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.
Chair: Tara Schwartz; Swartz Law, LLC
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.
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.
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.
Paul H. Merry; Law Office of Paul H. Merry
Lori A. Jodoin; 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, Esquire
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.
Wage and Hour & Attorney General Liaison Committee
Jeffrey Morneau; Donohue, Hyland & Donohue, PC
The Wage and Hour Committee is responsible for keeping our membership informed of any changes in the state and federal laws related to overtime, minimum wage and related issues. The committee also meets with members of the Attorney General's office to build and maintain MELA's relationship with the Attorney General and to explore ways in which the bar can best assist the Attorney General in reaching her goals.
Chair: Elizabeth Rodgers; Rodgers, Powers & Schwartz LLP
The Membership Committee is responsible for recruiting new members to MELA and developing mentoring relationships between new members and long-time members of the organization. The Committee is also responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with other bar associations and affinity groups.
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.