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.


WSBA Labor and Employment Law Section 2016-2017 Election Results

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.


WSBA Labor and Employment Law Section Summer Grant for Law Students

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 that it will be able to increase its share of the grant award to $5,000 per student.

Each November, the WSBA L&E Section is also happy to host each of the students at is annual labor and employment law CLE in Seattle, including a chance for the students to mix and mingle with section members at the CLE’s luncheon.

Meet the 2016 WSBA L&E Grantees

Anni Glogovac
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.

Elliott Okantey

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.

Jennifer Schell

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.


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, 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.
 


2017 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 (plaintiff 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 sections@wsba.org. For more information and to get involved with the section, please contact the section chair, Leslie Hagin.

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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