Message from the Chair

Dear Members of the Labor & Employment Section,

As Chair of the Section, I am happy to report that our Section is in good financial health and to share with you some of the activities we have planned for you in 2018.

Breakfast Briefings
On April 20th, you will have the opportunity to attend the first of our quarterly breakfast briefings. The first briefing will address new strategies for the BOLI and EEOC process from both the plaintiff and defense perspective. If you missed this lively session at the last Annual Meeting, we encourage you to attend and participate in this briefing. We are also interested in ideas you may have for future briefings. There certainly are a number of issues both at the state and federal level (Oregon statutory changes, LGBTQ rights/protections, immigration issues, the intersection of the NLRA and FAA, and Janus) which warrant our attention, and we look forward to hearing from you about the ones in which you are the most interested. You can provide your input via email to: [email protected]

On June 7-8th, the Section will continue its intensive multi-day training for newer members. The demand for this program, which provides an introductory overview of labor and employment law, has grown over the past three years. This year, we expect the program to sell out again and to have to maintain a waitlist. To make the program accessible for all, we will continue to offer some need-based scholarships. The Executive Committee is committed to the underlying mission of this program—to provide affordable and practical support for our newer members.

Annual Meeting & Conference
Please save the date of October 19th for our 2018 Annual Meeting and Conference. This is the year in which the conference is held in Portland. We have reserved space at the Oregon Convention Center, and Chair-Elect Clarence Belnavis is leading the Executive Committee in gathering topics and speakers to capture the unique opportunities and challenges of our practice area in this specific time in our history. We look forward to sharing additional information about the conference soon.

Website and ListServ
The Section intends to make a concerted effort to make better use of the website and listserv this year. We encourage section members to submit articles for publication on the Section website and to share events and activities of interest to all members through the listserv. You can access the OSB’s policies regarding listservs, including instructions on how to subscribe or unsubscribe, here: You can access our Section’s listserv guidelines here: OSB L&E Section Listserv notice.

Thank you for joining the Labor & Employment Section, and I look forward to hearing from you or seeing you at a Section event this year.


Aruna A. Masih
Chair, Executive Committee
OSB Labor & Employment Section