Awards and Fellowships


Arvid Anderson Public Section Labor and Employment Attorney of the Year Award

2019 Award Recipient: James Baird

Attorneys, whether publicly or privately employed, who have devoted substantially their entire careers to the advancement and development of public sector labor and employment law at the state and local level are eligible to receive the Arvid Anderson Award. Continue

Federal Labor and Employment Law Attorney of the Year

2018 Award Winner: Mark Maxin, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

The prestigious Federal Labor and Employment Law Attorney of the Year Award is a salute to federal labor and employment lawyers and their many accomplishments. Any career attorney in the field who has made a significant contribution to the field is eligible for nomination. Continue

Frances Perkins Public Service Award

2019 Award Recipient: Women’s Law Center of Maryland’s Employment Law Hotline Project 

The need for pro bono services in the labor and employment area is acute. Questions relating to labor and employment law account for more than a quarter of the issues raised in many pro bono programs. The American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law wants to acknowledge individuals, firms, corporate and union legal departments, government agencies, and other organizations who help meet this crucial need. Continue


The Government Fellowship Program was implemented by the Section to provide selected government lawyers who are members of the Section an opportunity to participate in the activities of the Section and to receive appropriate support from the Section. Government agencies are invited to identify individuals of excellence from their staff, who then submit applications to the Section office. The program covers two or three years of Section activity after which the Fellows are encouraged to continue their participation in the Section on an individual basis. In addition to registration fee waivers, the Fellows are provided travel reimbursement for their assigned committee’s midwinter meetings. The application form for the Government Fellowship Program is only available from the government agencies and is not available directly from the Section of Labor & Employment Law.

Applications for the Government Fellowship Program are solicited from the following government agencies in early spring (or as vacancies arise):

  • Federal Labor Relations Authority (FSL)
  • Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (ADR)
  • Internal Revenue Service – Employee Plans Rules and Agreements (EBC)
  • Merit Systems Protection Board (FSL)
  • National Labor Relations Board (DLL, ERR, Ethics, P&P)
  • National Mediation Board (RLA)
  • Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (EBC)
  • State Public Employment Relations Boards (State & Local Government Bargaining)
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Immigration Law)
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division (EEO, ERR)
  • U.S. Department of Labor (EBC, ERR, EEO, FLSL, OSH LAW)
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (ADR, EEO, ERR, FLSL)
  • U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission (OSHA)

Section Development Fund Fellowship Program

The purpose of the Section Development Fund Fellowship Program is to increase membership in the Section by encouraging participation in the Annual Section Conference and Section Committee Midwinter Meetings by providing fellowships of three years in duration to individuals who would otherwise be financially unable to participate in such activities. The Fellowships cover one committee midwinter meeting and/or one Annual Section Conference per ABA fiscal year (September 1 – August 31). Over the duration of the Fellowship, participants must attend at least one Annual Section Conference. Applications are solicited throughout the year, with a submission deadline of July 31, 2019. Fellowships are announced following the ABA Annual Meeting in August.

Access the 2019-2019 Section Development Fund Application Form (PDF) here.

Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Fellowship Program

The Young Lawyers Division Fellowship Program is designed to give young lawyers who are Section members the opportunity to become familiar with and actively involved in the Section. Highlights of this program are:

  • Participants are assigned to a Section standing committee
  • Participants are expected to attend the Midwinter Meetings of their assigned committee

Fellows will be provided an allocation to be used to cover Midwinter Meeting travel and registration expenses.

Access the Young Lawyers Fellowship Application Form (PDF) here.

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