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Annual Federal Sector Conference is BACK in-person and better than ever!

Thursday, September 15, 2022

8:30 am - 5:45 pm

Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams Street, Chicago, IL 60661

IL MCLE Credit: 6.75 hours

Join top government officials & policymakers, world-class management-side attorneys & union representatives, and leading academics for this one-day in-person conference, to learn about the future of the federal workplace and workforce as we get our footing under the Biden Administration during an endemic.




PROGRAM SCHEDULE *Schedule subject to change*

Thursday, September 15, 2022


7:30 am – 8:15 am   


8:15 am – 8:30 am   

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Opening Plenary: The Future of the Federal Workplace - Life Under the Biden Administration During an Endemic


The panelists will discuss a wide range of federal workplace issues ranging from the Biden Administration’s policies on collective bargaining and worker empowerment, the transition to a new way of working due to the pandemic, and trends in resolving labor relations disputes.

  • Tim Curry, OPM Deputy Associate Director, Accountability and Workforce Relations 
  • Dan Kaspar, NTEU Director of Field Operations and Organizing 
  • Susan Grundmann, FLRA Member
9:30 am – 10:00 am

EEO Update

  • Charlotte Burrows, EEOC Chair
10:00 am – 10:15 am   BREAK
10:15 am – 11:15 am 

Best Practices for Handling Accommodation Requests

  • Julie Lenggenhager, NTEU Deputy Director of Field Operations
  • Kevin Deane, Technical Advisor, Disability Services Division Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, Internal Revenue Service
  • Nicole Buonocore Porter, Director, Martin H. Malin Institute for Law and the Workplace, Chicago-Kent College of Law
11:15 am – 11:45 am BOX LUNCH PICK-UP
11:45 pm – 12:45 pm



Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Issues in the Federal Workplace

  • Nikita Pearson, Deputy to the Chairman for External Affairs and Director, Office of Minority and Women Inclusion, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) 
  • Vicky Gillen, Attorney-Advisor to FSIP and a Member of the FLRA's Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee 
  • Elyssa Santos Abrams, Senior Attorney Advisor, Office of Federal Operations
12:45 pm – 12:55 pm


12:55 pm – 1:25 pm

State of the MSPB


The Merit Systems Protection Board emerged in March 2022 from more than five years without a quorum and, for the first time since 2015, achieved a full, three-member Board in June 2022.

Acting Chairman Cathy A. Harris and Member Raymond A. Limon will discuss the agency's statutory mission.

They will also discuss the challenges imposed by the agency's prolonged absence of a quorum, including a large inventory of cases, and the priorities being considered to issue decisions in the most efficient and equitable manner.

  • Cathy A. Harris, Acting Chairman, Merit Systems Protection Board
  • Raymond Limon, Member, Merit Systems Protection Board
1:25 pm – 2:25 pm

MSPB Caselaw Update + Practicing Before the MSPB

  • Jennifer Cassell, MSPB Administrative Judge
  • Daniel Fine, MSPB Administrative Judge 
  • Mary Senoo, MSPB Administrative Judge 
2:25 pm – 2:35 pm   BREAK
2:35 pm – 3:35 pm  



Best Practices in Virtual Hearings/Mediations and Administrative Judge Q&A

In the first portion of the session, EEOC and MSPB administrative judges will discuss best practices applicable to virtual hearings and mediations. In the second portion of the session, the judges will address attendees’ questions pertaining to MSPB/EEOC practices in an “Ask the AJ” format.  Submit your questions HERE.

  • Michael Rhoades, Administrative Judge, EEOC
  • David Lidow, Administrative Judge, Merit Systems Protection Board

Challenges and Best Practices for Conducting Misconduct Inquiries

  • Jeff Friday, General Counsel, National Federation of Federal Employees
  • Pamela D. Langston-Cox, Area Counsel, General Legal Services, Office of the Chief Counsel, U.S. Department of Treasury
  • Frank Boenzi, ASAC, TIGTA, Chicago Office
3:35 pm – 3:45 pm   BREAK
3:45 pm – 4:45 pm  

FLRA Case Update


The FLRA's Acting General Counsel and Regional Directors from the Authority's five Regional Offices will provide an update of recent decisions of the FLRA and will discuss practices and procedures of the Office of General Counsel.

  • Charlotte Dye, Acting General Counsel
  • Jessica Barlett, Washington RD
  • Brent Hudspeth, Atlanta Regional Attorney
  • John Pannozzo, San Francisco RD
  • Tim Sullivan, Denver RD
  • Greg Weddle, Acting Chicago RD
4:45 pm – 5:45 pm

Closing Plenary:  Federal Service Impasses Panel Update

  • Martin H. Malin, Chairman, U.S. Federal Service Impasses Panel, FLRA 
  • Wynter Allen, FSIP Member
  • Jeanne Charles, FSIP Member
  • Howard Friedman, FSIP Member
  • Edward Hartfield, FSIP Member
  • Marvin Johnson, FSIP Member
  • Mark Pearce, FSIP Member
  • Pamela Schwartz, FSIP Member
  • Joseph Slater, FSIP Member
  • Tamiko Watkins, FSIP Member
5:45 pm – 6:45 pm  NETWORKING RECEPTION

*All sessions will be available for On-Demand viewing after the conference, except for the State of the MSPB.*


Click here for information about our Speakers


This conference is eligible for 6.75 hours of General CLE credit in 60-minute states and 7.2 hours of General CLE credit in 50-minute states.

Credit hours are estimated and are subject to each state's approval and credit rounding rules.

Chicago-Kent College of Law will seek accreditation for this conference in the following states:  CA, IL, IN, MO, NY, OH, PA, TX, and WI.

States typically decide whether a program qualifies for MCLE credit in their jurisdiction 4-8 weeks after the program application is submitted. For many live events, credit approval is not received prior to the program.

TO RECEIVE CLE CREDIT:  If you have met the participation requirements, you will receive a personalized CLE affidavit from within 48 hours after the conclusion of the virtual conference. Please check your spam or junk folders, as these emails often end up there. Please note you have to fill out one affidavit for the entire virtual conference. Once you complete the affidavit, you will be able to download your certificate(s) of attendance, and they will be emailed to you as well from



Early Registration: through 7/31/22

Regular Registration: 8/1 - 9/07/22

Late Registration: 9/08 - 9/15/22










 * Register five or more individuals in one transaction to qualify for the group rate. The discount will be applied to your cart during checkout.





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