Warns-Render Labor and Employment Law Institute

Image: 36th Annual Carl A. Warns, Jr. and Edwin R. Render Labor and Employment Institute

June 27-28, 2019

The Carl A. Warns, Jr. and Edwin R. Render Labor and Employment Law Institute provides high-quality continuing legal education to local and regional labor or employment law attorneys, human resource professionals, union representatives and other workplace experts.

The institute creates dialogue between academics, government officials and practitioners. The institute is an inclusive forum where employee, union and management-side representatives all feel welcome and benefit from the education provided.

Thank you to our sponsors:

  • Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
  • Fisher Phillips LLP
  • Frost Brown Todd LLC
  • Kentucky Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section (lunch sponsor)
  • Stites & Harbison, PLLC
  • Teamsters Local Union No. 89 (lunch sponsor)
  • Wyatt Tarrant & Combs LLP

Keynote Speaker

Eugene Scalia

Eugene Scalia is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He is co-chair of the firm’s Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Group and a member of its Labor and Employment Practice Group, which he co-chaired for 12 years. He is also a member of the firm’s Appellate and Constitutional Law Practice Group and has served on its Executive Committee and its Partnership Evaluation Committee.

Mr. Scalia has a national practice handling a broad range of labor, employment, appellate and regulatory matters. He previously served as Solicitor of the U.S. Department of Labor, the department’s principal legal officer with responsibility for all Labor Department litigation and legal advice on rulemakings and administrative law. He also has served at the U.S. Department of Justice, as a Special Assistant to the Attorney General. His success bringing legal challenges to federal agency actions has been widely reported in the legal and popular press.

Mr. Scalia is the author of more than 20 articles and papers on labor and employment law, constitutional law and other subjects. He is listed in Who’s Who in America and is identified as a leading labor and employment lawyer in Chambers, The Legal 500, Benchmark Litigation, PLC’s Which Lawyer?, and other publications. He is a senior fellow of the Administrative Conference of the United States, a federal agency that makes recommendations to Congress and the Executive Branch on ways to improve the administrative process.

Mr. Scalia graduated cum laude from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Law Review. From 1992-93 he served as Special Assistant to U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr, receiving the Department’s Edmund J. Randolph Award. He graduated With Distinction from the University of Virginia in 1985 and was a speechwriter for Education Secretary William J. Bennett before attending law school. He has been a lecturer in labor and employment law at the University of Chicago Law School.



Registration 7:45 a.m.
Dean Colin Crawford, University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law
8:15 a.m.
Review of Kentucky Employment Law Cases
Alina Klimkina, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
8:30 a.m.
NLRB Update
Chairman John Ring, National Labor Relations Board
9:30 a.m.
Break 10:30 a.m.
Arbitration Agreements in Kentucky
Lauren Sanders, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
Shane Sidebottom, Ziegler & Schneider PSC
10:45 a.m.
Lunch 11:45 a.m.
Carl A. Warns Jr. Keynote Speaker: Whistleblowing, Social Media, and the Duty of Loyalty: The Changing Employment Relationship
Eugene Scalia, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
12:45 p.m.
Review of U.S. Supreme Court Labor and Employment Cases
Professor Peggie Smith, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
1:45 p.m.
Break 2:45 p.m.
Economics of Settling Employment Litigation
John Hays, Mediator
Garry Adams, Adams Landenwich Walton, PLLC
Shannon Antle Hamilton, Stites & Harbison, PLLC
Rebekah Dye, Equian LLC
3:00 p.m.
Ethics of Collective Bargaining and Professional Responsibility
Brian Balonick, Cozen O’Connor P.C.
4:00 p.m.


Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Update
Commissioner Robert L. Swisher, Department of Workers’ Claims
Stephanie N. Wolfinbarger, Cotton, Wolfinbarger & Associates, PLLC
James G. Fogle, Fogle Keller Walker PLLC
8:30 a.m.
Department of Labor Update
Katherine Bissell, Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor
9:30 a.m.
Break 10:30 a.m.
Objection! Evidentiary Issues in Employment Litigation Panel
Professor Ariana Levinson, University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law
Chief Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer, U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
Aida Almasalkhi, Goldberg Simpson
Ben Basil, Priddy Cutler Naake & Meade, PLLC
Chelsea Dermody, Priddy Cutler Naake & Meade, PLLC
Nicola Pharai, Adams, Hayward, & Welsh
Trent Taylor, Seiller Waterman LLC
Anita Zipfel, Bishop Friend, P.S.C.
10:45 a.m.
Lunch 12:15 p.m.
EEOC Update
Jennifer S. Goldstein, Office of General Counsel, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
1:15 p.m.
Religious Accommodation in the Workplace
Jeanne Goldberg, Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Sheree Wright, Vanderbilt University Office of the General Counsel
2:15 p.m.
Break 3:15 p.m.
Eliminating Microaggressions and Creating Inclusive Environments
Whitney Meagher, LG&E;
Dr. Monica Lakhwani, Jefferson County Public Schools
3:30 p.m.
Ethics: Who is the Client?
Peter L. Ostermiller, Peter L. Ostermiller Attorney at Law
4:30 p.m.



Seelbach Hilton Hotel
Medallion Ballroom

500 South 4th Street
Louisville, KY 40202


Seelbach Hilton Hotel

500 South 4th Street
Louisville, KY 40202

$155 per night. Cutoff date for UofL rate is Monday, May 27, 2019.



Early Registration Rate: $355 (Deadline: May 24, 2019)

Multi-Registrant Discount: $355 each

Single-Day Registration Fee: $250

Keynote Address only, presented by Eugene Scalia: $10

Lawyers in practice fewer than five (5) years may be eligible for a reduced rate of $80 per day. Please contact Kristina Arnold to apply.

Registration Deadline

June 27, 2019

CLE Credit

Approved for 14.5 CLE hours from the Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio bar associations, including two hours satisfying the Kentucky ethics requirement (pending).
Approved for 14.5 hours (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

Refund Policy

No refunds for registrations canceled after June 10, 2019, but registration may be transferred to a colleague.

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Tracie Cole