Meet Up Sessions

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.

Friday Meet-Ups

The groups listed below have been confirmed for Friday, 10/16, 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              Craig Rosenbaum, Chicago News Guild
                                                                           Nader Issa, Chicago Sun Times

DC-MD-VA                Happenings in DMV          Michael Artz, AFSCME
                                                                            Mindy Holmes, Murphy Anderson, PLLC

Los Angeles              I'm Stoked about LA          Jay Smith, Gilbert & Sackman
                                                                            Mindy Garland, Los Angeles Black Worker
                                                                                   Center Project            

New York                  New York State of Mind     Wendy Shepherd, Barnes Iaccarino
                                                                                   & Shepherd
                                                                            Bryan Arnault, Blitman & King

New York                  New York New York           David Slutsky, Levy Ratner, P.C.
                                                                            Sam Jackson, District Council 37, AFSCME, AFL-CIO

Pittsburgh                 Pittsburgh Steel,                David Jury, United Steelworkers
                                 Steelers & The Hill             Amanda Bundick, Eberle & Bundick

San Francisco          Hella Bay Area                   Danielle Leonard, Altshuler Berzon

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!   To be announced

Saturday - First Session Meet-Ups

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

1. ADR: All Disputes Resolved - Wishful Thinking
    Hosts: Homer La Rue, Arbitrator, Mediator, Professor of Law
              Jeanne Charles, Arbitrator & Mediator

2. Black Lives Matter: How It Impacts Workers & Unions
    Hosts: Amanda Green-Hawkins, United Steelworkers
               LaRell Purdie, SEIU

3. Bostock & Beyond - What does the Bostock Supreme Court decision forecast for
    LGBTQ rights & issues?
    Hosts:  Micah Wissinger, Levy Ratner
                Eleanor Morton, Leonard Carder

4. 2020 Proves that Labor Lawyers R Needed - Insiders' View of 2020
    Hosts: Jessica Drangel Ochs, SEIU 32BJ
               James Britton, UAW

5. Mindfulness Moves You Forward: No Experience Necessary - How Self-Care Improves
    Personal & Professional Development
    Hosts: Betzabeth Sanchez, SEIU 32BJ
               Gwynne Wilcox, Levy Ratner, P.C.

6. Rise & Shine - Be the Best You Can Be: How to Be Prepared as a Law Student and Lawyer
    Hosts: Samantha Dulaney, IATSE
               Gillian Santos, Associate, Murphy Anderson PLLC (starting in November 2020)

7. Wanna Be Satisfied with My Next Steps: How To Prepare for Your Next Positions
    Hosts: Mark Pearce, Workers' Rights Institute, Georgetown Law School
               Amanda Jaret, UFCW

8. Why Labor Needs You: The Title Says It All!
    Hosts: Pamela Chandran, UNAC/UHCP
               Angie Cowan Hamada, Allison Slutsky & Kennedy

Saturday - Second Session Meet-Ups

The groups listed below have been confirmed for Saturday, 10/17, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

1. Getting Out the Vote: What Can You Do Even If You Have Little Time?
    Hosts: Renata Strause, AFL-CIO
               Jason Veny, Murphy Anderson, PLLC

2. How to Get in the Room Where It's Happening
    Hosts: Angela Thompson, AFT
               Gwynne Wilcox, Levy Ratner

3. 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

4. Taking It to the Street: Worker Protests and Other Protests
    Hosts: Jessica Rutter, AFT  
               Evelyn Haro

5. Worker Centers Open Doors: The Importance of Workers' Rights Centers
    Hosts: Miranda Huber, Raise the Floor Alliance
               Stephanie Welch, New Mexico Center on Law & Poverty

Watch this space for ongoing updates.

Sunday - First Session Meet-Ups

The groups listed below have been confirmed for Sunday, 10/18, 1:00 to 2:15 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
               Marissa Vahlsing, EarthRights International

3. 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: Courtney Allen, Levy Ratner, PC

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

Watch this space for ongoing updates.

Sunday - Second Session Meet-Ups

The groups listed below have been confirmed for Sunday, 10/18, 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. Eastern Time.

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

2. Best Speaker Nuggets: What You Need to Know and Do
    Hosts: Melissa Woods, Cohen, Weiss & Simon
               Hiram Arnaud, Major League Baseball Players Association

3. 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
               Monica Guizar, SEIU

4. Litigation Land: Labor Lawyers in Court
    Hosts: Mark Hanna, Murphy Anderson, PLLC
               Patricia McConnell, Levy Ratner, P.C.

5. Sisters in the Law: Let's Talk About the Rewards, Challenges and Sisterhood
    of Women Union Lawyers
    Hosts: Allyson Belovin, Levy Ratner, P.C.
               Hope Singer, American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA)