Colorado PELA Annual Retreat
August 25–26, 2016
The Pines at Genesee
Golden, CO
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Ben Lebsack

California Employment Lawyers Association
29th Annual Employment Law Conference

September 23–24, 2016
Skills Seminar, September 22
Hilton Orange County/
Costa Mesa
Costa Mesa, CA

Summary Judgment: The Bad, The Ugly... And The Good!
October 14–15, 2016
Cincinnati Marriott
At RiverCenter Hotel
Covington, KY





NELA Affiliates are on the ground in nearly every corner of the country fulfilling NELA’s mission to advance employee rights and serve lawyers who advocate for equality and justice in the American workplace. Working in partnership with our circuit, state, and local Affiliates, NELA’s advocacy extends from Capitol Hill to your community.

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A Shared Mission To Advance Equality & Justice

NELA has 69 circuit, state, and local Affiliates across the country that share NELA’s mission and commitment to justice in the workplace. Each Affiliate is an independent organization with its own leadership structure, services, and opportunities for member involvement. Benefits of participation in NELA Affiliates include educational programs, networking, advocacy support, committee work, leadership development, skills-building, and more. Membership in an Affiliate is separate from NELA membership.

NELA supports its Affiliates with leadership, organizational development, advocacy, and technology resources and services. When you participate in NELA and an Affiliate, you are harnessing the power of the entire NELA Family.

NELA Affiliate Relations Committee

The mission of the Affiliate Relations Committee of the National Employment Lawyers Association is to create, build and support strong state and local Affiliates by assisting and supporting Affiliate leaders. To accomplish its mission, the Affiliate Relations Committee holds annual Affiliate Leadership Workshops, maintains and updates a resource manual for Affiliate leaders, provides organizational support to Affiliates, and facilitates regular communication between the local Affiliates and the national organization.

Affiliate Resources

Materials from the 2012 Affiliate Leadership Workshop & Forum

Materials from the 2011 Affiliate Leadership Workshop & Forum

2006 Affiliate Leadership Resource Manual

To find a NELA Affiliate near you, please select from the drop-down menu on the left.

Building The NELA Family

NELA and its Affiliates work side by side to build an ever-stronger family of employee rights advocates and organizations. If you would like to connect with an Affiliate in your area, please contact Karen Maoki, NELA Affiliate Liaison, at or (415) 296-7629, ext. 203. You may also select an Affiliate from the drop-down menu on the left.


Karen Maoki
Affiliate Liaison
(415) 296-7629, ext. 203

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2015-2016 Affiliate Relations Committee

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Rosemary Orsini (CO)

Circuit Representatives

1st Circuit
Paul H. Merry (MA)

2nd Circuit
Mary E. Kelly (CT)

3rd Circuit
Scott M. Pollins (PA)

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Subhashini Bollini (DC)

5th Circuit
Brian Sanford (TX)

6th Circuit
Douglas B. Janney III (TN)

7th Circuit
Antoinette Choate (IL)

8th Circuit
Kristi Kingston (MO)

9th Circuit
Charlotte Fishman (CA)

11th Circuit
Heather Newsom Leonard (AL)

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