NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will celebrate the 229th anniversary of the enactment of the United Stated Constitution on Thursday, Sept. 22, with a talk by Douglas Mishkin, a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm Venable LLP, where he works in its labor and employment practice group.

As part of the Constitution Day activities at MCLA, Mishkin will present “Bioethics, the Constitution and the Wizard of Oz.” The event, which will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. in Murdock Hall, room 218, is free and open to the public.

Mishkin, who has more than 30 years of litigation experience working on behalf of businesses and non-profit organizations, focuses on theft of trade secrets and breach of non-competes, and has experience in discrimination, harassment, wage and hour, and employment contract disputes.

In addition to representing clients, Mishkin is a trained mediator. As a trial attorney, he represents clients in state and federal courts across the country, and frequently handles matters in proceedings initiated by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and human rights agencies.

Prior to joining Venable, Mishkin co-chaired the employment law practice at an international law firm for more than 15 years.

From 2001 to 2004, Mishkin served as a faculty member for Georgetown University Law Center’s National Institute for Trial Advocacy (GULC/NITA) Intensive Session in Trial Advocacy Skills and in 2002 for the school’s GULC/NITA Depositions Seminar. He also participated in various Georgetown University Law Center Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs on employment litigation.

In 1992, Mishkin served on President Bill Clinton’s transition team for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He has been interviewed on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and the CBS “Early Show.”

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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.