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Meet Your Candidates: NELA 2017 Executive Board Election - Vote by May 1, 2017!

NELA’s 2017 Executive Board Election is going on now and your candidates are ready to serve! During the month of April, all Regular NELA members have the opportunity to cast their ballots for the leadership of NELA. Please take a few minutes to learn more about each of your colleagues below and don’t forget to vote by May 1!

In supporting your colleagues and spreading the word about the Election, please review the NELA Executive Board Election & Campaigning Policies and Rules. Questions about the Policies and Rules may be directed to Teri Chaw, NELA’s Executive Director, and Alicia Haynes, NELA’s President.

NELA congratulates and thanks all of the candidates taking part in the 2017 Executive Board Election for their achievements in employee rights advocacy and their commitment to NELA as an organization.


 

John F. Beasley, Jr.
John F. Beasley, Jr. (Georgia)
Date of admission to practice: 1988
Your present position: Attorney Manager/Owner JF Beasley LLC
Size of your firm: 1 attorney
Year you became a NELA member: 1995
Name of NELA Affiliate(s): NELA-Georgia
What percentage of your professional legal work is devoted to the representation of employees and/or their interests? 99%

Candidate Statement


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Linda M. Correia (Washington, DC)
Date of admission to practice: 1991
Your present position: Member, Correia & Puth, PLLC
Size of your firm: 6 attorneys
Year you became a NELA member: 1996
Name of NELA Affiliate(s): Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association
What percentage of your professional legal work is devoted to the representation of employees and/or their interests? 100%

Candidate Statement


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Wade B. Cowan (Tennessee)
Date of admission to practice: 1981
Your present position: Of Counsel
Size of your firm: 7 attorneys
Year you became a NELA member: 1995
Name of NELA Affiliate(s): Tennessee Employment Lawyers Association
What percentage of your professional legal work is devoted to the representation of employees and/or their interests? Over 95%

Candidate Statement


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Charlotte Fishman (California)
Date of admission to practice: 1979
Your present position: Attorney, Pick Up the Pace
Size of your firm: 1 attorney
Year you became a NELA member: 2001
Name of NELA Affiliate(s): California Employment Lawyers Association
What percentage of your professional legal work is devoted to the representation of employees and/or their interests? 100%

Candidate Statement


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James H. Kaster (Minnesota)
Date of admission to practice: 1979
Your present position: Partner
Size of your firm: 32 attorneys
Year you became a NELA member: 1995
Name of NELA Affiliate(s): Minnesota NELA
What percentage of your professional legal work is devoted to the representation of employees and/or their interests? 90%

Candidate Statement


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Rosemary Orsini (Colorado)
Date of admission to practice: 1993
Your present position: Member Manager
Size of your firm: 1 attorney
Year you became a NELA member: 2001
Name of NELA Affiliate(s): Colorado PELA
What percentage of your professional legal work is devoted to the representation of employees and/or their interests? 90%

Candidate Statement


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Gregory Rich (Missouri)
Date of admission to practice: 1996
Your present position: Attorney/Partner
Size of your firm: 8 attorneys
Year you became a NELA member: 1996
Name of NELA Affiliate(s): NELA St. Louis
What percentage of your professional legal work is devoted to the representation of employees and/or their interests? 100%

Candidate Statement


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Arthur Schofield (Florida)
Date of admission to practice: 1993
Your present position: Solo Practitioner, Arthur T. Schofield, PA
Size of your firm: 1 attorney
Year you became a NELA member: 2002
Name of NELA Affiliate(s): Florida NELA
What percentage of your professional legal work is devoted to the representation of employees and/or their interests? 80%

Candidate Statement



About The Executive Board Elections

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, 2017! Regular members in good standing as of April 1, 2017 are eligible to vote. Associate, Paralegal, and Law Student members are not eligible to vote for NELA’s Executive Board. To cast your ballot, please look for the email sent to eligible voters on April 4. Paper ballots will not be mailed to members who supply a valid email address.

If you have questions regarding how to vote, please contact Karen Maoki at kmaoki@nelahq.org or (415) 296-7629, ext. 203. Thank you for participating in the 2017 Executive Board Election!

Your Current NELA Executive Board (in alphabetical order):

Bernard Alexander (California)
Nieves Bolaños (Illinois)
Carla D. Brown (Virginia)
Katherine L. Butler (Texas)
Amy L. Coopman (Missouri)
Linda M. Correia (Washington, DC)
Wade B. Cowan (Tennessee)
Brian East (Texas)
Charlotte Fishman (California)
Mark Hammons (Oklahoma)
Alicia K. Haynes (Alabama)
Laura L. Ho (California)
Deborah H. Karpatkin (New York)
James H. Kaster (Minnesota)
Diane S. King (Colorado)
Daniel B. Kohrman (Washington, DC)
David L. Lee (Illinois)
Victoria W. Ni (California)
Rosemary Orsini (Colorado)
Nina T. Pirrotti (Connecticut)
Scott M. Pollins (Pennsylvania)
Gregory A. Rich (Missouri)
Elizabeth A. Rodgers (Massachusetts)
Rebecca L. Salawdeh (Wisconsin)
Paul H. Tobias (Ohio)