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MSBA Section of
Labor & Employment Law
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Glendora C. Hughes
Thomas J. Gagliardo
Labor and Employment Law Newsletter
Employment Law Institute
"Labor and employment law changes every five minutes," remarks Glendora Hughes,
Chair of the MSBA Labor & Employment Law Section. "Just when you think you
have a handle on something, a decision comes down and everything shifts. There
are a lot of twists and turns."
Having been a member of the Section for eight years, Hughes came to the post
in 2006 with a firm understanding of the dynamic landscape and intricate structure
of her particular field. During her tenure, however, a determined Hughes has
worked to keep the Section focused, streamlining it in the process while navigating
it into open waters.
The Section still touches on traditional topics such as employment-related
legislation, taxes and fees pertaining to employment law (which, under the
guidance of Program Chairs Al Palewicz and Thomas Gagliardo, is the subject
of the Section's program at the 2007 Joint Bar/Bench Conference). It will also
feature its Employment Law Institute this coming spring. Held every few years,
this MICPEL-sponsored event is geared towards assisting new labor and employment
lawyers in a variety of areas, as well as advancing the knowledge of the veteran
Another major event slated for the spring is the Section's involvement in
the amalgamated Business Law Section-sponsored mediation conference – a "one-stop
shop" for countless attorneys dealing with mediation in different fields. When
a membership is as vast and differentiated in terms of practice as this one
is, a "drive-thru window" is sometimes a necessary addition.
Another feather in Hughes's Section Chair cap is the Section's involvement
in the Women's Law Center (WLC)'s Employment Law Hotline, launched in fall
2006. The byproduct of a WLC task force – with which Hughes was directly
involved from its inception –
and the Maryland Employment Lawyers Association, the hotline is staffed by
volunteer employment attorneys and provides advice to those stricken with employment
Overall, Hughes has tried to merge the old with the new in a cohesive manner.
"I think what we tried to do is get a sense of what members are interested
in," Hughes reflects.
A mainstay within this prominent Section has always been its newsletter.
Edited by Palewicz, the newsletter has always aimed at providing something
for everyone – no simple feat with such a diverse Section. But while
Hughes has led the charge to streamline the Section's concentration, she concurrently
supports the broadening of the newsletter's focus. Given the mixture of readers,
ranging from labor law practitioners to employment discrimination to general
employment law, the newsletter continuously needs to be redefined in order
to provide something for everyone, which it has successfully done due to a
"We try not to get too narrow with the topics," notes Hughes. "That allows
us not to box ourselves in the corner."
Possessed of a progressive mindset coupled with a firm and steady hand, Hughes
has sailed this Section into new and uncharted waters, the likes of which could