The midwinter meetings of the Section of Labor and Employment Law involve our members in a wide array of legal education, social activities, business networking, and more. We discuss new developments in the law with the Government officials and leading experts involved in the issues. In receptions, private gatherings, on golf courses, tennis courts, and at poolside, we meet old friends, make new acquaintances, and engage with lawyers from around the Nation who may become advisors, clients, or adversaries in the ensuing months and years. These conferences enable us to grow personally and professionally, so we mark the dates on our February or March calendars and plan to join our colleagues at our next midwinter meeting.
In recent years, in addition to our traditions of the best CLE and good company, many of our committees have established a new practice at our midwinter meetings that enables Section members to offer a helping hand to those in need in the communities where we meet. The Section's Pro Bono Committee and the leaders of our standing committees organized a range of projects during our 2013 midwinter committee meetings that provided welcome support to charitable organizations in a number of areas. Here is what some of our committees did this year:
Each year, as our committees fan out to far-flung midwinter meeting destinations, Section members are making a positive impact in the communities we visit. Throughout the Section, the planning of these meetings includes an activity to benefit charitable organizations and residents who can benefit from our support. We should all be inspired by these activities. Next year, when you return to your committees' midwinter meetings, please be generous in your support of these projects.
Stewart S. Manela
Chair, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law