23 Lab. & Emp. L. 1 (1994-1995)

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                                                                      VOLUME XXIII, NUMBER 1, FALL 1994
SECTION OF LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW OF THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION * 750 NORTH LAKE SHORE DRIVE, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 60611


FALL CLE HIGHLIGHTS


The return of the well-received Basic Labor and Employ-
ment Law Today National Institute is only one highlight
of the Section's CLE offerings for fall 1994.
   After two successful years in Chicago, held in con-
junction with the Northwestern University School of Law,
this expanded program has been moved to the Washing-
ton, D.C., area.
   This year's institute will begin on Thursday, Novem-
ber 3, and end at noon on Saturday, November 5 at the
Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia. The
new location will allow even greater participation by gov-
ernment speakers affiliated with various agencies in the
nation's capital.
   One of the highlights on the first day of the program
will be an address by Fred Feinstein, general counsel of
the National Labor Relations Board. Other prominent
government speakers include John E. Higgins, Jr., solici-
tor of the National Labor Relations Board and James R.
Neeley, Jr., deputy general counsel of the Equal Employ-
ment Opportunity Commission.
   Originally developed as an opportunity for lawyers
 and nonlawyers to obtain a comprehensive introduction to
 the basic aspects of labor and employment law, the pro-
 gram has become increasingly popular as a refresher
 course for experienced attorneys and human resources


On behalf of the Section, I thank
Leo Geffner for an outstanding
job as chair of the Section of
Labor and Employment Law.
Under his leadership, and with
the hard work of the Institutes
and Meetings Committee, we
enjoyed one of our most success-
ful Annual Meetings in New
Orleans. This past year has seen a
significant increase in activities Charles A. Powell III
by our standing committees; the
Section has continued to be the only major ABA Section
experiencing significant growth; and well-designed long-
range planning is in place to help guide the Section
through the next few years.
   I welcome the new Council members Victoria Bor,
Jim LaVaute, Gloria M. Portela and Ray Wheeler. They,
along with Vicki Abrahamson, who joined the Council
several months ago, earned their spurs through commit-
tee work and Section publications. The Section will bene-
fit through their continuing participation.

Copyright @ 1994 American Bar Association


professionals who work in the field, but whose work has
not encompassed the broad reach of the topics addressed
in the National Institute.
   In addition to the comprehensive sessions on the
National Labor Relations Act and employment discrimi-
nation law, this institute will feature thorough and well-
targeted discussions on such topics as mergers,
acquisitions, consolidations and relocations and ERISA
and retiree benefit issues.
   On October 20 and 21, the Section will co-sponsor
(along with four other ABA Sections) the Eighth Annual
Health and Welfare Benefit Plans National Institute at
Loews L'Enfant Plaza in Washington, D.C. This two-day
program provides a comprehensive overview of health
and welfare benefit plans and health care reform issues.
   November brings an encore presentation of the Sec-
tion's highly regarded National Institute on ERISA litiga-
tion to be held November 17 through November 19 at the
Fairmont Hotel in Chicago. This program has been
praised as one that approaches ERISA from a pure litiga-
tion perspective, emphasizing the practical, and not the
theoretical, focus.
   To register for any of these National Institutes or for
additional information, interested parties should call
1/800/964-4CLE (4253) or 312/988-6200.


   I also welcome the incoming committee co-chairs and
thank the retiring chairs for the outstanding jobs they did.
The standing committees have been, and will continue to
be, the backbone of this Section. At present, approximately
4,000 Section members are active in committees. The
15,000 members who have not self-nominated for commit-
tees are missing the boat by not maximizing their bene-
fits. The Council anticipates greatly expanded committee
activities over the next few years, including additional pro-
gramming and new publications. We invite all of you who
are not presently on a standing committee to join one or
more committees that fit your interests and become active
in their programming and publications. The committees
provide an outstanding networking opportunity.
   The Section has continued to encourage participation
by all of its constituencies; there was a significant
increase in participation by plaintiffs' lawyers, union
lawyers and particularly younger lawyers this past year.
I encourage those who are active in a committee to solicit
friends and colleagues to join with you.
   The Section has planned a number of significant
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