There are so many big developments in employment law that I feel like I am playing catch-up with my posts, but I couldn’t skip the post about the Labor and Employment Section’s all-day seminar at the State Bar Convention in Tucson. The Convention was at the Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa. As usual, the L&E crowd had an all-day program planned for the Friday of the Convention.
Fun Fact: In Tucson, attendance at the Convention usually averages around 1,200 (with about 500 to 600 more attendees in Phoenix).
Some of the highlights include breakfast with William Gould, a professor at Stanford and former Chair of the National Labor Relations Board. He was a speaker and also joined in a superstar panel discussing employment issues in sports law. My favorite panel was the data and privacy chat with Dan Oseran, Privacy Counsel from eBay, and Becky Winterscheidt a partner at Snell & Wilmer. We discussed privacy policies for HR, the risks with BYOD, litigation implications (i.e., challenges with the collection of documents for discovery), and even touched on employee data in the EU.
Anyway, the point of this post isn’t to recap everything I learned from the Convention but, instead, to convince the readers who don’t regularly go to start going. I just completed Chairing the CLE Committee of the L&E Section of the State Bar, and truly believe the programs our section offers are invaluable- for knowledge, networking, and just getting out of the office and seeing a pretty view (…take a look at my pictures below).
Mark your calendars, the Convention next year is June 24-26, 2015 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa. What that really means is that on June 26 I will be playing chess on the life-sized chess board on the lawn of the Arizona Biltmore. It never gets old. And if it gets hot, the pool is a few feet away. And, of course, I have no doubt the Section’s program will continue to be top notch.