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 state Bar with more than 1000 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 throughout the state. Lawyers interested in joining the Section can read additional information.

Register Now! – 15th Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar

Friday, Nov. 20, 2015
Washington State Conference Center
800 Convention Place, Seattle, WA 98101

Call for Nominations

The Labor and Employment Law Section’s Executive Committee has three openings. Each position has a three-year term of office, which will begin Nov. 21, 2015, and end Dec. 31, 2018. 

Open positions

The three openings on the Executive Committee are:

  • Public Sector Counsel – To be filled by an individual who primarily practices as counsel in the public sector.
  • Labor Union – To be filled by held by an individual who primarily practice as counsel for a labor union or labor unions.
  • Plaintiff – To be filled by an individual who primarily practices as plaintiff's counsel in the private sector.

Elections timeline

An election will be conducted in November 2015 by ballot emailed to all voting section members. 

  • Ballots emailed to section members by Oct. 30.
  • Deadline for completing online ballot is Nov. 6. 
  • Candidates notified of results by Nov. 13.

Overview of Labor & Employment Law Section Executive Committee
The WSBA Labor & Employment Law Section is one of the largest and fastest-growing sections of the Bar. The Executive Committee meets monthly to plan and coordinate the activities of the Section. In accordance with the Section’s bylaws, the Executive Committee is composed of 13 members. Four primarily practice as defense counsel in the private sector, two as counsel in the public sector, one as a neutral, three as plaintiff's counsel in the private sector, and three as counsel for labor unions.


In selecting nominees, the Section seeks broad representation based on geography, diversity of practice, and special expertise. Section members interested in running for one of the open positions or wishing to nominate someone else should email a brief statement of interest and qualifications (maximum two paragraphs) no later than Oct. 9, 2015, to the members of the nominating committee: 

Leslie Hagin,
Marie Gallagher,
Erica Shelley Nelson,

Anyone who is interested in exploring possible participation on the Executive Committee or has questions should feel free to contact a member of the nominating committee. Learn more about the activities of the WSBA Labor and Employment Law Section.

Leslie Hagin, Chair
WSBA Labor and Employment Law Section

The Labor and Employment Section’s second “East of the Mountains” Mini-CLE and social event was quite a success.  Over 125 people registered for the event, and several others “walked-in” and registered/attended the day of the event.  This was about double the number who attended the first such event held by the Section a couple of years ago.   

Once again this event afforded attendees a great opportunity to meaningfully engage with lawyers and judges from the eastern part of the state in a relaxed and conversational environment.   Speakers this year included Robert A. Dunn, with his co-counsel Alexandra John (Dunn Black & Roberts, Spokane), who provided a case-study of the recent successful plaintiff’s disability case in federal court, Carlson v. City of Spokane – with practical tips or “take-aways” beneficial to plaintiff and defense counsel; and enlightening trial court insights – or lawyer Do’s and Don’ts – from Judges Wm. Fremming Nielsen (U.S. DCT EDWA), Kathleen M. O’Connor (Spokane County Superior Court); and Thomas O. Rice (U.S. DCT EDWA).   

The Section looks forward to presenting more of these type events as a benefit to its members across the state.

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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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