Fellows can access the room block at the ABA Labor and Employment Law Section’s CLE Conference headquarter hotel, the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, by mentioning the CLE Conference when making your reservations. Please don’t hesitate to contact Jen Motley with any questions.
This year’s class of incoming Fellows is comprised of eighty-two distinguished lawyers, law professors, mediators, arbitrators and government officials, who will be recognized and honored during the 24th Annual Induction Dinner. The annual dinner book offers Fellows, and their firms, a special opportunity to salute friends and colleagues by publishing expressions of support and congratulations in a commemorative program distributed to all attendees. We encourage Fellows to send a message or congratulatory greeting to individual members of the Class of 2019, to the entire Class, or simply to express your ongoing support for the College. Not only is the book a valued memento of the evening, but proceeds from the dinner book fund the College’s Stephen E. Tallent Video History Project (VHP) and are tax deductible.
Earlier this year, we embarked on a new documentary with a focus on the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike. We have already completed interviews of six key figures and are working on collecting archival footage and images to be used in this production. There is much that remains to be done in order for this documentary to be completed and distributed, and we hope College Fellows will continue the tradition of generous giving to support this important effort.
The VHP library is an impressive compilation of interviews with pioneers in the fields of labor and employment law, women’s rights, and ERISA to name a few. Three completed documentaries, including The Art and Science of Labor Arbitration, are also available for use by law schools, bar associations, professional organizations and Fellows. We invite you to visit the College website to learn more about the Video History Project and to view clips of interviews and completed projects. http://www.laborandemploymentcollege.org/
Please help us capture and preserve the history of labor and employment law, as well as congratulating our new Fellows. A form for your ad copy and contribution can be found here. Contact Susan Wan with any questions.
1st CIRCUIT – Boston, MA
Seyfarth Shaw’s Boston office will host a Welcome Reception for new Fellows from the 1st Circuit on Thursday, September 26th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. There will be a no-host dinner following the reception. Please email Jen Motley if you would like to attend either the reception or the dinner.
7th CIRCUIT – Chicago, IL
The 7th Circuit will once again host the Law Student Program on October 4-5 in Chicago. Starting with a Friday evening networking reception, law students from all 7th Circuit law schools are invited to attend the day long program on Saturday where they will hear from Fellows on hot topics in labor and employment law, as well as advice on the all important hiring process after law school. Please email Susan Wan if you are interested in participating in this very successful program.
9th CIRCUIT SOUTH – Los Angeles
The 9th Circuit South Regional Committee has organized a program titled “The Masters Talk Civility Ethics and Bias in labor & Employment Law Advocacy” which will take place on October 2nd at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles. The panel will include experienced judges, neutrals and practitioners who will talk about the types of attorney conduct that rankles them the most in labor and employment law litigation and arbitration. Panelists will also address incivility, unethical conduct, implicit bias and other behaviors that discredit the legal profession and violate the ABA and California State Bar Rules of Professional Conduct, as well as the CLEL’s Principles of Civility and Professionalism. Dinner will precede the program. Please contact Jen Motley if you are interested in attending.
• Fellow Esta Bigler of the ILR School's Labor and Employment Law program and Rob Scott of the Cornell Prison Education Program discuss their work with incarcerated men. While Ms. Bigler helps prepare incarcerated men for reentry and to rejoin the workforce, Scott’s program offers them the opportunity to earn an associates degree. Listen to the entire conversation here: https://www.ilr.cornell.edu/labor-and-employment-law-program/criminal-justice-employment/interviews-and-conversations
• Fellow Mark Carter was appointed to the West Virginia Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission by Governor Jim Justice last month. He will be examining judicial candidates in his position to determine the best fit for vacancies. "Service on the Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission provides a welcome opportunity to contribute to the selection of judicial officers who share the commitment of our bar to the highest levels of integrity and scholarship in the litigation of cases in our state courts," Carter said in an interview with The West Virginia Record.
• Fellow Kelly Dermody was one of five recipients who received this year’s Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award during the ABA’s Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Ms. Dermody is managing partner of the San Francisco office of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein where she chairs the firm’s Employment Practice Group, specializing in class and collective actions on behalf of employees and consumers. She is a past president of the Bar Association of San Francisco and a past member of the ABA Labor and Employment Law Section Governing Council. She also previously served as co-chair of the section’s annual conference, Committee on Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession and the Equal Employment Opportunity Committee.
• Fellow Gregg Corwin is running for City Council in Hopkins City, Minnesota. Inducted in the College in 2011, he has represented employees, unions and union members for over forty years. As a trained mediator and arbitrator approved by the Minnesota Supreme Court and a member of the American Arbitration Association, Mr. Corwin is often called upon to help bring about peaceful resolutions to labor and employment issues.
• Fellow Ed Hopson was selected to receive the 2019 Alumni Fellow Award for the Brandies School of Law. The University of Louisville Alumni Association established the Alumnus/a of the Year and the Alumni Fellows program in 1983. These prestigious awards recognize graduates who have distinguished themselves in their professional fields and are exemplary ambassadors for the university and their college or school. Mr. Hopson will be recognized at the Alumni Awards ceremony on October 24th and on the field during halftime of the Louisville vs. Virginia homecoming football game that weekend.
• Fellow Stephane Lacoste, former Counsel at Teamsters Canada in Laval, has been appointed a Judge of the Superior Court of Québec for the district of Montréal. Mr. Lacoste previously served as president of the Québec branch of the Canadian Bar Association in 2016-17 and has also been chair of the CBA’s Labour and Employment Section. The Bar of Québec awarded him the title of Advocatus Emeritus in 2018, which recognizes members who have distinguished themselves throughout their careers.
• Fellow Cecilia Morgan was recognized by JAMS on the occasion of her 25th anniversary. Praised for her intuitive strategy and indefatigable determination in hotly contested cases, Ms. Morgan is one of JAMS’ most renowned and sought-after mediators and arbitrators. Ms. Morgan has over 40 years of experience as an attorney and dispute resolution professional. Ms. Morgan recently received the prestigious Steve Brutsché Award, the highest award given by the Association of Attorney-Mediators.
• Fellow, and member of the Board of Governors, Cynthia Nance will be recognized for her accomplishments at the Arkansas Alumni Association’s 75th Anniversary celebration in November when she will receive the Honorary Alumni Award.
• Fellow Cynthia Sass authored Chapter 11, Discovery and Deposing the Alleged Harasser and Defense Witnesses: The Plaintiff’s Perspective, in the recently published book Sexual Harassment and Retaliation: A Practical Handbook for Plaintiff and Defense put together by the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association. Cynthia is also Regional Editor of the southeast for Employment at Will: A State-by-State Survey, and she co-authored the Florida chapter, as well as each annual supplement, as published by BNA Bloomberg and the ABA.
• Fellow Steve Suflas received the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education’s Distinguished Service Award on June 17. This award is given annually to recipients who have made significant contributions to NJICLE’s educational mission. “It’s an honor to be recognized by the NJICLE,” Suflas said. “It’s important that we, as professionals, keep our thinking current and stay up-to-date with respect to trends and changes in the law. I’ve been proud to help educate fellow attorneys throughout New Jersey and expand understanding with regard to labor and employment issues.”
• Fellow Reggie Turner has received the Neal Shine Award for Exemplary Regional Leadership from the Detroit Free Press and the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition. This honor is part of the Coalition’s annual Shining Light Awards, and it recognizes Mr. Turner’s continual commitment to service and his contributions in supporting regional cooperation and progress. A profile on Mr. Turner and more about the honor can be found here.
• Fellow, and member of the Board of Governors, Peter Zinober has been named to The Business Journals’ 2019 Influencers: Law List of 100 Executives who are driving business for their employers, and for their clients, in cities across the country. Mr. Zinober is a shareholder in Ogletree Deakins’ Tampa office where he specializes in defending cases involving employment discrimination, disability discrimination and wage and hour cases.
Congratulations to the following Fellows who were recently recognized by Lawdragon as
Congratulations to the following Fellows who were recently recognized in the
Congratulations also to Fellow Daniel Bretz who was named Detroit MI “2020 Labor Law Management Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America.
The College mourns the recent passing of Fellows Melva Harmon and Rafael Medina.
Members of the College strive to promote achievement, advancement and excellence in the practice of labor and employment law. Both of these Fellows distinguished themselves as leaders in the field, and the College was proud to have been able to call them Fellows.
Fellows are encouraged to include the College logo on their website or as part of their email signature block. Two different formats are available for download - .jpg or .eps. Please contact Susan Wan if you would like a logo file in a different format.
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