Updated: June 8, 2018

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 go to the Join a Sections page .

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Labor & Employment Law Section Executive Committee Elections

Voting in the 2018 Executive Committee elections for the Labor & Employment Law Section ended on May 31. Here are the newly-elected members for for each position with terms beginning Oct. 1, 2018.

At-Large (Plaintiff): Leslie Hagin

At-Large (Plaintiff): Jillian Cutler

At-Large (Defense/Private Sector): Shannon Lawless

At-Large (Defense/Private Sector): Angela Hayes

At-Large (Public Sector): Amy Lowen

At-Large (Public Sector): Sarah Morehead

At-Large (Labor Union): Brad Medlin

Thank you to all our candidates!

 

2018 ANNUAL CLE
SAVE the DATE:  Friday, November 30, 2018        

The Labor & Employment Law Section is pleased to announce its 18th annual CLE at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle (and by webcast).  We are planning a CLE that will continue the Section’s multiple-year streak of high attendance with close to half of the attendees participating via Webcast, demonstrating that the Section’s high-quality CLE is accessible to attorneys across the state.  Thank you for your support of your Section’s CLE!

CLE attendees will enjoy interactive and highly-engaging presentations on topics ranging from the annual state and federal employment law update to accommodating psychiatric issues in the workplace.  We will also be offering a one-hour ethics credit relevant to labor and employment practitioners. 

Check back here in late summer for program details with a link to online registration following in the early fall.

Advising Unions and Employers on Washington's Sick Leave Law Mini-CLE 

Noon-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, Seattle
This one-hour CLE discussed practical guidance on implementing sick leave policies, negotiating with unions on changes to policies and rules, common mistakes made by employers and unions on implementing changes, and the remedies and ramifications for non-compliance.

Annual Meeting and 17th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference

On Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, at the Washington State Convention Center. The section sponsored this CLE, tailored to the needs of Washington attorneys to learn about the most relevant and current issues in labor and employment law. Some materials presented at the seminar are linked below.

Observations and Recent Appellate Developments in Washington State Employment Law by Kelby Fletcher

Recent Developments in Federal Employment Law by Jillian Barron

Avoiding Litigating Duty of Fair Representation Claims: Plaintiff, Union, and Management Perspectives CLE

On Thursday, June 15, 2017, at Stokes Lawrence, 1420 Fifth Ave., Suite 3000, Seattle, the section sponsored this CLE that provided plaintiff, union, and management attorney perspectives on responding to the duty of fair representation claims. CLE attendees left with an understanding  of fair representation and how to resolve, mitigate, and/or successfully prosecute such an action. Approved for 1 Law and Legal Procedure CLE credit for Washington attorneys. A reception followed the CLE.

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 provided plaintiff, union, and management attorney perspectives on responding to the duty of fair representation claims. CLE attendees left with an understanding  of fair representation and how to resolve, mitigate, and/or successfully prosecute such an action. Approved for 1 Law and Legal Procedure CLE credit for Washington attorneys. A reception will followed the CLE.

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.

2016 East of the Mountains Fall Mini-CLE

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.

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.

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 KammJeanie TolcacherShelly 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 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 grant-winning students at its annual labor and employment law CLE in Seattle, where they can 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.


Executive Committee

Chair: Brad Medlin (labor union)
Chair-Elect: Vacant
SecretaryJillian Cutler (plaintiff)
Treasurer
: Sarah Morehead (public sector)
Immediate Past Chair: James Shaker (defense)
Young Lawyer LiaisonEmily Arneson*
BOG LiaisonAngela Hayes*

Members

Laura Ewan (labor union) 2015-2018
Erica Nelson (labor union) 2015-2018
Grace O'Connor (public sector) 2015-2018
Brad Medlin (labor union) 2016-2018
Sarah Morehead (public sector) 2016-2018
Aviva Kamm (defense) 2017-2019
Shelly Shapiro (neutral) 2017-2019
Jeanie Tolcacher (defense) 2017-2019
Jamal Whitehead (plaintiff) 2017-2019

*Non-voting member

Please contact subcommittee member for details on their upcoming meeting dates and locations.

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 Brad Medlin.