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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.

Feb 05

St. John’s Law Students Continue Dominance in NYSBA Writing Competition and Student Service Awards

On Friday, January 29, three St. John’s Law students attended the New York State Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section’s Annual Meeting Luncheon, where they received various awards.

Anthony Holesworth (’16) won first place in the Stein Memorial Writing Competition for the second consecutive year. Anthony also won third place in the Kaynard Memorial Student Service Award. He earned a $4,000 scholarship for his combined achievements.

Thomas Rossidis (‘17) won first place in the 2015 Samuel M. Kaynard Memorial Student Service Award, earning a $3,000 scholarship for his achievement.

Marlin Duro (‘17) won third place in the 2015 Dr. Emanuel Stein and Kenneth D. Stein Memorial Writing Competition, earning a $1,000 scholarship for her achievement.

In the past four years, St. John’s students have won eight of the twelve writing prizes and five of the twelve student service awards. Mr. Holesworth is the first student to win the first place research paper prize in two consecutive years (2014: “Student-Athletes or Athlete-Students? The Slippery Slope Presented by College Athletes as Employees”; 2015: “Balls, Strikes, and a Minor Pickle: the Pursuit of Bargaining Power in Major League Baseball and the Lingering Plight of Minor Leaguers”).

St. John’s is immensely proud of these students, who continue to strengthen the St. John’s Law presence in Labor and Employment Law.

The Spring 2016 semester is off to an outstanding start, and it promises to only get better. The Labor Relations and Employment Law Society’s upcoming Spring Speaker Series will feature the General Counsel of the New York Giants, the Commissioner of Labor for the City of New York, and the Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board.

Nov 10

Salary Arbitration in Sports Conference | Thursday 11/19

Next week, St. John’s will be hosting the Salary Arbitration in Sports Conference. Salary arbitration is a unique method of determining player salaries in professional sports. In fact, only two sports leagues – Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League – utilize the salary arbitration process.  Much has been written about it, but the inner workings of this rare system remain a mystery, even for the most ardent sports fan.  At the Salary Arbitration in Sports Conference (SAS), seasoned participants in the art of salary arbitration will share their insights and experiences through a full day of panel discussions and question-and-answer sessions.  Students, professionals and sports fans alike are invited to come and hear from league officials, union representatives, sports agents, players and others, who will provide an in-depth look at this one-of-a-kind process.  This is an event you won’t want to miss!

As a courtesy, the conference has provided a limited number of complimentary seats for interested St. John’s students. Students can register by going to www.salaryarbitration.org and using the promo code “STJOHNS” to receive a 100% discount. Due to limited space, we ask that you register no later than midnight tomorrow. In addition, please know that when you register, we count on your attendance and ask that you only register if you are confident you are able to attend.

Sep 12

National Labor Relations Board Favors Fast-Food Unionizing Efforts in a 3-to-2 Ruling

At the end of the summer, the National Labor Relations Board (the “Board”) came down with a game-changing decision that affected fast-food chains and related companies dealing with contractors and franchisees. The decision heavily favored unions because it changed the meaning of an employer-employee relationship by including a staff contractor—a person hired to staff the parent company’s facilities—within the concept of a joint employer. Therefore, because a staff contractor is employed by the parent company, a union is legally entitled to bargain directly with the parent company, bypassing any bargaining relationship with the staff contractor at that specific facility. Previously, employees in this line of work rarely succeeded in union organizing, which, in some degree, was due primarily to their weak negotiating leverage against franchisees and staff contractors. Now, however, the Board significantly made union representation easier through an “indirect test” that establishes a greater number of bargaining relationships through an “ever-widening circle of employers.” For example, if fast-food employees at a particular restaurant choose to become unionized, this decision gives union representatives the opportunity to negotiate not just with the franchisee or contractor of that particular restaurant, but also with the corporate headquarters. For more information on this decision and how it may impact companies beyond fast-food restaurants, check out this article from The New York Times!

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.

 

May 05

Executive Committee of the Board of Advisors Dinner Reception & Meeting

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!

Apr 21

Congratulations to 2015 Scholarship Winners!

Dean Michael A. Simons, Dean and John V. Brennan Professor of Law and Ethics, and Professor David L. Gregory, the Dorothy Day Professor of Law and Executive Director of the Center, are pleased to announce the St. John’s Law students named 2015 Scholars for Excellence. They would also like to thank all of the generous alumni donations, including new endowed scholarships by Alumni Michael Borrelli, Robert Nobile, Troy Rosasco, and Isaac Torres. This year, Evan Spelfogel, a senior partner at Epstein Becker and Green, endowed a scholarship in memory of his late wife Beverly, a distinguished graduate of the St. John’s Law Class of 1984.

Congratulations to all of the students and thanks to all of their benefactors. Special thanks to the Selection Committee, including Dean Michael A. Simons, Assistant Dean Jean Arden, Ana Shields, Michael Van Aken, and David Marshall. Each of the 2015 Scholars for Excellence in Labor and Employment Law, and Junior Fellows of the Center, receives a partial tuition merit scholarship. They are:

Marlin Duro ‘17 is the John Boyd Memorial Scholar and the Research Fellow of the Boyd Law Group.
Patrick Boyd ’00, founder of the Boyd Law Group, established this scholarship (2011) and research fellowship (2014). in honor of his Grandfather.

Anthony Holesworth ’16 is the inaugural Professor David L. Gregory Scholar and Research Fellow. Mr. Holesworth is also the Co-President Elect of the Labor Relations and Employment Law Society, 2015-2016. David Marshall, Adjunct Professor and Counsel to the international law firm Locke Lord, has inaugurated this research scholarship.

Charles Lazo ‘16 is the Louis E. O’Neil Scholar. Terry O’Neil ’70, a partner at Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC and Adjunct Professor, inaugurated this scholarship in honor of his Father in 2012.

Matthew O’Neill ’16 is the Jackson Lewis Scholar. The scholarship was established in honor of the late Alan Becker, a partner with the firm and a mentor to the St. John’s Law graduates who founded the scholarship in 2006 in his honor: Ana Shields ‘03, Craig Roberts ‘97, and Chris Valentino’00.

Eric Barnosky ‘16 is the John Sciortino Memorial Scholar, established by Adjunct Professor Troy Rosasco.

Thomas C. Rossidis ’17 is the inaugural Richard J. and Maria Van Aken Memorial Scholar. This scholarship is established by Michael R. Van Aken ’99, Coca Cola Vice President, and Human Resources 21st Century Beverage Partnership Model, in honor of his late parents.

Arthur Rushforth ’16 is the Anthony L. Pedretti Scholar. Mark G. Pedretti ’92, a partner at Reed Smith, inaugurated this scholarship in honor of his father.

Eugene Ubawike, Jr. ’15 is the inaugural Basil Paterson ’51 Memorial Scholar.

Cynthia Lauren Vella ’16 is the Coca-Cola Scholar. Ms. Vella is also the Co-President Elect of the Labor Relations and Employment Law Society, 2015-2016. Established in 2010 by Michael R. Van Aken ’99, Coca Cola Vice President, Human Resources, this nationally prestigious scholarship is coupled with compensated summer employment in the corporate labor and human resources functions of Coca-Cola.

Robert W. Vogel ‘16 continues as the Dorothy Day Memorial Scholar. This is the Law School’s senior scholarship for excellence in labor and employment law. The scholarship was founded in 1997 by Robert J. Nobile ’84, a partner at Seyfarth Shaw.

Quinn Wetherall ’16 continues as the Monsignor Thomas J. Darby Memorial Scholar. Mr. James Darby ’84 was a staff lawyer with the office of the Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board, an advisor to the now-late Governor of Pennsylvania, and a member of the labor board of Pennsylvania prior to becoming a distinguished arbitrator and mediator. He is the nephew of the late Monsignor, an alumnus of St. John’s University.

Thank you to all of our benefactors for your generous support!

Mar 15

Remembering Cardinal Egan

Cardinal Egan visits St. John's

The Center for Labor and Employment joins St. John’s Law, along with many others, in mourning the passing of Cardinal Edward M. Egan, who served as an honorary chair of the CLEL. The Center was honored to host Cardinal Egan last semester, and as Professor David. L. Gregory said, “Everyone at St. John’s was privileged to hear the wise words of the Church’s greatest canon lawyer… He will be missed.”

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

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.

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