On May 1, 2014, Bennett & Belfort, P.C. partner David Belfort served as an invited speaker at the MCLE Employment Law Spring Symposium 2014. Attorney Belfort spoke on two topics: “Spinning a Masterful Deposition Spider Web” and “Legalized Marijuana in the Workplace.”
His deposition presentation focused on the central goals of conducting depositions in employment cases, the rules of civil procedure that are implicated and strategy decisions that practitioners routinely consider. This was a practical presentation aimed at focused deposition practice in the context of employment claims. Later, Mr. Belfort, along with his colleague and seminar Chair, Lori A. Jodoin, Esq. of Rodgers, Powers & Schwartz, LLP, wrestled with the workplace implications of the new medical marijuana law. A core debate by the panelists centered on whether marijuana will be considered like other controlled substances (e.g. Oxycontin) or, due to its illegality under Federal Law, differently for purposes of workplace drug testing and disability protections and reasonable accommodation analysis.
Mr. Belfort was joined by a distinguished panel (pictured above – from right to left) that included Honorable Judith G. Dein, Justice of the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, James W. Buckling, Esq. of Foley Hoag LLP, Jonathan J. Margolis, Esq. of Rodgers, Powers & Schwartz, Honorable Edward P. Leibensperger, Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court, Karam Deltufo, Esq. of Dana-Faber Cancer Institute, Lori Jodoin and Mr. Belfort.
The webcast of this program can be accessed through the MCLE website (http://www.mcle.org/product/catalog/code/2140254WBA).