Labor and Employment Law Section

employment contractWelcome to the Washington State Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section. 
The WSBA Labor and Employment Law Section is one of the larger sections of the state bar with over 900 members. The Section includes members who practice 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 in all geographic areas of the state. Lawyers interested in joining the Section may go here for additional information

Annual CLE a Resounding Success

The WSBA Labor and Employment Law Section held its 14th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference on Nov. 21, 2014, at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. Diverse and cutting-edge topics ranged from a review of the Affordable Care Act, with nationally-recognized healthcare benefits expert William Sokol; state and federal labor and employment law updates with seasoned practitioners; practical tips, from various perspectives, on dealing with bankruptcy issues arising in employment matters, assessing or valuing damages, and the special issues arising in cases involving emotional and mental health disabilities. The Conference also featured a unique and lively discussion with Washington State Supreme Court Justices Debra Stephens and Mary Yu. As always, the informative and entertaining content emphasized interactive dialogue and perspectives from both "sides of the docket" (employee, management, and union), and from public and private sector representatives.

This year’s Conference had record-breaking attendance of 210, with 117 people participating onsite and another 93 by (interactive) webcast participants.  Webcast attendees joined in from locations ranging from the Republic of Korea and Switzerland, to closer locales across the State including Friday Harbor, Yakima, and Spokane. The Conference also afforded those who attended in person or onsite excellent opportunities to network and discuss topics with each other and the speakers over the catered lunch hour and during breaks.

Several new members joined the Section when they registered for the Conference, including a number from outside the Seattle-metro area. The Labor and Employment Law Section Executive Committee warmly welcomes these new members, along with our returning members, and looks forward to another successful annual CLE and Conference in 2015.  The Section continues to be one of the fastest growing Sections of the WSBA, with an emphasis on ensuring access to CLE and networking events and other resources to WSBA members across the State, whether you practice labor and employment law a little or a lot.

Please watch for announcements about, and be sure to join us for, upcoming Section events including brown bag lunch discussions, an "East of the Mountains" mini-CLE and cocktail/networking event being planned for Spokane, as well as at the 2015 Annual CLE in Seattle.

Resource for Members

Casemaker Legal Research

Contact the Section

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.

Section Administration

Bylaws, Annual Report, and Executive Committee


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