Message from the Chair

Message from the Chair

Dear Members of the Labor and Employment Section of the Oregon State Bar:

This Section strives to provide a place where practitioners dedicated to the highest standards of labor and employment law practice in Oregon meet, discuss and share ideas on trending labor and employment law issues.  It offers resources and networking opportunities for both new and experienced lawyers that practice in all areas of labor and employment law.  The Section sponsors an annual meeting and CLE, a boot camp for newer attorneys, breakfast briefings throughout the year, in addition to this website and a list serve.

The Section’s Executive Committee is busy planning several programs for 2017.  The Annual Meeting and CLE Friday, October 27, 2017 – Saturday, October 28, 2017, at Salishan Spa & Golf Resort at Gleneden Beach, Oregon.  Join us for this annual event that includes a hosted reception for socializing with colleagues and networking.  I especially thank Chair-Elect, Aruna Masih, for all her hard work in putting together the Annual Meeting and CLE.  Aruna’s leadership and her attention to detail will surely result in a superior event.

On May, 22, the Section is hosting a CLE titled “Practical Approaches to Trying a Case Involving Stereotypes or Implicit Bias.”  The panel presenters will share practical tips for trying these cases, including the use of social science evidence at trial, addressing potential bias issues with the court, and presenting arguments to the jury.  Thank you to Steve Brischetto and Clarence Belnavis for their dedication and hard work to make this CLE a reality.

The tremendously successful Labor and Employment Boot Camp is back for another year – it is scheduled for June 15 and 16.  The boot camp format focuses on nuts and bolts training to a small group of participants on a number of topics at little to no cost.  This year, Paul Ostroff, Steve Brischetto, and Scott Hunt have doubled down to bring attendees a fabulous program.

The Section continues to offer Breakfast Briefings on legal topics relevant to the labor and employment practice area and will use the listserv to keep members posted on 2017 dates.  I very much appreciate Elizabeth Semler for all of her hard work putting together Breakfast Briefings this year.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please email me at

Lisa A. Amato
Chair, Labor and Employment Section