Saturday, January 17, 2009

Tribute to Paul Secunda

Secunda What with the abrupt transition from the holidays and conferencing in San Diego to beginning-of-the-semester catch-up, I haven't found time to properly thank Paul for his last several years of service to Workplace Prof Blog and his ongoing service to the labor/employment law academic community.  A few months after I inherited the blog that Rafael Gely had founded but then discontinued, while I was still in the process of emailing every labor/employment professor individually to let them know I was resurrecting the blog, I received an email out of the blue from Paul asking whether I was interested in having a co-blogger.  I immediately accepted, and it was the best blog-related decision I ever made.

Paul has a level of energy that I wish I had when I was 20.  He's been a compulsive blogger, which no doubt helps explain why he's feeling burned out.  His posts often dug beneath the superficial story to the deeper meaning below.  He's a team player in the best sense of the phrase -- one of the things I like most about Workplace Prof Blog -- and it's a value Paul helped instill -- is that it's not about the bloggers, but rather about helping readers forge and maintain connections in the labor/employment law academic community. 

Paul's a brilliant academic, a cheerleader for all of us, a great friend, and an all-around fantastic person.  It's been a privilege working with him on the blog, and it's comforting to know that the one thing Paul will never be to anyone is a stranger.


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Here here! Beautifully said, Rick.

Posted by: David Yamada | Jan 17, 2009 8:18:17 AM

And I've yet to see a better smile on a law professor.

Posted by: Patrick S. O'Donnell | Jan 17, 2009 1:42:51 PM

Paul has made great contributions. His blogging will be sorely missed, but his contributions will continue.

Posted by: Mike Zimmer | Jan 17, 2009 2:09:34 PM

What a lovely and fitting tribute, Rick!

Posted by: Nancy Levit | Jan 18, 2009 5:30:16 AM

Paul who? He's always so shy and unassuming, I don't think I ever caught his last name.

Seriously, Paul (and others on this blog), you've done a great job creating an invaluable resource.

Posted by: Joseph Slater | Jan 18, 2009 9:36:25 AM

Very nice tribute Rick! You (and your co-bloggers) have a great deal of work ahead of you to continue to keep all of us informed and entertained, but I'm certain you're up to the task, as long as you can learn our names ;-)


Posted by: Nicole Porter | Jan 20, 2009 11:16:03 AM

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