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May 26, 2005

Senate: Please confirm two NLRB nominees

The President has nominated Ronald E. Meisburg and Dennis P. Walsh to serve as Members of the National Labor Relations Board. Now the Senate should confirm them without delay.

Both previously served with distinction as Board Members. Meisburg faithfully represents the traditional Republican view, and Walsh faithfully represents the traditional Democrat view. Great balance. The Board has had two vacancies for long enough. It is time for the Senate to do its job.

Meisburg, a Republican, previously served as a Member of the NLRB under a recess appointment made by President Bush on December 26, 2003. That appointment expired December 16, 2004.

Prior to serving on the Board, Meisburg had been a shareholder with Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. in Washington, D.C. He previously was a partner with Heenan, Althen & Roles in Washington, and served at the U.S. Department of Labor in the Office of the Solicitor of Labor. While at the Department of Labor, Mr. Meisburg served in the Division of Employee Benefits and the Division of Mine Safety and Health and was awarded the Secretary of Labor's Distinguished Achievement Award. He received a B.A. degree from Carson-Newman College in 1969 and a J.D. from the University of Louisville in 1974.

Mr. Meisburg was president of the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation (1994 - 1995); a member of the Employment Lawyers Advisory Council of the National Association of Manufacturers (1996-1998); and a member of the Industrial Relations Committee of the U.S. Council for International Business (1993-1998).

Mr. Meisburg is married to Mary Helen Ratchford. The family resides in Arlington, VA.

Walsh, a Democrat, previously served as a Member of the NLRB from December 30, 2000 to December 20, 2001 under a recess appointment by President Clinton, and again under a regular appointment by President Bush from December 17, 2002 to December 16, 2004.

Walsh was Chief Counsel to Member Wilma B. Liebman, and from 1994 to 1997, he was Chief Counsel to Member Margaret A. Browning.

A native of Oxford, NY, Mr. Walsh was a career NLRB attorney from 1984 to 1989, serving as an attorney-advisor in the Office of Representation Appeals; staff counsel on the staff of Member Patricia Diaz Dennis; staff attorney in the Appellate Court Branch; and field attorney with the NLRB's Philadelphia office (Region 4). From 1989 to 1994, he was an associate at the law firm of Spear, Wilderman, Borish, Endy, Browning and Spear in Philadelphia.

Mr. Walsh is a 1983 cum laude graduate of Cornell Law School, where he was an Editor of the Law Review. He received a B.A. degree, summa cum laude, in Government from Hamilton College in 1976.

Mr. Walsh is married to Barbara A. O'Neill, an attorney. They are the parents of two children: Steven and Rose. The family resides in Olney, Maryland.

Posted May 26, 2005 by Ross Runkel, Editor at LawMemo, publisher of Employment Law Memo. Try it.

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