Liaison Report Save as a word document or .pdf and email to your Committee Director, your corresponding Committee Chair if applicable and Tracy Kaempf, email@example.com SUPERGROUP: REGULATED INDUSTRIES ABA ENTITY: SECTION OF LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW REPORT BY: Lynlee Wells Palmer 2nd Quarter Report DATE: December 17, 2007 TOP THREE REPORT HIGHLIGHTS: 1. Section Chair-Elect Was Panelist at YLD Fall Conference 2. YLD Fellows Selected 3. Potential Cross-Marketing/Networking Opportunity at Section CLE Conference in September 2008 DISCUSSION POINTS: (List 1-3 items that need comment or follow up from the Committee Director or for discussion at the next meeting) 1. I need assistance from the YLD in developing a flyer soliciting authors for the 101/201 series for distribution at the Section’s Mid-Winter Committee Meetings in February and March 2008 2. To the extent that the YLD would like to participate in the young lawyers networking reception at the Section’s Annual CLE Conference, we need to determine the best way to promote both the Section and the YLD at this event 3. (From last report): I am still interested in finding ways to involve YLD members in Section leadership. UPDATE ON THE FOLLOWING AREAS: LIST ANY RESOURCES THAT ENTITY HAS DEVELOPED FOR THE NEW LAWYER RECENTLY OR PLANS TO DEVELOP 1. The Section has developed a young lawyer web page, which links to the YLD’s 101 articles of interest to labor and employment lawyers. The page contains a special welcome message for young lawyers from the Chair. Although the page still needs some work and content development, it is a good starting point for the Section to Committee Liaison Report Pg. 2 reach out to young lawyers. The Section is willing to work with the YLD to ensure that this site helps both entities. 2. This year, the Section held its first annual CLE conference. The conference featured several tracks of programming, including a “fundamentals” track designed for young lawyers and those new to the practice of labor and employment law. DEBATE ISSUES RELEVANT TO YLD No new debate issues relevant to the YLD have arisen since the last report. INTERACTION WITH ABA ENTITY Part of my duties as liaison to the Section include selecting the Section’s YLD fellows. I reviewed approximately 35 applications for the two fellowships available this year (the Section has 11 total fellowships, but only 2 were available this year). While I was impressed with the applications overall, I was also disappointed in the fact that most applicants had not participated in the YLD. Andrew Schpak and Molly Eastman were selected as fellows. Andrew currently serves as Vice Chair of the YLD’s Labor and Employment Law Committee. He organized the committee’s social gathering at the Fall Conference and introduced the committee’s CLE program. Molly recently participated in an ABA focus group as an uninvolved member. She did not like that label and decided to change it. I believe that both Andrew and Molly will be effective fellows who will participate in both Section and Division activities. I maintain contact with the Section. There is a small but vocal group of the Section’s Council who were former active YLD members. Those Council members have proven to be valuable resources as the Section works to integrate young lawyers. INTERACTION WITH YLD Section Chair-Elect Barbara Brown attended the YLD Fall Conference in Charlotte. Although she planned to introduce the YLD Labor and Employment Committee’s Program “Help I’m a Boss!,” she became a panelist when an original speaker encountered a flat tire en route to the program. Barbara did a fantastic job, and the attendees at the program had a unique opportunity to hear from and talk to a member of Section leadership. I stay in contact with Scott Kelly and Mike Mason, the Chairs of the YLD’s Labor and Employment Law Committee. I participated in the committee’s social gathering at the Fall Conference in Charlotte. MEETINGS Committee Liaison Report Pg. 3 Because it conflicted with a YLD meeting, I was unable to attend the Section’s most recent Council meeting. I submitted a written report that was distributed to all Council members. I plan to attend the Section’s Spring Council Meeting. At each Midyear and Annual Meeting, the Section hosts a reception for Section members who are also members of the House of Delegates. Anticipating that YLD Chairs will become delegates, the Section plans to invite the current YLD Chair, Chair- Elect and Secretary/Treasurer to this reception. EFFORTS TO INVOLVE ABA ENTITY IN YLD'S MEMBER SERVICE PROJECT I recently participated in a conference call with the Section’s membership committee. The sole purpose of the call was to discuss the integration of young lawyers into the Section and its leadership. During that call, I educated the membership committee on the YLD’s Member Service Project. As a result of the call, the Section (a) will print a call for authors of 101/201 articles in its next newsletter (I drafted a short call for authors) , and (b) agreed to distribute flyers about the 101/201 program at its upcoming Mid-Winter committee meetings. The Section newsletter successfully recruited authors in this way at last year’s committee meetings, and I hope that it will be successful for the 101/201 program as well. PROGRAMMING/CLE PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES The Section’s First Annual CLE Conference was a huge success, with approximately 1200 participants. Although I have not seen the final numbers, one Council member estimated that approximately 30% of attendees were young lawyers. Next year’s CLE Conference is scheduled for Denver in September 2008. The Section plans to invite the YLD to co-sponsor the Conference in name only. To ensure that the young lawyers in attendance are exposed to both the Section and the YLD, the Section is planning a young lawyer-specific CLE program in late afternoon to be followed immediately by a welcome reception for young lawyers. All Section leaders will be encouraged to attend, and the Section plans to invite the Chair and Chair-Elect of the YLD as well. The Section is currently exploring options for presenting a young lawyer-oriented teleconference. One proposed idea would offer free Section membership for one year for YLD members who participate in the teleconference. OTHER PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES The YLD recently accepted the Section’s invitation to co-sponsor its Basics Programs, which are presented regionally. Committee Liaison Report Pg. 4 PLEASE LIST ANY CHALLENGES YOU HAVE ENCOUNTED OR ANY OTHER QUESTIONS YOU HAVE FOR THE LEADERSHIP: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
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