Adjunct Law Prof Blog

Editor: Mitchell H. Rubinstein
New York Law School

Monday, August 10, 2015

Is it too cold at work? Maybe its because it is a man's world

Chilly at Work, is an interesting August 3, 2015 article from the New York Times. Ever notice how woman always seem cold at work? Well, as the article points out, this may be because air conditioning systems were designed for men. 

Professor Charles Sullivan (Seton Hall Law School) and an editor over at Workplace Prof Blog, an expert in employment discrimination, raises the question whether such a claim could be actionable under Title VII under a disparate impact type theory. He appears very skeptical. 

It seems to me that maybe, just maybe if employees are disciplined or not given certain office assignments because of the temp in the office, maybe there might be something to think about. 

Seems like a perfect law review article.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

August 10, 2015 in Law Professors, Law Review Ideas, Legal Humor, Misc., Legal, Misc., Non-Legal | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, July 20, 2015

Dot Law'ers Are Coming -- in October

The internet is about to get a whole lot easier to navigate-well, maybe. Come October, their are going to be able to be many more internet domains.  Of most relevance to lawyers is the ".law address." 

An article about this from Findlaw is available here. The article states:    

Soon, that number will include .law, for those working in the .legal industry. Minds + Machines, an Internet registration company, is the exclusive licenser of .law domains, along with .london, .beer, and plenty more. Beginning July 30th, trademark holders will be able to register .law domains through Minds + Machines, according to the ABA Journal. 

Those names will then be available to buy in early October. To reserve a domain name, lawyers and legal professionals should file a registration with the company. Trademark holders have priority, but if they have not expressed interest once the domains are available for sale, could be bought up by a third party.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

July 20, 2015 in Announcements, Law Firms, Misc., Legal, Misc., Non-Legal | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Labor Art Exhibition

St. Louis labor lawyer Bruce Feldacker is a collector of labor art. His collection is described here.  From May 24, 2014 through August 2, 2015, his collection will be on display at the Cedarhurst Museum in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. Details are available by clicking  Download Press Release Labor Art Exhibit-1_1

If your in the area this summer, for those interested in labor history, this looks like a wonderful thing to do.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein


May 27, 2015 in Labor Law, Misc., Non-Legal | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


The BLS just published a report researchers may find of interest and very useful. As the report states:

This report describes the labor force characteristics and

earnings patterns among the largest race and ethnicity

groups living in the United States—Whites, Blacks, Asians,

and Hispanics—and provides detailed data through a set

of supporting tables. The report also includes a limited

amount of data for American Indians and Alaska Natives

and for Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders,

people who are of Two or More Races, detailed Hispanic

ethnicity and, for the first time, detailed Asian groups.

Among the interesting statistics, Whites make up 79% of the workforce while Blacks and Asians make up 12% and 6%. The report can be downloaded at no charge here.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein




August 26, 2014 in Information, Legal Research, Misc., Legal, Misc., Non-Legal | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Best Paying Jobs of 2014

Yahoo Finance posted an interesting article about the best paying jobs of 2014. They report on a survey done by the job portal which utilized data from the BLS. Below is a useful chart published by Yahoo:



August 19, 2014 in Information, Misc., Non-Legal | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Professor and Student Discounts

I got an email from Braddeals which is a blog which compiles a list of student and professor discounts. If you find it useful, please leave a comment. The discounts can be found here.  Please leave a comment if you find this information helpful.

Mitchell Rubinstein


July 30, 2014 in Misc., Non-Legal | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Please Consider Donation To Support Organ Donation and Save Lives

As readers to this blog and my friends all know, in 2011 my youngest daughter Linda (just 16 yesterday) received a Kidney donation which saved her life. The Kidney came from the National Donate Life organization from a child who died in a traffic accident. In New Jersey, where we lived, the affiliated organization is known as the New Jersey Sharing Network. We will always be greatful to this family. 

Each year, my oldest daughter Mollie (just 18) serves as the Captain of Linda's Home Team (named by Linda) which participates in an annual run/walk and raises money through donations. You can learn more about the run/walk, which will be held on June 6, 2014 in Northern N.J., join our team or simply make a donation by clicking here. On this page, you will also see pictures of my two lovely daughters whom I am so proud of. 

Please consider helping out. Any amount would be appreciated and 100% of your donation goes to a great cause. 

Finally, if you cannot contribute consider becoming an organ doner. The easist way to do this is to contact your local DMV.

Thank you,



May 6, 2014 in Misc., Non-Legal | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Consider Donating For Organ Donation Which Saves Lifes

As many of you know, my daughter had a Kidney Transplant. Each year we support and participate in a 5 K run. Please consider a donation or joining our team called Linda's Home Team. 
Help us spread the news! Consider posting your registration for NJ Sharing Network's 4th Annual 5K Walk and USATF Certified Race on you favorite social media outlet.
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© NJ Sharing Network Foundation NJ Sharing Network Foundation is committed to supporting the work of NJ Sharing Network and to increasing the number of lives 

January 26, 2014 in Misc., Non-Legal | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Job openings available on New York State’s JOBS EXPRESS website

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced more than 82,000 positions are currently listed on New York State’s Jobs Expresswebsite.

Jobs Express connects job seekers to openings in each Region of the state and currently lists an average of 51,000 new jobs each month statewide. The Jobs Express website takes thousands of jobs posted by employers and sorts them by Region to help job seekers evaluate what industries are growing in their area and find out what opportunities are available in specific economic sectors.

Statewide, the highest numbers of available jobs are in the fields of: Sales and Related positions; Management; Office, Clerical and Secretarial; Computer and Mathematical; and Healthcare Practitioner and Technical.

Certain areas of the State, however, offer employment opportunities in additional fields. In the North Country Region, for example, businesses are listing more than 2,100 open positions on Jobs Express with the highest number of available jobs in the fields of: Farming, Fishing and Forestry; Sales and Related positions; Healthcare Practitioner and Technical; Office, Clerical and Secretarial; and Transportation and Material Moving.

Job seekers and employers interested in learning more should visit the Jobs Express website at

Reprinted with permission New York Public Personnel Law

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

November 20, 2013 in Misc., Non-Legal | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Layoffs Taboo, Japan Workers Are Sent to the Boredom Room

Sony, an employer of an individual for 32 years, consigned him to a room because they can’t get rid of him. Sony had eliminated his position at the Sony Sendai Technology Center, which in better times produced magnetic tapes for videos and cassettes. But the individual, now age 51 refused to take an early retirement offer from Sony in late 2010 — his prerogative under Japanese labor law.

So there he sits in what is called the “chasing-out room.” He spends his days there, with about 40 other holdouts.


Mitchell H. Rubinstein

September 25, 2013 in Misc., Non-Legal | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Linda's Home Team

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Donate Life

As many of you know, on June 29, 2011, my  then 13 year old daughter, Linda, received a Kidney transplant from a child donor who died in a tragic accident. We are forever greatful to that wonderful family.

My older daughter, Mollie as well as our entire family is very active in raising money for The New Jersey Sharing Network. The New Jersey Sharing Network facilitates organ donation and transplant and is the organization responsible for helping Linda obtain her new Kidney. 

On June 9, 2013, The New Jersey Sharing Network is sponsoring a 3 mile run and walk to help raise money for this critically important cause. The event will take place in Providence New Jersey and starts at 9 am. Information about the run/walk can be found here.

I hope that you will consider joining us on June 9th. If you cannot make it, contributions are welcome. 100% of the donations go to the N.J. Sharing Network. 

If you want to sign up to run/walk, click here.  You should click on join team in the upper right hand corner. If you cannot make it and would just like to contribute, you can make a donation on by clicking on my name and then clicking on contribute in the right hand corner. 

This is the least that we can do. And please consider indicating on your drivers license that you are willing to be an organ donor. Additional information about Linda's Home Team as well as a picture of some of the members from last year can be found on Linda's Home Team Facebook page developed by Mollie, here

Thank you,

Mitch Rubinstein

May 8, 2013 in Misc., Non-Legal | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Workers Memorial Day 2013

Matt Pelletier writes to tell us about Workers Memorial Day which is on April 28, 2013. He published a tribute page which is full of interesting information about OSHA. I did not know anything about Workers Memorial Day. He describes it as follows:

Workers memorial day is a commemoration day that is celebrated in the U.S and abroad each year on April 28th. It is meant to remember those who have been killed or left disabled as a result of an injury suffered at work. It’s an opportunity to recognize the preventable nature of most workplace accidents and bring greater awareness to safety campaigns and legislation.

His web page is certainly worth reading.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

April 27, 2013 in Misc., Non-Legal, Unions | Permalink | Comments (1)

Sunday, November 4, 2012

What is a State of Emergency?

Now that Sandy has technically passed us, I thought it might be useful to discuss what a State of Emergency is. We hear about Governors declaring them and often see the National Guard, but little else is explained. My understanding is that a State of Emergency gives the Governor additional powers. In NJ, the Governor order that gas only be available every other day in certain counties. In New York, the Governor suspended suspended certain statute of limitations. A copy of Governor Cuomo's Executive Order (No. 52) in this regard is available here,  Download Suspension_of_Time_Limitations_10-26-12

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

November 4, 2012 in Current Affairs, Current Events, Misc., Legal, Misc., Non-Legal | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

NY Times on Flextime

When Work-Life Scales Are Uneven is an interesting Sept. 1, 2012 article from the New York Times. It is about the pros and cons to flexible work arrangements. As the article points out, it can be of critical value to employees with young children, but it may also result in a significant amount of workplace disruption. 

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

October 16, 2012 in Employment Law, Misc., Non-Legal | Permalink | Comments (1)

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Employee Wellness Programs

More and more employers are adopting Employee Wellness Programs. In my book, that is a win win for all. An interesting wellness infographic that was we just published, is titled 'The State of Corporate Wellness Programs in America" and is full of interesting statistics that researchers may find helpful. It is available here.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

September 16, 2012 in Current Events, Misc., Non-Legal | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, July 23, 2012

Bring Your Dog To Work

CNN ran an interesting story on July 23, 2012 about some employers who allow employees to bring their dogs to work, here. It discusses a survey by a managemet professor that concluded as follows:

                A sample of 76 employees were studied -- some brought their dogs to work, some didn't, and                 some didn't own dogs. The study found that while everyone started the day with low baseline                 levels of the stress hormone cortisol, those who didn't bring their dogs to work reported                 drastically higher levels of stress by the end of the working day.

                Those who had their dogs with them had low levels of stress throughout the day, and about half                 of that group felt that dogs were important to their productivity. Of the two groups without                 dogs, 80% felt that the dogs in the workplace had no negative effect on productivity.

As a dog lover, I think this is wonderful. When I was in college, students often brought their dogs to class and their were no major problems. Of course if someone has an allergy or if the dog bites someone, a problems can develop.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein


July 23, 2012 in Misc., Legal, Misc., Non-Legal | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Ever Wonder How Many People Have Undergrad and Grad Degrees?

U.S. Bachelor Degree Rate Passes Milestone is an interesting Feb. 23, 2012 New York Times article. It reports on statistics complied by the U.S. Census which shows the following:

As of last March, 30.4 percent of people over age 25 in the United States held at least a bachelor’s degree, and 10.9 percent held a graduate degree, up from 26.2 percent and 8.7 percent 10 years earlier.

For many years, colleges have enrolled and graduated more women than men, and a historic male advantage in higher education has nearly been erased. In 2001, men held a 3.9 percentage-point lead in bachelor’s degrees and 2.6 percentage points in graduate degrees; by last year, both gaps were down to 0.7 percent.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

February 23, 2012 in Misc., Non-Legal | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Survey finds American workers spend an average of $3000 a year on coffee and lunch at work

The recent survey found that 50 percent of the American workforce spends approximately $1000 a year on coffee, or a weekly coffee habit of more than $20. Interestingly, 66 percent of workers buy their lunch instead of packing it, costing them an average of $37 per week. New York City, which is where I hail from is considerably more expensive. 

Source CCH Work Day

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

February 14, 2012 in Misc., Non-Legal | Permalink | Comments (1)

Monday, February 13, 2012

Bored Court Clerk Watched Porn During Rape Trial

This is another one of those stories which you simply cannot make up. A Court Clerk watched porn during a court trial-a rape trial no less! This happened in London and the Clerk was charged with criminal law violations. 

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

February 13, 2012 in Misc., Legal, Misc., Non-Legal | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

So You Need A Job. NASA Is Advertising For Astronauts

No, I am not joking. NASA is advertising for Astronauts, here. Ever wonder what an Astronaut makes? Well its $64,724.00 to $141,715.00 / Per Year. The job description states that frequent travel may be required. That is an understatement if I ever heard one. There are between 9 and 12 positions.

An ABC News story about this is available here.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein 

November 16, 2011 in Misc., Non-Legal | Permalink | Comments (1)