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									                                       Liaison Report
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                           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
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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
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       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.
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