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March 2013 Bar Bulletin

Labor and Employment Law Conference Set for April 25-26

By Rich Ahearn


Over the years, the Pacific Coast Labor and Employment Law Conference has become a premier event, attracting nationally recognized speakers. Members of the KCBA Labor & Employment Law Section, representing the full spectrum of practice areas, plan the conference over the course of several months as they meet and discuss compelling topics to develop a dynamic and worthwhile program for attorneys in the Pacific Northwest. The result is a conference that addresses both current and emerging issues, with invaluable materials.

The 2013 PCLELC, chaired this year by Trish Murphy, is scheduled for April 25 and 26. I encourage you to save the date and plan on joining us for an incredible program.

The conference features outstanding speakers such as Paul Grossman and Paul Mollica, who will present the ever-popular "Hottest Topics in EEO Law." Several other returning speakers who have received exceptional praise at past conferences include Susan Davis, Sheila Engelmeier, Carolyn Ladd and Joe Torres.

Some of the cutting-edge topics include: "Perspectives on the New Era of Arbitration," "Transgender and Other Legal Issues in the Workplace," "Strategies for Mediating and Resolving EEO Claims" and a concurrent session on "Union Organizing." The conference brochure, with full details and registration information, is available at Please note the early registration deadline is March 18.

In addition to planning and hosting the PCLELC each year, the Section also administers two Mary Ellen Krug scholarship funds, named in memory of one of the founders and guiding lights of the PCLELC. Established in 1986 at the University of Washington School of Law, and later expanded to include Seattle University School of Law, the scholarship program provides assistance to students showing an interest and aptitude in employment and labor law. Conference revenues support the endowment, which have been bolstered in recent years by a bequest from the estate of Krug's late husband.

Finally, the Section organizes one or two additional one-credit CLEs each year, including one ethics presentation. The Section recently hosted Justice Steven Gonzalez, who regaled members with insights from the campaign trail as well as his experiences as a recently elected Washington Supreme Court justice.

The Labor & Employment Law Section is always looking for new members to expand its ranks, so we hope you will consider joining and becoming an active participant. It's an outstanding opportunity to network with an interesting peer group, help maintain and strengthen our proud tradition of exceptional conferences, and support a program that provides scholarships to worthy law students: What's not to like?

To join, go to For more information, contact Rich Ahearn at or 206-755-0025.

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