Melissa S. Woods will participate in a panel discussion entitled Title VII Issues Relevant to Representing Union Clients coordinated by the AFL-CIO Union Lawyers Alliance (“ULA”). This panel will discuss the current state of the law on race conscious hiring in the private and public sectors. Please click here if you would like to register.
Melissa S. Woods will participate on a panel titled The New Urgency of Diversity in Employment: Navigating the Rise of BLM Concerns and the Pushback from Some Quarters for the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers on December 10th. The panel will address the challenges and legal issues employers (including law firms), employees and unions will confront in this dynamic environment when they seek to be proactive and take steps to facilitate effective and legally compliant programs and initiatives.
Steve, our partner, mentor and friend for 48 years, died after an extended illness on November 9, 2020. His passing is an immeasurable loss to the Firm.
Steve truly was a lawyer’s lawyer — a formidable litigator, negotiator, strategist and advisor. As befitting someone who loved to travel, he devoted the majority of his career to representing the Air Line Pilots Association. He litigated many of the seminal cases affirming that labor unions should be given broad deference in carrying out their representational duties. Some of his earliest cases, on behalf of flight attendants who were pregnant or living with chronic medical conditions, made real the guarantees of the federal non-discrimination laws and fundamentally changed the workplace.
An expert on international labor law, Steve was an active and beloved member of the American Bar Association’s International Labor and Employment Law Committee. In 2019, he was elected Vice Chair of the ABA’s Section of Labor and Employment Law.
In spite of his many gifts and accomplishments, Steve was always modest and self-effacing. He was a genuinely empathic person who cared about others. He had deep, longstanding relationships with clients, adversaries, colleagues and everyone in our Firm. He will be greatly missed.
The Firm extends its deepest condolences to Steve’s wife, Michaele (Mike) Noble, and son, Luke.
Olivia R. Singer has been selected as an ABA Labor & Employment Law Section Development Fellow. This three-year fellowship funds attendance at the Annual Labor and Employment Section Conference and/or Section Committee Midwinter Meeting. Ms. Singer is a member of the Practice and Procedure Under the NLRA Committee. She looks forward to this opportunity to continue active participation in both Section and Committee proceedings.
Joseph Vitale will participate as the labor representative on a panel entitled Don’t Lie to Me: Ethics, Honesty & Collective Bargaining at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service’s National Labor-Management Conference on August 18. The panel will address the ethical rules that apply to attorneys engaged in collective bargaining for their clients. The entire conference will be virtual and has courses both August 18 and 19. Please click here if you would like to register.
Melissa S. Woods will participate on a panel titled Best Practices for Remote Labor & Employment Depositions for the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers on June 30th. The panel will address the laws, rules, and procedures that apply to remote depositions and will discuss their personal experiences in navigating the practical challenges posed by conducting remote depositions to ensure effective, efficient, and ethical results. Please click here if you would like to register.
As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said decades ago, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” At Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP, we have been committed for more than 80 years to fighting against injustice and racial inequality. We pledge today to redouble our efforts to help bring about real change in our country–change that is premised on the principle that Black Lives Truly Matter.
We share in the outrage over the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and all of the Black men and women who have been assassinated by police because of the color of their skin. We join with our clients and colleagues in condemning the systemic racism, police brutality, and injustices that Black people in our country experience on a daily basis.
We understand that justice frequently does not come quietly, and that protests and collective action are often the only means to bring about true change. We salute all of those who are standing up and fighting for what is right, without fear. We stand beside you in the struggle. We have witnessed many challenging issues this year: a pandemic resulting in loss of life and jobs for so many, the continued disregard for Black life, and extreme divisions in our country. We will continue to use our voices and resources to support the movement for change and deman