Labor and Employment Law Section
Welcome 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.
SAVE THE DATE: Avoiding Litigating Duty of Fair Representation Claims: Plaintiff, Union, and Management Perspectives CLE
Thursday, June 15, 2017, at Stokes Lawrence, 1420 Fifth Ave., suite 3000, Seattle
This CLE will provide plaintiff, union, and management attorney perspectives on responding to the duty of fair representation claims. CLE attendees will leave with an understanding of fair representation and how to resolve, mitigate, and/or successfully prosecute such an action. One Law and Legal Procedure CLE credit
pending approval for Washington attorneys. A reception will follow the CLE.
Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle (and via webcast). This CLE, tailored to the needs of Washington attorneys, is a unique opportunity to learn about the most relevant and current issues in labor and employment law. Last year, this dynamic program earned 5.75 general and 1 ethics CLE credit. Watch this website for details: we have already begun to plan!
2016 Section CLE: Another Record-Breaking Success
The Labor & Employment Law Section held its annual day-long CLE Nov. 18, 2016, at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. The successful event drew rave reviews from attendees. This continues the section's multiyear streak of high attendance. Nearly half of the attendees participated via live webcast, demonstrating that the section's high-quality CLE is accessible to attorneys across the state. Thank you for your support.
The Labor and Employment Section’s third East of the Mountains Mini-CLE and social event was quite a success; for the first time, the event was held in Yakima. For the convenience of many attendees, the section-hosted CLE and reception that followed was scheduled the evening before the Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Washington, conference in Yakima. About 75 people registered for the event.
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, 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.
The votes are in! Thank you to all of the qualified candidates who ran for the four open executive committee positions. We would like to welcome Aviva Kamm, Jeanie Tolcacher, Shelly Shapiro, and Jamal Whitehead to the committee. Kamm and Tolcacher are filling the two defense counsel positions, and Whitehead occupies a plaintiff's counsel position. Shapiro returns to the committee in the neutral position.
Each year, the WSBA Labor and Employment Law Section is proud to partner with Washington’s three law schools to provide student grants funding summer work in labor and employment positions at nonprofits and public sector entities around the state. The WSBA grant is awarded annually to one student from each law school through a competitive selection process administered by each of the schools.
In years past, the WSBA L&E Section has awarded $3,000 to each student grantee. For the summer of 2017, the section is thrilled to announce it will be able to increase its share of the grant award to $5,000 per student.
Glogovac is a 2017 J.D. candidate at Gonzaga University School of Law. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Nevada, Reno. In her grant application, Glogovac shared that her interest in labor and employment law was fostered at a young age by listening to the stories of her great-grandparents’ involvement in union work during the 1930s and 1940s. Glogovac’s summer grant enabled her to continue working for the labor and industries division of the Washington State Office of the Attorney General in Spokane.
Okantey is a 2018 J.D. candidate at the University of Washington School of Law. He is a graduate of Whitman College. He began his law school career with the goal of working in the labor and employment field, spurred in part by first-hand observation of the vital role labor and employment law plays in the workplace. His grant award allowed him to spend the summer working in the labor and employment section of the Seattle City Attorney’s Office.
Schell is a 2017 J.D. candidate at Seattle University School of Law, and a graduate of Lewis and Clark College. She is a former immigration paralegal with a demonstrated interest in worker’s rights. Her law school record reflects a continued commitment to both public interest work and labor and employment issues. Schell’s summer grant gave her the opportunity to obtain valuable courtroom experience as a Rule 9 intern for the labor and industries division of the Washington State Office of the Attorney General in Seattle.
Chair: James Shaker (defense counsel)
Treasurer: Katie Rosen (defense counsel)
Secretary: Jillian Cutler (plaintiff counsel)
Immediate Past Chair: Leslie Hagin (plaintiff counsel)
Other Members: Laura Ewan (union counsel); Erica Shelley Nelson (union counsel); Grace O’Connor (public-sector counsel); Brad Medlin (union counsel); Sarah Moorehead (public sector counsel); Aviva Kamm (defense counsel); Shelly Shapiro (neutral); Jeanie Tolcacher (defense counsel); Jamal Whitehead (plaintiff counsel)
Board of Governors Liaison: Angela Hayes (in-house counsel, associated industries)
Young Lawyer Liaison: Emily Arneson (defense counsel)
Section members: To join the section list serve and for general questions, please send your email address and Bar number to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information and to get involved with the section, please contact the section Chair James Shaker.
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.
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