SPEAKERS

A special thanks to all of our conference speakers for sharing their expertise!

Liz Savage
Attorney-Advisor
Disability Rights Section, U.S. Department of Justice

Liz Savage PhotoLiz Savage is an Attorney-Advisor in the U.S.  Department of Justice’s Disability Rights Section where she focuses on developing technical assistance materials for the Section’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) technical assistance program.
Liz has been involved in disability policy for over 25 years and during the late 1980’s, coordinated the Congressional lobbying campaign, building a coalition of over 75 national disability, civil rights, religious and civic organizations that led to enactment of the ADA.
While serving as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights during the Clinton Administration, Ms. Savage was intimately involved in the creation of the ADA Technical Assistance and ADA Mediation programs and served as an advisor to Assistant Attorneys General Deval Patrick and Bill Lann Lee on ADA enforcement.  
She is a graduate of the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law.

Monica Murphy               
Managing Attorney for Schools and Civil Rights
Disability Rights Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Sally Conway PhotoMonica Murphy is an attorney with twenty five years of experience representing people in employment and discrimination matters.  For the past seventeen years, since joining Disability Rights Wisconsin, her practice has been exclusively with people with disabilities.  Her work primarily includes representing individuals in employment related matters including discrimination, and obtaining reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act and in special education matters under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.  She represented the Plaintiff in the landmark ADA case involving Chuck E, Cheese which remains the largest ADA verdict for a single plaintiff ever awarded. She handled the Crystal Lake Cheese Factory Case before the Wisconsin Supreme Court in which the Court clarified and expanded the reasonable accommodation requirements under the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act. Additionally she is co-counsel on a class action lawsuit under IDEA against Milwaukee Public Schools and the State of Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.  She also handles matters involving failure to provide reasonable accommodations by government entities and post- secondary institutions.  She also represents people in housing and transportation discrimination matters.

Ms. Murphy’s advocacy experience includes a broad range of interventions including information and referral, negotiations, mediation, arbitration, administrative hearings, and state and federal court litigation. She also has extensive training experience including presenting to  numerous groups and conferences on disability discrimination issues and  team teaching at the University of Wisconsin Law School in their Disability Law Seminar.

Sharon Rennert
Senior Attorney Advisor
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Washington D.C.

Sharon Rennert is the senior member of the EEOC's ADA Division staff, having joined the Division in January 1992. During 2003, she served as Acting Director of the ADA Division. Ms. Rennert develops the Commission's policy interpretations of the ADA, and has worked on every ADA policy guidance issued by the Commission. She also has worked on many of the Commission's ADA technical assistance documents, including drafting fact sheets on telework as a reasonable accommodation and the ADA's application to job seekers. Ms. Rennert was the key drafter of the EEOC's guidance on reasonable accommodation and offers particular expertise on this central requirement of the ADA. She also specializes in providing employers with practical approaches to ADA compliance.

Ms. Rennert regularly consults with EEOC investigators and attorneys on ADA charges and litigation. In addition, she works with EEOC federal sector staff and Administrative Judges on Rehabilitation Act complaints. Ms. Rennert has written and delivered several ADA training programs for EEOC staff, in addition to conducting numerous seminars and workshops for attorneys, human resources professionals, risk management personnel, and persons with disabilities.

Diana Sullivan
Disability Rights and Access Specialist
IndependenceFirst
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Diana Sullivan is the Disability Rights and Access Specialist at IndependenceFirst, an Independent Living Center serving the metro Milwaukee area for the past fifteen years.  Besides helping people with disabilities understand their rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Ms. Sullivan is involved in numerous public education projects in the community.  She helps businesses, schools, organizations, municipalities and people with disabilities learn about how easy access and accommodation can be.  The motto, “How easy can we make this?” is the mainstay of her work practice and invites others to adopt it too.

Oyvind Wistrom
Attorney and Shareholder
Lindner and Marsack, S.C.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Oyvind Wistrom PhotoOyvind Wistrom is a shareholder with the law firm of Lindner & Marsack, S.C. Wistrom's practice is focused primarily on the litigation of employment matters, discrimination and retaliation complaints, equal employment matters and the development and oversight of personnel policies and procedures. Mr. Wistrom has successfully defended both private and public-sector employers in a variety of employment related matters involving discrimination, harassment, unlawful discharge, violations of non-comepte agreements, wage and hour matters, and retaliation in both state and federal courts, as well as before various administrative agencies. Mr. Wistrom also has significant experience defending worker's compensation claims on behalf of the insurance industry and large self-insured employers, both at the hearing tribunal level, as well as at the Labor and Industry Review Commission and appellate court levels. Mr. Wistrom also devotes a significant portion of his practice to assisting and counseling clients in various employment matters, including discharge and discipline issues, non-compete and other employment contract matters, wage and hour disputes, family and medical leave issues, as well as individual rights and responsibilities in the workplace. Mr. Wistrom was named a 2006, 2007 and 2008 "Rising Star" by Wisconsin Super Lawyers, published by Law & Politics. Attorneys chosen as "Rising Stars" undergo an extensive peer review process and only 2.5% of the attorneys in Wisconsin are selected. Mr. Wistrom is also a fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honerary society.

Mr. Wistrom received his undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Behavioral Science & Law from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and his law degree from Marquette University, cum laude, in 1995. He is a member of the American Bar Association, including its Labor and Employment Law Section and the Wisconsin Bar Association. Mr. Wistrom also serves as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors for Volunteers of America - Wisconsin.

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