Welcome to the Section of Labor and Employment Law! The Section has an ongoing goal of increasing young lawyer membership and participation. There are plenty of reasons why you, as a young lawyer, should become active in the Section. In my own case, attendance at annual meetings and midwinter meetings of the Committee on Development of the Law Under the NLRA allowed me to become confident in my view of legal issues, with the realization that my thinking on some things was in line with that of seasoned, expert lawyers. I had the experience of working on editing the Developing Labor Law treatise over many years, and I learned a lot of law in the process. I also met great people at all levels of experience. With our Section's many substantive committees and their related publications, you'd find these same things to be true in your particular area of interest. Participation can also be good for business, and the contacts that you make with members of all sides of the bar (plaintiff, union, management, in-house, government, academia and the judiciary) will help you in your practice. And I can pretty much guarantee you that you will have fun.
I look forward to working with you and to seeing you at Section events in the near future.
James LaVaute, Former Section Chair