Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Help Wanted on LEL Policy Course

FechnerHolly Fechner (Covington & Burling D.C. office; photo left, bio below) will be teaching this spring for the first time a labor and employment policy course.  She's looking for sample syllabi and recommendations on course materials.  Although she's teaching her course to public policy graduate students at the Harvard Kennedy School, I'm sure she'd welcome course materials prepared for law courses.

Here's Holly's impressive bio:

Holly Fechner is co-chair of the firm’s Government Affairs Practice Group....  She has two decades of legal, legislative and public policy experience in the public and private sectors.  Ms. Fechner has a broad-based practice handling legislative and regulatory matters for clients in areas including healthcare, tax, intellectual property, education, and employee benefits.  Drawing on her extensive congressional and private sector experience, Ms. Fechner offers clients comprehensive advocacy services, including strategic advice, substantive legal and regulatory expertise, and policy and message development.  She has a proven track record in assisting clients fulfill their government affairs goals.

Ms. Fechner was Policy Director for Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Massachusetts).  In that position, she developed policy initiatives, legislation and campaigns on a broad range of issues, including the economy, health care, employment, education, retirement policy, and civil rights.  She was also Chief Labor & Pensions Counsel for the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee.  Ms. Fechner served as chief negotiator on legislation to reform the private pension system; increase the federal minimum wage; extend and reform unemployment insurance benefits; prevent genetic discrimination in health care and employment, and numerous other bills.  In her eight years on Capitol Hill, she drove passage of over a dozen laws worth hundreds of billions of dollars.

I am so envious -- it's been way too long since I've had the opportunity to teach a course like this.


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