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Thursday, May. 13, 2010
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Top from left to right: Hon. William G. Young and 31st Annual Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference Keynote Speaker Stuart J. Ishimaru.

Bottom from left to right: Labor & Employment Section Council Co-Chair Dahlia C. Rudavsky, Labor & Employment Section Council Co-Chair Thomas J. Gallitano, 31st Annual Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference Keynote Speaker Stuart J. Ishimaru, 31st Annual Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference Co-Chair David E. Belfort, 31st Annual Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference Co-Chair Catherine E. Reuben.

Photos by Tricia Oliver.

Judge Young, Former EEOC Acting Chair Grace L&E Faculty

Nearly 120 attorneys attended the MBA's 31st Annual Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference held at the Colonnade Hotel in Boston on Tuesday.

Luncheon keynote speaker Stuart J. Ishimaru, former acting chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, reflected on his year and a half as acting chair and spoke about the future of the commission.

Ishimaru discussed his role in building a platform for the recently appointed chair to "put her stamp on." Jacqueline A. Berrien, a longtime civil rights attorney and litigator, is the new chair of the EEOC. "We are excited about the possibilities that she brings to the EEOC," said Ishimaru.

In addition to Berrien's arrival, the commission welcomed a new general counsel, P. David Lopez, as well as two new commissioners in April. Ishimaru characterized these as "huge changes" for the commission that employs 2,500 staff across the country.

Ishimaru's address complemented the educational panel presentations held throughout the day-long conference. The closing panel addressed summary judgment and was led by The Hon. William G. Young with the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, who was joined by David C. Casey of Littler Mendelson PC and Robert S. Mantell of Rogers, Powers & Schwartz LLP.

The conference was well received by attendees. "This is one of the best CLE programs I've been to," said Fatema Fazendeiro, an attorney with the Boston Public Health Commission.

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