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MELA,  the Maryland affiliate of the National Employment Lawyers Association, advances employment rights and serves lawyers who advocate for equality and justice in the workplace.

To become a member, fill out the membership application either by selecting a membership level below to start the online process or clicking here to download an printable form.  You must certify that at least 60% of your employment practice is devoted to representing employees.  

Membership Benefits
    • Find A Lawyer : A listing in the members section of this website for other attorneys and potential clients to contact you. (Additional Fee per Year $50.00)
    • Listserve & Archives : Regular Members are eligible to participate in a member-only listserve and are given access to archives of employment law resources for the practitioner collected by our membership. The listserve offers members the ability to quickly get assistance from other attorneys practicing throughout Maryland and is frequently used to alert the membership of developing issues. 
    • Conferences : Discounted fees for MELA's CLE programs. Once a year, MELA holds intermediate level employment law conferences. These conferences are an opportunity for our current members and potential new members to get together for continuing legal education presentations during a day-long program. Presenters often include federal and state judges, representatives from employment agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Maryland Commission on Civil Rights, mediators, arbitrators and well-respected labor and employment attorneys from Maryland and throughout the country. 
    • NELA Affiliation : A $25 discount on NELA annual dues. MELA is a separate organization from NELA, but is associated as an affiliate state chapter. MELA supports and encourages its members to join NELA so that members can enjoy the benefits of both organizations. NELA, (National Employment Lawyers Association), was founded in 1985 and is the country's only professional organization that is exclusively comprised of lawyers who represent employees. NELA membership provides you with national networking opportunities; the opportunity to attend nationally acclaimed seminars held throughout the country; access to NELA's vast brief and expert witness banks; NELA's quarterly publication containing substantive articles, news reports, pleadings, member verdict and settlement information, and the opportunity to subscribe to The Exchange, a restricted electronic network for national members.
      • For more information, please contact Colleen Goodin, Membership Director, NELA, ((415) 296-7629 (, or go to for an application.

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Maryland Employment Lawyers Association is an affiliate of the National Employment Lawyers Association. Information on this website is provided for informational purposes only. No attorney-client relationship begins by use of this website or its Find A Lawyer feature. If you need legal advice, contact a lawyer licensed to practice in the appropriate jurisdiction. Copyright 2015 Maryland Employment Lawyers Association, all rights reserved.

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