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Meet Your Candidates: NELA 2015 Executive Board Election - Vote by May 1, 2015!

There are four 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, 2015! Regular members in good standing as of April 1, 2015 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 that was sent to eligible voters on April 3. Paper ballots will not be mailed to members who supply a valid email address. You may view NELA’s Election Campaigning Policies online.

If you have questions or problems regarding your online ballot, please contact Karen Maoki at kmaoki@nelahq.org or (415) 296-7629, ext. 203. Thank you for voting!



(Listed in alphabetical order)

MARIA DE LAS NIEVES BOLANOS (Illinois)
Date of admission to practice: November 2009
Your present position: Attorney – Robin Potter & Associates, P.C.
Size of your firm: 4 attorneys, 1 of counsel attorney, 1 senior paralegal
Year you became a NELA member: 2009
Name of NELA Affiliate(s): NELA/Illinois
What percentage of your professional legal work is devoted to the representation of employees and/or their interests? 100%

Candidate Statement





CARLA D. BROWN (Virginia)
Date of admission to practice: Virginia 2000
Your present position: Member
Size of your firm: 10 lawyers
Year you became a NELA member: 2008
Name of NELA Affiliate(s): MWELA
What percentage of your professional legal work is devoted to the representation of employees and/or their interests? 90%

Candidate Statement





AMY L.COOPMAN (Missouri)
Date of admission to practice: 1995 (KS), 1996 (MO)
Your present position: Attorney, Foland Wickens Eisfelder Roper & Hofer
Size of your firm: 28 attorneys
Year you became a NELA member: 1998
Name of NELA Affiliate(s): Kansas City NELA; St. Louis NELA, Eighth Circuit NELA
What percentage of your professional legal work is devoted to the representation of employees and/or their interests? Approximately 85-90%

Candidate Statement





MARK HAMMONS (Oklahoma)
Date of admission to practice: Dec. 1976
Your present position: Founder and Partner, Hammons, Gowens, Hurst & Associates
Size of your firm: 4 attorneys
Year you became a NELA member: 1995
Name of NELA Affiliate(s): Oklahoma Employment Lawyers Association
What percentage of your professional legal work is devoted to the representation of employees and/or their interests? 95%

Candidate Statement





DIANE S. KING (Colorado)
Date of admission to practice: 1987
Your present position: Partner, King & Greisen, LLP
Size of your firm: 6 attorneys
Year you became a NELA member: 1993
Name of NELA Affiliate(s): Colorado PELA (Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association)
What percentage of your professional legal work is devoted to the representation of employees and/or their interests? 100%

Candidate Statement





DENISE J. KNECHT (Ohio)
Date of admission to practice: November 1981
Your present position: Solo practitioner
Size of your firm: 1 attorney, 1 staff
Year you became a NELA member: Shortly after it started—still called PELA
Name of NELA Affiliate(s): Founding member of Ohio Employment Lawyers Association and Cleveland Employment Lawyers Association
What percentage of your professional legal work is devoted to the representation of employees and/or their interests? Nearly 100%

Candidate Statement





VICTORIA (VICKY) NI (California)
Date of admission to practice: 1996
Your present position: Managing Attorney, Public Justice, P.C.
Size of your firm: 14 lawyers
Year you became a NELA member: 2002
Name of NELA Affiliate(s): CELA
What percentage of your professional legal work is devoted to the representation of employees and/or their interests? 100%

Candidate Statement





SCOTT M. POLLINS (Pennsylvania)
Date of admission to practice: 1995 – PA and NJ; 1996 – MD
Present position: Owner of Pollins Law Firm
Size of firm: 1 lawyer
Year became a NELA member: 2005
Names of NELA Affiliates: NELA-EPa, MWELA, MELA (Maryland)
Percentage of legal work devoted to the representation of employees and/or their interests: 90-95%

Candidate Statement





ROBERT RICHARDSON (Connecticut)
Date of admission to practice: December 6, 1991
Your present position: Shareholder/Partner
Size of your firm: 6 attorneys
Year you became a NELA member: 1992
Name of NELA Affiliate(s): Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association
What percentage of your professional legal work is devoted to the representation of employees and/or their interests? 100%

Candidate Statement







Your Current NELA Executive Board (in alphabetical order):

Patricia A. Barasch (New Jersey)
David R. Cashdan (Washington, DC)
Amy L. Coopman (Missouri)
Linda M. Correia (Washington DC)
Wade B. Cowan (Tennessee)
Beth Creighton (Oregon)
Brian East (Texas)
Herbert Eisenberg (New York)
Charlotte Fishman (California)
Mark Hammons (Oklahoma)
Alicia K. Haynes (Alabama)
James H. Kaster (Minnesota)
 David L. Kern (Texas)
Diane S. King (Colorado)
Daniel B. Kohrman (Washington, DC)
David L. Lee (Illinois)
Paul H. Merry (Massachusetts)
Victoria W. Ni (California)
Richard R. Renner (Washington, DC)
Robert A. Richardson (Connecticut)
Elizabeth A. Rodgers (Massachusetts)
Rebecca L. Salawdeh (Wisconsin)
Paul H. Tobias (Ohio)