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MCLE credit: Credit for this series has been approved with the State Bar Of California for 6.50 hours participatory, including 2.0 hours Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society. CA credit provided by CELA. Credit for this series is has been submitted and is pending approval in TX, IL, VA, CO & WI (must register through NELA).

 

Now is the perfect time for plaintiffs employment attorneys to expand their practices to include federal employee representation! Recent actions by federal government whistleblowers garnered national attention and piqued the interest of employment attorneys, and federal agencies in the new Biden administration are more likely to respond to employees’ claims of harm. 

 

But the federal employment scheme is unfamiliar to most plaintiffs employment attorneys.  Only a handful of CELA and NELA members represent federal employees, and some of these members only accept certain types of cases. And, though the federal workforce is far more racially diverse than most other sectors, attorneys who represent federal employees are overwhelmingly white.

 

There has never been a greater need for attorneys representing federal employees, but the shortage of attorneys and lack of attorney diversity persist.  CELA and NELA hope to address these imbalances by training more plaintiffs  attorneys, particularly attorneys of color, in representing federal sector employees.

 

Toward that goal, this program is designed to familiarize attorneys with the federal process – necessary because the federal process is often counter-intuitive; overlaps from one area to the next; is always complex; and the deadlines are extraordinarily short.  Much of the legal action takes place in administrative proceedings rather than court.

 

This is one webinar, presented in four sessions.  Session 1 is a prerequisite for later sessions as it includes foundational material that will not be repeated in later sessions; any related questions will be deferred to the end of the session and addressed only if there is time.

 

Session 1: Introduction to federal employment system and agencies - 90 mins.

 

  • Why representing federal government employees is important
  • Benefits to plaintiffs attorneys in representing federal government employees
  • Overview of federal government employment, including categories of employees
  • Traps

 

Session 2: Federal civil service and due process: Merit Systems Protection Board - 90 mins.

  • The federal Merit System
  • The Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB)
  • Who can file an appeal, and for what
  • How to initiate MSPB appeals
  • Characteristics of the MSPB
  • Procedure and deadlines
  • Options at conclusion of hearing
  • Traps and tips

 

Session 3: Federal whistleblowers: Office of Inspector General and Office of Special Counsel - 90 mins.

  • The Office of the Inspector General
  • Who can file a claim, and for what
  • How to initiate OIG cases
  • What triggers an OIG investigation
  • Characteristics of the OIG
  • Procedure and deadlines
  • Options at conclusion of process
  • Traps and tips
  • The Office of the Special Counsel
  • Who can file a claim, and for what
  • How to initiate OSC cases
  • What triggers an OSC investigation
  • Characteristics of the OSC
  • Procedure and deadlines
  • Options at conclusion of process
  • Traps and tips

 

Coming Soon - to be added February 18th 

Session 4: Prohibited discrimination: Mandatory internal process and the EEOC - 120 mins.

  • The federal equal employment process
  • Who can file a claim, and for what
  • Three administrative phases to a discrimination case
  • Counseling process
    • Characteristics of counseling
    • Procedure and deadlines
    • Options at conclusion of counseling
    • Traps and tips
  • Formal process
    • Characteristics of formal process
    • Procedure and deadlines
    • Options at conclusion of formal process
    • Traps and tips
  • Hearing process
    • EEOC, Division of Federal Sector Hearings
    • Procedure and deadlines
    • Pre-hearing process
    • Evidentiary hearing before EEOC administrative judge
    • Options at conclusion of hearing
    • Traps and tips
  • Representing Congressional employees in discrimination claims
  • Options for moving case to federal court

 

Written materials include exemplars of primary documents (forms, briefs, motions, discovery); and resources such as reference materials, on-line data bases, agency web sites, other web sites, and more.

 

Faculty:

Ronald Ackerman, Culver City, CA
Kristin Alden, Washington, DC
Les Alderman, Washington, D.C.
Susan Jewell, Portland, OR
Thomas J. McCammon, San Diego, CA
Wendy Musell, Oakland, CA
Andrew Perlmutter, Washington, D.C.
Marilynn Mika Spencer, San Diego, CA

 

 

MCLE credit: Credit has been approved with the State Bar Of California for 6.50 general hours participatory, including 2.00 hours Elimination of Bias in Legal Profession and Society (part 4). CA credit provided by CELA. CELA is a State Bar of California MCLE provider, #2292.

 

Credit for this series is pending in TX, IL, VA, CO & WI (must register through NELA).

 

NELA is an approved continuing legal education provider in California, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Vermont. Contact your CLE administrator for more information about your local rules, please visit www.clereg.org/index.asp

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Introduction to Federal Employment System and Agencies (Part 1 of 4)

Date Published: January 22, 2021

Summary

Now is the perfect time for plaintiffs employment attorneys to expand their practices to include federal employee representation! Recent actions by federal government whistleblowers garnered national attention and piqued the interest of employment attorneys, and federal agencies in the new Biden administration are more likely to  respond to employees’ claims of harm. 

 

But the federal employment scheme is unfamiliar to most plaintiffs employment attorneys.  Only a handful of CELA and NELA members represent federal employees, and some of these members only accept certain types of cases. And, though the federal workforce is far more racially diverse than most other sectors, attorneys who represent federal employees are overwhelmingly white.

 

There has never been a greater need for attorneys representing federal employees, but the shortage of attorneys and lack of attorney diversity persist.  CELA and NELA hope to address these imbalances by training more plaintiffs  attorneys, particularly attorneys of color, in representing federal sector employees.

 

Toward that goal, this program is designed to familiarize attorneys with the federal process – necessary because the federal process is often counter-intuitive; overlaps from one area to the next; is always complex; and the deadlines are extraordinarily short.  Much of the legal action takes place in administrative proceedings rather than court.

 

This is one webinar, presented in four sessions.  Session 1 is a prerequisite for later sessions as it includes foundational material that will not be repeated in later sessions; any related questions will be deferred to the end of the session and addressed only if there is time.

 

(Part 1 of 4)

 

Moderator/Speaker: Marilynn Mika Spencer
Speakers: Susan Jewell, Portland, OR and Thomas J. McCammon, San Diego, CA

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Presenters

Marilynn Mika Spencer

Marilynn Mika Spencer is semi-retired from and in the process of winding down the San Diego law firm of Spencer Johnson LLP,... Read More

Susan Jewell

Susan E. Jewell exclusively represents Federal sector employees and applicants in the Pacific Northwest. Her practice... Read More

Thomas McCammon

Thomas J. McCammon is a recently-retired partner of and mediator from Spencer Johnson McCammon LLP. Mr. McCammon represented... Read More

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Federal Civil Service and Due Process / Merit Systems Protection Board (Part 2 of 4)

Date Published: January 27, 2021

Summary

(Part 2 of 4)

 

Moderator/Speaker: Ronald Ackerman, Culver City, CA
Speaker: Kristin Alden, Washington, DC

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Presenters

Ronald Ackermann

Ronald P. Ackerman has been practicing law for almost 30 years as a Plaintiff Employment Attorney. Today, his practice is... Read More

Kristin Alden

Kristin D. Alden has concentrated her employment practice in federal sector matters and manages the Alden Law Group, PLLC, a... Read More

Marilynn Mika Spencer

Marilynn Mika Spencer is semi-retired from and in the process of winding down the San Diego law firm of Spencer Johnson LLP,... Read More

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Federal whistleblowers / Office of Inspector General (Part 3 of 4)

Date Published: February 10, 2021

Summary

(Part 3 of 4)

 

Moderator/Speaker: Kristin Alden, Washington, DC
Speakers: Wendy Musell, Oakland, CA

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Presenters

Kristin Alden

Kristin D. Alden has concentrated her employment practice in federal sector matters and manages the Alden Law Group, PLLC, a... Read More

Andrew Perlmutter

Andrew Perlmutter joined Passman & Kaplan, P.C. in 2007 and is currently a Principal of the firm. For over 15 years, Mr.... Read More

Marilynn Mika Spencer

Marilynn Mika Spencer is semi-retired from and in the process of winding down the San Diego law firm of Spencer Johnson LLP,... Read More

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Prohibited discrimination / Mandatory internal process and the EEOC (Part 4 of 4)

Date Published: February 17, 2021

Summary

(Part 4 of 4)

 

Moderator/Speaker: Marilynn Mika Spencer, San Diego, CA
Speakers: Les Alderman, Washington, D.C. and Thomas J. McCammon, San Diego, CA

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Presenters

Marilynn Mika Spencer

Marilynn Mika Spencer is semi-retired from and in the process of winding down the San Diego law firm of Spencer Johnson LLP,... Read More

Thomas McCammon

Thomas J. McCammon is a recently-retired partner of and mediator from Spencer Johnson McCammon LLP. Mr. McCammon represented... Read More

Les Alderman

Les Alderman is a founding Member of the Firm, Alderman, Devorsetz & Hora in Washington, D.C. Mr. Alderman primarily... Read More

Wendy Musell

Wendy Musell is Of Counsel to Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams LLP and a founding partner of Law Offices of Wendy Musell. Ms. Musell... Read More

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