- Fellow Bill Herbert, a Distinguished Lecturer at Hunter College CUNY and Executive Director of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions, recently finished co-writing a book chapter titled Geoprivacy, Convenience, and the Pursuit of Anonymity in Digital Cities, which examines the use and misuse of geospatial data, and appears in the new book Urban Informatics, published by Springer (2021). Billl’s co-author is Jerome Dobson, a University of Kansas Geography Professor. A link to the chapter can be found here.
Book chapter abstract: Abstract Cities demand spatial efficiencies that can be achieved only through sharing of information. Current technologies support collection, processing, and dissemination of unprecedented quantities of personal, public, and corporate information. Inherent in this milieu is an inevitable contest among societal efficiency, corporate profits, consumer convenience, personal privacy, and even freedom. The authors examine current trends in technology, data collection, legislation, and public acceptance. They find that without broad specific regulations limiting location data collection and use—including a universal protected right for individuals to pursue anonymity—governments, commercial enterprises, employers, and individuals increasingly will exploit tracking technologies at the expense of geoprivacy.
- Fellow Timothy Howlett, a Member at Dickinson Wright PLLC and Leader in their Labor & Employment Practice, has been selected as a member of the Michigan Lawyers Weekly Class of 2021 Hall of Fame. Michigan Lawyers Weekly's Hall of Fame recognizes Michigan legal leaders over the age of 60, or who have practiced for 30 years or more, for their successful careers and valuable contributions to the community. “I am honored to be selected by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as a member of their 2021 Hall of Fame Class. This list is filled with such talented and accomplished attorneys,” said Tim.
- Fellow Patricia Nemeth, founder of Detroit-based management side labor and employment law firm Nemeth Law, P.C., has also been named to the Class of 2021 Michigan Lawyers Weekly Hall of Fame. Selection to the MLW Hall of Fame considers career accomplishments, contributions to the development of the law in Michigan, support of the bar and the state at large, and efforts to improve the quality of justice in the Wolverine State. A virtual event honoring the recipients was held on April 13.
- Fellow Patricia Wise was elected by The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct to serve in a one-year term as board chair. Wise has served on the board since 2014 and has chaired the budget and personnel committee. In 2019, she chaired the ad hoc committee that recommended the appointment of Disciplinary Counsel Joseph Caligiuri. Wise is a partner with the Toledo firm Spengler Nathanson, where her practice focuses on labor and employment law.
The Board of Professional Conduct consists of 28 volunteer members appointed by the justices of the Supreme Court. The Board conducts hearings involving allegations of ethical violations by Ohio lawyers and judges and recommends discipline for professional misconduct. The board also engages in education and outreach activities that promote compliance with legal ethics rules and bring greater transparency to the disciplinary process.
- Fellows John Kruchko (left) and Don Slesnick (right) played in the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers South Florida tournament and tied for 1st place! They were sorry more Fellows couldn’t join them.
- 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.”