27 Lab. & Emp. L. 1 (1998-1999)

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     ne of the most successful itia-
       tvs 1of the Secion~ Equal Emi-
     ployment Opportunity Cornit-
tee has been its egfonal Liaison
  ivsion and the innovative local and
regional programs it sponsors. The
Division was established to facilitate
interaction inclug educational
exchanges, dscussion on common
practice issues, and policy feed-
back-between practitioners and re
cional (or cistriet) offices of the
EEOC, the Office of Federal Contract
Coiiance Programs (OFCCP), and
the Department of Justice.
   Currently, there are ongoing Re-
gional Liaison Division groups and
activities in numerous cities through-
out the country. Local haison groups
strive to have a broad range of view-
points, with input by representatives
from major corporations, umons,
and law firms representing both
plaintiffs and defendants in equal
employment matters.
   In ad tion to the mediation train-
ing proFram (see page 6), the egonal
Liaison Division has helped the EEO
Co     ttee carry out its partnership
with the EEOC by creating a pilot
tra   g program throng which Sec-
ti(n member frm plitifff, public,
management, and union sectors share
thei- expertise with EEOC staff at the
local level, Begun in the spring of
1998, pilot cities for this training pro-
gram are Los Angeles,  lanta, il-
wau;ee, and Phiadelphia. Designed
to harness pro bono resources to en-
hance the capab'd'ties of EEOC field
staffs, lc groups have desi ed the
frollonig educational sessions:
    Atlanta-A program, Internet
for Lawyers,was held in July and


one on mediation and conciliation in
August.
   *Los Angeles--A session on sexual
harassment was held in August. The
group has planned an October 21
prouram devoted to investigation
techniques and a Deeeer 2 pro-
gram on class investigations.
   * 'b~adelphia-A progra on
Septemer 15 dealt with case han-
dg and on September 23with ex
a    ' g what constitutes a 'sab'ty.
   * 'aukee--A session in June
covered the relationsiip between Title
VII and other laws (eg. ,ankruptcy
law, NLP R, DOT), aJuy session
compared state and federal agency
procedures and included a  seussion
of commOn law clainls, and an August
session provided an upate on sub-
stantive case law,
   The Regiona 'aison Division is
also responsible for provid'ng Section
and local bar 'erOners educational
opportunities at the regonal level.
For instance, the Division set up the


EEO Basics courses that took place
in ten cities between March 1996 and
October 1997 and was broadcast to
satelhlte locations in November 1997.
Additional programs are being
planned for early 1999.
  Various other regonal laison
groups have conducted activities on
an i(ividual basis:
   * Cleveland -Astatewide confer-
ence 1997 EEO Update    was held
at the Ohio State Bar Association's fa'
cties in conjunction with the Ohio
CLE Institute.
   * Phoenix-A luncheon round-

table with the EEOC was held at the
Arizona State Bar Labor and Em-
ployment Sections fall se ' ar
   * San Aiiniu-The grup orga
nized a reception and presentation by
EEOC Commissioner Pa     Steven

   8 Seatle-Lawyers met for a
brown-bag lunch t~ discuss recent
Supree Court cases,
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