Category Archive: Events

Sep 15

Guest Speakers This Week!

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!

Labor Relations FLYER

 

Sep 08

Fall 2014 Upcoming Events

September 9th
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.

September 16th
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.

September 16th
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

September 18th
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.

October 24th
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.

May 12

Video Link – Title VII at 50 Conference

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Watch video of the two day event:

Video 1 – Day 1.

Video 2- Day 1

Video 3 – Day 1

Click http://128.122.159.212/pages/search.php?search=!collection284&k=769ca2463b for Video from Day 2, provided by NYU.

Apr 23

Title VII 50th Anniversary Conference – Day Two Overview

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.

Apr 23

Title VII at Fifty Symposium – Day One Overview

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.

Mar 30

Title VII at 50 Symposium – THIS WEEK!

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 clel@stjohns.edu.

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

Mar 03

Events and Photo’s – Distinguished Speaker Series

On February 19, 2014, the Center for Labor and Employment Law hosted a Distinguished Speaker Series event- A Conversation with Harry I. Johnson, III, member of the National Labor Relations Board. This
event was held in the Mattone Family Atrium, where Mr. Johnson was joined by students, alumni and friends to tell about his experience and perspective on his role at the National Labor Relations Board. Mr. Johnson was introduced by alumni and former co-presidents of the LRELS, Sean Conroy ’95 and Michael Masri ’95. Students at the event felt that this was one of the best events and most engaging speaker series that they have attended in law school. Mr. Johnson spoke about recent decisions including cases on social media and employee handbook, and the tremendous workload of cases for the agency. Law student Josephine McGrath ’15 said, “the content and presentation of the speech was fascinating and gave an inside view of the challenges that the NLRB navigates.” Dinner at Alberto’s followed the event and the students in attendance were able to speak with Mr. Johnson and other alumni guests.

The next morning, Mr. Johnson addressed Professor Gregory’s labor law class, which started with the presentation of Professor Gregory’s labor law book. Mr. Johnson taught the class before returning to his busy schedule in Washington DC. Overall, this visit was a great learning opportunity and an amazing chance for students to get an inside view of the workings of the NLRB. Thank you to Mr. Johnson and Mr. Conroy for visiting us and we hope to have you back soon!

Click through the photo gallery to view photos from the event.

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Feb 18

Special Event Tomorrow! A Conversation with Harry I. Johnson, III, member of the National Labor Relations Board

Join the Center for Labor and Employment and the Labor Relations and Employment Law Society for a special event tomorrow, February 19, at 5:00pm for, A Conversation with Harry I. Johnson, III, member of the National Labor Relations Board. This event will be part of the Distinguished Speaker Series and will be held in the Mattone Family Atrium. Along with Mr. Johnson, we will be hosting Sean Conroy ’95, and Michael Masri ’95. The event will be a conversation with Mr. Johnson and an opportunity for students and attendees to ask questions.

This event is open to any student and all are encouraged to attend.

Add this event to your calendar.

Dec 27

Title VII at 50 Symposium – Save the Date

2014 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, landmark legislation that fundamentally altered the landscape of employment relations by prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. It is part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which also barred discrimination in public accommodations, public facilities and voting. By its enactment, notions of equality were more deeply embedded in United States public law.

On April 4-5, 2014, 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, in conjunction with NYU Center for Labor and Employment Law, The Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development, the St. John’s Center for Labor and Employment Law, and the St. John’s Center of International and Comparative Law, will host a two-day symposium commemorating this important milestone, which will feature panelists and speakers who will assess the past, present and future of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.The symposium invites scholars and practitioners to participate in a multi-disciplinary evaluation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

If you would like information about attending this event, please fill out the form below! We will keep your information and contact you with more information in the near future!

Oct 26

15th Annual Worker’s Rights Conference

On October 25th and 26th, I had the privilege of attending the Peggy Browning Fund’s 15th Annual National Law Students Worker’s Rights Conference in Linthicum Heights, Maryland.  The event brought together law students across the country interested in the future of workers’ rights. The conference gave a greater understanding of the issues facing American workers, and was an opportunity to network with fellow students, and top practitioners in the field.

On Friday evening, conference attendees were treated to a showing of Trash Dance.  The film explored an artist’s organization of sanitation workers in Austin, Texas for a performance piece.  After the film, students offered opinions about the film’s metaphors for worker organization.

On Saturday morning, AFL-CIO General Counsel and former NLRB Member Craig Becker delivered the conference’s keynote address.  Mr. Becker reflected on his own experiences when speaking about unions’ future challenges.  He also offered insights into labor cases on the Supreme Court’s current docket and organized labor’s reception of the Affordable Care Act.

Students then participated in workshops that covered various salient issues. I attended three different workshops, all led by prominent figures in organized labor. Dennis Walsh, Regional Director of Region 4 of the NLRB, discussed the NLRA’s nuances in “Introduction to Basic Labor Law”. Fred Feinstein, former General Counsel to the NLRB, detailed how anti-union consultants grew from cottage industry to well-oiled machine in “Future of Worker Mobilization”. Baldwin Robertson, partner of Woodley & McGillivary, summarized issues facing state and municipal union members in “Public Sector Labor Law”.

In the plenary session on Saturday afternoon, panelists Leon Dayan, Jessica Robinson, and Peggy Shorey summarized new assaults on collective bargaining rights in the states, including new right-to-work initiatives and movements to end dues check-offs.  In closing remarks, Dennis Walsh, Marley Weiss and Joe Lurie thanked all conference organizers for their hard work in putting together the engaging and educational programming. It was my pleasure to represent St. John’s University School of Law at the conference.  The Peggy Browning Fund’s programs contribute greatly to the labor law community, and I was fortunate to be a part of this year’s conference.

Panelists (L to R): Peggy Shorey, Leon Dayan, Jessica Robinson, and Matthew Ginsburg.

Panelists (L to R): Peggy Shorey, Leon Dayan, Jessica Robinson, and Matthew Ginsburg.

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