On April 16, 2015, St. John’s Center for Labor and Employment Law had its Executive Committee of the Board of Advisors dinner reception and meeting that was graciously hosted by William Wilson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of New York. The event was held at BV’s Grill in Manhattan, where Professor Gregory, Dean Simons, and Sarah Mannix ’15 made their welcoming remarks before introducing Mr. Wilson and Vanessa German ‘11 who discussed the future of labor management relations. This event was an informative and educational opportunity for students of the LRELS to engage and network with Professors and Board Members who are involved in diverse aspects of the Labor & Employment industry. It is because of the active participation from our members, alumni and friends that allow for the Labor Relations and Employment Law program to thrive at St. John’s. Thank you again to Mr. Wilson and the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of New York for giving the Center for Labor and Employment Law this great opportunity to bring everyone together. The evening was a huge success and we look forward to seeing everyone again soon!
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Dr. Charles Russo’s Lecture — “Education as a Fundamental Human Right: Update, Reflections, and Recommendations.”
On Friday, October 25th, Triple Alumnus Dr. Charles Russo, Law School Class of 1983, and Panzer Chair at the University of Dayton School of Education, and Adjunct Professor of Law, hosted a lecture entitled: “Education as a Fundamental Human Right: Update, Reflections, and Recommendations.” Dr. Russo’s extensive resume includes author or co-author of over 250 professional and academic articles, author, co-author, or editor of 52 books, and is the primary author of the leading textbook on Education Law. In addition, Dr. Russo has made academic and professional presentations in 34 states and 26 countries and has been a visiting professor at universities all over the world, including Australia, China, South Africa and Turkey.
Dr. Russo’s discussion focused on education as a fundamental right not only in the domestic context but also in the international context. He cited pivotal Supreme Court cases such as Brown v. Board of Education and Cf. San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez. Dr. Russo provided the audience with an international history of compulsory attendance and then moved on to discuss the best interest of the child. Citing to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Principles 5 and 7 of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Dr. Russo highlighted that many cases all over the world have had to balance the role of the parent with the necessity of education to the child. In addition, he explained that while countries sign these declarations, some countries do not necessarily provide these rights to their country’s children.
Dr. Russo then made an essential point in his reflections that some believe that children are not equal to adults but they still have to be protected and provided with their educational needs. Lastly, Dr. Russo provided recommendations that we must recognize education as a fundamental human right and make sure there are laws and polices that reflect this right. This includes funding that covers not only building schools and providing the right texts for learning, but also to enhance the staffing through teacher preparation programs.
Dr. Charles Russo’s discussion was lively, eye opening and informative to the audience at the Catholic Worker Mary House in NYC.
Our Annual Distinguished Lecture with His Eminence Edward Cardinal Egan — “Pope Francis: Where Will He Lead Us?”
On Monday afternoon, a packed house in the Atrium gathered to hear our distinguished speaker, His Eminence Edward Cardinal Egan, for the annual Center for Labor and Employment Law lecture. Dean Simons briefly introduced His Eminence, with Professor Gregory giving an introduction to the lecture. Professor Gregory explained that originally Caridnal Egan’s discussion would be focused on Title VII and human rights; however, it had evolved based on a recent lecture given at the Harvard Club. His Eminence then began his lecture explaining that it would be broken up into three parts, first, his own friendship with Pope Francis; second, a brief review of the Pontiff’s history; and third, the doctrinal directions in which he believes Pope Francis will lead the church.
On February 21st, 2001, Pope John Paul II ordained Egan as a cardinal and amongst the College of Cardinals in this group was Pope Francis. Cardinal Egan was immediately asked to direct the next group of Cardinals to be ordained in October. However, this assignment was disrupted by a pivotal moment during his tenure as archbishop of NYC – September 11th—and the resultant fallout from this terrorist attack. Mayor Giuliani asked for Cardinal Egan’s help during 9/11 by first going to Ground Zero to attend to the dead, and then by going to St. Vincent to help the wounded. Soon after, Cardinal Egan was back in Rome to prepare the new cardinal class.
Cardinal Egan discussed the process of preparing for the new cardinal class and the many administrative duties he took on. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio (now Pope Francis) came to Cardinal Egan and said he could only imagine what he had been through during the aftermath of 9/11 and offered Egan any support he needed for this new group of cardinals. This began their friendship. On breaks they would talk about their shared interest in classical music. Pope Francis even reached out to Cardinal Egan on the day after the Metropolitan Opera opening, sending him a letter about Renee Fleming’s performance. Cardinal Egan had previously connected then Cardinal Bergoglio with Ms. Fleming, who sent him recordings of her solos from La Traviata.
During the time they spent together post 9/11, His Eminence Cardinal Egan believed His Eminence Cardinal Bergoglio to be a quiet, thoughtful, and genuine Jesuit and a wise, learned man with a kind heart. Though Cardinal Egan did not take part in the Papal Conclave, he was happy that Cardinal Bergoglio was chosen. When the new Pope Francis appeared, His Eminence’s face portrayed his delight on live television. During his lecture, Cardinal Egan reflected on the change in his old friend since they had met in 2001, Pope Francis had become less reserved. When they met again after the Papal Conclave, Pope Francis asked Cardinal Egan to pray for him, “At least three times a day.” Cardinal Egan asked us to continue with prayers for the pope. Based on Cardinal Egan’s recollection, after their meeting Pope Francis started to walk away, he then stopped and said, “Say hello to Madame Fleming.”
Cardinal Egan then provided a brief biography of Pope Francis including his family background; Pope Francis was from an Italian immigrant family living in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He studied to be a chemical technician, entered an archdiocesan seminary, and three years later he entered the Society of Jesus where he taught psychology and literature. Cardinal Bergoglio was named Auxiliary Bishop of Buenos Aires in 1992, when the city was struggling through financial challenges. He had a simple lifestyle as the archbishop, living in a 4-room building next to cathedral. He cooked his own food, took public transportation and frequently consoled families of “Los Desaparecidos” in Argentina.
His Eminence Cardinal Egan provided a reasoning as to the Pope’s appointment by stating that he is recognized as man of prayer who has handled daunting situations in his own country very well. As an advisor of several offices in the Vatican, the address he gave to cardinals before the voting process began was considered to be a speech of Christ-like commitment to the Church. Cardinal Egan also said that many news outlets have called him “the most popular leader in the world.”
Regarding his tenure as Pope, Cardinal Egan discussed the focus that Pope Francis has taken on controversial social justice issues. His spirit and love for caring for the poor has caught attention of the world and Pope Francis treated this topic at length in his paper published on November 24th 2013, Apostolic Exhortation, Pope Francis, On the Proclamation of the Gospel in Today’s World. His Eminence Cardinal Egan called this a clear apostolic document that discusses key social issues and noted that it is a passionate plea to open eyes to the mistreatment through exclusion, especially the poor. Cardinal Egan clarified that although some may find Pope Francis’s message controversial and groundbreaking, it is not a departure from recent church doctrine. Cardinal Egan reflected that the tone with which the messages have been delivered may not be what people are used to.
Cardinal Egan delved into several topics that the Pope has discussed including: abortion, homosexuality, and divorced Catholic’s receiving communion. With regard to abortion, the Pope is clear that we must represent the unborn and ensure that their lives are preserved. With regard to homosexuality, Cardinal Egan explains that Pope Francis sees homosexual acts as morally wrong, yet his response about homosexual people is “who am I to judge them.”
While discussing divorced or remarried Catholics, Cardinal Egan explained that there is some discussion currently about simplifying the marriage process and annulment process, including looking at the strategy of the Orthodox Church or absolving couples after consultation with proper clergy. His Eminence Cardinal Egan is waiting to hear any clarifications that Church scholars and theologians can provide and said he would agree if the thesis is sound. He also stated that the next Senate of Bishops meeting in October 2015 would continue to discuss this topic.
Cardinal Egan’s talk was an in-depth look at the Pope, his beginnings as Cardinal Bergoglio and an exploration of what his future may bring to the Church. At the end of Cardinal Egan’s discussion, Father Whalen spearheaded the Q&A portion of the event. Dr. Charles Russo, Law School Class of 1983, and Panzer Chair at the University of Dayton School of Education asked what advice Cardinal Egan would give the pope regarding dealing with the media to get his point across clearly. Cardinal Egan laughed and said he would tell the Pope to ask someone else! Sarah Mannix ’15 asked if Egan had any advice for recent and futures graduates on how to carry the message of the church through our legal practice. The Cardinal replied that he would ask young lawyers use their analytical skills to help other lay people analyze and evaluate right and wrong.
Cardinal Egan was an engaging and thoughtful speaker who shed light on the new leader of the Catholic Church. The Cardinal’s address was a memorable event and he was truly a fitting distinguished guest for the Center’s lecture series.
The 16th Annual National Law Students Workers’ Rights Conference is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 17 and 18, 2014 at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute, Linthicum Heights, Maryland. Each year this conference brings together law students, experts and practitioners from all over the nation to discuss workers’ rights law. The conference is sponsored by the Peggy Browning Fund a nonprofit corporation which sponsors 40 Summer Fellowships and one School-Year Fellowship for law students in a variety of nonprofit workers’ rights organizations, unions, and NLRB offices throughout the nation (Fellowship application forms are expected to be made available later this fall 2014).
At the organization’s request, the Law School must approve students’ registrations in order for them to attend the conference. Students will be selected on the basis of demonstrated interest in either workers’ rights issues or public interest law.
Interested students should submit their resumes to Symplicity job posting # 337555 ASAP. Upon approval, candidates will be given further instructions for registering through the conference website.
Associated Costs and Funding:
Students are responsible for the costs of attendance which are described below. While funding should not be expected in connection with conference attendance, the Career Development Office will explore whether limited funding is available to sponsor student attendance; students with a demonstrated interest in workers’ rights issues/public interest law should contact email@example.com with their resumes as soon as possible to be considered.
Students are also responsible for the costs of attendance:
· Registration Fee (covers materials and processing) – $25
Non-refundable; covers materials and processing. To reduce .no-shows, we prefer that this fee be paid by the student, not the school.
· Conference Fee (includes meals) – $225
Includes meals. Students attending only one day pay reduced rate of $125)
· Overnight Fee (includes full breakfast) – $99 per person
Per person, per night, double occupancy. Students may request a roommate; otherwise, one will be assigned. Single rooms are available for $170 per night, paid in advance.
· Congressional Staff Briefing…….$18 for box lunch
Please Note: The actual cost per person is greater than the fees listed above; thus, PBF subsidizes every student to some extent. Conference attendees may make arrangements to arrive early or stay longer at their own expense. This gives students a chance to schedule job interviews or other activities while in the Baltimore-Washington area.
For more information see www.peggybrowningfund.org, and read the attached brochure and Frequently Asked Questions.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Helena Quinn at her contact information below:
Helena Quinn, M.S.Ed
Associate Director of Employer Relations
Career Development Office
St. John’s University School of Law
Please join the Professor Gregory and the LRELS for two exciting guest speakers this week!
September 16, 2014 – Jack Newhouse ‘12, an associate with Virginia & Ambinder LLP, will discuss wage and hour compensation claims from the plaintiff employee rights perspective. Mr. Newhouse’s practice areas are wage and hour class action litigation, and he has previously worked for both the NLRB and EEOC.
Room 2-12, 1:40 pm – 3:50 pm.
September 18, 2014 – Chair of EEOC, Presentation
The Honorable Jacqueline Berrien, the Chair of the EEOC Commission, will discuss the strategic initiatives of the Obama Administration.
Room 2-12, 6:15 pm — 7:50 pm.
Please see attached flyer for speaker bios and we hope to see you there!
Fall Fest 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm Great Lawn
The Labor Relations and Employment Law Society E-board and members, will have various program information available.
Mr. Jack Newhouse, Class of 2012, an Attorney with Virginia and Ambinder, will discuss wage and hour compensation claims from the plaintiff employee rights perspective. Room 2-12, 1:40 pm – 3:50 pm. This is a very compelling dimension in Labor and Employment Law. See, for example, Steven Greenhouse, More Workers are Claiming Wage Theft, Monday, Labor Day, The New York Times, September 1, page 1.
General Meeting of the Labor Relations and Employment Law Society, 530 pm—630 pm, Room TBD/TBA. Employment search Information—bring your cover letters and resumes
The Honorable Jacqueline Berrien, the Chair of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, will discuss the strategic initiatives of the Obama Administration. Room 2-12, 6:15 pm — 7:50 pm.
Triple Alumnus Dr. Charles Russo, Law School Class of 1983, and Panzer Chair at the University of Dayton School of Education, and Adjunct Professor of Law, will discuss education as a global human right. In addition to being the primary author of the leading text book on Education Law, Dr. Russo is the author of hundreds of professional and academic articles informed by his academic and professional presentations in more than 30 nations. This event will be at the Catholic Worker Mary House, 55 East 3rd Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues in Manhattan, commencing at 7:30 pm.
October 27th, Monday, Room and Time TBD
Edward Cardinal Egan, Archbishop of New York (ret.), will reflect on his half century of work to enhance Human Rights, ranging from his work as a newly ordained priest through his many years of friendship with Pope Francis.
Note Regarding Annual Management Lawyers Colloquium
The Annual Management Lawyers Colloquium and dinner, and the conferral of the Cesar Chavez Memorial Prize upon the Class of 2015 student with the highest GPA in the most labor and employment law courses at the beginning of the senior year, have been deferred indefinitely. The Jackson Lewis Scholarship, normally awarded at the Colloquium, has been deferred. to the Spring Semester 2015. The scholarship application and selection process, as well as the election of the Labor Society’s executive officers for 2015-16, will commence in January 2015.
Watch video of the two day event:
Click http://184.108.40.206/pages/search.php?search=!collection284&k=769ca2463b for Video from Day 2, provided by NYU.
The second day of the Symposium was held at New York University School of Law in New York City. Professor and Director of the Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development, Leonard M. Baynes, provided the opening remarks for Day two. After his remarks, Professor Baynes moderated the first panel of the day, which applied the New York experience to Title VII Federalism. The panelists, Allegra A. Chapman Esq., Sandra E. Pullman Esq. and Anjana Samant Esq. are all assistant attorney generals in the NYS Office of the Attorney General Civil Rights Bureau.
The panel first explained that as assistant attorney generals they are able to do a lot of work in a variety of ways to defend and protect employees against discrimination through local, state and federal laws. They investigate potential violations of discrimination when employees come to them with a case and there is good faith basis for the claim. The panel was then able to talk about specific groups that are discriminated against, in New York City in particular, and ways in which they can help. They described pregnancy discrimination as tricky to prove because claiming a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) means that the expecting mother has to prove her pregnancy is causing another separate health issue. New York luckily saw this problem and recently passed a law to help women in the workplace during their pregnancy called the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA).
The panel continued to talk about the LGBT community and cited to a 2011 survey results that shows about one half of transgendered employees were not promoted or hired because of their gender. Although Title VII still does not cover gender identity, the panel clarifies that LGBT activists are working with NYC to create city laws for equal discrimination protection. The last group facing discrimination that the panel discussed was employees with criminal records. Like the LGBT community, these employees do not have Title VII protection, but the city is trying to make laws that would help applicants get their foot in the door. The panel mentioned the “ban the box” law in Buffalo, NY, which prevents employers from asking about criminal records on an employment application, as a good example of protecting applicants with criminal records.
In the second panel of the morning, Professor Karen Fernbach ’78, Regional director of Region 2 of the National Labor Relations Board, moderated a panel entitled “Unmet Challenges of Title VII: Labor Opportunities.” Fernbach asked a variety of questions to a panel comprised of Paula Clarity ’07, Associate at Archer, Byington, Glennon & Levine, LLP, William B. Gould, IV, Charles A. Beardsley Professor of Law Emeritus at Stanford Law School, former chairman of the National Labor Relations Board and chair of The California Agricultural Labor Relations Board, Jay Jaffe, Esq. Senior Managing Counsel 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, Amanda Jaret ’13 2013-2014 Law Fellow at the AFL-CIO, and Wilma Liebman, visiting Lecturer at Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and School of Law and chairman of the NLRB (2009-2011).
After lunch, the final panel of the symposium was comprised of prominent practicing lawyers who provided their perspectives on the Future of Title VII. David R. Marshall, a partner at Edwards Wildman Palmer, LLP, led the discussion with practitioners: Paula Clarity ’07, Associate at Archer, Byington, Glennon & Levine, LLP, Alfred G. Feliu, Esq. Partner at Vandenberg & Feliu, LLP, William Li ’09, Associate at the Boyd Law Group, PLLC, Michael H. Masri ’95, Partner at Meltzer, Lippe, Goldstein & Breitstone, LLP, Terry O’Neil, ’70, Partner at Bond, Schoeneck & King, LLP, Robert J. Nobile, ’84, Partner at Seyfarth Shaw, LLP, and Michael Starr Esq., Partner at Holland and Knight. Much of the panel’s discussion focused on how lawyers are realistically tackling discrimination in the workplace and what the next steps are in continuing the decline of discrimination.
Ralph Carter ’14, Dorothy Day Memorial Scholar for Excellence In Labor and Employment Law (Class of 2014) and Inaugural Edwards, Wildman, Palmer Prize Winner for Best Paper on Fair Employment Law (2013-14), provided the closing remarks for the symposium, thanking the co-chairs Professor Gregory and Professor Baynes and all the organizations that helped organize the event.
Specials thanks to everyone who came out to the Title VII Symposium and who shared their time and experiences on this day.
On April 4th and April 5th, the Labor Relations and Employment Law Society co-hosted the Title VII at 50 Symposium in conjunction with with NYU Law School, The Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development and the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. For the 50th anniversary of the passing of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the symposium focused on how far we’ve come in the last 50 years and how far we have to go in the hopes of eliminating employment and racial discrimination altogether.
The first day was kicked off by Professor David Gregory, co-chair of the Symposium, Vice Emeritus Dean Andrew Simons and the President of the Labor Relations and Employment Law Society, May Mansour ’14. The morning panel was entitled, “The Living History of Title VII: Voices of 1964, and Passing the Torch to a New” and was moderated by Professor Cheryl L. Wade, the Dean Harold F. McNeice Professor of Law at St. John’s University. The panelists were: Paulette Brown, President Elect of the ABA, Dean Andrew Simons, and former U.S. Congressman Rev. Doctor Floyd H. Flake. Paulette Brown spoke of her ability to go to a newly integrated school because of Title VII, although the new environment was far from encouraging. Rev. Dr. Floyd H. Flake, Former U.S. Congressman and Senior Pastor for the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York, discussed how racial minority groups are still facing challenges they should not have to face. With graduation rates for African Americans, Latinos and Asians at 32%, 62% and 75% respectively, Rev. Dr. Flake said that these groups should be in a position today to do what they want to do in regards to their careers and to have the lifestyle they hope for. Vice Emeritus Dean Andrew Simons discussed the case New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, as well as Johnson’s address before a joint session of Congress after President John F. Kennedy where he said no eulogy would be better than the earliest possible passage of the Civil Rights bill.
Before lunch, Professor Gregory and Paulette Brown announced Ralph Carter ’14 as the winner of the Inaugural Edwards Wildman Palmer for Best Paper on Fair Employment Law 2013-14 for his paper on an employer’s use of their employee’s social media information and passwords. During lunch, Professor Janai S. Nelson, Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship and Associate Director of The Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development, introduced her former colleague and mentor Jacqueline A. Berrien as the keynote speaker. Ms. Berrien is the current chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). She recounted her time as Associate Director-Counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), where she worked prior to being nominated by President Obama to be chair of the EEOC. Berrien then discussed the initiatives and actions being taken by the EEOC since her appointment to shrink the discrimination seen in the workplace through the charges of discrimination brought forth to the EEOC.
After lunch, an all-female panel presented stories of race, gender, ethnicity, and diversity as well as their roles as scholars and journalists. “Stories of Race, Gender, Ethnicity, and Diversity: The Roles of Scholars and Journalists” was moderated by Special Hagan, who kept the debate flowing and the questions coming in a fascinating panel that explored the many different facets of diversity.
Rebecca K. Lee, an Associate Professor of Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, discussed Fisher v. University of Texas, affirmative action and applying strict scrutiny in higher education. Kimani Paul-Emile, an Associate Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law, explained her research of employers use of background checks and criminal records in determining whether to hire an applicant as well as if they will terminate an employee if a record is found. Kathleen Wells, a Radio Host and Multi Media Journalist, discussed research that showed that we still have a long way to go before discrimination is a thing of the past. Sahar F. Aziz, Associate Professor of Law at Texas A&M University School of Law, discussed research she conducted that shows the stereotypes facing women, in particular Muslims, and ways in which these women go about trying to remove these stereotypes. Natasha Martin, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Associate Professor of Law at Seattle University School of Law, talked about how there are still echoes of Jim Crowe laws in the workplace. Lastly, Professor Elayne E. Greenberg, Assistant Dean of Dispute Resolution Programs, Professor of Legal Practice and Director of the Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution at St. John’s, discussed implicit biases and how those biases effect decisions made.
The last roundtable of the day discussed affirmative action through the reflections on Fisher v. University of Texas with Professor Gregory, Professor Rebecca Lee, and Professor Gregory’s research students Brendan A. Bertoli ’14, Courtney Chicvak ‘14 and Sarah Mannix ’15. Bertoli, Chicvak and Mannix discussed their research regarding the Fisher case and how it starts to show where the Supreme Court is heading in regards to Affirmative Action. In addition, Professor Lee provided a deeper analysis from her previous panel discussion into strict scrutiny. Ms. Mannix recalled her experience on the panel as ” a really excellent forum to discuss our research and findings with out practitioners and academics, and a great opportunity for discussion!”
Professor Leonard Baynes, the Ronald H. Brown Professor of Law at St. John’s and Stephanie Rainaud ’15, Symposium Editor for the Journal of Economic and Civil Rights closed out Day One.
Specials thanks to everyone who came out to the Title VII Symposium and who shared their time and experiences on this day.
The Center for Labor and Employment and the Labor Relations and Employment Law Society would like to invite any interested students or colleagues to the Title VII at 50 Symposium Conference, which takes place this week on April 4 and 5, 2014.
This program is presented in conjunction with the St. John’s Law Review, the Journal for Civil Rights and Economic Development and the St. John’s Journal of International and Comparative Law, the NYU Center for Labor and Employment Law, The Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development, and the St. John’s Center of International and Comparative Law.
This two-day symposium commemorates Title VII and featuring panelists and speakers who will assess the past, present and future of Title VII. Please see the attached program for the events schedule and speakers.
This is an amazing learning and networking opportunity for those interested in labor or employment law, and we encourage any interested party to attend. Please feel free to distribute the program and this email to any groups you are a member of. Scholarships and prizes will be awarded at this event.
The conference is free of charge and open to all, but please RSVP to Paula Edwards at (718) 990-6653 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope to see you in attendance at one or both days of the conference.
More Information: http://www.stjohns.edu/about/events/school-law-title-vii-50-two-day-symposium
Program – Title VII at 50 Symposium – 3-27-14