Message from the Chair

Cathleen Scott, chair of the Labor and Employment Law SectionAs the section year winds towards the annual June meeting, the section’s primary goals continue to be the delivery of premier CLE and educational programs, publication of informative legal articles, implementation of technological changes in the means of delivery services, and the mentorship and development of its members to assume key section roles. We also strive to meet the ever-changing demands of our section.

This year has been an opportunity to showcase the section’s exemplary service to the Bar, its membership, the judiciary, and the public. To accommodate the increasingly busy practitioner, we are offering a record number of webinars, as well as regular CLEs, for our section. We collaborated with other sections to bring innovative and thoughtful topics, including a tax and severance agreement webinar.

We held our litigation seminar at the Breakers in September in Palm Beach and our Annual Update and Board Certification Review in January in Orlando. We are gearing up for Advanced Labor Topics 2019 which will be held at the Wyndham Grand in Jupiter at Harbourside Place on April 12-13, 2019. This year we will add a day to the meeting for a section leadership retreat to focus on section goals, revenue and cost challenges, and to make sure we are on track to meet the needs of our diverse membership. Our section is made up of small and large firms, public and private attorneys and those representing both the employer and employees. Our CLEs have something for every practitioner, in large part due to the efforts of Robyn Hankins, our legal education director.

Our section is proud to be invited to present at the AJS judicial conference this May. Fourth DCA Judge Forst, Judge Sasser of the 15th Judicial Circuit, and I will be presenting on restrictive covenants. We are updating our website and are excited to announce that our new site will be up soon. Through its various committees and subcommittees, the Section has continued its outreach efforts to maintain links with the Bar, the National Labor Relations Board, national and voluntary bar organizations, regulatory agencies, the judiciary, and law schools. Section member Christina Velez organized a law student outreach at Florida A&M University. We are also finalizing our scholarship awards for the state’s law schools. Sadly, we have had to say goodbye to a number of our section’s greatest members, many of whom are being nominated for our Hall of Fame.

On behalf of all of our officers and the section’s Executive Council, thank you for being a part of the Labor & Employment Law Section.

Sincerely,

Cathleen Scott, Chair
Labor and Employment Law Section