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VOL. 126 | NO. 230 | Thursday, November 24, 2011

National Speakers on Tap for MBA Seminar

By Andy Meek

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Some prominent national speakers are on tap to make presentations at next week’s Memphis Bar Association labor and employment law section annual seminar.

The speakers include Chai Feldblum, a commissioner with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, who will speak about the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Attendees of the seminar, which will be held at the East Memphis Hilton, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd., also will hear from Lafe Solomon, acting general counsel with the National Labor Relations Board. He’ll provide a general update about issues related to the board, a focus of which includes preventing and remedying unfair labor practices committed by employers and unions.

The daylong seminar is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 2. It will start with a registration and continental breakfast from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., and the seminar will last until 3:45 p.m.

Title sponsors include IPSCO – Insurance Planning & Service Co. Inc., BankTennessee, and Alpha Reporting Corp.

“This year, we’re having a pretty fascinating program, because not only do we have local speakers doing presentations, but we also have two pretty famous national speakers who are coming to talk to the Memphis community,” said Maureen Holland, an attorney with Holland & Associates PLLC.

Holland also is the current vice chair of the MBA’s labor and employment section.

Feldblum’s presentation will run from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate for a term on the EEOC that ends July 1, 2013.

Prior to her appointment, she was a law professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, where she has taught since 1991.

Solomon’s presentation will be the last one before lunch. He was named acting general counsel for the NLRB by Obama as of June 21, 2010.

As general counsel, Solomon has supervisory authority over the board’s regional offices and guides it in issuing complaints, seeking injunctions and enforcing board decisions.

Other speakers include Imad Abdullah and Whitney Harmon, attorneys with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC. They’ll give a state law update from 8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

After that, David Rudolph, an attorney with Bourland, Heflin, Alvarez, Minor & Matthews PLC, will review significant labor and employment law decisions and jury verdicts in 2011 from U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.

The final two presentations will include a U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals update from a variety of speakers. A presentation on ethics from attorney Brian Faughnan of Thomason Hendrix Harvey Johnson & Mitchell PLLC will close out that day.

For more information, visit the MBA website at www.memphisbar.org, and click “view more” under the heading “MBA CLE Seminars.”

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