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Law Student Trial Competition
The National Final of the ABA Labor and Employment Law Student Trial Advocacy Competition was conducted in New Orleans, Louisiana on January 27 and 28. Winning teams from the six regional competitions, which were held in October and November 2017, came together to try a labor and employment law-focused case regarding religious discrimination in the workplace.
77 teams participated in regional competitions conducted in Dallas, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC. Winning teams in those regions came from the following schools:
Dallas – Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
Miami – Saint Thomas University School of Law
Chicago – Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
Los Angeles – University of California, Hastings College of the Law
New York – Harvard Law School
Washington, DC – William & Mary Law School
After a three preliminary rounds, teams from St. Thomas and University of California advanced to the final round, which St. Thomas won. The Competition was designed to provide an introduction to the practice of labor and employment law to law students.
The Competition is made possible by the efforts of our dedicated Section members, including the Competition’s Co-Chairs, Maureen Binetti, Alisa Arnoff and Jim Casey along with Howard Shapiro and Matt McCluer who chaired the rounds in New Orleans. We were also very honored to have Judge Bernice Donald preside over the final round and Judge Nanette Brown judge a semi-final round.
Plans are already underway for the 15th Annual Competition. To learn how you can become involved, contact the Section office at email@example.com.
Member Spotlight: Michael C. Subit
I am a partner at Frank Freed Subit & Thomas in Seattle. This year I am celebrating my first quarter century of representing workers. I became active in the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law in 2000. I have served as both an employee co-chair and as a union co-chair of the EEO Committee. I also spent three years as an employee co-chair for the Section Conference.
Tell us about your practice
About 2/3 of my practice involves representing employees directly and 1/3 representing unions, mostly in the public sector. One of the things that keeps me engaged after 25 years is the wide range of issues and individuals that come my way. My cases include discrimination & harassment, wage & hour, First Amendment issues, and non-competes. While most of my cases involve individuals, I also litigate class actions. My clients range from high-level executives to low-wage workers. I have an active appellate practice but also enjoy jury trials.
What motivated you to become an employment lawyer?
I went to law school to be a civil rights lawyer. I worked as an ACLU attorney for a year but after my federal clerkships I joined a small plaintiffs’ employment firm in Washington DC. I soon realized I was cut out to be an employment lawyer. Work is central to how many of us define who we are, so I decided to devote my career to making workplaces fairer and more equal.
What is your favorite way to spend your spare time?
Spending time with my wife, Leslie Hagin, who is also a plaintiffs’ employment lawyer. Fortunately, we have the same out-of-work interests too. We don’t have kids and are able to take advantage of the wide-range of cultural, gastronomical, and recreational attractions Seattle has to offer. We also enjoy long road-trips, but those are hard to coordinate with two busy law practices.
What is your favorite book (or movie or TV show, or series, or blog)?
We spend so much of our workdays reading that at home we usually watch TV or listen to music. We watch mostly non-fiction TV, such as sports and documentaries. I’ve been a science fiction fan all my life, and have seen nearly every Doctor Who episode aired since 1963.
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