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Meet Your Candidates: NELA 2018 Executive Board Election - Vote by May 1, 2018!

NELA’s 2018 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 Terry O’Neill, NELA’s Executive Director, and James H. Kaster, NELA’s President.

NELA congratulates and thanks all of the candidates taking part in the 2018 Executive Board Election for their achievements in employee rights advocacy and their commitment to NELA as an organization.


 

Nieves Bolanos
Maria de las Nieves Bolaños (Illinois)
Date of admission to practice: 2009
Your present position: Partner, Potter Bolanos LLC
Size of your firm: 5 attorneys
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


Valerie Brender
Valerie Brender (California)
Date of admission to practice: 2014 (CA), 2014 (NY)
Your present position: Associate Attorney
Size of your firm: 5 attorneys
Year you became a NELA member: 2016
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? 90%

Candidate Statement


Carla Brown
Carla Brown (Virginia)
Date of admission to practice: 2000
Your present position: Partner
Size of your firm: 6 attorneys
Year you became a NELA member: 2008
Name of NELA Affiliate(s): Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association, Virginia Employment Lawyers Association
What percentage of your professional legal work is devoted to the representation of employees and/or their interests? Over 90%

Candidate Statement


Amy Coopman
Amy Coopman (Missouri)
Date of admission to practice: 1995 (KS), 1996 (MO)
Your present position: Partner
Size of your firm: 30 attorneys
Year you became a NELA member: 1997
Name of NELA Affiliate(s): Kansas City NELA
What percentage of your professional legal work is devoted to the representation of employees and/or their interests? ~85-90%

Candidate Statement


Christine Elzer
Christine T. Elzer (Pennsylvania)
Date of admission to practice: 2008
Your present position: Solo Attorney
Size of your firm: 1 attorney
Year you became a NELA member: 2010
Name of NELA Affiliate(s): Western Pennsylvania Employment Lawyers Association
What percentage of your professional legal work is devoted to the representation of employees and/or their interests? 95%

Candidate Statement


Karla Gilbride
Karla Gilbride (Washington, DC)
Date of admission to practice: 2008
Your present position: Staff Attorney at Public Justice
Size of your firm: 15 attorneys
Year you became a NELA member: 2015
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? At any given time between 20% and 50% of my professional legal work is devoted to representing employees (primarily in cases involving forced arbitration provisions, but also in a small number of wage and hour/misclassification cases on behalf of low-wage workers that do not involve arbitration issues). I would also describe my advocacy/policy work combatting forced arbitration as being in the interest of employees, given the extent to which these provisions, which are often presented as conditions of employment, interfere with workers’ substantive rights and their ability to band together to pursue those rights collectively.

Candidate Statement


Heather Leonard
Heather Newsom Leonard (Alabama)
Date of admission to practice: 1998
Your present position: Attorney
Size of your firm: 1 attorney
Year you became a NELA member: 2013
Name of NELA Affiliate(s): NELA-Alabama
What percentage of your professional legal work is devoted to the representation of employees and/or their interests? 95%

Candidate Statement


Edgar Njadtou
Edgar Njadtou (Washington, DC)
Date of admission to practice: 2010
Your present position: Partner
Size of your firm: 2 attorneys
Year you became a NELA member: 2008
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? 95%

Candidate Statement


Kati Neff
Kati Neff (Ohio)
Date of admission to practice: 2007
Your present position: Partner
Size of your firm: 13 attorneys
Year you became a NELA member: 2007
Name of NELA Affiliate(s): Ohio Employment Lawyers Association, Cincinnati Employment Lawyers Association
What percentage of your professional legal work is devoted to the representation of employees and/or their interests? 100%

Candidate Statement


Elizabeth A. Rodgers
Elizabeth A. Rodgers (Massachusetts)
Date of admission to practice: 1977
Your present position: Counsel, member of Gordon Law Group, LLP
Size of your firm: 4 attorneys
Year you became a NELA member: 1996
Name of NELA Affiliate(s): Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association
What percentage of your professional legal work is devoted to the representation of employees and/or their interests? 100%

Candidate Statement


Cynthia Forman Wilkinson
Cynthia Forman Wilkinson (Alabama)
Date of admission to practice: 1989
Your present position: Owner/Attorney
Size of your firm: 1 attorney
Year you became a NELA member: 2009
Name of NELA Affiliate(s): NELA-Alabama
What percentage of your professional legal work is devoted to the representation of employees and/or their interests? 100%

Candidate Statement


Jeffrey Neil Young
Jeffrey Neil Young (Maine)
Date of admission to practice: 1982
Your present position: Shareholder
Size of your firm: 8 attorneys
Year you became a NELA member: 1997
Name of NELA Affiliate(s): Maine NELA
What percentage of your professional legal work is devoted to the representation of employees and/or their interests? 100%

Candidate Statement



About The Executive Board Elections

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 ballot by May 1, 2018.  Regular members in good standing as of April 1, 2018 are eligible to vote. Associate, Paralegal, and Law Student members are not eligible to vote for NELA’s Executive Board. Check your email inbox tomorrow, April 3, for access to the online ballot! Paper ballots will be mailed only to members who do not 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 2018 Executive Board Election!

Your Current NELA Executive Board (in alphabetical order):

Bernard Alexander (California)
John F. Beasley, Jr. (Georgia)
Nieves Bolaños (Illinois)
Carla D. Brown (Washington, DC)
Katherine L. Butler (Texas)
Amy L. Coopman (Missouri)
Linda M. Correia (Washington DC)
Wade B. Cowan (Tennessee)
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)
Susan D. Motley (Texas)
Victoria W. Ni (California)
Rosemary Orsini (Colorado)
Nina T. Pirrotti (Connecticut)
Scott M. Pollins (Pennsylvania)
Gregory A. Rich (Missouri)
Elizabeth A. Rodgers (Massachusetts)
Paul H. Tobias (Ohio)