May 22, 2013
Eighth Annual Seton Hall Employment & Labor Law Scholars' Forum
The good folks at Seton Hall have just put out a call for proposals for the Eighth Annual Seton Hall Employment & Labor Law Scholars' Forum. This is a great event--basically the labor & employment version of the Stanford/Yale/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum--so all of you junior scholars should definitely considering submitting. The info:
Call for Proposals:
Eighth Annual Seton Hall Employment & Labor Law Scholars' Forum
Seton Hall Law School, October 11-12, 2013
Building on the successes of the last seven years, the Seton Hall Employment & Labor Law Scholars’ Forum will continue to provide junior scholars with commentary and critique by their more senior colleagues in the legal academy while offering more senior scholars an opportunity to understand and appreciate new scholarly currents.
For the Scholars’ Forum, four relatively junior scholars (untenured, newly tenured, or prospective professors) will be selected to present papers from among the proposals submitted. Selections will reflect a wide spectrum of sub-disciplines within the field of Employment and Labor Law.
The event will be held at Seton Hall Law School, October 11-12, 2013. As is our tradition, leading senior scholars from the legal academy will provide commentary on each of the featured papers in an intimate and collegial atmosphere. Seton Hall will pay transportation and accommodation expenses, and will host a dinner on Friday evening.
Junior scholars are invited to submit paper proposals, 3-5 pages in length, by Monday, June 17, 2013.
Proposals should be submitted to:
Professor Charles Sullivan, Seton Hall Law School, One Newark Center, Newark, NJ 07102 or email@example.com.
Electronic submissions are preferred. Papers will be selected to ensure a range of topics. Selected presenters must have a distribution draft available for circulation to other forum participants by September 23, 2013.
May 17, 2013
AALS Section on Disability Law Call for Papers and Presentations
for the 2014 AALS Annual Meeting to be held in New York, New York, January 2-5, 2014.
Title of Program: The persistent societal habits of bullying, harassing, and excluding: Exploring the current legal and public policy issues at the forefront of efforts to combat such discrimination of people with disabilities, as well as other marginalized populations in our society, as well as efforts to provide better enforcement of legally protected rights in this context.
More information can be obtained from Richard Peterson, AALS Disability Law Section Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for submission is Friday, June 7, 2013. The officers of the Section on Disability Law will select three abstracts for presentations. Authors will be notified no later than June 28, 2013. Please include “Response to AALS Disability Law Section Call for Papers/Presentations 2014” in the subject line of your email submission.
Hat tip to Katie Eyer.
May 16, 2013
ADAPT International Conference: Internship and Traineeship for Students and Young people. Training, School-to-work Transition or Exploitation?
We are pleased to announce that ADAPT and the International Doctoral School in Human Capital and Labour Relations are organizing the international conference: Internship and Traineeship for Students and Young people. Training, School-to-work Transition or Exploitation?, which is going to take place on 25-26 October 2013 at the University of Bergamo (Italy).
The conference is part of the ADAPT international events on Productivity, Investment in Human Capital and the Challenge of Youth Employment, which resulted in three volumes making up the ADAPT Labour Studies Book-Series edited by Cambridge Scholars Publishing and it aims at contributing to the current debate on youth unemployment and school-to-work transition.
Almost five years after the onset of the crisis, youth unemployment witnessed a further worsening. Besides persistent unemployment, the quality of youth employment is also challenged by the increase in non-standard, temporary, part-time and informal work. Tools to fill the youth productivity gap and ease school-to-work transition do exist, but sometimes they are misleadingly used and implemented. This is the case of traineeships, also known as internships or stages, which are conceived and implemented differently cross-nationally.
ADAPT and the International Doctoral School in Human Capital and Labour Relations invite professors, researchers, doctoral students, experts, practitioners and all those interested in the conference topics to submit papers. Deadline for abstract submission is 1st July 2013. We particularly encourage graduate students to submit papers.
Annual Transgender Law Institute
The annual Transgender Law Institute will convene on August 22, 2013 at the National LGBT Bar Association’s 25th Anniversary Lavender Law® Conference & Career Fair. Lavender Law will be held August 22-24, 2013 at the Marriot Marquis in San Francisco, California. The Institute’s theme this year is “25 Years of Transgender Law.”
Institute participants will look back on the trans law movement’s history and examine substantive achievements, with an eye toward cutting-edge issues still to be tackled. Workshops will focus on employment law following Macy v. Holder, the EEOC’s precedent setting decision; immigration; health care; and increasing trans participation in the legal profession.
The keynote speaker for the Transgender Law Institute will be Shannon Price Minter, Legal Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, one of the nation’s leading advocacy organizations for the LGBT community. Mr. Minter, an openly transgender attorney, is known for his tireless work advocating and litigating to advance LGBT rights since the mid-1990s.
May 09, 2013
NYU Conference on Compensation Regulation
NYU's 68th Annual Conference on Labor will be held on June 6-7. This year's topic is Regulation of Compensation and you can see the schedule and speakers at the above link. Also, the book with the conference papers will be edited by Cesar Rosado (Chicago-Kent). It looks to be a good one.
NYLS Law Review Symposium on Trial by Jury or Trial by Motion? Summary Judgment, Iqbal, and Employment Discrimination
The New York Law School Law Review has an interesting new Symposium out which seeks to identify the reasons employment plaintiffs have far lower success rates on prejudgment and post-judgment motions when compared to other types of plaintiffs. The symposium issue is entitled: Trial by Jury or Trial by Motion? Summary Judgment, Iqbal, and Employment Discrimination (links to all articles available). It is based on a symposium by that same name held at New York Law School in April 2012.
Here are the contents of the Symposium Issue:
I. Trial by Jury or Trial by Motion? Summary Judgment, Iqbal, and Employment Discrimination
Introduction by Arthur S. Leonard, Professor of Law, New York Law School
Summary Judgment in Employment Discrimination Cases: A Judge’s Perspective by Hon. Denny Chin, U.S. Circuit Court Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Essay: From the “No Spittin’, No Cussin’ And No Summary Judgment” Days of Employment Discrimination Litigation to the “Defendant’s Summary Judgment Affirmed Without Comment” Days: One Judge’s Four-Decade Perspective by Hon. Mark W. Bennett, U.S. District Court Judge, Northern District of Iowa
The Jury (or More Accurately the Judge) Is Still Out for Civil Rights and Employment Cases Post-Iqbal by Suzette M. Malveaux, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Law, The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
Bringing Back Reasonable Inferences: A Short, Simple Suggestion for Addressing Some Problems at the Intersection of Employment Discrimination and Summary Judgment by Hon. Bernice B. Donald, U.S. Circuit Court Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; and J. Eric Pardue, Associate, Vinson & Elkins LLP
“Only Procedural”: Thoughts on the Substantive Law Dimensions of Preliminary Procedural Decisions in Employment Discrimination Cases by Elizabeth M. Schneider, Rose L. Hoffner Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School; and Hon. Nancy Gertner, Professor of Practice, Harvard Law School and U.S. District Court Judge, District of Massachusetts (Ret.)
Inferences in Employment Law Compared to Other Areas of Law: Turning the Rules Upside Down by David L. Lee, Principal, Law Offices of David L. Lee; and Jennifer C. Weiss, Principal, Law Offices of Jennifer C. Weiss
Stopped at the Starting Gate: The Overuse of Summary Judgment in Equal Pay Cases by Deborah Thompson Eisenberg, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and Director, Center for Dispute Resolution.
(In)competence in Appellate and District Court Brief Writing on Rule 12 and 56 Motions by Scott A. Moss, Associate Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School.
Cognitive Illiberalism, Summary Judgment, and Title VII: An Examination of Ricci v. DeStefano by Ann C. McGinley, William S. Boyd Professor of Law, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Extremely impressive and wide-ranging series of papers on perhaps the legal issue these days at the intersection between employment discrimination law and civil procedure.
April 29, 2013
Conference: Violence, Health, & Labour
Daria Chernyaeva (National Reasearch University - Higher School of Economics, Moscow) sends word that our Spanish colleague prof. Lourdes Mendez has asked her to spread the word on an International Conference devoted to the "Violence, health and labour in the time of crisis" that is about to take place in the middle of July this year at the Law Faculty of the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain). Proceedings will be held in, or translated to, Spanish, English, French, and Portuguese. Here's the tentative program; for more information, contact prof. Mendez directly.
April 23, 2013
The Peggy Browning Fund's Take on the Academic Future of Labor and Employment Law
Continuing a conversation that was started on this blog a couple of weeks, Joe Lurie of the Peggy Browning Fund writes to provide his take on the academic future of labor and employment law in the greater legal academy and what his group, the Peggy Browning Fund, is doing to help to ensure the future of labor law in particular:
As most of you know, the Peggy Browning Fund’s core mission is educating law students as to the rights and needs of workers. As recently as 20 years ago, law schools across the country recognized this educational goal as an important part of their curriculum. Unfortunately, today this is no longer the case. On April 11, 2013, Reuters reported that Professor Paul Secunda, who teaches labor and employment law at Marquette University School of Law, stated that “law schools give labor and employment law short shrift.” Professsor Secunda went on to say that “hiring among law school professors specializing in labor and employment dropped this year, and the field is overlooked at many law schools.”
Thanks to your help, we have made, and continue to make, an impact in the education and recruitment of young lawyers for the labor movement. Our 10-week summer fellowship program and our annual National Law Students Workers’ Rights Conference provide the training and education many law students want but do not receive in law school. We offer law students wide-ranging opportunities to work for social and economic justice. Building on these opportunities, many of our alumni have gone on to work for unions, the National Labor Relations Board, the U.S. Department of Labor, worker centers and union-side law firms.
Law schools have created a vacuum in labor law and employment law legal education. Even though we are proud of increasing the number of fellows we placed to 70 positions, we cannot begin to fill this vacuum. This year we received well over 500 applications for the 70 fellowship positions we can afford to offer. The waiting list for unions and worker centers wanting our students is long and continues to grow. With your help, we can continue to strengthen the labor movement by educating the next generation of lawyers committed to working for economic and social justice.
Thanks to Joe and the Peggy Browning Fund for penning this piece and I can state from personal experience that my students over the years have very much enjoyed participating in the group's national conference and fellowship programs.
Just another avenue (albeit on the union side of things) for providing the labor and employment law skills and education students need to be successful attorneys in this vital area of study.
April 22, 2013
Conference Announcement & Call for Papers: Loyola-Chicago Con Law Colloquium
Each year a lot of us worklaw people write about constitutional issues and a number of regulars at the Labor & Employment Law Colloquium have also presented at the Con Law one.
Complete details after the break.
- Professor John E. Nowak, Raymond and Mary Simon Chair in Constitutional Law
- Professor Juan Perea
- Professor Alexander Tsesis
- Professor Michael J. Zimmer
The Law Center is located on Loyola’s Water Tower campus, near Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile, Lake Michigan, Millennium Park, the Chicago Art Institute, and Chicago Symphony Center.
This is the fourth annual Loyola conference bringing together constitutional law scholars at all stages of their professional development to discuss current projects, doctrinal developments in constitutional law, and future goals. Presentations will be grouped by subject matter.
This announcement invites abstract submissions of 150 to 200 words from Constitutional Law professors interested in contributing to the current debates concerning constitutional theory and Supreme Court rulings. We also welcome attendees who wish to participate in audience discussions without presenting a paper. The goal of the conference is to allow professors to develop new ideas with the help of supportive colleagues on a wide range of constitutional law topics.
Eligibility: The Loyola Constitutional Law Colloquium is aimed at Constitutional Law, Legal History, Political Science, and Philosophy scholars teaching full-time and part-time at the university, law school, and graduate levels on all matters of constitutional law.
Application Procedure: The registration and abstract submission deadline is June 15, 2013. Conference organizers will select abstracts on a rolling basis.
Topics, abstracts, papers, questions, and comments should be submitted here.
Participants are expected to pay their own travel expenses. Loyola will provide facilities, support, and continental breakfasts on Friday and Saturday, lunch on Friday and Saturday, and a dinner on Friday night.
There are numerous reasonably priced hotels within walking distance of the Loyola School of Law and Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.
April 08, 2013
31st Labor-Management Conference in Northern Kentucky
The 31st Annual Labor-Management Conference here at NKU will be Wednesday, May 15, 2013. This one of the largest and most successful joint labor-management conferences in the country. This year's conference, Opportunities and Threats, will focus on developing modern labor-management relationships. Here's the registration page; here's the schedule of speakers/events.
- 2013 Legal Update
- Harasser or Bully? Is there a difference?
- Obamacare at the Bargaining Table
- Public-Sector Labor-Management Relations Update
- Ethical Issues in Employment Law
- Mediation Advocacy
- Will Chaos Reign? U.S. Appellate Court Ruling in Noel Canning Threatens to “Can” Recent NLRB Decisions
Keynote Presentation Topics
- Morning Keynote: Points of Impact—The Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act
- Afternoon Keynote: Social Media—Beyond the NLRB: Practical Guidance on how Social Media is Changing the Employment Landscape
March 21, 2013
Bisom-Rapp on Why We All Should Go to Italy Next Spring
We posted here an announcement of the Eleventh Conference in commemoration of Prof. Marco Biagi. The Conference, organized by the Marco Biagi Foundation, took place in Modena (Italy) on 18 and 19 March 2013. Susan Bisom-Rapp (Thomas Jefferson) attended and presented, and I asked her to prepare a short description of the Conference for us, both to describe the Conference itself and also to talk about why the Conference might be of interest to American LEL professors. Here's her report:
Every year since 2003, the Marco Biagi Foundation has hosted an international conference in Modena, Italy devoted to international and comparative employment and labor relations. This year’s conference, The Transnational Dimension of Labor Relations: A New Order in the Making?, brought together scholars from Europe, Africa, and the Americas, who analyzed the challenges of regulating work, promoting labor standards, and addressing increasing economic inequality in the wake of the global economic crisis. Particular attention was given to new forms of transnational collective bargaining, emerging hard and soft law techniques to influence the conduct of transnational corporations, the difficulty of establishing fair conditions of work for migrants, and the lack of a clear hierarchy of law-making authority at the international level. Participants addressed these issues from a number of disciplines including law, industrial relations, economics, and human resource management.
Part of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy, the Marco Biagi Foundation is also home to the International Doctoral Research School in Labour Relations, which promotes PhD work that is comparative and interdisciplinary. To advance the work of its own students, and establish links with PhD and post-doctoral students around the world, the Foundation launched its Young Scholars’ Workshop last year. This year, we heard and commented on papers from PhD students from Norway, Italy, Spain, South Africa, Austria, Estonia, and Hungary. The chance to provide feedback from an outsider’s perspective – that of an American law professor – was fun for me and, I hope, helpful for them. For me, this session has become a highlight of the annual conference.
Mike Zimmer (Loyola University Chicago) and I were first introduced to the Foundation’s annual conference in 2007 by our co-author Roger Blanpain (Universities of Leuven and Tilburg, Belgium and the Netherlands). Roger, a prolific scholar in the field of comparative labor and employment law, attends most years, as do some of the most influential scholars in that field, including Manfred Weiss (J.W. Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany), Csilla Kollonay-Lehoczy (Central European University, Budapest, Hungary), Jacques Rojot, (University of Paris II – Panthéon Assas, France), Alan Neal (University of Warwick, U.K.), and Janice Bellace (The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania). The opportunity for conversations and exchange with these scholars and others has kept me coming back to Modena annually since then. It has also led to my fruitful collaboration with Malcolm Sargeant (Middlesex University Business School, London, U.K.), with whom I have written several articles on comparative age discrimination law. Serving on the Foundation’s international council has helped me understand the challenges facing higher education in Europe. I recommend this kind of involvement to American legal scholars interested in a fresh perspective on the challenges and possible solutions to the problems we confront at home. I only worry that in this age of austerity and shrinking travel budgets, it will become increasingly difficult for those in the American legal academy to participate in conferences outside our borders. Finding ways to do it may take some creative planning, but, at least in my experience, it will be well worth the effort.
Many thanks, Susan!
March 19, 2013
Registration Now Open for 8th Annual Colloquium on Labor and Employment Law at UNLV
The UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law is pleased to host the 8th Annual Colloquium on Current Scholarship in Labor and Employment Law on September 27-28, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
As many of you already know, this is a terrific opportunity to get to know colleagues in an informal setting and exchange ideas as we discuss works-in-progress. Past participants likely would agree that the friendly, low-key atmosphere and productive sessions, as well as the chance to socialize with our colleagues, make this gathering especially fun and valuable.
The Colloquium will begin with a breakfast at the UNLV Tam Alumni Center on Friday morning. We will workshop papers all day Friday through Saturday afternoon. Exact times TBD; check the event webpage for updates as the Colloquium approaches. Breakfast, lunch, and break services will be provided on site at Boyd on Friday; breakfast, break services, and a wrap-up dessert reception will be offered on Saturday (lunch on your own). On Friday evening, a special dinner and panel discussion will be held at the Culinary Union (Local 226) banquet hall.
For complete details and to register for the Colloquium, click here.
March 11, 2013
Michigan Employee Benefits Law Conference: Regulation of Benefit Plans: The Most Consequential Subject to Which No One Pays Enough Attention
On Friday, March 22, 2013, the University of Michigan Business School will host the Second Annual National ERISA Conference. This year's conference is entitled: Regulation of Benefit Plans: The Most Consequential Subject to Which No One Pays Enough Attention.
Phyllis Borzi, head of the Employee Benefit Security Administration, is set to give remarks at lunch, and Joshua Gotbaum, head of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), is set to moderate a panel and give closing remarks.
Here is what the rest of program looks like:
“Meta” Analysis of ERISA 8:45—10:10 AM
Moderated by: Sean M. Anderson, University of Illinois College of Law
Cultural Cognition Insights into Judicial Decision Making in Employee Benefits Cases
Paul Secunda, Marquette University Law School
Synthetic Common Law: Reducing the Complexity of Employee Benefits Law
Andrew Stumpff, University of Michigan Law School
An Anatomy of ERISA Claims Administration
James A. Wooten, SUNY Buffalo Law School
Drivers of Benefits Policy Choices 10:20 AM—12:05 PM
Moderated by: Barry Kozak, The John Marshall Law School
Rethinking ERISA's Promise of Income Security in a World of 401(k) Plans
Lawrence A. Frolik, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
The Intersection of ERISA, ACA, and sub rosa Tort Reform
Brendan Maher, Oklahoma City University
Legislation by Fiat: The PPACA’s Approach to Health Care Coverage
Jayne Zanglein, Western Carolina University
A Comparative Lens 1:15—3:00 PM
Moderated by: Regina Jefferson, Columbus School of Law
The Cost of ‘Choice’ in a Voluntary Pension System
Jonathan Barry Forman, University of Oklahoma College of Law & G.A. (Sandy) Mackenzie, Editor, Journal of Retirement & Pension Consultant
The Role of the Employer in Health Care: A Comparison of the United States and France
Kathryn L. Moore, University of Kentucky College of Law
The Allocation of Regulatory Authority for Pensions: U.S. Experience and International Alternatives
John A. Turner, Pension Policy Center
Fiduciary and Governance 3:10—4:55 PM
Moderated by: Joshua Gotbaum, PBGC Director
A 2.4 Trillion Dollar Question: Do Public Pension Plan Governance Provisions Matter?
Thomas J. Fitzpatrick, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, & Amy B. Monahan, University of Minnesota Law School
Two Hats, One Head, No Heart: The Anatomy of ERISA's Settlor/Fiduciary Distinction
Dana M. Muir, University of Michigan Ross School of Business & Norman P. Stein, Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law
Trust Variation and ERISA’s Misbegotten “Presumption of Prudence”
Peter J. Wiedenbeck, Washington University School of Law
Fiduciary Duty in Investment: ERISA's Empty Signifier Filled by Wall Street
Jay Youngdahl, Harvard University
Quite an impressive group of speakers; an ERISA's geek dream!
If you would like to register for the event, there is only limited space avaialble. Please email conference co-organizer, Dana Muir at email@example.com if you would like to attend.
February 27, 2013
Minding the Gap Conference Friday at FIU
Thanks to Howard Wasserman over at PrawfsBlawg for word that this Friday, FIU Law Review will host Minding the Gap: Reflections on the Achievement Gap between Men and Women in the Workplace in 2013. The conference is organized by Kerri Stone. Here is the stellar list of speakers:
- Ann C. McGinley
- Sandra F. Sperino
- Nicole Porter
- Michael J. Zimmer
- Nancy Leong
- Brenda Smith
- Henry L. Chambers Jr.
- Joyce Sterling
- Nancy Reichman
- Marcia L. McCormick
- June Carbone
- Naomi R. Cahn
- Kingsley Browne
- Wendy Greene
- Lauren Sudeall Lucas
February 13, 2013
LawAsia Employment Law Conference
The 8th Annual LawAsia Employment Law Conference will be held 24-25 May 2013 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The theme is Workplace Law in the Asia Pacific: The Issues and Challenges in 2013. I'll be there, co-presenting on labor outsourcing with Pak Cornel Juniarto of Jakarta.
Biagi Conference in Modena Italy
The Eleventh Conference in commemoration of prof. Marco Biagi, organized by the Marco Biagi Foundation, will take place in Modena (Italy) on 18 and 19 March 2013. The Conference is entitled The Transnational Dimension of Labour Relations: a New Order in the Making?.
February 07, 2013
Denver Law Symposium on Ann Scales
A flyer with links to the full agenda and online registration can be found here.
The symposium is being co-sponsored by the Workplace Law Center at Denver and a few employment law people are speaking at it (including Ann McGinley and Nicole Porter). This ia great symposium for people with an overlapping interest in employment law and feminist legal theory.
February 06, 2013
IALLJ Call for Papers
Steve Willborn, current president of the International Association of Labour Law Journals, writes to let us know about the IALLJ's call for papers for presentation at its upcoming meeting on June 6-7, in Bordeaux, France. The topic is "Access to Justice" and the topics include both diversification and activation of social justice. More info on the call for papers, as well as the tentative program for the meeting is available here (scroll down for the English section): Download IALLJ Meeting.
If you're interested, note that the deadline for abstract submissions is March 1.
January 31, 2013
ABA Symposium on Tech in LEL
The ABA has reserved a block of rooms at the Bancroft. Reservations may be made by calling the hotel directly at 800-549-1002 and referring to the "ABA Technology in the Practice and Workplace Meeting."
January 29, 2013
Call for Papers: Comparative Sciences
The event I'd like to bring to your attention is the International Symposium on Comparative Sciences organized by the Bulgarian Comparative Education Society. It will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria, 8 - 11 October 2013. In the the Symposium program there are at least two sections that may be of interest to you and/or your colleagues involved in comparative research:
1. Section on Comparative Labour Studies;
2. Section on Comparative Law.
- abstract submission deadline is March 20, 2013.
- abstract acceptance notification is May 30, 2013.
- full paper submission deadline is August 15, 2013 (for those who would like his/her paper to be considered for publication).
Further details and requirements concerning abstracts, registration, accomodation, ect. can be obtained from the Symposium website.