CLE Program

45th Annual Labor & Employment Spring Conference


Date: Thursday, May 9, 2024
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Suffolk University Law School
Conference Room
120 Tremont Street
Boston, MA, 02108-4977

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The Massachusetts Bar Association welcomes back our Labor & Employment members to the 45th Annual Labor & Employment Spring Conference. This year’s conference will be an in-person event at Suffolk University Law School on Thursday, May 9. 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 will be Karla Gilbride, general counsel of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Gilbride was nominated by President Joe Biden on Jan. 3, 2023, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Oct. 17, 2023, to a four-year term.

Conference Agenda

9:00- 9:30 a.m.: Registration

9:30-9:35 a.m.: Welcoming Remarks

9:35-10:45 a.m. Employment Law Update
Moderator Sujin Han, Cengage Group, Boston
Michelle De Oliveira, Kenney & Sams, P.C., Southborough 
Michaela May, Bennett & Belfort  P.C., Cambridge 
Mark Macchi, Gunderson Dettmer, Boston 
Adam Gutbezahl, Ruberto, Israel & Weiner, P.C., Boston 

10:45-11:00 a.m. Networking Break

11:00-12:10: Labor Law Update
Moderator, Katie Lev, Lev Labor, LLC
Kier Wachterhauser, Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP, Braintree
Patrice Dixon, Jackson Lewis P.C., Boston 
Thomas Henry, Krakow, Souris & Landry, LLC, Boston 
Paige McKissock, Segal Roitman, LLP, Boston 

12:10-1 PM Lunch & Networking

1:00– 2:15 p.m.: Keynote Speaker, EEOC General Counsel Karla Gilbride

2:15-2:30 Networking Break

2:30 -3:40 p.m.: The Impact of Recent US Supreme Court Decisions on DEI: Misconceptions, Intersectionality and Ramifications in the Employment Context.
Moderator, Stesha Emmanuel, McCarter & English, LLP, Boston 
Ari Kristan, Hirsch Roberts Weinstein, LLP, Boston 
Michael Kippins, Lawyers for Civil Rights, Boston 
Kiana Pierre-Louis, Northeastern University School of Law, Boston 

3:45-4:00 p.m.: Networking Break

4:00-5:00 p.m.: Annual Judicial Panel
Moderator Richard Loftus, Hirsch Roberts Weinstein, LLP, Boston 
Hon. Scott Lewis Kafker, Associate Justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Hon. Valerie A. Yarashus, Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court 
Hon. Patrick J. King, Settlement Counsel, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

5:00-5:10 p.m.: Closing Remarks

5:15-6:00: Networking Reception

Registration for the conference is required by noon on Monday, May 6.


Kimberly A. Alley, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Ruberto, Israel & Weiner, P.C., Boston
Kathleen Ann Kearney-Berney, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP, Boston
Karla Gilbride, General Counsel, Keynote Speaker
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Washington
Hon. Scott L. Kafker, Associate Justice, Panelist
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Hon. Patrick J. King, Settlement Counsel, Panelist
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Hon. Valerie A. Yarashus, Associate Justice, Panelist
Massachusetts Superior Court
Stesha A. Emmanuel, Esq., Moderator
McCarter & English LLP, Boston
Sujin Han, Esq., Moderator
Cengage Group, Boston
Katie Lev, Esq., Moderator
Lev Labor, LLC
Richard S. Loftus, Esq., Moderator
Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP, Boston
Michelle De Oliveira, Esq., Panelist
Kenney & Sams PC, Southborough
Patrice Dixon, Esq., Panelist
Constangy Brooks Smith & Prophete LLP, Boston
Adam G. Gutbezahl, Esq., Panelist
Ruberto, Israel & Weiner, P.C., Boston
Michael A. Kippins, Esq., Panelist
Lawyers for Civil Rights, Boston
Arielle B. Kristan, Esq., Panelist
Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP, Boston
Michaela C. May, Esq., Panelist
Bennett & Belfort, P.C., Cambridge
Mark Macchi, Esq., Panelist
Gunderson Dettmer, Boston
Paige Walker McKissock, Esq., Panelist
Segal Roitman, LLP, Boston
Kiana Pierre-Louis, Esq., Panelist
Northeastern University, School of Law, Boston
Thomas T. Henry, Esq., Panelist
Krakow, Souris & Landry, LLC, Boston
Kier Wachterhauser, Esq., Panelist
Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane LLP, Braintree

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