More than one year has passed since my
last post, and the two or three years before were little more productive. Still
for some reason, hopefully more noble than ego, I have chosen not to kill off
this spot on the internet.
Like the biblical admonition and agricultural practice of letting
farm land rest for a period of time so it might be more fertile, the hope is this
prolonged period away from posting will allow me to return to it with an even
more helpful perspective on the world of work, from my vantage point as one who
has represented employers for an extended period
It also marks a time
of change in my professional life. After 42 years as a labor and employment lawyer,
I am transitioning to a more reduced role in the active practice of law. While still
an equity shareholder in Ogletree Deakins, I am spending less time this year
and looking forward to an even more reduced role in a different capacity in
space, my goal is to share, at least in some small way, some of the things I
have learned or at least think I have. I
have been fortunate to have a ring side seat to the development of employment
law almost from its inception. Only the happenstance of the timing of my birth
and education made that possible, so it seems a shame to not at least attempt in
some small way to share, even pay back, for the luck of the draw that has been
my good fortune.
But as with all things, as reflected by the ancient adage which became
popular in my formative years of the '50's, the proof will be in the pudding.
Michael, I was an ardent follower when you posted regularly. For some strange reason I chose today to see if you were still around. Would love to see some of your thoughts as you move into the next chapter.