Labor & Employment Law Section

Labor & Employment Law Section

Message from the Chair

Section Chair: 


Kathryn Knight
New Orleans, LA 

Message from the Chair
Fall 2017

The recent "in person" meeting of our thriving FBA Labor and Employment Section held in conjunction with the FBA Annual Meeting in Atlanta heralded the completion of another busy and successful year for our Section and the beginning of an exciting new year. Although I'm honored to serve as Chair of this dynamic group during the coming year, I would be remiss if I failed to thank our outgoing Chair Corie Tarara for her diligence and hard work in leading our Section's efforts and accomplishments this past year. We honored Corie during our meeting in Atlanta by presenting her with the "traditional FBA rocking chair," which was actually delivered to her office in Minneapolis prior to the meeting. She confessed to having already tried it out, and I hope she will enjoy some rocking and relaxing during the cold winter months to come. She earned it!

The upcoming year promises to be busy and exciting, with many opportunities for you — our Section members — to become more involved. Planning is underway for our next Biennial Conference, which will take place in beautiful San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2019. Of course, we all are very aware of the devastation and destruction visited upon the island and its citizens by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and our thoughts are with them as they go about the difficult and challenging tasks of recovery and rebuilding. But we are assured by Section member and past Section Chair José Gonzalez-Nogueras that the citizens of Puerto Rico are strong and resilient, and that the island will reemerge more beautiful than before. We look forward to celebrating with José and others and toasting their hard work and recovery at our 2019 conference.

In addition to advance planning for the Biennial Conference, our Programming and CLE Committee — led by Whitney Sedwick Meister, Phil Kitzer, and Danielle Brewer Jones — is busy putting together a robust schedule of learning opportunities. Plans include a continuation of the popular Traveling CLE, but with the inclusion of more advanced topics along with our successful "nuts and bolts" series. If you have topic suggestions or would like to volunteer to assist with a program or in planning the Biennial conference, reach out to any of the Committee members. You will find their contact information at the back of this newsletter.

Contributing to our publications is another great way to become more involved with our Section. Our Publications and Public Relations Committee — chaired by Caitlin Andersen and Jack Blum — oversees production of monthly Circuit Updates, the Section's quarterly Labouring Oar newsletter, and periodic contributions to The Federal Lawyer magazine published by National. The Circuit Updates provide summaries of noteworthy labor and employment law decisions from each of the eleven United States Circuit Courts of Appeals, while the newsletter offers commentary and discussion of emerging issues (along with Section news), and the magazine offers more detailed analysis of current labor and employment topics. So whatever your writing interests might be, there is a publication waiting for your contributions. Contact Caitlin or Jack for submission deadlines and more information on publication requirements.

Remember, too, that our Section's webpage ( can be a great resource. Visit often to stay abreast of current activities and events, or to look back at previous Circuit Updates and issues of the Labouring Oar. You'll also find helpful links to additional Federal Bar Association resources. And last but not least, it is never too early to start planning to attend the FBA's 2018 Annual Meeting and Convention, which will take place September 13-15 at the New York Marriott Downtown. Mark your calendars now to save the dates and visit the FBA's webpage for more information as it becomes available ( Participating in the Annual Meeting and Convention is a great way to build upon and solidify all of the new Section contacts you will have made after working with us throughout the year.

Welcome to the Labor and Employment Law Section's new year! I'm looking forward to a productive year and hope to see many new faces at our events and new authors in our publications.


L&E Grant Criteria

There's An App For That!

The Department of Justice, Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management has launched a new, free mobile app where law students and attorneys can easily search for legal internships and attorney positions with the Department.

Section Guidelines for Sponsorship Underwriting Requests

The Labor & Employment Law Section of the Federal Bar Association receives frequent requests to sponsor or co-sponsor programs, to contribute to funding a reception or to underwrite all or a portion of activities by local chapters and affiliates of the FBA. To ensure the best and most effective use of L&E's funds in advancing its goals and policies, the L&E Board has adopted the following guidelines for considering such requests.

Labor & Employment Section By-Laws

Labor & Employment Law Section Awards Program

Join the Section


Connect With Us...