• 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.

  • Fellow Harriet Cooperman was recently named a 2020 Lifetime Achievement Honoree by The Daily Record. Harriet is also a recipient of The Daily Record’s Leadership in Law Award, a three-time recipient of Top 100 Women Award and was inducted into the Circle of Excellence.

  • Fellow Stuart Davidson will serve as a co-chair of the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) Advisory Board. In 2018, Davidson joined the advisory board of LAANE, which is the largest social justice advocacy group on the West Coast. In 2019, he was honored at the organization's City of Justice Awards in Los Angeles which recognizes outstanding leaders who help to improve the lives of working people.

  • Congratulations to Fellow Dan Nielsen who has been elevated to President of the National Academy of Arbitrators. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NAA Annual Meeting and Education Conference in Denver, CO was postponed. The official election of new officers would have taken place at this meeting. Instead current officers and Board members resigned allowing the 'incoming' officers and board members to succeed to their respective office for a seamless transition. Other incoming Officers, who are also Fellows, include Vice President Joshua Javits, Washington, DC and Executive Secretary-Treasurer Walt De Treux, Philadelphia, PA, who is in his 2nd term. The NAA expects to formally elect the Officers and Board members at a business meeting in October 2020.

  • The ABA Board of Governors recently elected Fellow Don Slesnick to the ABA Journal Board of Editors for a three-year term beginning in August 2020 and expiring in August 2023.

  • Fellow, and College Secretary, Arlene Switzer Steinfield provided expert analysis in an article titled 7 Things to Know When Bringing Employees Back to Work which was featured in Law360. "Apart from legal constraints, employer flexibility is key. Being open to new and innovative methods of conducting business will encourage employees to work productively, while feeling protected from unnecessary risks." Click here to read the full article.

  • Congratulations to Fellow Wendi Lazar who will be honored with a 2020 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award on August 2nd in Chicago during the ABA’s Annual Meeting. Celebrating the accomplishments of women lawyers around the country, the Margaret Brent Award recognizes professional excellence, trailblazing efforts and the tireless work of its recipients to improve the profession and pave the way to success for other women lawyers. In addition to Ms. Lazar, this year’s Awards Luncheon will honor Ruthe Catolico Ashley, Executive Director Emeritus, California LAW; Hon. Anna Blackburne-Rigsby, Chief Judge, District of Columbia Court of Appeals; Deborah Epstein, Professor of Law and Co-Director, Domestic Violence Clinic, Georgetown University Law Center; Regina Montoya, CEO, Regina T. Montoya, PLLC.

  • Judge Mark W. Bennett retired as a federal district court judge in the Northern District of Iowa to pursue his long-time interest in judicial, juror and lawyer decision making as the first Director of the Drake Law School’s Institute for Justice Reform & Innovation. He also has a burgeoning arbitration and mediation practice. His tag line is “National experience – Midwestern work ethic and rates.” Before he became a federal judge, Judge Bennett was an active employment law lawyer doing both plaintiff and defense cases, including arguing in the US Supreme Court. He has co-authored an employment law treatise as well as many law review and other articles related to employment litigation.

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