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2017 PELA Retreat

  • 24 Aug 2017
  • 8:00 AM
  • 25 Aug 2017
  • 5:00 PM
  • The Pines at Genesee


  • Limited to current NELA or CTLA members who are not PELA members and do not regularly represent corporations or government entities in employment law cases, but remember, PELA membership for a first time member is only $75 so becoming a member if you're eligible will save you money.
  • Limited to paralegals and staff of current PELA members
  • If you cannot attend the Retreat, you can still purchase the materials.
  • Must be a PELA Student Member

Registration is closed

The PELA Retreat is on August 24 and 25 at the Pines at Genesee. Registration is open!


16 Credits, 3.8 Ethics


Registration Fees:

$25 - Students

$100 - Paralegals and staff (of current PELA members)

$100 - PELA members (First Time Attendee Rate)

$150 - PELA members (Normal Rate)

$200 - PELA members (after 8/21)

$200 - Non-PELA NELA and CTLA members who do not regularly defend employers in employment cases

$75 - Materials only (must be a member) 


Location: Pines at Genesee, 633 Park Point Dr, Golden, CO 80401


         Annual PELA Retreat
     Program 2017


8:00-8:30 – Registration and Breakfast Buffet

8:30-8:35 – Welcome and Introduction

            Clay Wire

8:35-9:05 – Overview of New Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act.

            Cynthia Wellbrock

9:05-9:45 – Deposing Adverse Witnesses

            Faisal Salahuddin and Darold Killmer

9:45-10:20 - Religion in the Workplace

            Arash Jahanian & Laura Wolf

10:20-10:35 - Break

10:35-11:35 –Valuing Emotional Distress

            Rachel Ellis & Charlotte Sweeney

11:35-12:10 – Workplace Privacy

John Culver

12:10-1:20 – Networking Lunch

1:20-2:20 – 30(b)(6) – Know It, Use It, Save It    

Walt Auvil

2:20-3:20 – Trial Strategies for Employment Lawyers

            David Ball

3:20-3:40 – Break

3:40-4:30 - Techniques for Opening Statements

            Paula Greisen

4:30-5:30 - LGBT Rights Under the New Administration

            Mari Newman

5:30-8:00 – Reception/Case of the Year Announcement


8:00-8:20 – Breakfast Buffet

Separate Tracks


Back to Basics Track (8:20-10:00)


8:20-8:45 – Calculating Economic Damages

            Susan Hahn

8:45-9:10 – CGIA Overview

            Ian Kalmanowitz      

9:10-10:00 – Building Your Tribe to Maintain Competence and Keep Your Cool: Competently and Ethically Representing Employees By Using PELA’s Resources (Applied for 1 Ethics Credit)

            Kelli Riley

Ethics Track (8:20-10:00)


8:20-9:10 – Oops, I'm going to want that back! An overview of the rules, procedures, and ethical considerations of inadvertent disclosures (Applied for 1 Ethics Credit)

            Tayo Okunade

9:10-10:00 – Honesty in the Law…and New Concerns About Online Marketing (Applied for 1 Ethics Credit)

            Brooke Meyer

10:00-10:30 - Break (10 minutes of auction/website announcements)

10:30-11:30 – Learning from the Defense (Applied for 1 Ethics Credit)

            Danielle Urban, Christine Samsel, and Ryan Lessman

            Moderator: Mary Jo Lowrey

11:30-12:20 – Drafting Powerful Demand Letters

            Booka Smith, David Miller,

            Moderator: Michael Fairhurst

12:20 - 1:20 – Lunch Tables


A. Federal Employment Group

Ben Wick, Marisa Williams

B. Legislative Update

Rachel Ellis

C. Ideas for Improving PELA

Clay Wire

D. Wage Law Group

David Miller and Colleen Calandra

E. Ethics Roundtable (Applied for 1 Ethics Credit)

Brooke Meyer

F. These Employment Lawyers Took an Immigration Detention Case. What Happened Next Will Blow Your Mind.
Raja Raghunath and Jennifer Wadhwa

G. New Lawyer Roundtable Discussion

Kelli Riley

1:20-2:10 – Don’t Be Afraid to Lose

            Carl E. Douglas

2:10-2:35 - Enhancing Damages Against Government Entities

            Ralph Lamar

2:35-3:40 - 2016-2017 Case Law and Legislative Update

            Joan Bechtold







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