• Congratulations to Fellow Thom Cope who was recognized by the Arizona State Bar Labor and Employment Section with the Outstanding Achievement Award, Rogers/Hayden Award (formerly the “Member of the Year Award”), which is given annually to a section member who has helped the Labor and Employment Section and exemplifies outstanding contributions to the labor and employment practice in Arizona. Thom is a partner in Mesch Clark & Rothschild’s Employment and Labor Section in Tucson.
  • Fellow Kelly Dermody was featured in a Bloomberg Law article, titled “How Civil Rights Lawyer Kelly Dermody Fights for ‘the Underdog'."  Ms. Dermody, who has practiced at Lieff Cabraser since 1994, is a power in civil rights litigation, carving out a reputation for her work on pay discrimination and representing workers alleging sex discrimination, as well as incarcerated individuals, victims of human trafficking, and consumers preyed upon by mortgage lenders.
  • Fellow T. Warren Jackson of Signature Resolution received the Constitutional Rights Foundation’s Lloyd M. Smith Award at the CRF’s 2021 Annual Celebration which was held virtually earlier this month. Noted as being a deeply committed advocate of CRF who generously supports its work and mission, Warren has served on the Board of Directors and in multiple other positions over the past two decades. Constitutional Rights Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan, community-based organization, which seeks to inspire lifelong civic engagement through interactive programs and resources for teachers and youth.
  • Fellow Pamela Jeffrey, from Levy Ratner in New York City, was named “2022 Union-Side Labor Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers of America.
  • Fellow Wendi Lazar, from Outten Golden LLP in New York City, was recognized by Best Lawyers as a “Lawyer of the Year” for 2022, her 10th year on the list.
  • Fellow Mark Gaston Pearce, who is the Executive Director of the Workers’ Rights Institute at Georgetown Law Center, was interviewed on CNBC’s “The Exchange” about why workers are striking in so many sectors.  He was joined by Bill Rodgers who served as the Department of Labor’s Chief Economist under President Clinton.
  • Fellow William Powers (1939-2020) was inducted in the Florida Bar Labor & Employment Law Section’s “Hall of Fame.” Bill’s wife and children were present for the ceremony which was presided over by Fellow Don Slesnick. Fellow Tom Brooks was also in attendance (pictured below). The recognition is a posthumous honor and is given to someone with significant involvement in both the Section and the active practice of labor and employment law in Florida for a substantial part of his or her career. You can read more about Bill and the Hall of Fame by clicking here.
  • Fellow and College Vice President Arlene Switzer Steinfield was recently appointed by the Dallas City Council to serve a three-year term on the City of Dallas Community Police Oversight Board, which evaluates citizen complaints of excessive force and police misconduct.
  • Fellow Michael Schmidt, vice-chair of Cozen O’Connor’s national Labor and Employment Department, has been named to the 2021 Employment Law Trailblazer list by The National Law Journal.  The Trailblazers represent agents of change who have moved the needle at their respective firms, making significant marks on practice, policy, and technological advancements in their areas of legal practice.  Schmidt was recognized in the use of digital and social media. He is the founder and host of the award-winning podcast “Employment Law Now,” which features the latest trends and developments in employment law and employer liability issues and ranks among the country’s most listened-to podcast on the subject, winning JDSupra Reader’s Choice awards in 2020 and 2021.
  • Fellow Anna Wermuth, vice-chair of Cozen O’Connor’s national Labor and Employment Department has been named the 2022 Chicago Employment Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America.  The only Management Employment lawyer from Chicago to be named “Lawyer of the Year” for 2022, Wermuth received the highest annual ratings in her practice area from peer attorneys nationwide.
  • Congratulations to Fellow Jennifer AbruzzoDave Prouty, and Gwynne Wilcox who were recently confirmed as NLRB General Counsel and NLRB Board Members, respectively. Gwynne Wilcox filled the vacant Carmody seat and Dave Prouty will fill the Smith seat when Fellow William Emanuel’s term expires the end of August 2021. Jennifer Abruzzo’s four-year term in office began on July 22, 2021.
  • Congratulations to Fellows Marty MalinMark PearceJeanne Charles and Joe Slater. President Joe Biden announced on August 23rd his intent to appoint all four to the Federal Services Impasse Panel. Marty Malin will serve as Chair of the Panel, which is a component of the Federal Labor Relations Authority that resolves impasses between federal agencies and unions representing federal employees. If bargaining between the parties, followed by mediation assistance, does not result in a voluntary agreement, then either party or the parties jointly may request the Panel’s assistance.
  • Fellow Hope Comisky (pictured right), a Member and Chair of Griesing Law’s Employment and Ethics & Professional Responsibility practice groups, was named by Best Lawyers® as the 2022 "Lawyer of the Year" for Employment Law - Management in the Philadelphia area. This award recognizes individual lawyers with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographic region. Hope counsels clients on employment issues, provides training to managers and staff and offers strategic advice on employment litigation matters.
  • Fellow Vanessa Kelly was named a New Jersey Legal Awards Winner by the New Jersey Law Journal in the Mentors category. She will be recognized during the publication’s awards event on September 23rd. The Legal Awards “honor those lawyers who have left an indelible mark on the legal community in New Jersey and beyond through their unwavering dedication to the profession.” Ms. Kelly practices at Clark Hill’s Princeton, NJ office where she strategizes with employers to minimize their legal risks and optimize the employee experience, to help companies focus on their business.
  • Fellow Cynthia Nance was profiled in a recent edition of Diverse Issues in Higher Education, focusing on her amazing life and distinguished career. She currently serves as Dean Emerita and the Nathan G. Gordon Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law. You can read the article by clicking the link below.

    Trailblazing Dean Emeritus of University of Arkansas School of Law Keeps Giving Back | Diverse: Issues In Higher Education (diverseeducation.com)

    Dean Nance was also named Chair of the American Bar Foundation Fellows. As Chair, she will be part of a four-person team leading the Foundation Fellows, comprised of attorneys, judges, law faculty and legal scholars who have demonstrated dedication to the legal profession and to their communities' welfare. The American Bar Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization with a mission to expand knowledge and advance justice through innovative, interdisciplinary and rigorous empirical research on law, legal processes and legal institutions. Primary funding for the foundation is provided by the American Bar Endowment.
  • Fellow Bob Steptoe was given the West Virginia Bar Association’s Award of Merit at the group’s annual meeting in White Sulphur Springs, WV. Mr. Steptoe, who has served the West Virginia legal community for over 45 years, practices with the firm of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC as CEO and managing partner. He was recognized for his contributions and efforts to elevate the practice of law in West Virginia. Mr. Steptoe has served as president of the West Virginia State Bar, president of the West Virginia Bar Association and president of the West Virginia Bar Foundation in addition to being an adjunct professor at the West Virginia University’s College of Law.
  • Fellow Donica Thomas Varner was featured in the July edition of The Oberlin Review, in an article announcing her departure as Vice President and General Counsel at Oberlin College. Over the past four years, she has managed a variety of issues including navigating the legal risk during the pandemic, Title IX compliance and labor and employment affairs. She has accepted the Vice President and General Counsel positions at Cornell University. The article can be read by clicking this link:

    Off the Cuff with Donica Thomas Varner, Former Vice President, General Counsel, & Secretary – The Oberlin Review
  • Fellow Anna Wermuth, Vice-Chair of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment Department, was recently appointed to the Rules Advisory Committee of the US District Court, of the Northern District of Illinois (NDIL). One of seven members of the committee, focusing on evaluating and updating the rules that govern trial practice, her three-year term begins immediately. In addition, Anna was recently named one of the “Top 50 Women In Law” by Law Bulletin Publishing, the publishers of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and the Chicago Lawyer magazine. The award recognizes these 50 women of the Chicago legal community for their work in advancing other women in the profession and for being respected leaders in their field.


Kelly Dermody – Chair

Doug Dexter – Chair-Elect

Denise Clark – Vice Chair

Joseph Torres – Vice Chair

Louis Lopez – Secretary-Elect

Julie Richard-Spencer – Section Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates   George Washington, Jr. – Section Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates

Wayne Outten – Section Governance Liaison

Eric Tate – Council Member

Melinda Burrows – Council Member

Lori Ecker – Council Member

Melissa Woods – Council Member

Michael Subit – Council Member

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