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There are six vacancies on the Executive Board of the National Employment Lawyers Association that will be filled by eligible voters—please remember to cast your vote by May 1, 2014! Regular members in good standing as of April 1, 2014 are eligible to vote. Associate, Paralegal, and Law Student members are not eligible to vote for NELA’s Executive Board. To cast your vote, please refer to the email reminder that was sent to eligible voters on April 4. Paper ballots will not be mailed to members who supply a valid email address. You may view NELA's Election Campaigning Policies online.

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Linda CorreiaLINDA M. CORREIA (Washington, DC)
Date of admission to practice: December 1991
Present position: Partner, Webster, Fredrickson, Correia & Puth, PLLC
Size of firm: 10 attorneys, 3 staff
Year became a NELA member: 1997
Names of NELA Affiliates: Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association (MWELA)
Percentage of legal work devoted to the representation of employees and/or their interests: Currently nearly 100%

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Wade CowanWADE B. COWAN (Tennessee)
Date of admission to practice: 1981
Present position: Sole practitioner (Of counsel to Davies, Humphreys, Horton & Reese)
Size of firm: 1 (Davies, Humphreys has 7 attorneys)
Year became a NELA member: 1996
Names of NELA Affiliates: Tennessee Employment Lawyers Association (TENNELA)
Percentage of legal work devoted to the representation of employees and/or their interests: 100%

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Brian EastBRIAN EAST (Texas)
Date of admission to practice: First 5/78 (AZ); active in TX since 11/82
Present position: Senior Attorney, Disability Rights Texas
Size of firm: Approximately 25 lawyers
Year became a NELA member: 1995
Names of NELA Affiliates: Texas Employment Lawyers Association (TELA)
Percentage of legal work devoted to the representation of employees and/or their interests: 70%

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Charlotte FishmanCHARLOTTE FISHMAN (California)
Date of admission to practice: 1979
Present position: Executive Director, Pick Up the Pace
Size of firm: 1
Year became a NELA member: 1992
Names of NELA Affiliates: California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA)
Percentage of legal work devoted to the representation of employees and/or their interests: 100%

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Alicia HaynesALICIA K. HAYNES (Alabama)
Date of admission to practice: December 1987
Present position: Partner
Size of firm: 4 attorneys
Year became a NELA member: 1998
Names of NELA Affiliates: NELA-Alabama
Percentage of legal work devoted to the representation of employees and/or their interests: 100%

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James KasterJAMES H. KASTER (Minnesota)
Date of admission to practice: May 21, 1979 (Wisconsin)
Present position: Partner
Size of firm: 35 attorneys, 45 support staff
Year became a NELA member: 1992
Names of NELA Affiliates: Minnesota NELA
Percentage of legal work devoted to the representation of employees and/or their interests: 95%

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Megan O'MalleyMEGAN O’MALLEY (Illinois)
Date of admission to practice: November 1997
Present position: Founding Partner, O’Malley & Madden, P.C.
Size of firm: 4 attorneys
Year became a NELA member: 2001
Names of NELA Affiliates: NELA-Illinois
Percentage of legal work devoted to the representation of employees and/or their interests: 95%

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Scott PollinsSCOTT M. POLLINS (Pennsylvania)
Date of admission to practice: 1995 – PA and NJ; 1996 – MD
Present position: Of Counsel at Willig, Williams & Davidson
Size of firm: Approximately 40 lawyers
Year became a NELA member: 2005
Names of NELA Affiliates: NELA-Eastern PA, Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association, Maryland Employment Lawyers Association
Percentage of legal work devoted to the representation of employees and/or their interests: 90-95%

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Richard RennerRICHARD R. RENNER (Washington, DC)
Date of admission to practice: November 6, 1981
Present position: Of Counsel
Size of firm: 8 attorneys
Year became a NELA member: 1996
Names of NELA Affiliates: Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association, Maryland Employment Lawyers Association, Ohio Employment Lawyers Association
Percentage of legal work devoted to the representation of employees and/or their interests: 95%

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Rebecca SalawdehREBECCA L. SALAWDEH (Wisconsin)
Date of admission to practice: 6/18/1996
Present position: Solo Attorney
Size of firm: 1 person
Year became a NELA member: 1996
Names of NELA Affiliates: NELA-Illinois, Wisconsin Employment Lawyers Association
Percentage of legal work devoted to the representation of employees and/or their interests: 100%

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