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Executive Committee

The Executive Committee consists of the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and the chairs of the Standing Committees. The Executive Committee is responsible for the general operation of the organization.

MELA Officers

President: Lori A. Jodoin
Vice President: Christina L. Montgomery
Treasurer: Patrick D. Banfield
Secretary: Elizabeth T. Mason

Visit our Officers Page to learn more about this committee and our officers. 

Standing Committees

Amicus Committee

Rebecca Pontikes, Pontikes Law, LLC

Emma Quinn-Judge, Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP 

The Amicus Committee is responsible for receiving and processing requests for amicus briefs in employment law cases. The Committee gathers the information that will be considered in deciding whether a brief will be submitted. The Committee is responsible for facilitating the writing and filing of the brief; however, all members of MELA are welcome to participate in writing the briefs, whether they are members of the Committee or not.

MCAD/EEOC Committee

Chair:  Lynn Weissberg, Stern, Shapiro,Weissberg & Garin, LLP 

The MCAD Committee is responsible for keeping our membership informed of any changes in the substantive or procedural rulings and standards of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. The Committee meets with representatives of the MCAD to maintain MELA's relationship with MCAD, to address issues arising in agency proceedings and to explore ways in which the bar can best assist the agency in reaching its goals.

Legislative Committee

Kathy Jo Cook, KJC Law Firm

Philip Gordon; Gordon Law Group, LLP

The Legislative Committee is responsible for orchestrating MELA's activities with respect to changes in the legislation governing the rights of Massachusetts employees. The Committee facilitates member participation in lobbying efforts and works with other organizations to identify and respond to issues arising in workplace legislation.

Program Committee

Paul H. Merry, Law Office of Paul H. Merry

Beth Myers, Rodgers, Powers & Schwartz LLP

The Program Committee is responsible for organizing and facilitating the programs for our general membership meetings. The topics are selected by the members of the executive committee based on the needs and interests of the membership.

The ERISA Committee

Chair: Jonathan M. Feigenbaum

The ERISA Committee provides feedback and advice on cases, policies, statutes and regulations affecting employee benefit plans governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. The goal of this committee is to advance the interests of employees and other beneficiaries covered by ERISA.

Technology Committee

Chair: Kevin C. Merritt, Segal Roitman, LLP

The Technology Committee focuses on MELA's ongoing initiatives to enhance member benefits through evolving technologies, including a new and improved MELA website, improved online discussion groups, "e-announcement" capabilities, a virtual "brief bank," and advice on leveraging technology for better employee advocacy.

First Circuit Judicial Nominating Committee

Chair: Inga Bernstein, Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP

Social Committee

Chair: Bryn Sfetsios

The Social Committee is responsible for planning informal networking events. 

Membership Committee

Chair: Anne Glennon, Law Office of Anne Glennon

​The Membership Committee is responsible for orchestrating MELA's activities/efforts aimed at increasing our membership and our diversity.  The Committee reaches out to law student organizations, recent graduates and to people who are practicing employment law without the benefit of MELA in an effort to achieve its membership goals while providing support to those practicing plaintiff-side employment law.

Affiliate Bar Liaison

David Belfort, Bennett & Belfort PC

The Affiliate Bar Liaison is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with other bar associations and affinity groups. Mr. Belfort was appointed to serve a three year term as MELA’s representative on the Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments that reviews, evaluates, votes and reports on the qualifications of individuals under consideration for all judicial appointments -- including clerk-magistrates -- to all courts of the commonwealth. The Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments is one of the last layers of review in the judicial nominating process and works to ensure that candidates for the tenure positions are both qualified and competent.