The Board of Governors would like to acknowledge the following Fellows and firms for their generous contributions to the Stephen E. Tallent Video History Project from December 1, 2018 through November 30, 2019. Your support is vital to the continuation of this very important project.
There is still time to make a year-end tax-deductible contribution to the Video History Project. Donate online at http://laborandemploymentcollege.org/index.php/for-fellows/payment-options.
• Fellow Jim Baird (pictured left) was named the 2019 recipient of the Arvid Anderson Award, the ABA’s top honor for public sector labor attorneys in recognition of a career spent shaping the practice of public sector labor law. This award, which is given during the LEL Section’s Annual CLE Conference, is bestowed upon “attorneys, whether publicly or privately employed, who have devoted substantially their entire careers to the advancement and development of public sector labor and employment law at the state and local level.”
• Fellow Jim Burstein and his grandson Alex recently had an article published in the Decatur Tribune recalling the story of Ben Burstein, Jim’s grandfather, and Ben’s journey from Russia to Decatur, IL where he settled and eventually started the family restaurant - Ben’s Barn. A copy of the article can be found here.
• Fellow Stuart W. Davidson (pictured right) was honored with a City of Justice Award from the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) at their awards dinner held on December 5 in Los Angeles. The award honors outstanding leaders who help to improve the lives of working people. LANNE is the largest social justice advocacy group on the West Coast.
• Fellow Judith Droz Keyes (pictured left) has been appointed by Chief Judge Phyllis Hamilton to the Northern District of California ADR Local Rules Advisory Committee.
• Fellow Ian Meklinsky (pictured right) has elected Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section in May of this year.
• Fellow Joe Tilson (pictured left) was honored by the Chicago Chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA Chicago) with a Distinguished Service Award on Thursday, December 12, at Chicago-Kent College of Law. "LERA Chicago is honoring Joe with a Distinguished Service Award for his strong advocacy and long-standing service to the labor and employment field and profession. He is a distinguished practitioner who is well regarded in all sectors of the labor relations community," said Josh Ditelberg, President of LERA Chicago who is also a College Fellow.
The College mourns the recent passing of Emeritus Fellows Joseph Kaplan and Charles Werner.
An accomplished labor lawyer for nearly fifty years, Joseph Kaplan passed away on November 20th at the age of 90. Elected a Fellow in the Class of 1998, Mr. Kaplan started law school at Chicago-Kent College of Law but was called to active duty as a reserve Air Force Officer in 1950. After his discharge in 1953, he settled in Miami and resumed his studies at the University of Miami College of Law where he graduated in 1954. Shortly thereafter, he began representing unions and union members including firefighters, government workers and law enforcement personnel. Throughout his career, he was on the front lines, whether during the unionization of the orange grove workers in Central Florida or representing Cesar Chavez’s United Farm Workers Union. His obituary can be found here. Below is a Letter to the Editor from Fellow Don Slesnick, and published in the Miami Herald on November 26th, that captures so eloquently the life of Joe Kaplan.
Charles Werner, a founder of the St. Louis, Missouri firm Schuchat Cook & Werner, passed away on Saturday, December 7th at the age of 90. Charles was inducted a Fellow in the inaugural Class of 1996 and served on the College’s first Board of Governors, from 1996 through 2004, as one of the four Union members. Charles also served as Chair of the ABA Labor and Employment Section, Chair of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and as University City (MO) Councilman, the city where he lived his entire life. A consummate professional and a true gentleman, he practiced for sixty years advocating for unions and the interests of teachers, musicians, electricians and others in the field of labor, education and employment law discrimination. His obituary can be found here.
Members of the College strive to promote achievement, advancement and excellence in the practice of labor and employment law. Messrs. Kaplan and Werner distinguished themselves as leaders in the field, and the College was proud to have been able to call them both Fellows.
This year we are emailing all Fellows individually and asking that you review your directory listing for accuracy. Please let us know if you have any changes, updates or corrections so that your listing in the 2020 Directory is error-free! Please email Jen Motley no later than January 3, 2020.
THERE IS NO NEED TO RESPOND IF EVERYTHING IS CORRECT
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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