Employment Law Institute

2014 Employment Law Institute Program and Schedule

Thursday, August 21 | 9:00am – 12:30pm

Applications for the Employment Law Institute are now closed


All descriptions and speakers subject to change.


9:00am – 9:15am     Introduction and Opening Remarks by Institute Co-Chairs

(Carmelyn P. Malalis, Outten & Golden LLP & Laura Maechtlen, Seyfarth Shaw LLP)


9:15am – 10:15am     Hobby Lobby And Religious Exemptions: Implications for LGBT Employees And Employers

  • Overview of Hobby Lobby and implications of ruling
  • Impact on Employment Non-Discrimination Act
  • Broader implications in employment law

Speakers: Justin Mulaire (EEOC), Sarah Warbelow (HRC, invited), Jenny Pizer (Lambda Legal), Rose Saxe (ACLU)


10:15am – 10:30 am     Break/Networking


10:30am – 11:15 am     Discrimination and Retaliation Claims

  • Pushing Title VII vs ENDA
  • EEOC’s Strategic Enforcement Plan and the agency’s position on claims and coverage of LGBT employees
  • Claims raised under Title VII and other employment-related decisions/issues of note

Speakers: Commissioner Chai Feldblum (EEOC), Jennifer Levi (GLAD), Greg Nevins (Lambda Legal), Lee Schreter (Littler Mendelson)


11:15am – 11:25am     Break/Networking


11:25am – 12:15pm     Reshaping the Workplace

  • Creating affinity groups
  • Developing internal best practices

Speakers: Jordan Backman (Sony), Lia Brooks (Citigroup), Lisa Linsky (McDermott, Will & Emery), Kevin Madden (BJ’s Wholesale), Laura Maechtlen (Seyfarth Shaw), Carmelyn Malalis (Outten & Golden) 


12:15pm – 12:30pm     Takeaways