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Message from the Chair

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Apparently my constant nagging is paying off! In the past few months, several Section members have stepped forward to introduce themselves at seminars and meetings and volunteered to help with committees or Section events. To all of you, thanks so much—con­vince a colleague to get involved as well.

The Florida Bar requires all sections to prepare and submit a report in January listing past and ongoing activi­ties. I proudly reported that our L & E Section had reviewed and approved amendments to certification standards; presented four live seminars and several webinars; would be presenting the Advanced Labor Topics seminar in Key West this April with the co-sponsorship of the ABA; had provided a speaker to make a presentation at ARC’s October convention in Orlando; made a conscious effort to identify, encourage, and educate members from diverse backgrounds to participate in Section programs and activities; sponsored and presented a lunchtime seminar for Broward circuit judges on labor and employment topics; presented scholarships to deserving law students; recognized and honored our judges; worked on a project to identify each court’s FLSA procedures; published several editions of the Checkoff; coordinated the submission of numerous articles written by Section members for publication in the Florida Bar Journal; updated our website to ensure it is ADA compliant; maintained the Listserv to foster discussion among colleagues on current topics; utilized e-blasts to keep Section members informed of events; maintained LinkedIn and Facebook pages; and submitted commentary on proposed new jury instructions. And these are just the highlights!

So now you can better understand why I nag. It would be impossible for our Section to accomplish these important goals and projects without the interest and participation of our membership. Name your interest, and we will find a task or project that meets it. Remember, your volunteer time benefits not only the Bar, the Section, the judiciary, and the public but you, too. Look forward to seeing you in Key West.

Leslie W. Langbein
2016-17 Chair