Baillon, Thome and Wanta Present at Eighth Circuit NELA Conference

April 12, 2018 – Last week, firm partners Frances Baillon, Joni Thome and Shawn Wanta presented at the Eighth Circuit National Employment Lawyers Association Conference held in downtown Minneapolis. This two-day biennial conference brought together lawyers and professionals from Minnesota, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska who represent employees and face common substantive issues to the practice of employment law in the Eighth Circuit.

Frances Baillon joined David Schlesinger and moderator Kelly Brandon to provide practitioners employment law updates on recent cases decided in the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit that will impact employees and their legal advocates in the coming years. Frances has successfully argued and won cases in state and federal court, including landmark cases appealed to the Minnesota Supreme Court and the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Frances serves on the Eighth Circuit NELA Board and is president of NELA’s Minnesota Chapter.

Shawn Wanta presented alongside Bert Braud and moderator Rebekah Bailey on practical E-Discovery strategies for the plaintiff’s lawyer. The panel focused on evolving technology and usage issues, as well as practical techniques and strategies for navigating electronic discovery. Shawn leads the class action and complex litigation practice group at Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta LLP and has become a go-to resource on E-Discovery issues. Shawn is a member of The Sedona Conference® Working Group Series, which seeks to develop best practice recommendations for information governance and electronic discovery in litigation, dispute resolution, and investigations.

Joni Thome has been a leader in transgender employment rights for more than 20 years and has taught on the subject as an adjunct professor at Hamline University School of Law (now Mitchell Hamline School of Law). Joni joined panelists Phil Kitzer and Ferne Wolf and moderator Jill Silverstein to discuss trends in the law, litigation strategies and best practices to identify issues and protect the rights of transgender clients. Joni is the founder, past chair and board member emeritus of the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association and past chair and board member of the National Gay and Lesbian Law Association. She has received multiple awards for her work on behalf of the LGBTQ community and employees throughout Minnesota.

Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta LLP is committed to protecting the rights of employees who have suffered job-related discrimination, harassment and retaliation. For questions about the firm or your employment rights, contact Frances, Shawn, Joni or any of our attorneys by clicking here or calling us at 612-252-3570.