Alyssa Zuckerman

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Name: Alyssa Zuckerman
Date registered: August 28, 2012


Latest posts

  1. Concert Event – Friday June 14, 2013 — June 11, 2013
  2. The Book Watch: A Primer on American Labor Law, 5th Ed. — February 8, 2013
  3. St. John’s Students Win 4/6 NYSBA Labor & Employment Section Awards — January 22, 2013
  4. Hugh Blumenfeld to Play in NYC October 5th & 6th — October 1, 2012
  5. 16th Annual Management Lawyers Colloquium — September 23, 2012

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Jun 11

Concert Event – Friday June 14, 2013

On Friday, June 14, the Catholic Worker Maryhouse, (55 East 3rd between 1st and 2nd) is hosting a song fest, Dylan and Dorothy! Works will be performed by a graduate theology student on guitar.

This event was inspired by the Labor Law Society event, Songs of Labor and Love.

Admission is free and open to all! Doors open at 7:30 pm and the music begins at 7:45!

At 5 pm, anyone so inclined is welcome to join Dave and Garris Gregory at the Mighty Quinn at 2nd Ave and East 5th st for the best BARBQ in NY (per the cover article on the current issue of Time Out NY).

After dinner we will be walking the few blocks to the CW for the music. Hope to see you there!

Feb 08

The Book Watch: A Primer on American Labor Law, 5th Ed.

Available June 2013, Cambridge University Press is publishing A Primer on American Labor Law, 5th Edition by Professor William B. Gould IV.  Professor Gould recently visited St. John’s to engage in a roundtable conversation with students, faculty, alumni and friends regarding “labor relations, baseball and beyond.”  Additionally, Professor Gould served as the keynote speaker for the Center’s Fall 2011 event, Labor Relations and the Future of Professional Baseball.  The publisher’s description follows:

“A Primer on American Labor Law is an accessible guide written for nonspecialists as well as labor lawyers – labor and management representatives, students, and general practice lawyers, and trade unionists, government officials, and academics from other countries. It covers topics such as the National Labor Relations Act, unfair labor practices, the collective bargaining relationship, dispute resolution, the public sector, and public-interest labor law. This updated fifth edition contains extensive new materials covering developments that include the repeal or change in public employee labor law and the development of case law relating to wrongful dismissals and pension reform in the public sector; bankruptcy in both the private and public sector; ADA litigation and 2008 amendments of that statute; new cases on all subjects, but particularly Bush and Obama NLRB decisions, sexual harassment, sexual orientation, and retaliation; and the globalization of labor disputes in labor-management relations in the United States, with particular reference to professional sports disputes and the extraterritoriality of American labor law generally.”

If you are interested in obtaining a copy of this book, please contact the publisher.

Gould - Primer on American Labor Law

Jan 23

Remembering Marvin Miller: A Glimpse Inside the Memorial of a MLBPA Legend

Fellow Student-Author Krystyna Baumgartner and I had the privilege of attending the Major League Baseball Players Association’s (“MLBPA”) memorial for Marvin Miller on Monday, January 21st at NYU’s School of Law. The memorial was a glorious tribute to the life and legacy of one of the most important and successful leaders in labor history.


The memorial featured thirteen speakers with clips of Marvin Miller inserted in between. The first speaker was Richard Moss, prominent General Counsel of the MLBPA after Miller was elected Executive Director in 1966.  Moss stated that Miller was especially gifted in explaining difficult concepts in a way that everyone could understand, without talking down to the listener, a skill that was echoed by speakers throughout the night.


Executive Director of the National Hockey League Players Association, Donald Fehr, also spoke. Fehr reflected on the emotional side of Marvin Miller that he deliberately concealed from the public. Miller was a brilliant tactician, even outside the negotiating room. For example, Fehr noted that Miller would intentionally speak quietly in order to make the players strain to pay attention.  Fehr also notably addressed why Marvin Miller is still remembered today, more than 30 years after he retired. He argued that Miller built the MLBPA into a symbol of what a union could be, if run properly. Since former President Regan’s firing of 11,000 striking air traffic controllers in 1981, there has been a general acceptance of attack on labor unions from management, which continues today. Despite the hostile environment, the MLBPA successfully struck in 1981 and 1994.  Finally, Fehr stated that Miller’s work to get individual members to take ownership of their union is the reason for the MLBPA’s success and claimed that unions in other industries would be much better off today if they were run with similar principles.


Of particular interest was the bevy of both current and former players in attendance. Speakers included Hall of Fame members Dave Winfield and Joe Morgan. Many players echoed sentiments that Miller’s most difficult job was to organize a group of individuals who feared for their job security if they joined a union and who wanted to focus on playing baseball rather than deal with labor relations issues. It took several years for the players to realize what could be gained from union solidarity. Buck Martinez and Jim Bouton described Miller as an educator. Current Director of Player Relations, Tony Clark, noted the lasting appreciation that the players have for Marvin Miller and the principles he stood for, inviting several current players in attendance to stand. Just about every single player expressed his offense to Miller’s exclusion from the Hall of Fame.


Finally, the clips of Marvin Miller were especially poignant. During his vignettes Miller expressed pride in his involvement with numerous unions and noted the value of speaking to each and every member. He also noted the conditions players faced prior to taking ownership of their union, and cautioned the players to not take their current position for granted. Miller stressed that educated, involved union members are necessary for the continuing success of the MLBPA.

Jan 22

St. John’s Students Win 4/6 NYSBA Labor & Employment Section Awards







On January 26, 2013, the Labor and Employment Law Section of the New York State Bar Association will present three third-year students from St. John’s, Amanda Jaret, Andrew Midgen, and Alyssa Zuckerman, with awards at its annual meeting.

Amanda Jaret, Secretary of the Labor and Employment Law Society and Junior Fellow for the Center for Labor and Employment Law, is the first place winner of the Samuel M. Kaynard Memorial Student Service Award and second place winner in the Dr. Emanuel Stein and Kenneth D. Stein Memorial Writing Competition for her paper, titled “Other Mutual Aid Or Protection”: Collective Legal Claims as Concerted Activity in D. R. Horton, Inc. and Beyond. Amanda has worked as a research assistant and Junior Fellow for the Center during her entire tenure at St. John’s, supported by the 2011 John Boyd Scholarship, the 2012 Professor Lawrence Joseph Scholarship, and the Cesar Chavez Memorial Scholarship, awarded to the graduating third-year law student with the highest grades in the labor and employment law curriculum. She has worked for the United Auto Workers in Detroit, Michigan and for Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP, a union-side labor law firm.

Andrew Midgen, Co-President of the Labor and Employment Law Society and Junior Fellow for the Center for Labor and Employment Law, is the first place winner of the 2012 Dr. Emanuel Stein and Kenneth D. Stein Memorial Writing Competition. His winning paper, titled The Future Scope of the Antitrust Exemption in Professional Sports, addresses a controversial and developing area of labor and employment law that has captured national attention during recent collective bargaining agreement negotiations for professional sports teams and players in the National Football League and, most recently, the National Hockey League. Among Andrew’s previous honors and accomplishments are the Inaugural Borrelli and Associates Scholarship and prestigious internships with UNITE HERE! Local 100, the United States Department of Labor Office of the Solicitor, and the National Labor Relations Board Division of Judges.

Alyssa Zuckerman, Co-President of the Labor and Employment Law Society and Junior Fellow for the Center for Labor and Employment Law, is the second place winner of the 2012 Samuel M. Kaynard Memorial Student Service Award. One of Alyssa’s chief initiatives as Co-President includes the successful launch of a new blog, the Center for Labor and Employment Law Forum (this blog). The Service Award also recognizes her consistently impressive leadership of the Society and the many successful events she has coordinated for the Center during her time at St. John’s. Alyssa has also received many other notable honors for her contributions to labor and employment law, including the 2012 Coca-Cola Refreshments Scholarship, which enabled Alyssa to work as a Summer Associate with Coca-Cola’s Labor Relations Department, the Cesar Chavez Memorial Scholarship, and an internship with Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano LLP, a workers’ compensation law firm.

These three students follow in the footsteps of many of their predecessors who have received similar recognition from the New York State Bar Association. The students’ successes are a testament to the strength of St. John’s labor and employment law curriculum and the stalwart guidance and mentoring of Professor David L. Gregory.

Oct 01

Hugh Blumenfeld to Play in NYC October 5th & 6th

The St. John’s Center for Labor and Employment Law proudly presents two free concerts on Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6 featuring Hugh Blumenfeld

 “SONGS OF LABOR AND LOVE” – Celebrating the Centennial of the birth of Woody Guthrie

On: Friday, October 5, 7:45 p.m., Maryhouse Catholic Worker, 55 East 3rd Street, New York City &  Saturday, October 6, 8 p.m., 101 Murray Street, St. John’s Manhattan Campus Auditorium (doors open 6:30 p.m.; Music begins at 8 p.m.) (Please RSVP to Paula Edwards 718-990-6653;

Here’s a sample of Blumenfeld’s music to get you ready to rock…

Hugh Blumenfeld, Ph.D., M.D. is a great friend of St. John’s, first performing at St. John’s on November 13, 1997 to open for New Zealand Trade Federation President Maxine Gay, and on both November 21, 1998 and October 28, 2003 with Richard Shindell.

Blumenfeld is a singer-songwriter who came out of the Greenwich Village folk scene in the 1980s.  For nearly two decades he performed at top folk clubs and festivals across the U.S. as well as several tours abroad in Europe and Israel. Through the 1990s, Hugh released four critically acclaimed albums on Prime CD, an independent New York label. His most recent CD, Dad, came out on the respected Waterbug label earlier this year.

While in New York, Blumenfeld contributed many songs and articles to the Fast Folk Musical Magazine (now part of the Smithsonian/Folkways collection). He also had songs and articles published in Broadside and Sing Out! Magazines.  His work, which has always born the mark of his literary studies (M.A. University of Chicago; Ph.D. in Poetics from NYU), took on an increasingly political bent, with long-time DJ Ed McKeon calling him “as sharp a political and social satirist as any songwriter writing today.” He found himself at venues like the People’s Voice Café, the Catholic Worker and the tiny but mighty Curbstone Press. He also played to large academic gatherings like the annual conference of the NY State Labor/Religion Coalition in 1997 and St. John’s University’s Labor Law Conferences in 1997, 1998, and, most recently, March 18, 2011,  opening for keynote speaker AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. In October 2003, he spoke and sang on a panel with Hugh Masekela at the 4th annual UNESCO Conference on Human Rights hosted by the University of Connecticut. Over the years, he has opened for Arlo Guthrie and Richie Havens, and performed with Ani DiFranco and poet Martín Espada.

The Connecticut Commission on the Arts named Blumenfeld Connecticut’s official State Troubadour for 1999 and 2000, earning him a spot at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage concert series.

Over the years Blumenfeld found increasing satisfaction from performing for children and adults with illnesses and disabilities. He worked at camps for children with cancer and was a frequent performer at camps, group homes and benefit concerts for the regional Department of Mental Retardation. But it was conducting research on singing to premature babies at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and a stint with Hartford Hospital’s Integrative Medicine Department that finally led him to become a doctor.  He finished both his M.D. and residency training at the University Of Connecticut School of Medicine and became board certified as a Family doctor in 2010.  He currently practices in Hartford, where his interests are patient education and improving access to health care in the nation’s second poorest city.

The St. John’s Center for Labor and Employment Law thanks our friends and co-sponsors, Professor Sam Estreicher and the N.Y.U School of Law Center for Labor and Employment Law, Vice President Jeff Zaino and the American Arbitration Association, and Jane Sammon and colleagues at the Catholic Worker. Special thanks to the Center’s Honorary Chairman, Edward Cardinal Egan, Archbishop Emeritus, Archdiocese of  New York.

Sep 23

16th Annual Management Lawyers Colloquium

On September 13th, 2012, the Center for Labor & Employment Law held it’s 16th annual Management Lawyers Colloquium.  The panelists included: Christine Hogan, an associate at Littler Mendelson; Steven Johnson, Group Director of Labor Relations, Northeast Region, at Coca-Cola; Terry O’Neil, partner at Bond, Schoeneck & King; Howard Sokol, partner at Holland & Knight; Evan J. Spelfogel, partner at Epstein, Becker & Green; and Richard Zuckerman, partner at Lamb & Barnosky.  The topics covered included the issues management-side attorneys and employers face when dealing with social media in the workplace, navigating and keeping employers in compliance with the NLRB’s advice on social media issues, the challenges associated with advising management-side clients in both the public and private sectors, the pros and cons of practicing labor and employment law, and how to break into the labor and employment law field. 

Also announced at the event was the winner of this year’s Jackson Lewis scholarship for Excellence in Labor and Employment law, in memory of Alan C. Becker, May Mansour ’14, and the inaugural winner of the Cesar Chavez Memorial Scholarship, Amanda Jaret ’13. The panel discussion was followed by a dinner for all those in attendance.

Sep 13


Hello everyone and welcome to the St. John’s University School of Law’s brand new “Labor and Employment Law Forum.”  This is the official blog for the Center for Labor and Employment Law.  Please feel free to peruse our site, come back often, and check out all of the new and exciting things happening with the Labor and Employment Law Society and the Center for Labor and Employment Law!

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-Alyssa Zuckerman, Co-President of the Labor and Employment Law Society