Jottings By An Employer's Lawyer

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

The Concept of Fallow Ground and Other Musings

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 of time.

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 following years.

Regarding this 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.
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