June 16, 2020 Issue: June 2020

Free Videoconferences Presented by the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law

Register today for videoconferences presented by the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law. The videoconferences are free; CLE credit will not be provided.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing details about joining the webinar.

View past videoconferences on the LEL webpage.

Coping with the Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on State and Local Employment and Labor Relations

Tuesday, June 23
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm CDT

Presented by the State and Local Government Bargaining and Employment Law Committee

You are invited to join the ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law’s State & Local Government Bargaining & Employment Law Committee for a conversation about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Topics for discussion:

  • What creative ways are unions and employers finding to avoid layoffs?
  • How are unions and employers working together to calm employees’ panic about the economic impacts and returning to work (especially when childcare is unavailable)?
  • How might the pandemic change the paradigm of government? How would these changes help or hurt unions?
  • What are local impacts in your state or city?

If you are interested in being a part of this conversation, or would like to become active with Section’s State & Local Government Bargaining & Employment Law Committee, please join us for this conversation. This is not a CLE program, and there are no panelists. Instead, it is a way for Section members and other colleagues to share information and learn from each other as we cope with the impacts of the pandemic.

Strategies for Diverse Attorneys to Survive and Thrive While Working from Home

Thursday, June 25
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm CDT

Co-Sponsored by Minority Corporate Counsel Association, National Bar Association and National Employment Law Council

COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted underrepresented communities across the US in a variety of ways, including a disparate impact on work and career felt among attorneys from underrepresented communities. The ABA is pleased to partner with the National Employment Law Council, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, and the National Bar Association to engage in a town hall-style discussion about tools diverse attorneys can employ to survive and thrive in the workplace, including:

  • Continuing to find work and bringing in new business
  • Maintaining forward career/performance progression (if things were going well before COVID-19)
  • Overcoming roadblocks and performance challenges in a virtual workplace (if things were not going well before COVID-19)
  • Building/re-building your personal brand

Pamela D. Chandran
, UNAC/UHCP, San Dimas, CA
Kelly M. Dermody, Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein LLP, San Francisco, CA
Barbara L. Johnson, BLJohnsonLaw, Washington, DC
Jean Lee, Minority Corporate Counsel Association, Washington, DC
Reginald M. Turner, Clark Hill PLC, Detroit, MI

Melissa S. Woods, Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP, New York, NY

Effectively Taking and Defending the Virtual Deposition

Thursday, June 25
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm CDT

Remote workplaces have become the new normal, and law firms are no exception. As we increasingly adapt our practice to the virtual world, many of us have to get comfortable with taking and defending depositions virtually. Join us for a webinar with a panel of experts well-versed in virtual depositions who will walk us through the process and provide practice pointers and practical advice on how to ensure you take or defend remote depositions effectively. Our panelists will discuss important topics such as what logistical and strategic steps you need to take to prepare for a virtual deposition, how to effectively handle exhibits remotely, and how to get the most out of a witness who is not in the same room. We also will have a representative from Veritext, a nation-wide court reporting company, who will talk about the basic technologies required to hold a remote deposition and walk us through their virtual deposition platform.

Robert M. Lewis, Jr., U.S. Department of Labor, Atlanta, GA

Dana E. Lossia
, Levy Ratner, P.C., New York, NY
Kelly M. Matayoshi, Farella Braun + Martel, LLP, San Francisco, CA
Nicholas G. Rennillo, Veritext Legal Solutions, Chicago, IL