Category Archive: Information for Students

Oct 20

Peggy Browning Fund: 18th Annual National Law Students Workers’ Rights Conference

By Samantha Ojo.

I had the pleasure of attending the 18th Annual National Law Students Workers’ Rights Conference, sponsored by the Peggy Browning Fund. The Peggy Browning Fund is an organization like no other, providing forty law students with stipends and summer fellowships in labor-related positions across the nation. The conference brought law students from schools nationwide together at the Maritime Institute in Maryland for two jam-packed days of unique labor and workers’ rights themed programming and networking.

Conference events began on Friday evening with a networking reception and dinner, followed by a screening of the film Farewell Ferris Wheel, which shed light on workers’ rights issues surrounding the United States’s controversial H-2B guest worker visa program. Saturday’s programming began with a keynote address from Mark Gaston Pearce, Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”). Mr. Pearce shared his work experiences that he gained during his transition from union-side work to leading the NLRB, advancing as a minority lawyer, and beginning his career in the NLRB’s Buffalo office. St. John’s Alumna and NLRB Staff Attorney, Amanda Jaret ‘13, moderated the panel.

Following the keynote address, I attended two breakout sessions: Introduction to Labor Law and Employee Benefits. The sessions offered great overviews to the fundamentals of Labor Law and Employee Retirement Income Securities Act (“ERISA”) Law.

After lunch, I attended my favorite panel of the weekend: Sports and Labor Law. The panel consisted of attorneys from three major sports unions, the NBPA, NFLPA, and MLBPA, and delved into the unions’ history and development, current initiatives, and stances regarding legal issues. The conference concluded with a panel discussion on organizing workers in the gig economy, which highlighted the unique nature of organizing employees or independent contractors of companies like Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb.

As a first-year law student, it can be difficult to leave the classroom and see legal work in action, but the Peggy Browning Conference both exposed me to new and fascinating legal issues and provided me insight into my desired career with unparalleled access to distinguished individuals at the top of their field. I hope to be able to formally become involved with the Peggy Browning Fund throughout my time in law school, and I strongly suggest that students with an interest in workers’ rights or Labor and Employment Law should research the fellowship and aim to attend the conference next fall.

Mar 28

St. John’s Law School Jumps in Rankings for the Second Consecutive Year

By Amanda Slutsky.

On March 16, U.S. News and World Report released the much-anticipated law school rankings. This year, St. John’s University School of Law increased its ranking by eight spots to number 74. The previous year, St. John’s increased by twenty-five spots! This thirty-three spot jump over two years is an overall representation of the bright future St. John’s offers its students.

The incredible jump can be partially attributed to the opportunities from the School’s different centers, clinics, externships, and honors programs. One particular bright spot is the Center for Labor and Employment Law. At the Theology of Work and the Dignity of Workers Conference in March 2011, Denis Hughes, the President of the New York State ALF-CIO stated, “St. John’s has one of the finest labor programs in the country.” Moreover, under the leadership of Professors David L. Gregory, the Center has recruited some of the most highly regarded practitioners in the field as adjunct professors, such as NLRB Regional Director, Karen P. Fernbach.

Finally, the composition of the student body community may also explain the School’s rapid rise in the rankings. The student body-vibe at St. John’s is unmatched. At many law schools, the inherently competitive nature of ranking students creates a stressful and hostile environment. St. John’s distinguishes itself with students who genuinely help one another succeed. The student body feels like a family that fosters success. As the school’s ranking increases, the student body will inevitably increase in its size, G.P.A., and LSAT scores, but that will not change the friendly environment.

These highlights are among many reasons that demonstrate the bright future that St. John’s offers its students. As a result, St. John’s can be expected to continue rising in the rankings for years to come.

 

 

Feb 08

Spring 2016: Distinguished Speaker Series Announcement

The Labor Relations and Employment Law Society is thrilled to announce our Distinguished Speaker Series for the spring, 2016 semester. Specific details of the various speaking events will be made available in the coming weeks, as we approach the event dates. In the meantime, be sure to mark your calendars for the following dates:

  • On Wednesday, March 9, the General Counsel of the New York Giants, William J. Heller, will be coming in the evening to speak about the inner workings of professional sports organizations, from the perspective of a legal professional, along with a discussion of his specific role as General Counsel of the Giants.
  • On Thursday, March 10, prominent Labor Arbitrator Robert Douglas, and his son, will revisit Griggs.
  • On Monday, March 14, Commissioner Robert Linn of the New York City Mayor’s Office will be speaking in the atrium and holding a Q&A session.
  • On Thursday, April 14, Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce of the National Labor Relations Board.

As mentioned above, specific details will follow, but we are exciting to be hosting this outstanding slate of speakers this semester.

Jul 16

17th Annual National Law Students Workers’ Rights Conference – Peggy Browning Fund

The 17th Annual National Law Students Workers’ Rights Conference is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 16 and 17, 2015 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 2015).

Registration Process:

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.

Step 1.  Submit your resume and transcript via Symplicity job posting 341022.

Step 2. Upon receiving approval from Helena Quinn, proceed to register online at www.peggybrowningfund.org, or complete the registration form on the last two pages of this brochure and send it along with payment to the Peggy Browning Fund.

Step 3. Forward a copy of your registration confirmation to Helena Quinn at rojash@stjohns.edu.

Deadline: Monday, August 17th.

*Please do not register for the conference without approval.  The Registration Fee is non-refundable.

There is no limit on the number of students that may attend from each school as long candidates have a demonstrative interest in workers’ rights issues, or public interest law, and space is available (first come, first served).

Associated Costs and Funding:

PBF may cover up to one candidates’ conference fee, lodging, and meals.  Candidates that wish to be considered for possible funding must indicate so when forwarding their confirmation to Helena Quinn at rojash@stjohns.edu no later than Monday, August 17th.

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 are responsible for the costs of attendance:

  • Registration Fee (covers materials and processing) – $25
  • Conference Fee (includes meals) – $225

Includes meals. Students attending only one day pay reduced rate of $125)

  • Overnight Fee (includes full breakfast) – $110 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 about the conference, please click HERE.

 

Feb 18

2015 Scholarships – Apply Now!

Attention Students!

We are taking applications for labor and employment law scholarships Tuesday, February 10 through March 5, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. There are many scholarships being awarded including the Coca-Cola Scholarship. All interested applicants should submit an hard copy AND electronic application by 6:00PM MARCH 5 TO JANET KROLL IN THE LAW SCHOOL.

Candidates applying for the Coca-Cola Scholarship should expressly note this in their cover letter. The Coca Cola Scholarship will be in the amount of $20,000 plus weekly compensation to be determined for the 2015 summer associate position with corporate Labor Relations.

The application for all scholarships consists of a cover letter, resume and unofficial transcript to my attention, highlighting grades received in Labor and Employment Law courses, co-curricular leadership positions in the Labor Relations and Employment Law Society, significant employment experience, cumulative grade point average and class rank. If you wish to be a candidate for the Coca Cola scholarship, your cover letter should expressly so state. You will be automatically considered for all scholarships. In addition, we hope to award prizes for excellent research papers, which should also be submitted at this time.

You must submit a hardcopy packet of the scholarship application and/or of the research paper to the 4th Floor reception area of the Dean’s office by 6:00 p.m. on Thursday March 5, 2015. You must simultaneously send an electronic copy to Janet Kroll at krollj@stjohns.edu.

Dec 22

Office Hours with Professor Gregory

Dear Students of Professor Gregory’s Employment Law and Employment Discrimination,

Professor Gregory will be available to meet with anyone wishing to review fall semester 2014 exams, beginning Wednesday January 28.

Please contact Janet Kroll, 4th floor front desk, for an appointment after 2 pm on Jan 28, Feb 2 and 4. C grades and lower have priority until Monday Feb 9.

Nov 11

Attention Students: Upcoming Writing Competitions

Any student who has written about a Labor or Employment law topic should check out these upcoming writing competitions. For the rules and regulations please see the individual competitions’ websites.

The Dr. Emanuel Stein and Kenneth D. Stein Memorial Writing Competition
New York State Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section:
Deadline: December 5, 2014
Topic: ANY L&E law topic.
Contact: Beth Gould – bgould@nysba.org
More Information Here

Louis Jackson National Law Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law Deadline: January 20, 2015
Topic: Any topic relating to the law governing the workplace, such as employment law, labor law, employee benefits, or employment discrimination.
Contact: Professor Martin H. Malin – mmalin@kentlaw.iit.edu
More Information Here

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition
Deadline: May 15, 2015
Topic: Any aspect of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar.
Contact: Susan Wan – swan@laborandemploymentcollege.org
More Information Here

Sep 27

AFL-CIO Law Student Union Summer – Apply Now!

The AFL-CIO will once again be offering Law Student Union Summer (LSUS), an exciting program for law students that combines traditional legal research and analysis with front line activism. This 10-week internship combines public interest labor related legal work with union campaigning and organizing. This position is more than just a desk job, LSUS interns are involved in community outreach, member mobilization, corporate and other non-legal research, legislative campaigns and general litigation. Organizing activities, including canvassing, planning and implementing
solidarity-building activities and participating in meetings and home visits, are another primary component of the program.

The deadline is fast approaching for 2L’s interested in this program, please apply by October 17, 2014. Interested 1L’s must apply by January 16, 2015.

To apply, you must submit an application, cover letter (please see application for requirements), résumé,writing sample, law school transcript (may be unofficial), and current contact information for three references (preferably a combination of academic and/or work/internship-related). Send your application materials to AFL-CIO Law Student Union Summer.

Please see the flyer, application, and further eligibility guidelines below.

2015 Flyer

Eligibility & Requirements

Application 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan 10

Announcements!

The first general body meeting of the Labor Relations and Employment Law Society will be Tuesday January 14 at 5:30 pm in room 2M-01. We have election results and be discussing our events for this semester including several panel discussions, distinguished speakers and the Title VII at 50 Symposium. Any student with an interest is encouraged to come and get involved! Make sure to add us on TWEN to get email updates for meetings and events!

Any student who wishes to speak with Professor Gregory about career opportunities must attend this meeting. Please see this memo outlining the requirements and priority for meetings with him! Don’t forget your computer and resume!
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Any student who received a grade of C or below in the fall semester 2013 Employment Law or Employment Discrimination class is welcome to review their exam beginning the week of Tuesday, January 21. All other students may review their exams beginning the week of Monday, January 27. To make an appointment for a review, please contact Ms. Paula Edwards, after January 2 (edwardsp@stjohns.edu; 718 990 6653.)

Check out the scholarship page for newly updated scholarships and summer opportunities!

Nov 08

Edwards Wildman Palmer Prize for Students

Adjunct Professor David Marshall has generously created the Edwards Wildman Palmer Prize for the best student paper submitted for the 50th Anniversary of Title VII conference. Professor Marshall is also a partner at Edwards Wildman Palmer. Please see below for instructions on entering a submission. The winner will be selected by the St. John’s faculty and awarded at the 50th Anniversary of Title VII, cosponsored by the Center for Labor and Employment and NYU Law School.

**Update! The deadline has been extended to Monday February 17th!

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