Labor Law: Annual Meeting & Mid-Winter Meeting

When:  Jan 24, 2020 from 01:00 PM to 10:00 PM (ET)

The Labor and Employment Law Section will host its Mid-Winter Meeting, and Annual Meeting, on January 24, 2020 at the Detroit Athletic Club, beginning at 1:00 PM. Cocktails and awards banquet will follow the annual meeting and education program. We are excited to hear from Jim Obergefell from the monumental Supreme Court case Obergefell v Hodges as our keynote speaker. Following, this year’s Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Barry Goldman.

Cost: Annual Meeting and Education Program (Does not include cocktails or dinner), free for LEL section members but you must register to attend to access materials and to allow for facility planning.
LEL Section member attending cocktails & awards banquet—$150;
Non-LEL Section member/Guest attending cocktails & awards banquet—$165

Register: online or by mail form PDF
Registration deadline is January 21, 2020

1:00-1:30 p.m. Registration
1:30-4:00 p.m. Education Program
4:00-5:00 p.m. Annual Meeting
5:00-6:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception
6:30 p.m. Awards Banquet, Keynote Speaker Jim Obergefell


Seminar materials will be available online ONLY. They will be available several days before the event. You need to be registered for the event to access the materials. Details on how to access the event materials will be on your email confirmation.

Obergefell_web_sm.jpgAbout Our Keynote Speaker:

Jim Obergefell—Plaintiff In The Landmark Supreme Court Marriage Equality Case

Jim Obergefell draws from his unique experience at the heart of the Supreme Court marriage equality ruling to move and empower audiences to stand by their beliefs—and prove that love always wins.

A self-described accidental activist, Jim found himself in the role of caregiver for his partner of more than 20 years, John, as he neared the end of his life due to ALS. An unexpected series of events led to their decision to marry, eventually taking Jim to the Supreme Court and the landmark decision in Obergefell v Hodges that resulted in victory for marriage equality.

Jim and co-author, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Debbie Cenziper, captured Jim and John’s story, as well as the stories of others involved in this case in the book Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality, which is being adapted into a feature film.

Now a self-described purposeful activist, Jim is dedicated to the fight for equality not just for the LGBTQ community, but for civil rights for all. In his moving story of love, loss, dedication, and commitment, Jim brings audiences along on his emotional and empowering journey and his continued efforts fighting for human rights.

Dress Code

The Detroit Athletic Club does not allow blue jeans to be worn in any area of the facility. A detailed dress code can be found on their website.



Detroit Athletic Club
241 Madison St
Detroit, MI 48226