Minutes August 2012

The Employment & Labor Law Section Council met this date via conference call. Participating members included Mike Carrouth, Kris Cato, Molly Cherry, Debbie Durban, Julia Ebert, Stephanie Lewis, Fred Manning, Al Phinney, Nekki Shutt and Nick Walters. Representing Bar staff was Tara G. Smith.

Chairperson Cherry called the meeting to order.

The first item of business was approval of the minutes from the March 28, 2012, meeting. Ms. Shutt moved approval of the minutes. Mr. Manning seconded the motion, and it was approved.

The next item of business was discussion on the 2013 Bar Convention scheduled for January 24-27, at the Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. Ms. Smith announced that the Section CLE was scheduled for Friday, January 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Ms. Cherry provided a brief overview of the agenda. A Council luncheon was scheduled for noon on Friday. Ms. Smith was to check the availability of hosting the lunch at the resort.

Next was discussion on the 2012 NC/SC Joint Section Conference. Ms. Cherry announced that the conference was scheduled for October 26 & 27, at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, N.C. An annual meeting and Council lunch would be scheduled. Ms. Smith was to research the date and time and report her findings to the Council. She stated that the Council had previously decided not to host a Council and faculty dinner in conjunction with the conference.

Next was discussion on the 2013 Section Mid-year meeting. Ms. Smith stated that the Bar Conference Center was available May 17th and asked the Council if they had any conflicts. There being none, Ms. Smith was to inform the CLE Division of the Section’s decision. Mr. Vafai was to serve as the course planner. Ms. Lewis agreed to assist. Ms. Smith reminded the Council that the recipient of the Distinguished Lawyer award would be recognized during the luncheon. The award packet would be distributed in February.

Next, Ms. Cherry briefly reviewed the FY2011-2012 Section goals. She welcomed input from the Council. After discussion, the following goals were approved for the 2012-2013 Bar year:

• Conduct a Section CLE at the 2013 Bar Convention. This seminar will be videotaped and offered for CLE credit at a later date.

• Sponsor a half-day or full-day CLE in Columbia in May of 2013 that offers specialization credit.

• Continue to coordinate the NC/SC Joint Labor and Employment Law annual program. This program will be videotaped and offered for CLE credit at a later date.

• Continue to promote Employment and Labor Law specialization through communication to Section members.

• Continue to publish a periodic newsletter. In addition, and as a service to the members of the Bar and the public at large, the Section will make its newsletter available in an electronic format to all those who indicate an interest for the publication.

• Continue to strive to increase membership by offering one free year of membership to all new Bar members and compiling informational materials to be distributed at Bridge the Gap.

• Provide a discount to Section members on the Labor and Employment Law for South Carolina Lawyers publication and any additional updates.

• Continue to update members through the Section listserv and Bar Web site.

• Continue to invigorate the subcommittee structure, primarily by looking to the subcommittee chairs for substantive articles for the Section newsletter and assistance in locating speakers for Employment and Labor Law-related continuing legal education.

• Reimburse registration fees, hotel expenses, and a per diem for the Section Chair to attend the annual NC/SC Joint Labor and Employment Law seminar.

• Take a constructive look at the NC/SC Joint Labor and Employment Law Seminar to determine how, if at all, it could be improved. To this end, the Section Council will survey the attendees. The North Carolina Bar Association will be kept abreast of any developments since it also has a substantial stake in the program.

• Explore online CLEs and distance learning programs, including seeking volunteers from the Section to speak on topics that will be available for on-line CLE credit.

• Explore partnering with ABOTA or other organizations on a practice skills seminar.

Ms. Lewis announced that the summer issue of the Section newsletter would be released the end of August. She encouraged the Council and Committee members to submit articles of interest to the Section members. Ms. Cato suggested promoting membership and encouraging current Section members to submit articles to be included in the SC Lawyer publication. Ms. Smith reminded the Council to cast their vote for the FY2013-2014 newsletter coordinator.

Next, Ms. Cherry asked the Committee chairs to provide an update on their Committee.

EEO – Ms. Ebert reported that eight new members had joined the Committee. She noted that the Committee expressed interest in hosting a webinar/seminar. She welcomed input on topics.

Specialization – Ms. Durban announced that one person was registered to take the specialization exam in the fall. She stated that the Specialization Board was to revise the exam. It was suggested that Ms. Durban submit information regarding upcoming exams, updates, etc. to be included in the Section newsletter and posted on the Bar website.

Membership – Ms. Smith was to coordinate with Ms. Gaffney on member recruitment and promotional/informational items.

In closing, Ms. Cherry stated that she was approached by David Dubberly regarding the Section’s interest in establishing a restrictive covenants committee. She welcomed feedback from the Council. After discussion, it was the consensus of the Council not to establish the committee due to the lack of activity; however, the Council was interested in adding liaisons from various areas and developing additional committees such as a legislative committee that would provide updates on current legislation, etc. Ms. Smith was to verify the proper procedures and policies with the Bar and report her findings to the Council.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.