Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Stetson Law Review Symposium on Citizens United

ConfThanks to Jason Bent (Stetson) for bringing to my attention a wonderful law review symposium that is planned at the Stetson Law School for February 28 on the four-year anniversary of Citizens United.

Jason and his crew have some fantastic speakers lined up, including two of our own in the L&E world - Charlotte Garden (Seattle) and Jason himself.  The keynote speaker is Lawrence Lessig, and they have a great lineup of panelists and moderators.  The event is co-sponsored by the Stetson Law Review, the Corporate Reform Coalition, and the ACS. 

A link to the page with the lineup of panelists is here.  Although the symposium topics are broader than just labor law, that will be a big part of the discussion.  So if you are Tampa way that time of the year, check it out.


January 22, 2014 in Conferences & Colloquia, Public Employment Law | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, January 13, 2014

Santa Clara Law Workshop Series: Law and Labor in the Fields

ConfThanks to Stephen Diamond (Santa Clara) for bringing to my attention an interesting series of upcoming events.   Santa Clara University School of Law's Center for Social Justice and Public Service is sponsoring a series of Spring Workshops entitled: Law and Labor in the Field

The first workshop is January 30th and the last is March 27th.  For the full schedule and program details, see here.  Among the participants are Bill Gould (Stanford), Maria Ontiveros (San Francisco), and Ruben Garcia (UNLV).

The Workshop will be led by Stephen and will examine the relationship between legal institutions and farm labor in California, the United States and globally. Each session begins at 4:05 pm, Bannan 333, SCU School of Law, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053. Reception follows. Public welcome.


January 13, 2014 in Conferences & Colloquia, Labor Law, Union News | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Forced Arbitration in the Workplace: A Symposium

ConfHere is information about a timely symposium at Berkeley Law on mandatory predispute arbitration in the workplace, a trend that has taken off with all the recent pro-arbitration Supreme Court opinions:

Please join The Employee Rights Advocacy Institute For Law & Policy (The Institute) and the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law (BJELL) on February 27, 2014 for Forced Arbitration In The Workplace: A Symposium at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall).

Convened by The Institute in collaboration with the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, the Symposium is designed to bring together academics, practitioners, and others in the legal community to engage in a thoughtful dialogue and help raise awareness about forced arbitration of workplace disputes. Articles from the Symposium will be published in BJELL’s Spring 2014 issue.

Program highlights include a keynote address by former Secretary of Labor Robert B. Reich, the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.

You can register here, find more information here, and the symposium program is here.


December 17, 2013 in Arbitration, Conferences & Colloquia, Employment Common Law | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, December 13, 2013

AALS Section on Employment Discrimination and Section on Labor Relations and Employment Law 2013 Newsletter

Aals_logoThanks to Jason Bent (Stetson) and Brad Areheart (Tennessee) for sending us the combined  AALS Section on Employment Discrimination and Section on Labor Relations and Employment Law 2013 Newsletter.

From the Introduction:

The AALS Section on Employment Discrimination and the AALS Section on Labor Relations and Employment Law once again worked together to produce this year’s annual AALS Newsletter. This newsletter begins with a list of relevant AALS presentations. It continues with a list of new hires, promotions, moves, administrative appointments, visits, honors and awards, followed by a list of publications from the members of both sections. The newsletter concludes with a roundup of recent Supreme Court decisions in the area of employment law, prepared by members of the section.

Check it out and see what all of your LEL law prof friends have been up to this past year and what great panels are planned for the upcoming AALS January conference.  Hope to see many of you in New York at AALS!


December 13, 2013 in Conferences & Colloquia, Faculty Moves, Faculty News | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Bill Herbert to Higher Ed Collective Bargaining Center

Those of you you read the post below on the NYU-UAW deal may have noticed in the embedded link some quotes from friend-of-the-blog, Bill Herbert.  In doing so, you mave noticed that he has a new affiliation as he's just moved from the NYPERB to the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions, where he is now serving as Executive Director.  He'll also be a Distinguished Lecturer at Hunter College.  Here's a press release on the move:

Effective November 21, 2013, Bill Herbert was appointed as a Distinguished Lecturer at Hunter College, City University of New York and as the new Executive Director of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions.   Prior to his recent appointment, Bill was Deputy Chair and Counsel at the New York State Public Employment Relations Board.

 For over four decades, the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions has served as a national labor-management center dedicated to studying the use of collective bargaining for advancing higher education and the working conditions of faculty and staff in colleges and universities.  The National Center believes that the study of collective bargaining is essential for a knowledge-based dialogue concerning labor-management and educational issues, and is critically important for reasoned societal debate that will lead to social progress.  It is comprised of labor and management professionals, practitioners, and scholars interested in studying contemporary and historical labor-management issues, best practices in collective bargaining, legal and legislative developments, and public support for higher education.  It provides a clearinghouse and forum for scholarly research and ideas concerning labor relations, collective bargaining and labor law issues related to higher education.  The National Center will be holding its 41st annual conference on April 6-8, 2014 at the CUNY Graduate Center:  The theme of the conference is Achieving Successful Results in Higher Education through Collective Bargaining. 

Congratulations, Bill!


November 27, 2013 in Conferences & Colloquia, Labor and Employment News | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Conference: Collective Bargaining in Higher Ed

NcscbhepHunter College and the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions have announced the preliminary program for the 41st Annual National Conference at CUNY Graduate Center, New York.  The theme is Achieving Successful Results in Education through Collective Bargaining.

Plenary Speakers

  • Wilma Liebman (former NLRB Chair)
  • Samuel Estreicher (NYU)

 Thematic Topics

  •  MOOCs and On-Line Instruction
  • Impact on Pedagogy, Collective Bargaining, Report from California and Intellectual Property
  • Social Media in Higher Education
  • Academic Freedom, Statutory Protections and Best Labor-Management Practices
  • Contingent Faculty in Higher Education
  • Educational Results, Labor Organizing and Collective Bargaining

... and much more.


October 31, 2013 in Conferences & Colloquia, Labor Law | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Hofstra Conference on the ACA/ADA/FMLA and the Workplace

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Friend of the blog Marcy Karin (ASU) writes to remind us of a symposium/CLE that readers of the blog will be interested in, especially those of you in the New York area. On Friday, Hofstra's Labor and Employment Law Journal will be holding a symposium on health legislation and the workplace. Forging a Path: Dissecting Controversial Health Legislation in the Workplace. The symposium will take place at Hofstra University Club, David S. Mack Hall, North Campus, Hofstra University, on Friday, November 1, 2013, from 9 am to 3 pm.

 The lineup is impressive. Here are the details:

Keynote Speaker: Phyllis Borzi, Assistant Secretary for Employee Benefits Security, U.S. Department of Labor

Panel 1: The Evolution of Anti-Discrimination Disability Laws: Defining Reasonable Accommodation and Disability

  • Rick Ostrove ’96, Partner, Leeds Brown Law, PC
  • Keith Frank ’89, Partner, Perez & Varvaro
  • Marcy Karin, Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Work-Life Policy Unit, Civil Justice Clinic, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University
  • Jeffrey Schlossberg ’84, Of Counsel, Jackson Lewis LLP
  • E. Pierce Blue, Special Assistant and Attorney Advisor, Office of Commissioner Chai Feldblum, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Panel 2: Workplace Uncertainties Under the ACA: Preparing the Employer and Employee for the Road Ahead

  • Jill Bergman, Vice President of Compliance, Chernoff Diamond & Co., LLC
  • Steven Friedman, Shareholder and Co-Chair, Employee Benefits Practice Group, Littler Mendelson P.C.

Panel 3: The FMLA 20 Years Later: What Have We Learned and Where Do We Go From Here?

  • Robin Runge, Professorial Lecturer in Law, George Washington University Law School
  • Rona Kitchen, Assistant Professor of Law, Duquesne University School of Law
  • Joseph Lynett, Partner, Jackson Lewis LLP
  • Nicole Porter, Professor of Law, The University of Toledo College of Law

Registration is $100 per person. Includes continental breakfast, lunch and CLE credits. Free for Hofstra University students, faculty, staff and administrators.

 Sponsored by: Littler Mendelson P.C.


October 30, 2013 in Conferences & Colloquia, Disability, Employment Discrimination, Faculty Presentations, Pension and Benefits, Scholarship, Worklife Issues, Workplace Trends | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Call for Papers: Collective Bargaining in Higher Education

NcscbThe National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions housed at Hunter College, the City University of New York (CUNY) is conducting a  Call For Papers for its 41st Annual National Conference: Achieving Successful Results in Higher Education through Collective Bargaining set for April 6-8, 2014 at the CUNY Graduate Center.

 The National Center’s mission brings together academic managers, unionists, analysts and scholars in all of its activities, which include a national conference and workshops, publications, and training for grievance administration and arbitration.  We seek collegial outcomes at our National Conference and in all our activities. An Advisory Board of ten academic administrators and an equal number of union leaders directs the National Center’s work. The annual National Conference is broadly attended by a national audience. Last year there were over 300 attendees.


October 3, 2013 in Conferences & Colloquia, Labor Law, Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Call for Papers for Journal of Gender, Social Policy & The Law Disability Law Issue

BooksThanks to Susan Carle (American) for bringing to my attention that The Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law at American University Washington College of Law is currently compiling articles for a disability law themed issue, focused on new and cross-cutting developments in the field and how disability law intersects with other areas of law.  Here is the Call for Papers which outlines what the Journal is looking for in greater detail.
The submission deadline for this volume is November 25, 2013 and the issue will be published in the late spring/early summer of 2014.

Submissions should be e-mailed to Any questions you have can also be directed to that e-mail.


October 2, 2013 in Conferences & Colloquia, Disability, Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, September 30, 2013

NAA Arbitration Grants

NAAThe National Academy of arbitrators is currently accepting grant applications.  They look to be a great oppuortunity.  The info:
The National Academy of Arbitrators (NAA) is a professional association of labor and employment arbitrators in the United States and Canada.  The NAA’s Research and Education Foundation supports research and education relevant to labor and employment arbitration. The Foundation welcomes grant applications of up $25,000 for any of the following purposes:
  1. The study and understanding of grievance procedures, the arbitration process and other forms of labor and employment dispute resolution and the impact of law on these processes. 
  2. The impact of law on grievance and arbitration processes.
  3. The education and training of persons engaged in the resolution of labor -management and employment disputes.  Included are the funding of lecture programs, symposiums, conferences and training seminars. 
  4. The preparation and publication of books, symposium materials, articles, and audio-visual materials (e.g. films; websites; CDs) designed to enhance the competence of persons engaged in the arbitration and mediation of labor-management and employment disputes. 
  5. The preparation of material designed to keep arbitrators, mediators, and students of labor-management and employment arbitration abreast of current research into the arbitration process.
  6. The development of procedures or techniques for the resolution of labor and employment disputes in this and in other countries.

Detailed information on how to apply for the REF grant can be found on the NAA website

Questions about these grants can be directed to Allen Ponak, REF President, and



September 30, 2013 in Arbitration, Conferences & Colloquia, Labor and Employment News | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Fordham Urban Law Journal Cooper-Walsh Symposium on Legacy Liabilities and Municipal Financial Distress

ConfThe Fordham Urban Law Journal's Cooper-Walsh Symposium this year is entitled: Legacy Liabilities and Municipal Financial Distress.  It will be held on Friday, October 11th from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Fordham Law School, 140 West 62nd Street, Room 430 B/C.

I have the good fortune of being part of this Symposium and will present a paper based on my recent research on how employment claims are treated in insolvency proceedings and guarantee schemes around the world.  The hope is the provide U.S. policymakers some international benchmarks for the treatment of pension and wage claims in both corporate and municipal bankruptcy situations.

I will provide more information on my paper in coming weeks once I have posted a draft of the article, but for now here are the particulars for the Cooper-Walsh Symposium from the Journal website (including the program line up):

The sixth annual Cooper-Walsh Colloquium will address the effects of the rising costs of healthcare and pension plans on municipalities and their residents.  Every year, the Colloquium is dedicated to bringing attention to the policies and legal frameworks that will shape the future of American cities.  The Colloquium is organized in conjunction with Professor Susan Block-Lieb, the Cooper Family Chair in Urban Legal Issues, and Vice Dean Sheila Foster, the Albert A. Walsh Chair of Real Estate, Land Use, and Property Law.

The presenters will introduce their papers, followed by responses from commentators and round table discussions. The Fordham Urban Law Journal will publish the articles and responses in its Spring 2014 Cooper-Walsh Book.

To register, please contact Kristy Eagan, Cooper-Walsh Editor, at

In addition to myself, other presenters include Jack Beerman (BU), Melissa Jacoby (UNC), and Christine Chung (Albany). Opening remarks will be delivered by Richard Ravitch (former Lieutenant Governor of New York).


September 25, 2013 in Conferences & Colloquia, Pension and Benefits, Public Employment Law | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, September 23, 2013

Western Ontario Law's Labour Law Lecture & Conference 2013: Rights at Work

RightsatWorkFriend of the blog, Michael Lynk (Western Ontario) sends news about the 8th Koskie Minsky University Lecture on Labour Law (Ocotber 25th) and the 8th Heenan Blaikie University Labour Law Conference on Saturday (October 26th), both of which will be held at Western Law School in London, Ontario on October 25-26, 2013.  The theme of this year's conference is Rights at Work. Here is the link to the conference website.   

And here is the conference blurb:

“We hired workers, and human beings came instead.”  — Max Frisch

Rights at work are among our most important and our most unacknowledged liberties in Canadian society. Important because work shapes our identity and occupies much of our waking hours. Unacknowledged because our workplace rights are seldom part of a larger public policy conversation. Yet advances in the workplace on such grounds as freedom of association, disability, gender, religion, race, sexual orientation, family status, contractual and statutory issues and international law have contributed greatly to the larger rights culture that Canada has embraced since we adopted the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982.

The Lecture and Conference will explore the meaning and the sources of our rights at work, examine how these rights have grown and matured over the past 30 years, and assess how they interact with our rights in the broader society. Some of Canada’s most eminent judges, legal scholars and lawyers will share their insights and research. The discussions and debates from this event will contribute to the ongoing work of employers, unions, scholars, lawyers and industrial relations practitioners to define the ever-evolving nature of our rights and liberties at work. This event will be one of the most important dates on the national labour law and industrial relations calendar.

The 8th Koskie Minsky University Lecture on Labour Law will be delivered on the Friday evening (October 25th), to be given by Mr. Justice Thomas Cromwell of the Supreme Court of Canada. Before being appointed to the bench, Mr. Justice Cromwell was an academic and a labour arbitrator, making him one of three justices on the current SCC who have a labour law background.

The 8th Heenan Blaikie University Labour Law Conference on Saturday (October 26th)  will host four panels of scholars and practitioners who will explore a range of issues relating to Rights at Work, including sources of rights, constitutional sources and human rights sources.  Among the scholars who will be speaking are: Judy Fudge (University of Victoria), Keith Ewing (Ling’s College, London, UK), Nathalie des Rosiers (Dean, University of Ottawa) and Brian Etherington (University of Windsor).

The conference organizer would welcome labour law scholars from the US to attend. Registration forms can be found on the website.

So if you happen to be in Canada or have an interest in Canadian labor and employment law, this is a definite can't miss experience.


September 23, 2013 in Conferences & Colloquia, International & Comparative L.E.L. | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Call for Papers for Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal Symposium Issue on ACA and ADA

BooksOn behalf of the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal, Jamie Haar (Managing Editor of Articles) invites interested law professors and practitioners to submit original articles for publication in the Journal’s symposium issue.

The Journal will be devoting its Spring 2014 issue to the topics that will be discussed at this year’s Symposium.  The Symposium will be dedicated to a practice-oriented and scholarly discussion on employer-regulated healthcare and the implications of employee leave and disability accommodations in the labor and employment law context.  The Jounral is seeking articles on the impacts and implications of the Affordable Care Act and the recent amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act on labor and employment law. 

Submissions for article proposals or completed articles must be made by October 11th. Articles that need to be written should be completed by January 8, 2013.  Articles may not exceed fifty pages and must be a minimum of fifteen pages. Please send all submissions to Jamie Haar, Managing Editor of Articles, via email to


September 23, 2013 in Conferences & Colloquia, Pension and Benefits, Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

SEALS Call for Labor and Employment Panels

The Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) blog posted a notice that panel and discussion group submissions are now being accepted for the 2014 Annual SEALS Conference in Amelia Island, Florida. Michael Green of Texas A&M Law will be coordinating the labor and employment submissions and you should email him at with any proposals that you might have.

Michael asked me also to drop a note to invite anyone who is interested in helping him coordinate the labor and employment submissions to let him know.

Here is the SEALS submissions link.

Please read the submission guidelines carefully before beginning the submission process.


September 11, 2013 in Conferences & Colloquia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Symposium Call for Participation: Title VII at 50

SymposiumSt. John's School of Law and NYU School of Law sent out this announcement:

Call for Participation

Symposium: Title VII at 50

Dates | Locations

Friday, April 4, 2014
St. John's School of Law
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY

Saturday, April 5, 2014
New York University School of Law
40 Washington Square South
New York, NY

Invitation to Participate
The St. John's Law Review, the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development (JCRED), and the St. John's Journal of International and Comparative Law, in conjunction with the NYU Center for Labor and Employment Law, the St. John's Center for Labor and Employment Law, The Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development, and the St. John's Center for International and Comparative Law, invite legal educators, practitioners, and others to participate as panelists and speakers and to submit papers on a range of topics, including but not limited to:

  • The historical origins of Title VII and its current effectiveness
  • Reforms or amendments of Title VII in terms of its scope, implementation or interpretation
  • Important cultural, sociological, and societal changes wrought by Title VII
  • Title VII's international impact and import

Submission Guidelines
If you would like to participate in the symposium as a speaker, panelist or paper contributor, please review the full Call for Participation at and submit yourcurriculum vitae and an abstract of 250 words or less through the linked online abstract submission form by October 1, 2013. Selected participants must submit their finished papers by February 1, 2014. To include a broad range of papers, we ask that they be limited to a maximum of 8,000 words, exclusive of footnotes.

More Information
To learn more about the symposium, please contact May Mansour,St. John's Law Review Symposium Editor, or Stephanie Rainaud, JCREDSymposium and Executive Articles Editor,


September 3, 2013 in Conferences & Colloquia, Employment Discrimination | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, September 1, 2013

AALS Section Report Info

AALSIt's that time of year again . . . .  Brad Arehart and Jason Bent, Secretaries for the AALS Sections on Labor Relations & Employment Law and Employment Discrimination, respectively write to seek info on career moves, awards, conferences, and other reports of interest.  They're also looking for any publications out or forthcoming in 2013 and anyone who would be willing to write a short case brief for the annual section newsletters. From Brad & Jason:

Dear Colleagues:

It is time once again for the preparation of a joint annual newsletter for the AALS Section on Employment Discrimination and the Section on Labor Relations and Employment Law, and we need your help as readers and section members. Please forward this message to any and all people you know who teach or write in the Employment Discrimination, Labor Law, and Employment Law fields.

 First, if you have news of any faculty visits, lateral moves, entry-level hires, or promotions and tenure that are not listed in this Workplace Prof Blog post:, please e-mail that news to Jason Bent at

Second, please also e-mail Jason Bent with any information about conference announcements and calls for papers, employment or fellowship opportunities, honors and awards, and reports on recent conferences or other events of interest to the two Sections’ members.

Third, we want to include a list of relevant employment or labor law-related publications published in 2013.  Please hold your forthcoming 2014 publications for next year’s newsletter. These publications can be books, articles, and chapters. Please also send a list of your 2013 publications to Jason Bent.

 Fourth and finally, we want to solicit anyone who would be interested in writing a brief description of a recent important labor and employment case or any significant new labor or employment legislation. Your subject could be a recent Supreme Court decision (including either University of Texas Southwestern Med. Ctr. v. Nassar or Vance v. Ball State Univ.), a significant circuit court decision or emerging circuit split, a state supreme court decision, or an innovative and potentially influential new federal, state, or local law. The description should be fairly short (under 2 pages). If you're looking for an easy way to get your name out there or want a quick outlet for your ruminations about a case or new law, this could be a good opportunity. Just let us know what you are interested in writing about. Please send your submissions to Brad Areheart   

Please send all submissions by November 1, 2012.

Thank you very much for your help!

Best regards,

Jason Bent and Brad Areheart

Secretaries for the AALS Sections on Labor Relations & Employment Law and Employment Discrimination






September 1, 2013 in Conferences & Colloquia, Labor and Employment News | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Latest Update on Eighth Annual Colloquium on Labor and Employment Law at UNLV Law

ConfSome additional details about the Eighth Annual Colloquium on Labor and Employment Law have been forwarded to us by one of the co-organizers at UNLV, Ruben Garcia.

He writes:

The Eighth Annual Colloquium on Current Scholarship in Labor and Employment Law will take place in Las Vegas September 27-28, hosted by the Boyd School of Law at UNLV.  The organizers are very excited about the entire program, but would like to note a few highlights:

Friday, Sept. 27, 12:30-2:30 PM:  Plenary Luncheon Panel, “Title VII at its 50th Anniversary and its Importance to Labor and Work Law”, featuring three leading scholars on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and its intersections with multiple disciplines: Professor Paul Frymer, Princeton University; Professor Vicki Schultz, Yale Law School; Professor Tanya Hernandez, Fordham Law School; moderated by Professor Ann McGinley, UNLV Boyd School of Law.

Friday, September 27, 7 pm:  Dinner Program at Culinary Workers Union (CWU) Hall, Las Vegas, “Labor’s History and Future in Nevada:  From the Mines to the Casinos,” featuring historian Professor Michael Green, College of Southern Nevada; Secretary-Treasurer Geoconda Arguello-Kline, CWU Local 226 and members of Local 226; moderated by Professor Ruben Garcia, UNLV Boyd School of Law.

Saturday, September 27, 12:30-2:00 pm  Closing Luncheon and Presentation of the Paul Steven Miller Scholarship Award to Professor Marley S. Weiss,  Francis King Carey School of Law, University of Maryland.

The complete program and all details are here.

Needless to say, I am super stoked to be taking part in this year's festivities. If you look at the faculty presentations, you will see that the topics represent nearly every possible issue that concerns the law of the workplace.  This Colloquium is definitely one of the labor and employment law professor events of the year!  Congratualtions to Ann and Ruben for putting together an exceptional program.


August 28, 2013 in Conferences & Colloquia | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

AALS Labor & Employment Law Call for Papers

AALSPeggie Smith (Wash. U. & chair of AALS Section on Labor Relations and Employment Law) writes to let us know about that section's call for papers for this year's AALS Annual Meeting in New York.  The meeting is from January 2-5, 2014, and the title of the panel if "Making Visible the Invisible."  The announcement:

The Executive Committee of the AALS Labor Relations and Employment Law Section is seeking abstracts for papers to be presented at the AALS Annual Meeting in New York, NY.   The section program is entitled: Making Visible the Invisible.  The papers will be published in theEmployee Rights and Employment Policy Journal, a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal published by ITT Chicago-Kent College of Law.

The section program will focus on legal conceptualizations of work as they relate to various forms of invisible work performed both by individuals who labor without pay as well as those who, while paid, perform activities that are heavily marginalized as labor.   Panelists will consider how the law defines work, how those definitions influence our explicit and implicit understandings of work, the policy implications of those definitions and how the law can craft more inclusive definitions. Topics from leading scholars already committed to present include interns, care work, gold farming, and sex work.  We are seeking one additional speaker who will present on a relevant topic.  

The Labor Relations and Employment Law Section program takes place on Friday, January 3, 2014 from 10:30 to 12:15.

 Please submit an abstract of no more than 400 words and a resume to Section Chair Peggie Smith at by September 10, 2013.  Authors of selected abstracts will be notified before October 1, 2013.


August 20, 2013 in Conferences & Colloquia | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Call for Papers for Third Annual ERISA, Employee Benefits, and Social Insurance National Conference

ConfI am happy to issue this invitation and call for papers for the Third Annual ERISA, Employee Benefits, and Social Insurance National Conference: Benefits Law at the Crossroads: Whither U.S. Employee Benefits and Social Insurance Law, a conference to be held on Friday, March 28, 2014, at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee.

The conference is intended to provide an invited group of leading scholars and policy makers the opportunity to discuss current research and topics of interest involving employee benefit plans and social insurance.  You are welcome to participate either by presenting work in progress, moderating a panel, or simply by attending and participating in the discussion. The following are tentative topics to be discussed by separate panels:

Public Pensions, Bankruptcy and Federalism

Emerging Issues Surrounding Implementation of the Affordable Care Act

Theoretical Challenges to Current Retirement and Benefits Law Systems

Emerging ERISA Issues

Space on the program will also be provided for other benefits law-related topics that do not fit readily within any of the above descriptions.

If you are interested in attending the conference, I would greatly appreciate your indicating, as early as you can, the likelihood of your attendance.  Please email me at  While of course your plans may change, this preliminary information, however tentative, will help us in planning and making the conference arrangements.

To propose inclusion of your work on the conference program, please submit an abstract of 200-300 words and an/or outline of up to 3 pages to me via email and indicate which panel(s) your proposal fits within.  As indicated in the attached call for papers, the deadline for submitting an abstract is September 20, 2013.  Those participants whose papers are accepted will be asked to commit to finishing their manuscripts by March 1, 2014, in time to permit distribution to and review by other participants by the March 28th conference.


July 31, 2013 in Conferences & Colloquia, Pension and Benefits | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, July 19, 2013

Call for Papers

The AALS Section on Women in Legal Education submits this call for papers that might be of interest to some of our readers:

Call for Papers Announcement

AALS Section on Women in Legal Education

"New Voices in Gender Studies"

AALS Annual Meeting

January 2-5, 2014

New York, New York

The AALS Section on Women in Legal Education will hold a program,  New Voices in Gender Studies, during the AALS 2014 Annual Meeting in New York City, whereby selected panelists Submissions should be of scholarship relating to: (1) women in legal education; (2) any aspect of women’s or men’s relationship to the law; or (3) gender, sexuality and the law.  There is a maximum 30,000 word limit (inclusive of footnotes) for the submission. Since this is a paper presentation opportunity, and not one for publication, submitted papers can be committed for publication prior to their submission, but cannot be actually in print prior to their submission. Each professor may submit only one paper for consideration.

Full-time faculty members of AALS member and fee-paid law schools, who have been teaching seven (7) or fewer years as of August 1, 2013, are eligible to submit papers. Foreign, visiting (and not full-time on a different faculty) and adjunct faculty members, graduate students, and fellows are not eligible. Faculty members who have presented their papers during previous New Voices in Gender Studies programs are also ineligible.

Papers will be reviewed anonymously. The manuscript should be accompanied by a cover letter with the author’s name and contact information. The manuscript itself, including title page and footnotes, must not contain any references that identify the author or the author’s school. The submitting author is responsible for taking any steps necessary to redact self-identifying text or footnotes.

To be considered, papers must be submitted electronically to Professor Wendy Greene, Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law, at The deadline for submission is Friday, August 30, 2013. Authors of selected papers will be notified by September 28, 2013.  Call for Paper participants will also be responsible for paying their annual meeting registration fee and travel expenses.

Papers will be selected after review by a sub-committee composed of Section on Women in Legal Education members. This is a wonderful showcase for junior scholars’ work on gender and women’s issues; therefore, if you have been teaching for seven (7) or fewer years, please consider submitting a paper.

Any inquiries about the Call for Papers should be submitted to:  Professor Wendy Greene, Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law, 205. 726. 2419 or


July 19, 2013 in Conferences & Colloquia, Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)