• Fellow Cynthia Nance has been selected as the 2021 recipient of the Hancher-Finkbine Alumni Medallion one of the University of Iowa’s highest honors. The medallion honors those who exemplify learning, leadership and loyalty. Professor Nance, Nathan G. Gordon Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus at the University of Arkansas School of Law, received her JD with distinction from the University of Iowa. Members of the Finkbine Dinner Committee who selected Professor Nance noted that ‘students have lauded [her] inspiration and mentorship, especially in [her] support of women, and women of color in particular.’

  • The firm of Miller Canfield announced that Fellow Megan Norris will become the firm’s first female CEO. Assuming her duties on February 26, she will focus on providing client value and efficiency. Ms. Norris is a nationally recognized expert and frequent public speaker on the topics of the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans With Disabilities Act. She has served as the leader of the employment and labor group, overseeing the firm’s employment and labor attorneys and staff. She has served on the board of managing directors for eight years and as chair for the last six years.

  • Fellow Cynthia Sass of Sass Law Firm in Tampa virtually presented First Amendment in Public Employment to the attorneys of the Florida Department of Health. Ms. Sass was honored to be asked by the Department to co-present these materials with Don Slesnick of the Law Offices of Slesnick & Casey LLP, in Coral Gables, Florida.

  • Fellow Evan Spelfogel was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for the NY State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law during a Zoom celebration on January 28th. The Award is presented for extraordinary and sustained contribution to the NYSBA LEL Section’s goals and activities and has been presented just four times in the Section's 45-year history. Mr. Spelfogel was instrumental in the formation of the LEL Section and contributed in significant ways to the formation of Section policies, procedures and guidance. Fellow Christopher D’Angelo, Chair of the NYSBA’s Section of Labor & Employment, noted that “Evan has been at the cutting edge of the development of labor and employment law throughout his 60-year career.”

  • Fellow Don Slesnick was recently reappointed to LeRoy Collins Institute’s Board of Directors. Established in 1988, the LeRoy Collins Institute is a nonpartisan, statewide policy organization housed in the Florida State University College of Social Sciences and Public Policy. The Institute studies and promotes creative solutions to key private and public policy issues facing the people of Florida and the nation. Mr. Slesnick will serve alongside some of Florida’s top business and community professionals to continue researching, developing, and promoting forward-thinking policies to solve key social and economic issues.

  • Fellow Chuck Thompson was recognized by National Law Review as a 2020 “Go-To Thought Leader” for Employment Law. According to NLR, a database of legal and business articles, it designates fewer than 1% of its authors as winners of its yearly “Go-To Thought Leader” awards. In 2020, NLR recognized 72 authors who “wrote relevant, consistent and well-thought-out legal news, and the award committee also considered pieces quoted or cited by other publications and media.”

  • Congratulations to Fellow Bob Dohrmann who was named the 2020 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 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 Don Slesnick was inducted into the State of Florida's Veterans Hall of Fame which took place during a virtual ceremony on November 11th. The Hall of Fame was established in 2013 to recognize and honor military veterans who, through their works and lives during or after the military service, have made a significant contribution to the State of Florida. There are approximately 1.5 million vets in Florida of which just over one hundred have been inducted to the Hall of Fame. Of the twenty new inductees this year, Don was the only veteran from Miami-Dade County. Congratulations Don and thank you for your service!

  • Fellows Don Slesnick and Greg Hearing were two of four authors on an article recently published in the November/December 2020 edition of The Florida Bar Journal. The article, titled “Social Media and the Progressive Limitations on Public Sector Employees’ First Amendment Right to Free Speech” focuses on how the work place for public sector employees is being affected by recent US Supreme Court decisions regarding the protection of their free speech. A copy of the article can be found here.

  • Fellow and Past President John Runyan will become Chair of the State Bar of Michigan’s Labor and Employment Law Section as of January 1, 2021. The LEL Section will also be implementing a mentorship program based on the State Bar of Georgia’s Mentorship Academy, which was started by Fellows Jay Rollins and Bert Brannen.

  • Fellow Charles O. Thompson has joined the Board of Directors for the Bar Association of San Francisco. The BASF is a nonprofit membership organization consisting of attorneys, law students and legal professionals based in San Francisco Bay area. Chuck will serve a three-year term on the board, beginning January 1, 2021.

  • Fellow Anna Wermuth was recently named to the 2020 list of Chicago's "Notable Women in Law" by Crain's Chicago Business, recognizing Anna for her professional, as well as her civic and charitable contributions. This marks the third time in the last four years Anna has been recognized by the magazine. In 2017, she was named to Crain's inaugural list of Chicago's "Most Influential Women Lawyers" and in 2018 she was named as one of the city's "Most Notable Women Lawyers". In addition, Anna was highlighted in a recent "Member Monday" column by the Women's Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI).

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