A Message from the Co-Chairs
Our 2017 Midyear Meeting, held at The Westbury Hotel in Dublin, Ireland from May 7 to 11, was a resounding success. A record-setting 136 attendees, hailing from 23 countries on four continents, gathered for an intense examination of the dramatic and unexpected forces shaping and re-shaping labor and employment law in the UK, the EU, the United States and, by extension, the rest of the world. Fifty-five first-time attendees representing every one of our constituencies (employer, union, employee, academic, government and neutrals) joined our long-time members for an exhilarating week of study, debate, analysis, networking and numerous scheduled (and unscheduled) pub crawls in one of the world’s friendliest cities.
We extend our hearty thanks and appreciation to our Irish colleagues and honorary co-chairs – Colleen Cleary from CC Solicitors, Bryan Dunne from Matheson, and Melanie Crowley from Mason Hayes & Curran - who worked tirelessly to help us plan the program, find speakers and moderators, and arrange glorious outings, tours, dinners and receptions. We also express special thanks to the Employment Lawyers Association of Ireland and the Employment Bar Association of Ireland, which generously supported the conference and swelled our ranks with dozens of attendees from the Emerald Isle.
The meeting would not have been possible without the extraordinary logistical and moral support of Section Director Brad Hoffman and Assistant Director Christopher Meacham and their staff, and the on-going trust and guidance of the ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law Chair, Gail Golman Holtzman, Chair-Elect, Don Slesnick, and Employee Council Liaison, Wayne N. Outten. And we are deeply grateful to the many law firms, organizations and members who sponsored our gala dinner, welcome reception, cocktail receptions, and coffee breaks, and made it possible for us to support speakers from not-for-profit groups and institutions around the world.
Finally, we thank every one of the moderators and speakers who organized and presented the compelling programs that form the heart of our Committee’s work. Their time and dedication was evident in the impeccably researched papers and panels that they shared with us. We are particularly grateful to The Honorable Ms. Justice Mary Laffoy, Justice of the Supreme Court of Ireland, who delivered the keynote address and served on our opening panel concerning the changing landscape of Irish labor and employment law, and to The Honorable Reece Smyth, the Chargé d’affaires of the U.S. Embassy in the Republic of Ireland, who opened the meeting with an overview of U.S.-Ireland relations.
We are delighted to have been able to help organize and share the wealth of knowledge, talent and good cheer that our members brought to this year’s extraordinary Midyear Meeting in Dublin. We look forward to seeing you all at the ABA 11th Annual Section Conference in Washington, D.C. November 9-11, 2017 and at next year’s Midyear Meeting (details to be announced soon).
With warm regards,
Mike Delikat (Employer Co-Chair), Owen Herrnstadt (Union & Employee Co-Chair), and Rob Stulberg (Employee Co-Chair).
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