Christopher A. D’Angelo, Robin H. Gise & Mark D. Risk

    Track 6B: Issues Facing In-House Practitioners & Human Resources Professionals

    Moderator: Lloyd B. Chinn
    Panelists: Rachel L. Garber, Naima J. Garvin & Erin M. Wolters

  • NY, NJ & CA: 7.5 total*
    PA: 6.0 total

    *CLE breakdown depends on breakout sessions attended and will be available at the program.

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    Sponsoring Association Committee
    Labor & Employment Law, Jyotin Hamid, Chair

    Sponsorship Opportunities are Available! Please Contact:
    Maricela Alfonso, Membership and CLE Relations Associate
    (212) 382-6608