Message from the Chair
First, I would like to congratulate Cathleen Scott and her leadership team for concluding an excellent year for our Section. Cathleen accomplished a number of impressive objectives while, at the same time, being a good steward of the Section’s funds.
As we move into the next fiscal year, the Section’s primary goals will continue to be the delivery of premiere CLE and educational programs under the leadership of Sacha Dyson, our new CLE Director. Sacha promises a full lineup of one-hour lunchtime webinars that are convenient for our members. The Section is also finalizing the 45th Annual Public Employment Labor Relations Forum, which will be held at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando on October 17-18, 2019. See page 3 for the course registration link and hotel reservation information. This Section will also host the 20th Labor & Employment Law Annual Update and Certification Review in February as part of The Florida Bar Winter Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. Please stay tuned for details on this popular program.
After a ten-year hiatus, this Section is going to hold its Advanced Labor Topics seminar in Washington, D.C. sometime in April 2020. Please mark your calendars. Rest assured that this will be a family-friendly event with world-class speakers from our nation’s capital.
Of more immediate note, we are planning a general meeting of the Executive Council at 5:00 p.m. on August 29, 2019, at the law offices of GrayRobinson at 301 E. Pine Street, Suite 1400, Orlando, Florida 32801. The purpose of the August meeting is to plan the events for the year, evaluate our committee structure, and discuss a budget. If you have any interest in serving on one of the committees, or simply want to learn more about this Section, you are cordially invited to attend the meeting. If you would like to serve on a committee, please fill out the Committee Preference Form on page 25, and return it to our Section Administrator, Angie Froelich.
Finally, the Section’s meeting at the Florida Bar Annual Convention in June was a success. The Section awarded a number of scholarships to labor and employment students from law schools throughout the state. Thanks go out to Christina Velez for her committee’s efforts in evaluating the section’s scholarship awards. Sadly, this year we had to say goodbye to a number of our section’s greatest members, many of whom were inducted into the Section Hall of Fame (see pages 11 and 12).
On behalf of the Executive Council, we thank you for being a part of the Labor & Employment Law Section. We look forward to serving you in the coming year.
David Adams, Chair
Labor and Employment Law Section