Upcoming events

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

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

    We have a great lineup this year. 

    In addition to new faces from out of state, Walt Auvil (the Lebron James of 30(b)(6) depositions), David Ball (Reptile/Damages), and Carl Douglas (he did half of OJ's closing argument), all of your favorites are back! Paula Greisen on Opening Statements! Arash Jahanian and Laura Wolf on Religion in the Workplace! John Culver on Workplace Privacy Rights! Joan Bechtold on recent significant cases and legislation! And many more! Full scheduled below.

    We expect to apply for about 15 CLE credits, including 4 ethics credits.

    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 - 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

    THURSDAY, AUGUST 24, 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

    FRIDAY, AUGUST 25, 2017

    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







    • 24 Aug 2017
    • 5:00 PM

    Please consider sponsoring the 2017 PELA Retreat Reception on the evening of August 24 (Thursday). Your $100 contribution ensures the Reception is fantastic. Any excess money will be used to improve other areas of the Retreat, like breakfast and lunch! 

    To sponsor for this event, "Register" for through this website or email Cynthia Wellbrock (cew@cynthiawellbrock.com) and Ben Lebsack (ben@lowrey-parady.com). If you're sending a check, please mail it to Cynthia Wellbrock (7887 East Belleview Avenue, Suite 1100, Denver, CO 80111) and note in the memo line "PELA Sponsorship."

    Join these great firms/members who have already agreed to sponsor. If you don't see your name on this list, it means we don't have you registered as a sponsor:

    Law Office of Susan R Hahn

    Law Office of Cynthia Wellbrock

    Sawaya & Miller

    Lowrey Parady

    King & Greisen

    Sweeney Bechtold

    Ogborn Mihm

    Law Office of Paul Maxon

    Trial Attorneys from the EEOC

    Ellis Employment Law

    Truhlar and Truhlar LLP

    Arckey & Associates

    Benezra and Culver

    Law Office of David Lichtenstein

    Williams & Rhodes

    Sears & Associates


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