• 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).

  • Fellows Denise Drake and David Johnson were authors of an article that appeared in the June 2020 LEL Flash, published by the ABA Labor and Employment Law Section. The article, titled Supreme Court Speaks: Title VII Forbids Workplace Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Transgender Status, can be found here.

  • Denise Drake was also recently named to the POWER 30 Employment Law list by Missouri Lawyers Media. Attorneys are selected based on interviews with attorneys and other leaders around the state, a review of verdicts and settlements, and the Missouri Lawyers Media.

  • Congratulations to Fellow and College Board Member Cynthia Nance who has been named chair-elect of the American Bar Foundation Fellows. As chair-elect, Cyndi, who is a Professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law, will be part of a four-person team leading the fellows — attorneys, judges, law faculty and legal scholars – who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the principles of the legal profession and to their communities' welfare. The 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.

  • Fellow Jerry Hunter has been named a recipient of the Missouri Lawyers Media 2020 ICON Awards. The award honors 26 Missouri attorneys for their notable and sustained success and leadership both within and beyond the field of law. Lawyers in America as its 2021. The awards are presented to attorneys age 60 and older in recognition of their exemplary careers and longstanding commitment to the Missouri legal community. Mr. Hunter is a partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner in St. Louis, MO.

  • Congratulations to Fellow Joe Tilson who was named the 2021 Chicago Labor Law - Management “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America. This is the fifth time in the past nine years that Joe has been received this recognition.

  • Fellow Graham J. Clarke recently presented (virtually) two papers to the Law Society of Ontario. Canada's Best Expedited Labour Arbitration Regime highlighted the railway industry's success in pleading multiple grievances per day. Late Honorary Fellow Ted Weatherill and Fellow Emeritus Michel Picher, who held the position of Chief Arbitrator for a combined 43 consecutive years, contributed enormously to that success. The employment law paper, The CLC's Revised Unjust Dismissal Regime: Key Practice Points, examined the "just cause" protection for non-union employees working in the relatively small jurisdiction the Constitution grants to Canada's federal government.

  • Fellow and College Board Member, Lori Ecker, has been named by The Best Lawyers in America as its 2021 "Lawyer of the Year" for Employment Law – Individuals in Chicago, IL. Fellow Ann Frumholz was named "Lawyer of the Year" for Employment Law – Individuals in Pasadena, CA. Best Lawyers selects the top five percent of practicing lawyers in the US to be recognized in its rankings. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as "Lawyer of the Year," making this accolade particularly significant.

  • Congratulations to Fellow Alan Epstein who has been selected as a "Labor and Employment Star" by Benchmark Litigation, which identifies leading US attorneys and firms at the local and national levels. Alan was chosen based on factors including recent representative cases, philanthropic work, involvement in professional organizations, and work background.

  • Fellow Eric Iskra had an article published on COVID 19 employment law claims in the ABA publication Business Law Today titled Rise in Employment Law Claims: Knowing the Risks and the Long-Term Legal Implications Anticipated from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

  • The Daily Journal has named Fellow Daren Lipinsky to its "Top Labor & Employment Lawyers" list for 2020. The California legal newspaper published the list in a special report issued on July 15, 2020.

  • Congratulations to Fellow Lisa Moss who was recently honored by the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois, at its 43rd Biennial Convention, with the passage of a Resolution recognizing her contributions to its membership through her years of providing legal services.

  • Fellow Martin Malin appeared on WGN-TV (based in Chicago) on July 14 to provide expert commentary on worker's compensation and COVID-19 at work. Professor Malin teaches at Chicago-Kent College of Law and is Co-Director of the Institute for Law and the Workplace. You can watch the interview here.

  • Congratulations to Fellow Mike Posner who, along with his daughter Michaela Posner, was recently featured in an ABA Journal article. Mike has been a longtime LEL Section member and Michaela pretty much grew up attending Section mid-winter meetings and council meetings regularly, having attended her first meeting in 1997 at the age of six months. Fast forward to 2019, when Michaela was elected to serve as the law student at-large member on the Board of Governors, which means she also serves as a voting member of the House. Mike is a Section delegate to the House of Delegate, and as such he reports to the Board so in his words, "It has taken me a lifetime to get to the House of Delegates, and now I have to answer to my daughter." Read the full article here.

  • Fellow Rick Warren was featured in an article for One Day University which focused on how restaurants are navigating the pandemic. Read the full article here.

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