Issue: Spring 2017

About This Issue

Spring is in the air. The tax returns are on file or extension, or still under audit. The Supreme Court is back up to full strength, and along the West Coast, quite a few of those whose retirement plans have played out really well have set sail for the annual migration to French Polynesia. That, gentle reader, means it is time for the first 2017 edition of the EBC Newsletter. The continuing efforts to address a broad spectrum of issues and developments of interest bring you the following offerings in this edition:

  • William Kinney offers his insights on the pending Supreme Court ERISA Church Plan Litigation in his article: "The SCOTUS Decision in Advocate v. Stapleton et al. May Only Be a Start in Resolving the Issues;"
  • John R. Harney and Kathleen Bichner, offer some insights into the proposed form 5500 revisions related to ERISA Section 411 compliance;
  • Many of us recall this year as being one of the better events in an already outstanding series of Midwinter Meetings. Summing things up, the Co-Chairs offer their annual report on the event;
  • We also acknowledge a baton passing as long-time Plaintiff's Editor Catha Worthman moves on to pursue other interests;
  • As has become near tradition, in conjunction with our Midwinter meeting a variety of members engaged in Law Student Outreach. This time it was at Texas Southern University's Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, Texas and the University of Texas Law School and we even have pictures!
  • And before we close the books on the Midwinter meeting we examine the EBC Newsletter food and wine editor's review of the dining experience of the meeting in the eponymous "Dining with Sarah Johnson, and "
  • The ever-popular As We Go to e-Press returns.

The members of the editorial board remain keenly interested in your feedback on whether we are capturing what you would like to see in your newsletter. They would also be delighted to discuss article ideas you may have. Those with thoughts on issues they would like to see addressed and/or thoughts on articles should contact one of the editors.


Jim Nelson, Greenberg Traurig LLP

Joanne Roskey, U.S. Department of Labor

Michelle Roberts, Roberts Bartolic LLP

Doug Selwyn, Conner & Winters LLP

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