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Keynote Speaker
John Avlon
Senior Columnist for Newsweek and The Daily Beast

John Avlon is senior columnist for Newsweek and the Daily Beast as well as a CNN contributor. He is the author of Independent Nation: How Centrists Can Change American Politics and Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America as well as an editor of the anthology Deadline Artists: America's Greatest Newspaper Columns. Previously, he was a columnist and associate editor for the New York Sun and chief speechwriter for New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. He won the National Society of Newspaper Columnists' award for best online column in 2012.
Professor Paula Franzese
Paula Franzese
Seton Hall Law

Professor Paula Franzese is the Peter W. Rodino Professor of Law at Seton Hall University School of Law where she teaches courses in Property and Commercial Law.  She is one of the nation's leading experts on government ethics and has served as Special Ethics Counsel to the Governor of New Jersey, Chair of the State Ethics Commission, and Vice-Chair of the Election Law Enforcement Commission.  Professor Franzese has written extensively on state and local government ethics reform and co-authored the Uniform Ethics Code with the late Justice Daniel J. O'Hern of the Supreme Court of New Jersey.  She has received numerous academic and professional honors, including the National Council on Governmental Ethics Law Award.  Professor Franzese has been named Top Law Professor in New Jersey by the New Jersey Law Journal and is a nine-time recipient of the student body's Professor of the Year Award.

A full biography of Professor Franzese may be found here.

James P. Flynn
Managing Partner: Epstein, Becker, Green

James Flynn is a Member of the Firm in the Litigation and Labor and Employment practices. He serves as the General Counsel of Epstein Becker Green and the Managing Shareholder of the firm's Newark office, where he is based. His practice focuses on civil litigation and corporate counseling, including trial and appellate work in the area of intellectual property, complex commercial matters, and employment law. Mr. Flynn represents businesses in a broad spectrum of industries, including health care, pharmaceuticals, and financial services.

A full biography of James P. Flynn may be found here.
Charles Sullivan
Seton Hall Law

Professor Sullivan received his B.A. from Siena College, his LL.B. from Harvard University and his LL.M. from New York University. He practiced in New York and previously taught at the University of South Carolina and the University of Arkansas. Dean Sullivan has published in the areas of employment discrimination, employment law, contracts, and antitrust. He is co-author of Employment Discrimination: Law & Practice, now in its Fourth Edition; Cases and Materials on Employment Discrimination, now in its Eighth Edition; Employment Law: Private Ordering And Its Limitation, now in its Second Edition; and Cases and Materials on Employment Law (1993). Professor Sullivan has written a number of law review articles, most recently having published in the Georgetown Law Journal, the Northwestern Law Review, and the William & Mary Law Review. An elected member of the American Law Institute, he joined the Seton Hall Law faculty in 1978. He was honored with the Catania Chair in 2010, named in memory of a deceased colleague, friend, and co-author. He served as Associate Dean at Seton Hall from 1995 until 2001 and has directed the Rodino Library, since 2008.

A full biography of Professor Charles Sullivan may be found here.
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Seton Hall Law

Professor Judson Jennings specializes in teaching civil litigation subjects. His primary area of interest has been the impact of computer technology, the internet, and the web 2.0 phenomena of online social communities upon the development of law and dispute resolution procedure, and upon the practice of law.

During the 2007-2008 academic year, Professor Jennings co-taught a joint seminar in which students from the business school formulated startup plans for ventures in Second Life, Linden Labs online multiverse, while law students reviewed the plans, identified pertinent legal issues, and provided legal advice. The best resulting research papers will be housed in a Second Life library. His avatar is Judson Cortes.

A full biography of Professor E. Judson Jennings may be found here.

Jonathan J. Harper
Senior Compliance and Employment Counsel: BASF

Jonathan J. Harper is Senior Compliance & Employment Counsel for BASF Corporation. Jon joined BASF in 2005 and focuses on compliance, employment\labor counseling, employment litigation, and counseling with respect to various corporate communications matters. Jon provides support to BASF’s corporate compliance program and works closely with the Company’s Human Resources, Security, Internal Audit, Medical, and Communications Departments. He handles a wide variety of matters, including (1) conducting internal investigations, (2) counseling on restructuring, terminations and employee discipline, (3) managing and overseeing litigation, (4) working on acquisitions and divestitures, (5) reviewing/preparing corporate policies and procedures, and (6) preparing/negotiating contracts.

Jon came to BASF from the law firm of Pitney Hardin LLP (now DayPitney LLP), where he last held the position of Counsel. At Pitney Hardin, he gained extensive experience in human resources counseling, employment litigation, and handling labor disputes. In addition to representing several Fortune 100 companies, Jon was one of several attorneys at Pitney Hardin who acted as outside counsel for BASF in New Jersey. Prior to joining Pitney Hardin, Jon served as a law clerk with the New Jersey Supreme Court. He received his J.D. from the New York University School of Law in 1996 and his B.A. in Political Science from Middlebury College.
 Devika_Kewalramani Devika Kewalramani
Partner: Moses & Singer; Co-chair of Legal Ethics Program

Devika Kewalramani is a partner and co-chair of Moses & Singer's Legal Ethics & Law Firm Practice which advises law firms, lawyers and legal departments on ethical, legal and business aspects of law practice. Devika's practice focuses on the laws that regulate lawyers. She counsels on a variety of issues relating to legal ethics, professional discipline and law firm disputes. Devika conducts ethics audits for law firms and develops risk management compliance manuals for firms. 

A full biography of Devika Kewlramani may be found here.

Eric B. Meyer
Partner: Dilsworth, Paxson

Eric B. Meyer is a partner in the Labor and Employment Group of the Philadelphia-based law firm, Dilworth Paxson LLP. He focuses his practice on employment discrimination and retaliation; workplace harassment; employee pay practices; leaves of absence, disabilities and reasonable accommodations; non-competition and trade secret disputes; employment contracts, reductions in force, severance arrangements and other contractual matters; and union-management relations and collective bargaining. Eric is also very active in social media, making him a trusted resource for employers on cutting-edge legal issues. Recently, Eric co-authored "Think Before You Click: Strategies for Managing Social Media in the Workplace", a book which walks HR professionals through everything they need to know about social media in the workplace. He also publishes The Employer Handbook (, recognized by the American Bar Association Journal as one of the top labor-and-employment-law blogs in America. Eric is also one of the most-followed employment lawyers on Twitter (@Eric_B_Meyer) and has been quoted in,, AMEX's Small Business Open Forum, Business Insurance, Entrepreneur,, Wall Street Journal, and, most recently, in the British tabloids.

Bradford W. Muller
Associate: Norris McLaughlin

Bradford W. Muller is an associate with the firm in the Litigation and Internet Law Groups. Brad has been published in scholarly journals on numerous topics, including cloud computing, cybersecurity, and social media. Brad co-authored "Virtual Crimes - Real Damages: Challenges Posed By Cybercrimes in the U.S. and Efforts to Combat Cybercriminals Part I," published in Spring 2011 and "Virtual Crimes, Real Damages Part II: What Businesses Can Do Today to Protect Themselves from Cybercrime, and What Public-Private Partnerships are Attempting to Achieve for the Nation of Tomorrow," published in Spring 2012, by the Virginia Journal of Law and Technology.

A full biography of Bradford W. Muller may be found here.
Howard Lavin
Partner: Strook

Howard S. Lavin concentrates in employment and labor law matters. He has represented employers in federal and state court litigation, administrative hearings, arbitrations, collective bargaining negotiations, and wage and hour proceedings and audits. Mr. Lavin assists employers in developing personnel policies and procedures and, in the case of several clients, has created a “virtual” human resources department. He provides advice and counsel regarding discipline and discharge issues, discrimination claims, diversity, drug testing and telephone monitoring. While his practice is varied, Mr. Lavin has particular expertise in employment litigation, conducting downsizings, wage and hour matters, and the labor and employment ramifications of mergers, acquisitions and similar transactions.

A full biography of Howard Lavin may be found here.

John Vazquez
Partner: Critchley, Kinum and Vazquez

John Michael Vazquez focuses his practice primarily on white-collar criminal defense; complex commercial, securities and health care litigation; and appeals. ??From 2007 to 2008, John served as the First Assistant Attorney General for the State of New Jersey, under Attorney General Anne Milgram, after serving eight months as a Special Assistant to then Attorney General Stuart Rabner on criminal justice matters including political corruption, securities fraud, Medicaid fraud, and other white collar offenses. ??As the number two person in the Department of Law and Public Safety, John was responsible for coordinating policies, operations, and investigations in the 9,500-person department. John also oversaw the day-to-day operations of the divisions within the department, including the Divisions of Criminal Justice, Law, State Police, Consumer Affairs, Civil Rights, Elections, Alcoholic Beverage Control, Highway Traffic Safety, Gaming Enforcement, the Juvenile Justice Commission, and the Racing Commission. John also worked closely with the Attorney General to implement Governor Jon Corzine’s Safe Streets and Neighborhoods Anti-Crime Plan.

A full biography of John Vazquez may be found here.

Nora Curtin
EEOC Attorney

Nora E. Curtin is a Supervisory Trial Attorney in the New York District Office of the EEOC. She previously served as Regional Attorney of the Miami District Office after litigating for many years with the New York District office. Ms. Curtin has been with the EEOC since 1990. Prior to that, she served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Kings County District Attorney's Office, Brooklyn, NY.

Ms. Curtin litigated the first Commission case to challenge the exclusion of health insurance coverage for AIDS and HIV-related conditions under the Americans with Disabilities Act. While in Miami, Ms. Curtin was involved in litigating a nationwide race discrimination case the EEOC settled against Walgreens for $20 million. During her tenure in Miami she also resolved a number of pregnancy discrimination cases, including one against Motherhood Maternity for $375,000, and a same-sex sexual harassment case against United Healthcare for $1.8 million. She is currently involved in litigating a nationwide class case against Sterling Jewelers for gender pay and promotion discrimination.

Christopher H. Mills
Partner: Fisher & Phillips

Chris Mills is a partner in the New Jersey office. For more than 30 years he has assisted clients in navigating through the maze of labor and employment laws. Chris has a wide range of experience in employment litigation, employment discrimination, workforce reduction, employment-at-will and wrongful termination, traditional labor relations law, affirmative action plans and OFCCP, and employee pension and benefit plans. He has been selected to represent major corporations in class actions under ERISA and collective claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act. He is currently lead counsel defending AT&T against a class action challenging the conversion of its Management Pension Plan to a cash balance formula, and he serves as chief collective bargaining negotiator for a number of employers.

Chris joined Fisher & Phillips after 12 years heading what was considered the premier labor and employment boutique law firm in New Jersey, which he joined in 1989. Previously, he had worked as in-house counsel at AT&T for 12 years, where he held a number of labor law positions, completing his service as the company's labor and employment law counsel for its corporate headquarters. Chris has been recognized in Who's Who Legal USA, and he has been elected a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been included on the New Jersey Super Lawyers list since 2005. Chris has also been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2007.

David E. Schwartz
Partner: Skadden

 Todd_Palo Todd Palo
Associate: Fox Rothschild

Todd focuses his practice on representing employers in federal, state and administrative courts throughout the country. His experience includes the representation of employers in cases alleging sexual harassment, pregnancy, age, race, sex, disability and national origin discrimination, violation of non-compete and confidentiality agreements, and retaliation.
Todd also has experience in representing management in arbitrations in matters before the National Labor Relations Board and state and federal discrimination agencies. Todd further has represented employers before the unemployment insurance appeals boards in matters disputing franchise and independent contractor misclassification. Todd also provides counseling to employers regarding employment discrimination,wrongful termination, Social Media Policy implementation, NLRA compliance and wage and hour laws. Todd has extensive experience in counseling employers with OSHA compliance issues as well.

A full biography of Todd Palo may be found here.

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Frank Pasquale
Seton Hall Law

Frank Pasquale has taught information and health law at Seton Hall since 2004. He has published over 20 scholarly articles, and is currently writing a book called The Black Box Society: Technologies of Search, Reputation, and Finance (under contract with Harvard University Press). Pasquale's research agenda focuses on challenges posed to information law by rapidly changing technology, particularly in the health care, internet, and finance industries.

Pasquale has been a Visiting Fellow at Princeton's Center for Information Technology, and a Visiting Professor at Yale Law School and Cardozo Law School. He was a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University. He has testified before the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives, appearing with the General Counsels of Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo. He has also presented before a Department of Health & Human Services/Federal Trade Commission Roundtable and panels of the National Academy of Sciences.

A full biography of Professor Frank Pasquale may be found here.

Steven Fleisher
In-house Counsel: PSE&G

I graduated from Seton Hall Law in 1999.  My title is Associate General Labor & Employment Counsel at PSEG Services Corporation.

Amber Spataro
Of Counsel, Littler Mendelson

Amber has over twelve years of experience in all areas of labor and employment law, including employment litigation, advice and counseling, and traditional labor disputes.

She has litigated through trial various types of employment discrimination claims, wage and hour claims (including class actions), and other employment?related claims (such as breach of contract, defamation, invasion of privacy and unfair competition) on behalf of employers in federal and state court at the trial and appellate court levels. Her most recent trial was in October 2010 where, as second chair in a 6 and 1/2 week jury trial in Los Angeles, she secured a defense verdict for the employer on a wrongful termination/retaliation claim brought by the former Vice-President of Human Resources against the company.Amber has also assisted in negotiating collective bargaining agreements in various industries ranging from health care to trucking and has defended against numerous charges, complaints and representation petitions before the NLRB.

A full biography of Amber Spataro may be found here.