Labor and Employment Law Section

employment contractWelcome to the Washington State Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section, one of the larger sections of the Bar with more than 1,000 members. The Section includes members practicing many different aspects of labor and employment law, including lawyers representing private- and public-sector employers, unions, management, and individual employees as well as law professors, arbitrators, and other neutrals. Section members practice throughout the state. Lawyers interested in joining the Section can read additional information.

"East of the Mountains" Mini-CLE and Networking Event: Essential Employment Law Practice Tips and Networking for Lawyers Practicing in Central and Eastern Washington

Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, at the Hilton Garden Inn Yakima

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Don't miss this exceptional opportunity to learn and network with your colleagues and judges from the Eastern District of Washington! This program is for "east of the mountains" attorneys who want to stay up-to-date in labor and employment case law and have a real opportunity to discuss issues, and practical tips, with experienced attorneys and members of the bench. There will be a free, hosted reception and networking event with appetizers and beverages after the Mini-CLE seminar.

While this event is free, the space is limited, so only people who have actually preregistered through the WSBA registration link will be able to attend.

The 16th Annual Labor and Employment Law CLE

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Friday, Nov. 18, 2016

At the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle and by webcast

Presented by the Labor and Employment Law Section of the WSBA.

Don’t miss it! Last year’s daylong CLE drew rave reviews. With 240 registrants, the event continued the Section’s streak of record-breaking attendance. With increasing attendees participating via webcast, this high-quality CLE again will be accessible to attorneys across the state.

For this year's day-long event, attendees will enjoy interactive and highly-engaging discussions of important labor and employment topics ranging from the year’s legal developments in state and federal law to workplace issues presented by the experts. The day also includes a hosted a networking lunch, including a special tradition of our Section, an opportunity for budding labor and employment lawyers to gain invaluable experience. 

The Section awards a summer internship to one student from each of our three in-state law schools to gain labor and employment law experience in positions that often are unpaid, such as those with government agencies or public interest work. We will have the opportunity to meet and congratulate the grant recipients. 

We look forward to another excellent CLE this November. Be sure to watch the website and the list serve for specific save-the-date information and program details as November approaches. 

Section 2016 Ethics Mini-CLE: Capacity Crowd at CLE & Reception

The Section hosted a new event this year, and the free CLE program and reception SOLD OUT! On March 9, 2016, more than 100 labor and employment lawyers attended our ethics mini-CLE (1 Ethics CLE credit): Avoiding Ethics Pitfalls in Labor and Employment Arbitration presented by noted legal ethics expert, Prof. John Strait of Seattle University School of Law.

Labor and Employment advocates and lawyer-arbitrators (who were attending a National Academy of Arbitrators session preceding the CLE) participated in the interactive session and afterward had the opportunity to socialize at the hosted reception, both at the WAC in Seattle.

2016 Executive Committee and Liaisons

Chair: Leslie Hagin (plaintiff counsel)

Treasurer: William M. Symmes (defense counsel)

Secretary: Laura Ewan (union counsel)

Other Members: Keller W. Allen (defense counsel); Jillian Cutler (plaintiff counsel); Brad Medlin (union counsel); Erica Shelley Nelson (union counsel); Grace O’Connor (public sector counsel); Katie Rosen (defense counsel); James Shaker (defense counsel); Shelly Shapiro (neutral); Victoria Vreeland (plaintiff counsel); Jamal Whitehead (public sector counsel)

Board of Governors Liaison: Angela Hayes (in-house counsel, associated industries)

Young Lawyer Liaison: Emily Arneson (defense counsel)

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Section members: To join the Section list serve and for general questions, please send your email address and Bar number to For more information and to get involved with the Section, please contact the Section chair, Leslie Hagin.

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