Seeking Justice for Detained and Abused Immigrant Workers: A Discussion of Civil Rights, Wage, Consumer, and Class Action Claims.


Tuesday, September 18, 2018
CLE: 3-4 p.m., IDS Center, 80 S. 8th St., Minneapolis, 3d Fl., Conference Room 3A (One hour of CLE)
Happy Hour: 4-5 p.m. at Mission

Led by the Civil Rights and Impact Litigation practice group at the law firm of Nichols Kaster, this panel will discuss past and current case examples involving civil rights and wage claims on behalf of immigrants in the workforce and in detention facilities, as well as consumer issues impacting those detained and their families. The panel will also help immigration attorneys identify the types of fact patterns and legal claims that can give rise to class action treatment. This CLE is a must for immigration attorneys wanting to engage in a strategic discussion about making large scale change. Join us for the discussion and stay for the happy hour to follow at Mission in the IDS Center from 4-5:30.

Over the last 40 years, Nichols Kaster has enjoyed a sterling reputation as a top employment and consumer plaintiffs’ litigation firm. The firm has represented hundreds of thousands of employees and consumers nationwide on a variety of legal issues arising under both state and federal laws.

Matthew H. Morgan is a managing partner at Nichols Kaster and a Minnesota State Bar Association Civil Trial Specialist. Much of Matt’s career has focused on litigating class and collective actions on behalf of individuals seeking minimum wage and overtime pay and fighting discrimination. Last fall, Matt first-chaired a nineteen-day age discrimination class action trial on behalf of nearly 1000 people against the federal government. Matt has been recognized as a Super Lawyer every year since 2014, and has been named to the Who’s Who in Employment Law by Minnesota Law and Politics. Matt formerly served as an adjunct faculty member at William Mitchell College of Law (now Mitchell Hamline) teaching representation skills to first-year students and advanced advocacy to second- and third-year students. Matt is a frequent lecturer at legal seminars, focusing on litigation-related topics including trials and taking 30(b)(6) depositions. Education: B.A. University of Minnesota 1996, J.D. William Mitchell College of Law 2000.

Anna P. Prakash is a tough and determined litigator. Her practice focuses on complex class actions on behalf of protected groups and those harmed by corporate or governmental wrongdoing. Whether in the context of civil rights, illegal pay practices, loan issues, insurance coverage, consumer fraud, or other harm to vulnerable communities, Anna seeks out injustices to hold wrongdoers accountable and give all people a voice. She cares about and fights for her clients, brings a high level of skill and intellect to the fight, and has achieved great success for her clients in state and federal courts around the country. Anna also serves on the Board of Directors of the Public Justice Foundation, a nationwide charitable organization supporting high-impact lawsuits to combat social and economic injustice and protect the Earth’s sustainability. She is a frequent speaker at national legal seminars, an adjunct professor of legal writing at the University of Minnesota Law School, and a past board member of the Minnesota chapter of the National Employment Lawyers’ Association. Education: B.A. University of Michigan 2002, J.D. Cornell Law School 2005.

Rebekah L. Bailey is a tireless advocate dedicated to civil rights and social justice. She has helped tens of thousands of employees and consumers recover millions of dollars primarily in complex class and collective actions across the country. Rebekah has been recognized as a Minnesota Super Lawyer every year since 2014. Over the years, she has served on numerous trial and arbitration teams, successfully first-chairing her first bench trial. Rebekah has achieved several affirmative summary judgment determinations and certification decisions. Rebekah leads the firm’s e-discovery committee. She has spoken at national seminars on various topics, including electronic discovery, arbitration, discovery, equal pay, and various wage and hour issues. Rebekah is a practical instructor for the University of Minnesota’s Law & Practice course; she is an associate editor for the ABA FLSA Legislation Committee’s Mid-Winter Report; and she serves as a FLSL liaison to the ABA/LEL CLE Coordinating & Resources Committee. Education: B.S. Grand Valley State University 2004 magna cum laude, J.D. University of Minnesota Law School 2008 magna cum laude.

Robert L. Schug has more than a decade of experience litigating cases through trial in both court and arbitration. He has represented employees across the country on a variety of issues, including race, gender, and disability discrimination, employee misclassification, unpaid overtime, and unpaid wages. Robert previously served as Director of Litigation at the Impact Fund, a nationally recognized non-profit law firm in Berkeley, California devoted to achieving social justice through large scale impact litigation. He has been recognized as a Rising Star by Northern California and Minnesota Super Lawyers. He is licensed in California and Minnesota. Education: B.S. Middle Tennessee State University 2003 summa cum laude; J.D. William Mitchell College of Law 2006 summa cum laude.

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Tuesday, September, 18 2018, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

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