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Hot Topics in Federal Personnel Law Series - Practice Before the Merit Systems Protection Board 2020 *In-person at D.C. Bar* (New Date)

February 18, 2020
Credits: 3.0 Credit Hours
Description: This final class in the three-part Hot Topics in Federal Personnel Law Series 2019 provides an overview of disciplinary and adverse actions at the agency level based upon misconduct (5 USC § 7501, et seq.) and performance-based actions (5 USC § 4301, et seq.), as well as practice before the MSPB on appeals from adverse actions.  Our knowledgeable and informed faculty will review whistleblower claims and the required exhaustion of administrative steps on prohibited personnel action claims before the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) prior to filing an appeal with the MSPB.  Topics they will discuss include:
  • Differences between disciplinary and adverse actions, due process/harmful error concerns, performance improvement plans (PIPs), mitigation factors, and last chance agreements
  • Whistleblower reprisal claims and exhaustion before the OSC
  • Discovery, discovery disputes, prehearing submissions, prehearing disputes
  • Hearings, initial decisions, and petitions for review
  • Oral arguments
  • Judicial review
  • Circuit Court case law update.
Faculty: Kristin D. Alden, Alden Law Group PLLC; Hon. Jeremiah Cassidy, Regional Director/Chief Administrative Judge, U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board; Ralph C. Conte, United States Mint; Hon. Melissa Mehring, Administrative Judge, U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board; Diane Seltzer Torre (Moderator), Seltzer Law Firm
Fee: $89 D.C. Bar Community Members; $99 D.C. Bar Members; $109 Government and Non-profit Attorneys; $129 Others
The D.C. Bar CLE Program now offers discounted group registration rates!  For more information, contact the CLE Office at CLE@dcbar.org or 202-626-3488.  


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Diane Seltzer Torre, (Moderator) The Seltzer Law Firm

Jeremiah Cassidy, Hon. Regional Director/Chief Administrative Judge, U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board

Melissa Mehring, Hon. Administrative Judge, U.S. Merit System Protection Board

Michael Gaches, Transportation Security Administration

Peter Mina, Department of Homeland Security

Ronald Weiss, US Merit Systems Protection Board

Kristin Alden, Alden Law Group PLLC