What Will I Learn From Changing Currents? This Year’s Top Five Takeaways

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By R. Scott Oswald

As the moderator and chairperson for the D.C. Bar’s Changing Currents in Employment Law CLE, I am asked every year, “What will I get out of this event?” I thought it best to address this question head-on. Here are the top five takeaways for those practitioners who will attend this year’s panel discussions.

1. Practical knowledge to be used in settlement negotiations. One of the panels that I am most excited about features Andrew Dansicker and Thomas McCalley discussing how they value employment cases. For plaintiffs’ counsel like myself, hearing how Tom, as management counsel, values a case will provide a lot of insight into how we, as employee counsel, should approach our negotiations. Likewise, Andrew has settled a number of employment cases and ti will be interesting to hear his perspective.

2. Hear from an attorney who argued in front of the Supreme Court. Sharon Gustafson is counsel for Peggy Young in the Young v. United Parcel Service case. In addition to talking about recent developments in reasonable accommodation law, it will be fascinating to hear about how Sharon prepped for arguments in front of the Supreme Court.

3. How does government involvement change a case? I am very excited to have Maria Morocco from the EEOC presenting as part of a panel with Jenn Klar and Carter DeLorme, each of whom are fantastic speakers in their own right. Maria will discuss what goes on behind the scenes when the government is deciding whether to enter into litigation.

4. Hearing from Kara Arial and Carla Brown. Kara Ariail and Carla Brown served as panelists at last year’s Changing Currents CLE and they received some of the highest marks that we’ve had from panelists. As such, we thought it a good idea to invite the dynamic duo back for a second year. This time around, they will be presenting on the evolution of Trade Secret Litigation in employment cases. It’s a topic that a lot of practitioners know little about, despite the fact that it comes up in many of our employment cases.

5. Compliance Programs that Work. I will be on a panel to discuss how to advise employees who need to navigate company compliance programs. I’ve worked with whistleblowers for years now and hope to offer my own insights into advising clients on making internal disclosures and working with internal investigations.

I am truly excited about this year’s event, and hope to see all of you there. For registration and more information, please click here.