Meet Up Sessions

*PLEASE NOTE, the below is for the 2021 Conference. Will be updated shortly!

One of the hallmarks of our conference every year is the networking opportunities provided to students. Accomplishing this will be much more difficult this year since we're doing a virtual conference instead of meeting in person, but we still want students to be able to meet and interact with as many others as possible. We expect these sessions to be lighthearted and interactive but also have some useful takeaways at the same time.

Meet-Ups will be offered on all three days of the conference. Each student will have the opportunity to participate in at least two sessions. Topics will be offered in variety of groupings: regional groups, affinity groups, social justice groups, labor and employment groups, and personal improvement groups.

Watch for ongoing updates. This list is being updated as we confirm.

Friday Meet-Ups

The groups listed below have been confirmed for Friday, 10/15, 8:15 - 9:30 p.m. Eastern Time. More will be added when confirmed.

Region                      Group                                Hosts 

Boston                       Boston Pahlah                  Nicole Horberg Decter, Segal Roitman LLP
                                                                           Jennifer Rubin, Decker & Rubin PC

Chicago                     Windy City Blues              Nicolas Coronado, Illinois Education Association
                                                                          Co-Host TBD

DC-MD-VA                Happenings in DMV          Michael Artz, AFSCME
                                                                           Kyle Campbell, AFSCME

Los Angeles              I'm Stoked about LA          Jay Smith, Gilbert & Sackman
                                                                           Mindy Garland, City Employee Association       

New York                  New York State of Mind      Bryan Arnault, Blitman & King
                                                                           Queen Arsem-O'Malley, New York State Nurses Association

New York                  New York New York           David Slutsky, Levy Ratner, P.C.
                                                                          Sayra Gorillo, The Legal Aid Society of NYC

Pittsburgh                 Pittsburgh Steel,               Amanda Bundick, Eberle & Bundick, LLC
                                 Steelers & The Hill            Co-Host TBD

San Francisco          Hella Bay Area                   Danielle Leonard, Altshuler Berzon
                                                                            Co-Host TBD

Seattle                     Is the Mountain Out?          Danielle Alvarado, Fair Work Center
                                                                            Beau Haynes, Washington Wage Claim Project

Multiple Sites          The South Is Where It's At!   Jay Kucia, Joel Dillard, P.A.
                                                                            Co-Host TBD

Saturday - First Session Meet-Ups

The groups listed below have been confirmed for Saturday, 10/16, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

1. ADR: All Disputes Resolved - Wishful Thinking
    Hosts: Homer La Rue, Arbitrator, Mediator, Professor of Law
               Co-Host TBD

2. Black Lives Matter: How It Impacts Workers & Unions
    Hosts: LaRell Purdie, SEIU
               Co-Host TBD

3. LGBTQ Rights & Issues
    Hosts: Cristobal Gutierrez, Make the Road NY
               Micah Wissinger, Levy Ratner            

4. 2021 Proves that Labor Lawyers R Needed
    Hosts: James Britton, United Auto Workers
               Jessica Drangel Ochs, SEIU 32BJ

5. Law Students of Color: Discuss useful tips to succeed in law school with an eye towards the job search and preparing for the world of work. Discuss the issues & challenges affect students of color and how to get around them. Suggestions to help students be less isolated & more empowered.
    Host: Hiram Arnaud, Major League Baseball Players Association
              Kena Cador, Beeson Tayer & Bodine

6. Mindfulness Moves You Forward: No Experience Necessary - How Self-Care Improves
    Personal & Professional Development
    Hosts: Jason Veny, Levy Ratner, P.C.
                Sarah Ruhlen, Satter Ruhlen Law Firm, PLLC

7. Rise & Shine - Be the Best You Can Be: How to Be Prepared as a Law Student and Lawyer
    Hosts: Samantha Dulaney, IATSE
               Gillian Santos, Murphy Anderson PLLC 

8. Wanna Be Satisfied with My Next Steps: How To Prepare for Your Next Positions
    Hosts: Mark Pearce, Workers' Rights Institute, Georgetown Law School
               Linelle Mogado, Southwest Airlines Pilots Association

9. Why Labor Needs You: The Title Says It All!
    Hosts: Willie Burden, Jr., Int'l Brotherhood of Teamsters
                Cassie Peabody, Neyhart Anderson Flynn & Grosboll

Saturday - Second Session Meet-Ups

The groups listed below have been confirmed for Saturday, 10/16, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

1. How to Get in the Room Where It's Happening
    Hosts: Hiram Arnaud, Major League Baseball Players Association
                Juhyung Harold Lee, Rothner, Segall & Greenstone

2. Labor Follows the Money - Don't Take Information at Face Value: Useful Tips for Successfully Negotiating a Labor Contract
    Host: Wendy LaManque, American Guild of Musical Artists
              Gideon Martin, Assistant General Counsel, New York Hotel Trades Council

3. Taking It to the Street: Worker Protests and Other Protests
    Hosts: Bliss Requa-Trautz, Arriba Las Vegas Worker Center
               Evelyn Haro, O'Donoghue & O'Donoghue

4. Worker Centers Open Doors: The Importance of Workers' Rights Centers
    Hosts: Naoki Fujita, TakeRoot Justice
               Sheila R. Maddali, National Legal Advocacy Network

5. Bargaining and Protecting Benefits: The Intersection of Labor Law and Employee Benefits
    Host: Lisa Gomez, Cohen, Weiss & Simon

Sunday - First Session Meet-Ups

The groups listed below have been confirmed for Sunday, 10/17, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

1. Dreamers and Immigration: Labor Law Migrates to Immigration
    Hosts: Ingrid Nava, SEIU Local 32BJ
               Clara Acosta, Lubin & Enoch

2. Human Rights Are Workers' Rights and Workers' Rights Are Human Rights: What's There to Know?
    Hosts: Matthew Stark Blumin, Coalition of Immokalee Workers
                Benjamin Hoffman, EarthRights International

3. One State and One Nation Is Not Enough: International Labor Law Practice
    Host: Marley Weiss, University of Maryland School of Law

Sunday - Second Session Meet-Ups

The groups listed below have been confirmed for Sunday, 10/17, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

1. Best Speaker Nuggets: What You Need to Know and Do
    Hosts: Melissa Woods, Cohen, Weiss & Simon
               Co-Host TBD

2. Hispanohablantes para el trabajo (Spanish Speakers for Labor): No English Spoken.
    Let's Discuss Tips for Success, with an eye toward job searching and preparing for
    the world of work.
    Hosts: Alexandra Sossa, Farmworker & Landscaper Advocacy Project
                Co-Host TBD

3. Litigation Land: Labor Lawyers in Court
    Hosts: Mark Hanna, Murphy Anderson, PLLC
                David Seligman, Towards Justice, P.C.

4. Sisters in the Law: Let's Talk About the Rewards, Challenges and Sisterhood
    of Women Union Lawyers
    Hosts: Allyson Belovin, Levy Ratner, P.C.
                Miranda Huber, Allison Slutsky & Kennedy, P.C.