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HR on (Mock) Trial - “Racial Discrimination and More: Who, What, How, and Why”
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RSHRM Seminar Series. New Format! Longer, interactive session!

When: Thursday, September 20, 2018
7:30 - 10:30 am
Where: Dominion Energy
5000 Dominion Blvd.
Glen Allen, Virginia  23060
United States
Contact: Townley Goldsmith-Ray, Member Experience Manager

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The Case

It’s every HR practitioner’s worst nightmare: a day in court. In this exciting, interactive session, you will experience first hand what happens when employees file a lawsuit. The case will focus on allegations of a hostile work environment, racial discrimination, and unlawful retaliation that have been made by two employees who are working in a manufacturing operation.

The plaintiffs say numerous reports were made to HR resulting in no corrective action and that’s why they filed this law suit. This mock trial delves into the details of “who did what” and examines evidence presented by both sides. Join Richmond SHRM for a front row seat to the trial, closed camera viewing of the jury’s deliberation and the ultimate decision.

The Lawyers

Victor O. Cardwell
Woods Rogers PLC
Thomas M. Winn
Woods Rogers PLC

The Judge

Patice Holland
Woods Rogers PLC


The Outcome

Come and find out. You will take back great new knowledge to help you protect your company and avoid the witness stand.


7:30 - 8:00 am
Light Breakfast/Registration/Networking
8:00 - 10:30 am


Early Bird
After 9/17

About Our Speakers

Victor Cardwell is Chair of Woods Rogers’ Labor and Employment Law Section. He practices labor and employment law throughout the U.S., focusing on diversity, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and labor/management relations—including union-organizing campaigns and union-avoidance techniques, and workplace violence. Victor has significant experience before state and federal courts and administrative agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board. He offers counsel to executive and human resources managers on a wide range employer concerns—from harassment, sexual orientation/transgender, retaliation, and discrimination, to workforce reductions, handbooks and agreements, unfair competition, wage/hour compliance, health and disability, discipline/discharge, and employee leave.


Patice L. Holland, a principal in Woods Rogers’ Roanoke office, is an attorney with a diverse litigation practice and experience. She focuses primarily on employment litigation defense, intellectual property, transportation law (FELA, SAA, LIA), general civil and commercial litigation, real estate and commercial and residential landlord-tenant litigation, and insurance defense. Patice handles cases involving breach of contract, the False Claims Act, eminent domain, trademark and copyright law, commercial and residential lease disputes and landlord-tenant litigation, and professional malpractice defense. Patice also represents clients regarding labor/management relations, discrimination, ERISA and FELA. She counsels and trains on human resources issues regularly.

Tom Winn is a Principal in the Labor and Employment Group at Woods Rogers, where his nationwide practice focuses on HR counseling, employment litigation, and traditional labor issues. In August 2015, Best Lawyers in America named Tom as the 2016 Roanoke Lawyer of the Year for Labor Law-Management. Tom advises management on HR issues ranging from discipline/discharge, workforce reductions, handbooks and agreements, harassment, discrimination and retaliation, wage/hour compliance, health and disability, employee leave and benefits, and unfair competition. Tom represents employers in litigation regarding these issues before state and federal courts and administrative agencies, including the EEOC, DOL, and OFCCP. He has served as “first chair” counsel at both trial and appellate levels. Tom also handles union organizing and decertification campaigns, collective bargaining, grievances/arbitrations, NLRB litigation, strike management, and other issues under collective bargaining agreements.


Program has been approved by SHRM for 2.5 PDCs towards SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification and has been approved by HRCI for 2.5 (General) credits towards PHR, SPHY and GPHR recertification.

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