The Federal Bar Association, which now boasts more than 19,000 members – including 1,500 federal judges – is thrilled to have Gustavo A. Gelpí, Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico deliver the Keynote Luncheon address on February 21, 2019 in San Juan, Puerto Rico at the Labor and Employment Law Conference! To take advantage of early bird rates please sign up on or before January 11, 2019 at www.fedbar.org/laborlaw19.

The Labor and Employment Law Section’s biennial conference returns to San Juan, Puerto Rico on February 21 and 22, 2019. Puerto Rico has international charm, fine dining, centuries-old fortresses, tropical rainforests, breathtaking beaches, and unparalleled arts and entertainment. Puerto Rico also boasts a mild climate year round. During this one and a half-day conference, leaders in labor and employment matters will address timely topics of interest to practitioners. In addition to ample networking opportunities, this conference will provide educational insight on current hot topics in the field.

The Hon. Gustavo A. Gelpí, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico (and FBA Past National President) will gladly serve as your unofficial welcoming committee and tour guide at the Labor and Employment Law Conference. Judge Gelpí explains: “This year I’ll be welcoming participants and attendees of the conference. One of the things I would encourage all attending to do is to stay a few days to visit the rainforest and Old San Juan, and take catamaran rides. There are also very good restaurants and you can contact local chapter members on things to do. The economy is recovering and tourism is starting to boom.”

It is an ideal time to attend this conference in Puerto Rico. “The Labor and Employment Law Conference is supporting Puerto Rico and it supports the attorneys and judges there. It’s important to all the practitioners here and local attorneys to meet with other attorneys and exchange ideas. It’s vital to hear different attorney’s perspectives,” enthuses Judge Gelpí.

The FBA works to strengthen the federal legal system and serve the interests and the needs of the federal practitioner, both public and private, the federal judiciary and the public they serve.  “It’s good for judges, practitioners, and even those that don’t practice often to stay up-to-date on substantive law. The FBA promotes bench-bar relationships and supports the federal judiciary. The Labor and Employment Law Conference is a unique association where judges and attorneys can meet and discuss various topics,” remarks Judge Gelpí.

This February Judge Gelpí will deliver the Keynote Luncheon address on ethics. Attendees will enjoy commentary and analysis on a wide variety of hypotheticals. Judge Gelpí will likewise give his thoughts on labor and employment law scenarios. Attendees will have a chance to explore issues that are starting to ripen and changes in legislation. Expect to have a relaxed and insightful luncheon with Judge Gelpí!

“This conference is very special because you get a combination of judges and attorneys present. You make a lot of long-lasting friendships and that is unique,” observes Judge Gelpí. He continues: “It’s great the FBA is supportive of federal judges and it’s good for judges to support the FBA. I hope to welcome everyone to Puerto Rico this year.”

The FBA serves as the catalyst for communication between the bar and the bench, as well as the private and public sectors. “The vast majority of federal judges across the nation are FBA members and we are an inclusive organization. There is a place for everyone here. What unites all of us is that we believe in the federal court system and in justice,” reflects Judge Gelpí. Take the opportunity today to sign up for the Labor and Employment Law Conference to hear Judge Gelpí. Register now at www.fedbar.org/laborlaw19.


Stacy Slotnick, Esq. holds a J.D., cum laude, from Touro Law Center and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She performs a broad range of duties as an entertainment lawyer, including drafting and negotiating contracts; addressing and litigating trademark, copyright, patent, and other IP issues; and directing the strategy and implementation of public relations, blogging, and social media campaigns.