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Maintaining Ethical Grace In The Combat Of Litigation
Thursday, April 3, 2014
(2:00 ET / 1:00 CT / 12:00 MT )
Duration: 90 minutes
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Members of NELA's Ethics & Sanctions Committee will explore myriad issues that arise in the combat of litigation. Should you file ethics complaints or sanction motions? How do you handle your adversary’s inappropriate conduct in a deposition, ad hominem
attacks in pleadings, or letters to the court trashing you and your client? What should you do when opposing counsel threatens to file an ethics complaint against you or a motion to disqualify you as counsel? These and other hardball defense tactics will be explored in this not-to-be missed webinar.
Proceeds from this webinar will support NELA's Sanctions Assistance Fund for Emergency Relief (SAFER), a grant program that assists employee rights advocates in defraying the costs and expenses associated with defending against sanctions motions and awards that can cripple their practices. SAFER is not funded by NELA membership dues, and relies upon voluntary contributions for support. For more information about NELA's Ethics & Sanctions Committee and SAFER, please visit our website.
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| Allan N. Karlin|
Allan N. Karlin obtained his undergraduate degree from Yale (1969) and his J.D. from Boalt Hall, University of California, Berkeley (1974) where he was Order of the Coif. From 1974 through 1981 he was employed by the North Central West Virginia Legal...MoreAllan N. Karlin obtained his undergraduate degree from Yale (1969) and his J.D. from Boalt Hall, University of California, Berkeley (1974) where he was Order of the Coif. From 1974 through 1981 he was employed by the North Central West Virginia Legal Aid Society in Morgantown, West Virginia serving as an attorney and, from 1976 through 1981, as Director. Since 1981, he has been in private practice in the Morgantown firm of Allan N. Karlin & Associates, a law firm representing plaintiffs in discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, civil rights, and personal injury cases. Mr. Karlin previously served as Chairperson of the West Virginia Lawyer Disciplinary Board and as President of the West Virginia Association of Justice. He is currently a member of NELA's Ethics & Sanctions Committee and of the Board of Directors of the Fund for Law in the Public Interest. Mr. Karlin, who has been a presenter at Continuing Legal Education programs in West Virginia for many years, has also served as an Instructor at the West Virginia University College of Law where he taught a course in Pre-Trial Litigation. He is also a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and of The College of Labor & Employment Lawyers. Collapse
| Denise J. Knecht|
Denise J. Knecht, a solo practitioner in Cleveland, Ohio, is a specialist in labor and employment law certified by the Ohio State Bar Association. Her practice has focused on plaintiff’s employment law since 1981. Ms. Knecht’s clients have been the...MoreDenise J. Knecht, a solo practitioner in Cleveland, Ohio, is a specialist in labor and employment law certified by the Ohio State Bar Association. Her practice has focused on plaintiff’s employment law since 1981. Ms. Knecht’s clients have been the recipient of several seven-figure jury verdicts in state and federal courts. Although she is an experienced litigator, she encourages out-of-court solutions through employment and severance agreements. She is a 1981 graduate of Cleveland Marshall College of Law. Ms. Knecht began serving on NELA's Ethics and Sanctions Committee in 2009. Since 2003, she has served on the Ohio State Bar Association Specialty Board for Labor and Employment Law. She served as President of the Ohio Employment Lawyers Association from 2001- 2008. In February 2011, she became President of the Board of Workplace Fairness, a non-profit educational organization based in Washington D.C. Collapse
| Richard Renner|
Richard R. Renner is a Partner with Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch, P.C., in Washington, DC, where he practices employment law. He founded Tate & Renner in Dover, Ohio. Mr. Renner was lead appellate counsel for the Plaintiff-Appellant in Wallace v....MoreRichard R. Renner is a Partner with Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch, P.C., in Washington, DC, where he practices employment law. He founded Tate & Renner in Dover, Ohio. Mr. Renner was lead appellate counsel for the Plaintiff-Appellant in Wallace v. Tesoro Corp., 796 F.3d 468 (5th Cir. 2015) (reinstating whistleblower claims under SOX). He was the lead author or co-author of successful amicus briefs in Foster v. Univ. of Md.-Eastern Shore, 787 F.3d 243 (4th Cir 2015) (Nassar does not affect the methods of proving causation) and Lawson v. FMR LLC, 134 S. Ct. 1158 (2014) (SOX covers the employees of contractors). Mr. Renner, together with Lindsey Williams, was featured in the December 2, 2015 New York Times article, “Whistle-Blower Group Found Itself Target of Labor Complaint.” The story broke the news about a settlement with the National Whistleblowers Center (NWC) regarding 2012 terminations following union organizing activities. He and Lindsey issued a press release and launched a Coworker.org petition drive against gag clauses that now has over 5,000 signers. Mr. Renner enjoys Body Pump, unicycling, and being a Big Brother for Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Collapse
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