Speakers & Workshop Hosts

Clara S. Acosta is an associate attorney at Lubin & Enoch, P.C. She received her J.D. from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and is admitted to practice in Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico. As an associate attorney, she engages in all phases of complex labor and employment law representation, with an emphasis on representing labor unions. She has now appeared before courts and administrative agencies in matters arising under traditional and non-traditional labor law. In conjunction with this, Clara has extensive practice in the area of education law, public utility regulation, and wage and hour law. Outside of her legal practice, Clara is a member of the AFL-CIO’s Diversity and Racial Justice Committee and has worked with the Batson Working Group in Arizona to bolsters protections that prevent potential jurors from being struck on the basis of a protected class.

Danielle Alvarado is the Legal Director of the Fair Work Center Legal Clinic in Seattle, WA. She works with her team to develop and implement innovative legal strategies to empower workers, enforce minimum standards, and shift the balance of power in the workplace. Most recently, she was an Immigrants’ Rights Staff Attorney at Takeroot Justice, where she provided direct representation, policy and technical assistance, and strategic campaign support to grassroots immigrants’ rights organizations and workers centers in New York City. Prior to that, she was an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow at CARECEN. Danielle has more than a decade of experience working in movements for racial and economic justice across the country, which has deeply informed her approach to legal advocacy. She speaks Spanish, attended Whitman College and Northeastern University School of Law, and is a proud past recipient of the National Lawyers Guild C.B. King Award. Danielle is admitted to practice in New York, and her admission in Washington is pending.

Hiram Arnaud is an Associate General Counsel at the Major League Baseball Players Association, where he works on bargaining, CBA enforcement, grievance administration, and disciplinary matters. A graduate of Cornell Law School, he has represented employees in federal and state court, before administrative agencies, and in grievance arbitrations. Hiram has extensive experience advising unions and their Spanish speaking members on labor law and employee rights. Previously he worked at the law firm Cohen, Weiss & Simon. He is a graduate of Cornell Law School.

Bryan T. Arnault is a partner at Blitman & King LLP and is primarily focused in representing private and public sector labor unions in labor and employment law. Bryan advises clients in all facets of the labor relationship, including union organizing and representation elections, collective bargaining, counseling during the grievance process, and advocating on their behalf in arbitration, National Labor Relations Board proceedings, or other litigation. Bryan also represents individual employees and employee benefit funds.

Michael Artz is an Associate General Counsel at the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME). He was AFSCME's lead in-house council in the Detroit bankruptcy case. Throughout his legal career he has represented labor unions, health and pension funds and individuals before courts, administrative agencies and arbitrators. He also developed, planned, implemented and supervised Presidential election voter protection programs in Virginia and Nevada. He received his undergraduate degree from Miami University (Ohio) and graduated cum laude from American University's Washington College of Law, where he also teaches legal rhetoric and writing as a law professor. He clerked for the Honorable Stephanie Duncan-Peters in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, then served as a legal fellow for the Service Employees International Union and as an associate attorney at Mooney, Green, Baker & Saindon in Washington, D.C. He was a Peggy Browning Fellow in 2000 and currently serves as a Board Member and Secretary for the Peggy Browning Fund and a member of its Conference Planning Committee.

Allyson L. Belovin is a partner at Levy Ratner, P.C. She has devoted her career to protecting and advancing the rights of working people by representing labor unions and individuals in all aspects of labor and employment law. She litigates cases in state and federal courts as well as at the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York State Division of Human Rights, the New York City Human Rights Commission and other agencies. Allyson represents unions in a wide range of industries and also represents unions and candidates in union officer elections and other internal matters. Her practice areas include labor, union governance, employee rights litigation, employment and separation agreements, bankruptcy, and class actions. She received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her B.S. from Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

Matthew Stark Blumin is Deputy General Counsel at the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. In 2006 he was a Peggy Browning Fellow at the Department of Labor in Philadelphia, PA. After graduating from Stanford Law School and completing two judicial clerkships, Mr. Blumin had a year-long fellowship representing immigrant workers with Friends of Farmworkers in Philadelphia (also a Peggy Browning Fund mentor organization). He then joined the union-side law firm Bredhoff & Kaiser as an Associate before moving to AFSCME as an Associate General Counsel. Prior to law school, Mr. Blumin was a middle school teacher and an active member of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (AFT).

Richard Brean - Since graduating from Harvard Law School, Richard Brean spent his entire career in the Legal Department of the United Steelworkers in Pittsburgh. During his first ten years in the Legal Department, he maintained a general labor practice. Starting in 1988, he devoted the bulk of his practice to NLRB litigation involving unfair labor practice strikes and unlawful lockouts. From 2009 to 2018, Mr. Brean served as USW General Counsel. He also supervised litigation performed by “the Steelworker family” of outside law firms. A long-time member of the Peggy Browning Fund’s Board of Directors, he was elected Chair in 2015. Mr. Brean is passionate about encouraging law students to pursue careers in public and private practice defending the rights of working people. Mr. Brean is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and a member of the Board of Directors of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee. He is a frequent speaker at programs sponsored by the LCC, the American Bar Association, and the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

Joe Briggs, a scholarship athlete at Texas Christian University, earned three varsity letters as a committed student leader. After working in corporate America for a few years, Mr. Briggs transitioned into education as the Special Assistant to the President of Florida A&M University while also pursuing a master's degree at the same institution as a State University System Fellow. Mr. Briggs then earned his J.D. at the Florida State University College of Law. During law school, he was employed as a law clerk by the top tier public finance firm Bryant Miller Olive and was selected as a United States Senate Legal Extern. After the completion of his externship as a US Senate Legal Fellow, Mr. Briggs was hired by the NFL Players Association to manage their Financial Programs Department. Currently, he is the Public Policy Counsel of the NFLPA and first individual to lead the NFLPA Government Relations Department. Mr. Briggs is also a professor at Georgetown University.

Kyle Campbell is Associate General Counsel for AFSCME. As an undergraduate, Kyle was broadly exposed to the labor movement through his involvement in the College Democrats of America, where he served as Alabama State President and was eventually elected National Membership Director. However, it was the tenacity of the labor organizers he met while working on a local minimum wage campaign that drew him into the fight for workers' rights beyond the political arena. After spending a summer as an organizer and Union Scholar with AFSCME Council 13, he knew there was no question he would dedicate his life to the labor movement. In law school, he was elected president of the Labor and Employment Law Society, and spent his first summer serving indigent clients in the Florida panhandle through Equal Justice Works' Rural Summer Legal Corps. He spent the spring semester of his 2L year as a full-time extern in AFSCME's General Counsel's office in Washington, D.C., where he learned invaluable skills and strengthened his commitment to the movement. He is thrilled to have the opportunity to continue his work and education at a dynamic firm in a thriving labor environment.

Nicole Decter is a partner at Segal Roitman, LLP, where she represents union clients in all aspects of labor-management relations. Her union clients hail from a diverse array of public and private sector industries and include skilled trades, service, municipal government, transportation, education, and utility unions. Nikki also represents individual and groups of employees in wage and hour and anti-discrimination litigation. Nikki was named a New England “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine from 2009-2013 and a New England Super Lawyer in 2016 and 2017. Nikki is the union co-chair of the ABA Labor and Employment Section’s Technology Committee. Nikki has served on the Board of the Directors of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee and on the Steering Committee of the Boston Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section as the co-chair of its Labor sub-committee. Nikki began her legal career as a legal fellow in the General Counsel’s Office of the AFL-CIO in Washington, D.C.

Antonia Domingo is an Assistant General Counsel for the United Steelworkers. She works closely with Union staff and locals on a variety of collective bargaining and organizing issues. She graduated from Harvard Law School in 2015. As a law student, Ms. Domingo was a Peggy Browning Fellow at Greater Boston Legal Services and an AFL-CIO Law Student Union Summer Intern at United Food & Commercial Workers Local 75.

Samantha Dulaney is General Counsel at IATSE, the International Alliance of Theatrical State Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States. Previously she served as the first In-House Counsel for IATSE. She is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center.

Fred Feinstein, former General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, is currently a consultant to unions and other worker advocacy organizations. From 2000 to 2014 he was a Senior Fellow and visiting professor in the Office of Executive Programs, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland. He has served on the UAW Public Review Board and the Labor Research and Action Network (LRAN) Advisory Board. During his nearly six-year tenure as NLRB General Counsel, Mr. Feinstein was recognized for efforts to improve the administration of the National Labor Relations Act. Prior to serving as NLRB General Counsel Mr. Feinstein was the Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the Labor-Management Relations Subcommittee of the United States House of Representatives on which he served for 17 years. He is a long-time member of the Advisory Board of the Peggy Browning Fund and PBF’s Conference Planning Committee.

Mindy Garland is the Lead Organizer at the Los Angeles Black Worker Center. She was a 2016 Peggy Browning Fellow at UNITE HERE Local 2 in San Francisco. Mindy graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2017, where she was President of the Black Law Student Association. After her Peggy Browning Fellowship, Mindy also interned at the NLRB and at the Milton A. Kramer Criminal Law Clinic. In July 2018 she became Lead Organizer at the Los Angeles Black Worker Center; while there, she has been involved with mentoring other Peggy Browning Fellows placed with the organization. She joined PBF’s Board of Directors in 2020.

Leo Gertner is a labor and employment lawyer and writer living in New York. He has worked with the National Employment Law Project, Services Employees International Union, United Steelworkers, and Communications Workers of America. His commentary on workers' rights has been published in The Washington Post, The New York Daily News, The American Prospect, In These Times, and the Yale Law Journal. He is a graduate of NYU School of Law. He is a former Peggy Browning Fellow, a member of the National Lawyers' Guild, and serves on the Peggy Browning Fund's Workers' Rights Conference Planning Committee.

Matthew Ginsburg is Associate General Counsel at the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). Prior to joining the AFL-CIO, he was an attorney at Cornfield & Feldman, a union-side labor law firm in Chicago, Illinois, and, prior to that, was a Skadden Fellow and staff attorney at the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. He clerked for Judge Diane P. Wood of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Mr. Ginsburg is a magna cum laude graduate of the New York University School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar and a member of the Order of the Coif. He was a union organizer for several years prior to becoming a lawyer. He is also a member of PBF’s Conference Planning Committee.

Lisa M. Gomez joined Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP in 1994 and became a partner in 2002. Practicing primarily in the area of employee benefits law, she represents and advises a federal employee health benefit plan, various multiemployer pension and welfare plans, single employer plans, and jointly administered training program trust funds, as well as plans sponsored by unions for their internal staff. She also advises plans on plan design and administration, delinquency collection, benefit claims and fiduciary issues and represents them in various types of litigation. She frequently lectures on topics related to employee benefit plans. She is on the Advisory Board of the Peggy Browning Fund and a member of its Conference Planning Committee. Ms. Gomez graduated from Fordham University Law School, where she was an editor of the Fordham Urban Law Journal, and from Hofstra University.

Mark Hanna is a founding partner of Murphy Anderson PLLC. He has a diverse labor and employment law practice representing whistleblowers alleging fraud, low-wage workers in class and collective actions, and labor unions. Most of Mark’s clients are low-wage service and construction workers. Mark represents national and local labor unions and employee benefit plans in federal and state courts and in arbitration proceedings. Mark has experience in international labor-rights issues, having traveled to the Middle East and China to promote independent unionism and worker dignity. He is active in the Lawyers Coordinating Committee (LCC) of the AFL-CIO, Taxpayers Against Fraud (TAF) and the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA). In July 2020, Mark began serving a 3-year term on the Board of Directors of NELA. In January 2020, Mark was elected to a 3-year term on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association (MWELA).

Evelyn Haro joined O'Donoghue & O'Donoghue LLP as an associate in September 2020.  Previously, she was a Law Fellow with SEIU Local 32BJ in New York City for two years.  Ms. Haro spent much of her time in law school working within the labor movement, serving as a Peggy Browning Fellow at SEIU Headquarters her 1L summer as well as clerking for another international union and a union-side firm.  Throughout her 3L year, she also advocated on behalf of the working immigrant community in the greater DMV area through her school's Immigrant Justice Clinic.  Ms. Haro received her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law and her B.A. from Wellesley College. 

Beau Hayneshas represented low-wage workers in state and federal court since graduating from the University of Washington School of Law in 2011.  He practiced at the law firm Terrell Marshall Law Group PLLC until 2014, when he began working with David Mark and the Washington Wage Claim Project. While in law school, he worked as a Laurel Rubin Farmworker fellow at Columbia Legal Services, and a Peggy Browning fellow at the National Employment Law Project in Seattle. He also served as an extern for Judge Ricardo Martinez of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.  He is fluent in Spanish. 

Benjamin Hoffman first joined EarthRights in 2011, spending three years in the Amazon office in Lima, Peru, providing litigation support to communities from the Andean-Amazonian region resisting the harmful consequences of resource extraction and mega-development projects. Through this work, Benjamin contributed to EarthRights’ goal of better integrating community collaboration and co-empowerment in human rights advocacy strategies and methodology; he is the co-author of several law review articles on the topic. He then worked for five years co-teaching the Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic, continuing his work to disrupt global corporate-community power imbalances in the business and human rights field, including in the context of workers’ rights advocacy. For his contributions to the law school, he received the 2016 Faculty Honors Award from the Columbia Society of International Law. In 2019, Benjamin rejoined EarthRights as a Supervising Attorney.  Benjamin received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he received the Dean’s Award for Community Leadership for his work in the area of human rights. While in law school, he worked with Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic, as an Ella Baker Fellow with the Center for Constitutional Rights, and as a human rights fellow with the Colombian NGO DeJuSticia. He is admitted to practice law in New York and the District of Columbia.

Melinda K. Holmes, a partner in the Washington office of Murphy Anderson PLLC, has represented public- and private-sector unions at all levels and across a variety of industries and workplaces, as well as a federal employee health-benefits plan and non-profit organizations. Her advocacy has spanned different forums as well, from the NLRB to federal and state court to rights and interest arbitration. She is General Counsel to a national postal union, and the first woman of color to lead the legal department of a major labor organization. Throughout her years of practice, Mindy has contributed to civic programs, pro bono matters, and bar activities. She presently is a member of the AFL-CIO Labor Coordinating Committee Board of Directors and a long-time supporter of the LCC’s Minority Caucus. Prior to joining Murphy Anderson, Mindy was a partner at O’Donnell, Schwartz & Anderson, P.C. where she started her legal career after clerking on D.C. Superior Court.

Claudia Williams Hyman is a labor and employment lawyer currently living in Memphis, Tennessee. For the past year she was a Judicial Law Clerk for the Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District. Prior to that position, she was a Law Fellow at SEIU. While in law school, she was a 2016 Peggy Browning Fellow at SEIU and the Managing Editor of the Howard Human and Civil Rights Law Review. She received her J.D. from Howard University School of Law, an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Memphis, and a B.A. from Bowdoin College in Sociology and Africana Studies. Claudia currently serves on the Peggy Browning Fund’s Conference Planning Committee.

Jay Kucia is an Associate Attorney at Joel Dillard, P.A. located in Jackson, MS. Jay is a lifelong Mississippian who has lived in the Jackson Metro for as long as he can remember. Jay graduated from Jackson Academy in 2012 and Mississippi College in 2017. In 2020, he graduated magna cum laude from the University of Mississippi School of Law where he served as a civil rights research assistant and founded the Mississippi Workplace Law Society. Working with the firm since 2019, Jay concentrates on equal employment opportunity cases and the fight for workers’ civil rights. Jay is also a member of the Labor and Employment section of the Mississippi Bar and the National Employment Lawyers Association. Jay is currently pursuing a master’s degree in political science so that he can better advocate for workers’ rights in and out of the courts.

Wendy LaManque is Eastern Counsel for the American Guild of Musical Artists. Previously she practiced at Cohen, Weiss & Simon LLP for six years. She is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Industrial & Labor Relations and Brooklyn Law School. Wendy worked at AFTRA (pre-merger with SAG) and Actors Equity Association. She was a Peggy Browning Fellow in 2012 at Communications Workers of America District 1 and has remained active in the New York Chapter of the PBF Alumni and in PBF’s Alumni Mentoring Alumni program.

Professor Homer La Rue (B.A. Purdue University, M.I.L.R. Cornell University, J.D. Cornell University School of Law) teaches lawyering skills, civil procedure, professional responsibility, and dispute resolution at Howard University School of Law. Professor La Rue is one of the founding faculty at the City University of New York School of Law and has experience with the development of a nationally recognized first year clinical experience at the University of Maryland. He also served as the director of clinical education for the District of Columbia School of Law. Professor LaRue has obtained recognition for his work as a clinical teacher. His other professional accomplishments include service as a mediator and arbitrator in a variety of disputes. He has also developed programs to assist persons of color in becoming mediators and arbitrators in labor and non-labor disputes.

Danielle E. Leonard is a partner in the San Francisco union-side law firm Altshuler Berzon LLP. Her practice consists primarily of complex litigation. She has briefed and argued numerous cases at the trial and appellate levels in federal and state courts. She has represented international, state and local labor unions, environmental groups and other advocacy organizations, and workers, students, and consumers in class actions, in cases involving areas of law including labor law, employment law, voting rights and other constitutional issues. She clerked for the Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan, United States District Court, District of Columbia. She received a BA degree from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Joseph Lurie, Founder and President of the Peggy Browning Fund, retired in 2010 as the Senior Partner in the law firm of Galfand Berger in Philadelphia, PA. His practice included union side labor, workers’ compensation and products liability cases. Some of the cases he handled have set national precedents. Mr. Lurie successfully represented injured workers before the United States Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. He tried several hundred cases in the County Court systems and various Federal District Courts throughout Pennsylvania. A member of the American Trial Lawyers Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Associations, he has written and lectured extensively. Mr. Lurie is the founder of three non-profit agencies: The Pennsylvania Federation of Injured Workers, a support group for men and women who have been injured at work; Peggy Browning Fund, a memorial to his late wife, Margaret A. Browning, to educate law students on the rights and needs of workers; and Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania, a scholarship fund for children of workers who have been seriously injured or killed while at work.

Gideon Martin is an Assistant General Counsel at the New York Hotel Trades Council. He previously worked at the National Labor Relations Board Region 9. While attending Brooklyn Law School, he interned at the Center for Popular Democracy in Brooklyn, clerked for U.S. Magistrate Judge Cheryl Pollak of the Eastern District of New York, and was a Peggy Browning Fellow at the Major League Baseball Players Association. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Mary Anne Moffa has been the Executive Director of the Peggy Browning Fund since 2001. During her tenure, she has managed a more than five-fold increase in fellowships, expanded PBF’s National Law Students Workers’ Rights Conferences, oversaw the development of regional Advocating for Workplace Justice workshops throughout the country, and added other complementary programming for Peggy Browning Fellows and Alumni. She has devoted her entire career to not-for-profit programs, most notably at several community mental health/mental retardation centers in Philadelphia and nearby counties, culminating in positions as Executive Director at two of the largest such agencies in the country. Ms. Moffa received her B.A. degree from Chestnut Hill College, M.A. from Temple University, and did post-graduate work in non-profit program administration at the NIMH Staff College, at Penn State University and at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ingrid Nava is Associate General Counsel for SEIU Local 32BJ, the largest labor union for property services workers in the country and a union with a large immigrant membership. Ms. Nava is also a founding board member of Justice at Work (jatwork.org), a legal services nonprofit organization serving immigrant worker centers in Massachusetts. She previously served as an employment lawyer for low-wage workers with Greater Boston Legal Services, where along with direct client representation, she provided legal counsel to immigrant worker centers. Prior to law school, Ms. Nava was an organizer for SEIU. She earned her JD from Northeastern University School of Law and her AB from Stanford University.

Jessica Drangel Ochs is Associate General Counsel of SEIU Local 32BJ. Previously she was Of Counsel to Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. where she represented unions in the courts, arbitrations, and administrative hearings, appearing regularly before the National Labor Relations Board. Ms. Ochs has also held the position of Associate General Counsel at UNITE HERE and was a Field Attorney for the National Labor Relations Board, Region 2. Ms. Ochs obtained her law degree and graduated with honors from the University of Maryland School of Law, where she served on the Maryland Law Review. Ms. Ochs received her Masters and Bachelors degrees from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She is a member of the Lawyers Coordinating Committee of the AFL-CIO. She is contributing editor to the ABA’s The Developing Labor Law and to the ABA’s How to Take a Case Before the NLRB. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Peggy Browning Fund.

Mark Gaston Pearce is a distinguished lecturer and the Executive Director of the Workers’ Rights Institute at Georgetown University Law Center. Mr. Pearce is a former Board Member and Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board who served for two terms, concluding in August 2018. Prior to assuming his position at Georgetown, he was a visiting senior scholar and Lecturer at Cornell University’s School of Industrial Labor Relations and founding partner of Creighton, Pearce, Johnsen & Giroux. Mr. Pearce is a graduate of Cornell University and State University of New York at Buffalo Law School and has received numerous honors and recognition from labor and community organizations.

Brian Petruska is counsel to the Laborers’ International Union of North America’s (LIUNA’s) Mid-Atlantic Regional Organizing Coalition, LIUNA’s dedicated labor-organizing fund for its Mid-Atlantic Region, which covers Pennsylvania to North Carolina and includes nearly 40,000 LIUNA members. He also serves as counsel to LIUNA-affiliated unions and labor-management funds in the DC Metro Area. His practice focuses on union organizing but also includes regulatory compliance issues common to most in-house counsel. Prior to working for LIUNA, he served as litigation counsel for two LCC law firms: Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, PC, in New York City and Slevin & Hart in Washington DC. During law school, he interned at Davis, Cowell, & Bowe, LLP, in San Francisco, and at UNITE’s Office of General Counsel in New York City. Mr. Petruska graduated from New York University Law School.

LaRell Purdie (she/her) is the Managing Counsel of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and has been part of the SEIU Legal Department since 2010. In addition to supporting the General Counsel, LaRell works on internal matters for the legal department and the Union. From 2010 to 2016, LaRell was counsel to the Healthcare Division and supported the Union’s hospital organizing efforts and its corporate social responsibility campaigns. LaRell co-manages the legal department's law clerk and law fellow programs and also serves as counsel to the union’s Racial Justice Center. She received her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and B.A. from Dartmouth College.

Jennifer Rubin, a partner in the Boston firm Decker Rubin, has practiced labor and employment law since her graduation from the UCLA School of Law. She is the co-author of “Employment Discrimination Law” in “Employee and Union Member Guide to Labor Law: A Manual for Attorneys Representing the Labor Movement” (2008 and 2009 eds). She has taught seminars, participated in panels, and led discussions on labor relations and contract negotiations. She also served as a judicial extern for federal District Judge Robert M. Takasugi of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. In 2014, Ms. Rubin was named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer Rising Star in Boston Magazine and has been listed in the Top Women Attorneys in Massachusetts in Boston Magazine for 2015 and 2016.

David Slutsky (State University of New York at Binghamton, B.S.; George Washington University Law School, J.D.) joined Levy Ratner in 1999 after completing a one-year post-graduate fellowship with the Service Employees International Union’s legal department in Washington, DC. He represents labor unions and individual employees in a variety of industries including health care, utilities, hotel and restaurant, financial services, retail and public sector in all aspects of labor and employment law. He also has extensive experience in advising unions during organizing drives, including corporate campaigns. He has presented workshops at regional and national lawyers conferences on litigation skills and conducts training sessions for union organizers on a variety of substantive legal topics.

Jay Smith is a shareholder in Gilbert & Sackman. He has represented labor unions and their members for over 35 years. He was previously a partner in the Birmingham, Alabama law firm of Cooper, Mitch, Crawford, Kuykendall & Whatley. Mr. Smith has represented the United Steelworkers for almost his entire legal career, and now serves as USW’s District Counsel for the eleven western states. He is also greatly honored to represent other militant and progressive labor organizations, including UNAC/UHCP, IATSE Locals B-192 and 768, AGVA, UFCW Local 324, many USW local unions and other local unions. He appears regularly in federal and state courts, before the NLRB and PERB, before arbitrators, and in collective bargaining negotiations. He also represents plaintiffs in class action litigation. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Alabama School of Law and has been a member of the Peggy Browning Fund’s Board of Directors since 2017.

Alexandra Sossa is presently the Executive Director of the Farmworker & Landscaper Advocacy Project –FLAP – Proyecto de Ayuda para Trabajadores del Campo y Jardineros. She has more than 32 years of experience performing community outreach and education for very low-income Latino immigrants. She has a long history of public service dating back to her work with coffee plantation workers in Colombia, where she also worked for nearly a decade with the Attorney General’s Office. She has educated low-income workers on their rights in the United States, Spain and Colombia. While in Spain, Alexandra helped citizens of Mexico navigate through the Spanish legal system via the Mexican Embassy. Ms. Sossa graduated from the University of Medellin School of Law, Colombia and is certificated as a bilingual Mediator at the Center for Conflict Resolution in Chicago, Illinois. Alexandra is dedicated to her craft and is truly committed to improving the working conditions for low-income Latinx workers across Illinois and the USA. She is a native Spanish speaker and is fluent in English.

Jason Veny is a Partner at Murphy Anderson in Washington, D.C. Jason has long represented labor unions and workers in arbitrations and in proceedings before various federal and state courts, the National Labor Relations Board, the New York State Division of Human Rights, and the New York Public Employment Relations Board. Prior to joining Murphy Anderson, Jason served as in-house counsel at the United Federation of Teachers, where he advised union officers on legal strategies and negotiated and drafted collective bargaining agreements on behalf of members in both the public and private sectors, including public school educators, charter school faculty, hospital nurses, home-care nurses, and day-care providers. Jason also previously worked for TWU Local 100 in New York City where he regularly arbitrated cases for the union. Jason is a dedicated board member of DC Jobs with Justice and serves on the Steering Committee of Workplace Street Law.

Marley Weiss received her B.A. from Barnard College and her J.D. from the Harvard Law School. Upon graduation, she practiced labor law for ten years with the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW). She was the first woman attorney hired into the UAW General Counsel's office. Since 1984, she has been a member of the faculty of the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, where she is Professor of Law. Professor Weiss also has taught at Eötvös Loránd Faculty of Law and at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, and has supervised Maryland's international clinic students working in Mexico. She is a former Secretary of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, a past co-chair of the Section's Committee on International Labor and Employment Law, and a co-chair of the Section’s Committee on Immigration and Human Trafficking. She is a long-time member of the Peggy Browning Fund’s Advisory Board and its Conference Planning Committee.

Micah Wissinger represents unions and individuals in all aspects of labor and employment law, including complex arbitration, litigation at the trial and appellate levels, and in proceedings before the NLRB, EEOC and other administrative agencies. Micah has negotiated collective bargaining agreements covering thousands of workers and is often consulted for his experience in union organizing strategy, public communications and e-discovery. Micah has extensive experience advising unions in all aspects of corporate social responsibility campaigns. He has litigated and settled wage and hour disputes, represented individuals in employment discrimination matters and routinely provides counsel to transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. He received his J.D. from Northeastern University and his B.A. from Oklahoma City University.

Melissa S. Woods is Of Counsel to Cohen, Weiss and Simon, LLP in New York. She specializes in litigating labor and employment law matters before governmental agencies, and state and federal courts, on behalf of unions and individual employees. She also has extensive experience investigating allegations of discrimination and harassment and creating and conducting anti-discrimination and anti-harassment training programs. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Woods provided advice and counsel on various labor and employment related issues at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Civil Rights Bureau of the NYS Attorney General’s Office, and Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein. Most recently, Ms. Woods was the Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel at the New York City Commission on Human Rights. Ms. Woods graduated with honors from Wesleyan University and received her law degree from George Washington University School of Law.

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