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Message from the Chair

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Welcome to the Labor and Employment Law Section website! Employees are the most important resource of any organization, and our section is committed to offering the highest quality programing to increase our members’ ability to provide excellent representation in the area of labor and employment law. Our section is comprised of lawyers on all sides of labor, representing both employers and employees, as well as all sectors, including public and private employers of all sizes.

In a divisive time in our country’s history, I am proud to chair a section that enjoys intellectual collegiality and camaraderie. Our section hosts receptions that follow our Council meetings in order to allow section members from all sides of employment matters to network and get to know their opposing counsels and co-section members. This year will be no exception, with a total of 5 meetings and receptions planned.

We have also begun to lay the foundation for a multi-day trial skills seminar. We also offer a yearly board certification review CLE to help members prepare for the exam and receive practice pointers from an experienced panel of speakers. This year, I am proud to lead our section to Asheville, North Carolina, for the Advanced Labor Topics CLE and meeting. And, of course, members will continue to enjoy regular e-blasts and the quarterly Checkoff, containing case and legislative updates on employment law matters

One of my goals for the 2018-2019 year is to continue to promote diversity in our Section membership and leadership. In my view, diversity is not only the inclusion of members from all backgrounds, but also the involvement of attorneys representing all sides and, for those representing employers, all sizes of employers, large and small.

I have been actively involved with the Executive Council for several years. As a matter of personal policy, I try to manage my schedule to allow ample time for professional growth and that includes making time for the various organizations with which I am involved. I manage a seven-lawyer firm that focuses on employee-side issues from the administrative process to trial. We also handle compliance matters, such as handbook drafting, HIPPA and harassment training, and third-party neutral workplace investigations. On a personal note, I am a music and animal lover and, above all else, a parent to teenage boys. I hope to bring my twenty years of experience in labor and employment law to the position of Chair.

Finally, I want to extend my appreciation to the hard-working members of the Executive Council, the prior Chair, and the leadership team. Together, they make the section a success, and I am humbled by their confidence in allowing me to lead the section.