Employee Benefit Lawyers Hold Law Student Outreach at Southern University Law Center
With their Midwinter Meeting bringing together a large group of Employee Benefit practitioners from around the country, some Employee Benefits Committee members took time to visit Southern University Law Center, an historically black institution founded in 1946 with a history tied to the Civil Rights struggles of the 50s and 60s, and held a panel discussion on employee benefit law.
31 Law Students at Southern University welcomed Employee Benefits Committee members Michael Spencer of Proskauer Rose in New Orleans, Ali Khawar of the Employee Benefits Security Administration of the DOL, John Harney of O'Donoghue & O'Donoghue LLP, and Denise Clarkof Clark Law Group PLLC all from Washington, D.C. to hear about employee benefits law. Panelists spoke about the breadth of the employee benefits practice from a Management, Union, Plaintiff and Government perspective. Students heard how ERISA impacts other areas of the law including labor and employment law, family law, trust and estates, health law, and learned the merits of government service as well as the varied legal sectors where attorneys with an understanding of ERISA secure employment.
SULC Students were very engaged and interested in everything from benefit claim process to government service. Panelists discussed resources available to law students to learn about employee benefits and the courses they should take that will serve as a foundation for understanding employee benefits law. The Labor and Employment Law Section helped underwrite this diversity effort by providing rental car transportation from New Orleans, pizza lunches for the students and raffle prizes in the form of a flash drive of EBC Midwinter Meeting material and a copy of the Employee Benefits Law treatise with supplement.
The overwhelmingly positive response from the students at SULC has encouraged the Employee Benefits Committee to make diversity outreach part of its Midwinter Meetings going forward. Committee members are hoping to organize similar panel discussions for minority law students in Southern California for the Committee's next Midwinter Meeting scheduled for San Diego in February 2015.