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43rd Annual Labor & Employment Spring Conference


Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Runtime: 8:00h

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The Massachusetts Bar Association welcomed back our Labor & Employment members to the 43rd Annual Labor & Employment Spring Conference. This year’s conference will be an in-person event at Suffolk University Law School. Faculty presenters include a number of judges and accomplished attorneys who have provided significant thought leadership in the areas of labor and employment law.

This year's keynote speaker wasU.S. Secretary of Labor Martin J. Walsh. A lifelong champion of equity and fairness, and a proud product of the City of Boston, Walsh leads the U.S. Department of Labor with a strong connection to working people and a commitment to creating an economy that works for all.

Walsh spent the last seven years as the mayor of Boston. While mayor, he led the creation of close to 140,000 jobs and helped secure a statewide $15/hour minimum wage, paid sick leave, and paid parental leave. He established universal, high-quality pre-kindergarten for all children, and free community college for low-income students.

Other conference highlights included:

  • Employment Law Update
  • Labor Law Update
  • COVID-19's Everlasting Impact in the Workplace: Vaccine Mandates, Returning to the Office, Remote Work and Reasonable Accommodations
  • Annual Judicial Panel


Michelle De Oliveira, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Kenney & Sams PC, Boston
Alfred A. Gray Jr., Esq., Conference Co-chair
Scott Miller, Esq., Conference Co-chair
U.S. Department of Labor Office of the Regional Solicitor, Boston
Hon. Jennifer C. Boal, Chief Magistrate Judge, Panelist
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
Hon. Shannon Frison, Panelist
Middlesex Superior Court, Woburn
Hon. Mary Sullivan, Panelist
John M. Becker, Esq., Panelist
Sandulli Grace PC, Boston
Dennis M. Coyne, Esq., Moderator
McDonald Lamond Canzoneri, Southborough
Adam M. Hamel, Esq., Panelist
McLane Middleton, Woburn
Laurie R. Houle, Esq., Panelist
Massachusetts Teachers Association, Quincy
Brian J. MacDonough, Esq., Panelist
Sherin and Lodgen LLP, Boston
Louise McCarthy, Esq., Panelist
General Counsel, Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown
Beth R. Meyers, Esq., Panelist
Burns & Levinson LLP-Library, Boston
Loran Moran, Esq., Panelist
Attorney General's Office - Fair Labor Division, Boston
Denise I. Murphy, Esq., Panelist
Rubin and Rudman LLP, Boston
Mark A. Pedulla, Esq., Panelist
U.S. Department of Labor Office of the Regional Solicitor, Boston
Sarah A. Spatafore, Esq., Panelist
Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane LLP, Braintree
Keerthi Sugumaran, Esq., Moderator
Jackson Lewis, Boston

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