• Fellow Sally Griffith Crimini, a national leader in the field of ADR, has been named by her firm, Leech Tishman, as Chair of their ADR Practice Group.

  • On January 16th, Fellow Ruben Garcia spoke at the launch event of the Clean Slate for Worker Power Report. Issued by Harvard Law School and the Harvard Labor and Worklife Program, the Report is the collaboration of academics, attorneys and labor advocates who “sought innovation, boldness and comity” to answer the question – what would labor law look like if, starting from a clean slate, it was designed to empower working people to build a truly equitable American democracy and a genuinely equitable American economy. More about this report can be found here.

  • Fellow Jeremy Glenn has been named a 2020 Client Choice winner by Lexology and the International Law Office (ILO) in the Illinois Employment and Benefits Law category. This is the second time that Mr. Glenn has been honored with this award.

  • Fellow Danny Kaufer was recently conferred with the prestigious designation of Advocate Emeritus (Ad. E.), meaning Lawyer Emeritus. Awarded by the Barreau du Quebec, the distinction recognizes outstanding merit of members of the Quebec professional order of lawyers and acknowledges their professional accomplishments and exceptional career paths, which have strengthened the image and reputation of the profession. Different from the Queen’s Counsel designation, Quebec bestows this honor on a very small percentages of lawyers.

  • Fellow Bill Pilchak, who recently retired from Ogletree Deakins, is now concentrating on publishing his legal thriller novels. The first two are both labor and employment law related. Bill is President of Traveling Keyboard Books.

  • Fellow Jim Baird 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 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 has been appointed by Chief Judge Phyllis Hamilton to the Northern District of California ADR Local Rules Advisory Committee.

  • Fellow Ian Meklinsky has elected Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section in May of this year.

  • Fellow Joe Tilson 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.

  • In May, Fellow Jeff Berman finished a week-long pizza class at Scuola Italiana Pizzaioli, Italy’s oldest pizza school. Jeff was taught by Graziano Bertuzzo, a former World Pizza Champion. After completion of a standardized test, Jeff received a certificate to work as a pizzaiolo in Italy. Samples of his work are available upon request!

  • Fellow Michael Green has been elected to the National Academy of Arbitrators. Professor Green, who teaches at Texas A&M University School of Law, is the Director of the Texas A&M Workplace Law Program and is also a member of the Aggie Dispute Resolution Program faculty.

  • Fellow Bill Herbert had two articles published in Volume 36, No. 1 of the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal. The first is an article about the late Jerry Lefkowitz, who was an important figure in New York's public sector labor history. The second article was written with New York State Public Employment Relations Board Chairperson John Wirenius and Indiana Education Employment Relations Board Executive Director Sarah Cudahy, which analyzes the Supreme Court's Janus decision in historical, legal, and public policy contexts.

  • Fellow Cynthia N. Sass of the Sass Law Firm in Tampa and Fellow Don Slesnick of the Law Offices of Slesnick & Casey, PA in Coral Gables, were panelists on the topic First Amendment in Public Employment at the 45th Annual Public Employment Labor Relations Forum sponsored by the Labor and Employment Law Section and the City, County and Local Government Law Section of The Florida Bar.

  • Fellow Bill Wahoff had an article published in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law’s Volume 34, Number 1, 2019 titled “Industry Standards: How Does OSHA Use Them to Prove Its Case Under the General Duty Clause.”

  • Several Fellows participated in a national conference organized by Cornell ILR titled, Labor and the US Constitution: Past Present and Future. The conference, which was held in New York City on September 26-28, encouraged “creative thinking about the US Constitution as a source of workers’ rights.” Panelists, including Bill Herbert, Marty Malin, Joe Slater and Ruben Garcia were featured speakers, discussed “labor rights under the First and Thirteenth amendments.” Honorary Fellow Judge Marsha Berzon was the keynote speaker. A link to conference website can be found here.

  • The US Department of Labor’s Hall of Honor ceremony, which took place on September 26th, included the induction of Fellow Emeritus Howard Jenkins, Jr. based on his work on the landmark Labor-Management Reporting Disclosure Act of 1959. Also inducted was Senator Robert Griffin. “The Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act has brought greater transparency and openness to unions for 60 years,” Acting Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella said. Mr. Jenkins was the first person interviewed as part of the College’s illustrious Video History Project in July 2000.

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