Saturday, January 15, 2022

Want a trillion dollar client?

My law school classmate is the General Counsel of the Small Business Administration and is looking for a deputy. If I didn't love my work, I would apply myself.

Here's how she describes the role:

"I am searching for my next Deputy General Counsel. What's the job? The right person will be looking to be the managing partner of a mid-sized law practice (125+ persons) in which the sole client has a $1 trillion portfolio and a mission of serving the needs of small businesses throughout the nation."

If you want the actual official job description, see below. 

This Deputy General Counsel reports to the General Counsel. The incumbent provides legal counsel and services to the Administrator and other Agency officials and is responsible for dispensing legal advice on a myriad of issues involving, among other things, litigation, legislation, procurement, appropriations, employment law, labor relations, and financial law. The incumbent is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Office of General Counsel.

Responsibilities

  • Directs, plans, and executes oversight of the day-to-day operations of the Office of General Counsel.
  • Provides legal interpretation and application of the Small Business Act and all related laws and regulations affecting the programs and operations of SBA.
  • Resolves novel and complex legal problems which become precedent opinions to guide operating and legal staffs at headquarters and in the field.
  • Serves as a liaison between SBA and top legal officers of other Government departments and agencies as well as with those on Congressional Committees, especially the House and Senate Small Business Committees.
  • Confers with individual Senators and Congressmen concerning the legal aspects of problems with their small business constituents.
  • Provides legal support to the Agency when responding to inquiries from Congress, other Federal agencies, state entities, and municipalities.

Benefits

In addition to an annual salary, a career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Please visit the posted announcement on USAJOBS for additional information.

How to Apply

If you are interested in the position, please visit the posted announcement on USAJOBS.gov (https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/630142800) . Resumes will be accepted through February 7, 2022, so candidates are encouraged to apply immediately.

All applications must be submitted through the posting on USAJOBS. If you have questions, please submit your questions to the Agency contacts listed on the posted announcement.

 
 

January 15, 2022 in Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Open Legal Studies Position - Georgia State University, Robinson College of Business

Dear BLPB Readers:

"GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY invites applications for a non-tenure-track appointment in Legal Studies, effective fall 2022 in the Department of Risk Management and Insurance at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business.  Rank is open, but we expect to hire at the level of Clinical Assistant Professor (non-tenure track) or Clinical Associate Professor (non-tenure track). The salary level and course load are competitive.

 JOB QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must have a J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school, the capability to publish research in refereed pedagogical and/or professional journals, and demonstrated potential to be an outstanding teacher. Significant professional experience as a lawyer is also highly valued.  While we welcome applications from candidates in all areas of business law, we would be especially interested to hear from applicants who have a background in insurance, innovation, or entrepreneurship, and those who could help advance the Robinson College of Business’s equity and inclusion initiatives and programs."

The full job posting is here: Download GSU Legal Studies Clinical Faculty Position

January 12, 2022 in Colleen Baker, Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, December 31, 2021

New Year's Resolution for Lawyers

People rarely keep resolutions, much less ones they don’t make for themselves, but here are some you may want to try.

  1. Post information about the law and current events that lay people can understand on social media. You don’t need to be a TikTok lawyer and dance around, but there’s so much misinformation out there by “influencers” that lawyers almost have a responsibility to correct the record.
  2. Embrace legal tech. Change is scary for most lawyers, but we need to get with the times, and you can start off in areas such as legal research, case management, accounting, billing, document automation and storage, document management, E-discovery, practice management, legal chatbots, automaton of legal workflow, contract management, artificial intelligence, and cloud-based applications. Remember, lawyers have an ethical duty of technological competence.
  3. Learn about legal issues related to the metaverse such as data privacy and IP challenges.
  4. Do a data security audit and ensure you understand where your and your clients’ data is and how it’s being transmitted, stored, and destroyed. Lawyers have access to valuable confidential information and hackers know that. Lawyers also have ethical obligations to safeguard that information. Are you communicating with clients on WhatsApp or text messages? Do you have Siri or Alexa enabled when you’re talking about client matters? You may want to re-think that. Better yet, hire a white hat hacker to assess your vulnerabilities. I'll do a whole separate post on this because this is so critical. 
  5. Speaking of data, get up to speed on data analytics. Your clients use data every day to optimize their business performance. Compliance professionals and in-house lawyers know that this is critical. All lawyers should as well.
  6. Get involved with government affairs. Educate legislators, write comment letters, and publish op-ed pieces so that people making the laws and influencing lawmakers can get the benefit of your analytical skills. Just make sure you’re aware of the local, state, and federal lobbying laws.
  7. Learn something completely new. When you do your CLE requirement, don’t just take courses in your area of expertise. Take a class that has nothing to do with what you do for a living. If you think that NFTs and cryptocurrency are part of a fad waiting to implode, take that course. You’ll either learn something new or prove yourself right.
  8. Re-think how you work. What can you stop, start, and continue doing in your workplace and family life?
  9. Be strategic when thinking about diversity, equity, and inclusion. Lawyers talk about it, but from what I observe in my lawyer coaching practice and the statistics, the reality is much different on the ground and efforts often backfire.
  10. Prioritize your mental health and that of the members on your team. Do you need to look at billable hours requirements? What behavior does your bonus or promotion system incentivize? What else can you do to make sure that people are valued and continually learning? When was the last time you conducted an employee engagement survey and really listened to what you team members are saying? Whether your team is remote or hybrid, what can you do to make people believe they are part of a larger mission? There are so many resources out there. If you do nothing else on this list, please focus on this one. If you want help on how to start, send me an email.

Wishing you a safe, healthy, and happy 2022.

December 31, 2021 in Compliance, Contracts, Corporations, Current Affairs, Ethics, Film, Intellectual Property, Jobs, Law Firms, Lawyering, Legislation, Management, Marcia Narine Weldon, Technology, Wellness | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, December 5, 2021

GWU Law - Non-Faculty Business Law Opening

From our friend Art Wilmarth at GWU Law:

George Washington University Law School is seeking to hire a new Assistant Dean (and program director) for our Business and Finance Law Program.

Following is the link for the job posting:

https://www.gwu.jobs/postings/88506

If you know of well-qualified candidates who might be interested in this
position, please share this information and encourage them to apply.
Applications should be submitted ASAP, and preferably by December 15, 2021.

Many thanks, and best regards .................. Art Wilmarth


Arthur E. Wilmarth, Jr.
Professor Emeritus of Law
George Washington University Law School
2000 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20052

December 5, 2021 in Joan Heminway, Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Open Position in Financial Law at the University of Surrey School of Law

Dear BLPB Readers:

"The University of Surrey School of Law seeks to appoint a Financial Law expert with a specific focus on FinTech and financial regulation. The appointment may be made at Lecturer, Senior Lecturer or Reader Level.

Interested candidates should apply here: https://jobs.surrey.ac.uk/vacancy.aspx?ref=070521

Applicants are expected to have an excellent record of scholarship with published work of international significance and rigour. Candidates should have experience in applying for, and obtaining research income, or they should demonstrate the potential to do so. Those applying at Reader level should have an established record of generating research income, leading research projects, supervising research students, and providing administrative leadership. Applicants should be able to deliver outstanding teaching in law at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and must be able to teach on our FinTech & Policy MSc programme run with Surrey Business School. A qualifying law degree (LLB, JD or similar) is essential and a doctorate in law or a related field is strongly preferred. We are keen on candidates who combine theoretical understanding of the area with demonstrated practical experience or expertise."

The complete job posting is here.

 

November 24, 2021 in Colleen Baker, Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Central Michigan Position Openings - College of Business Administration

The College of Business Administration at Central Michigan University (“CMU”) invites applications for two separate entrepreneurship faculty positions to begin service on August 22, 2022.  CMU encourages applicants from diverse academic backgrounds to apply.

The first open position is for a tenure-track assistant professor.  Candidates must have a terminal degree: (i) a Ph.D. or D.B.A in entrepreneurship or a related business field (from an AACSB accredited institution); or, (ii) a J.D. (from an ABA accredited institution) with significant entrepreneurship-related experience; or, (iii) other relevant terminal degree with significant entrepreneurship-related experience. For those pursuing a Ph.D. or D.B.A., ABD applicants will be considered if it is clear that the applicant’s degree will be conferred at the time of appointment.  Tenure-track faculty are generally expected to teach three courses per semester, maintain an active research agenda, and actively participate in service activities.

The second open position is for a fixed-term faculty member at the rank of Lecturer I.  The candidate must have: (i) an earned a master’s degree in a business or other discipline related to entrepreneurship; or, (ii) a relevant terminal degree (such as a Ph.D. or D.B.A in entrepreneurship or related business field or a J.D.).  The candidate must also be able to satisfy the requirements for IP, SP, PA, or SA status under CMU’s AACSB Faculty Qualification Guidelines (found here).  The position is expected to teach four courses per semester but may receive a lighter teaching load in exchange for work as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with our Isabella Bank Institute for Entrepreneurship.

Candidates for either position may also: advise students; engage in assessment of learning activities; help develop and promote CMU’s entrepreneurship offerings; support CMU’s New Venture Competition (NVC) and other extra-curricular initiatives; and strengthen partnerships on and off campus.  All candidates must have the ability to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations.

You must submit an online application to be considered an applicant for either position.  To apply, please visit our website at https://www.jobs.cmich.edu/.  Inquiries about these positions may be directed to the Entrepreneurship Chairperson David Nows at David.Nows@cmich.edu; however, the applicant must apply directly through the online Central Michigan University applicant portal.  The positions are open until filled, although priority consideration will be given to applications completed by December 22, 2021.  We will contact candidates to schedule a phone interview, or alternatively, an in-person interview if the candidate is attending this winter’s USASBE Annual Conference held January 5-9, 2022 in Raleigh, NC.  Conference attendance is not required to be considered for this position.

November 16, 2021 in Joan Heminway, Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, November 15, 2021

NIU Law - Entry-Level, Tenure-Track Position

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College of Law

Northern Illinois University

NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LAW invites applications for an anticipated opening for an entry-level tenure-track faculty position beginning August 2022. Duties include engaging in high quality research and teaching, as well as being an active participant in law school and university service. Applicants must hold a J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school, or a foreign law school equivalent, and must provide evidence of the potential for engaging in high quality research and teaching. 

NIU Law is a public law school. It resides at the heart of a diverse and active university campus of over 17,000 students in DeKalb, Illinois, located on the western edge of the Chicago metropolitan area.

Preferred qualifications include record of scholarly publication, teaching experience (particularly in a law school), legal practice experience, strong law school record, law journal membership, and clerkship experience.

We will consider candidates with a broad range of teaching and research interests. Our needs include, but are not limited to, Business Law, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law, Tax, Trusts and Estates, and skills courses. Applications are encouraged from women, members of minority groups, and others whose background and experience would contribute to the diversity of the law school community.  Salary is commensurate with experience and education; position includes a robust benefits package to eligible applicants.

To apply, visit https://employment.niu.edu/postings/59887.  For full consideration, please complete an application and upload a current curriculum vitae, cover letter, list of three professional references, and unofficial transcripts by December 5, 2021. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis. Candidates are also encouraged to submit a one-page statement, describing their past experiences and future plans for promoting diversity, equity and inclusion.

Please direct questions to the search committee chair, Professor and Interim Associate Dean Marc Falkoff, at mfalkoff@niu.edu; or to Tita Kaus, Administrative Assistant to the Dean, at 815-753-1068 or tkaus@niu.edu.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement  

Northern Illinois University (NIU) is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an AA/EEO employer, NIU considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

November 15, 2021 in Joan Heminway, Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Business Law Opening - Gonzaga Law

Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington seeks a Full-time Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor (Tenured or Tenure Track) who will typically teach two courses per semester, which may include first-year and/or required courses. Our curricular needs include Contracts, Bankruptcy, Secured Transactions, and other Commercial Law courses; experiential courses in the realm of business law; and academic support or bar preparation courses taught in conjunction with doctrinal courses. Gonzaga Law embraces a unified faculty model, in which all faculty members are supported as scholars in all subject matter areas and have the opportunity to teach experiential, clinical, academic support, or bar preparation courses if desired. Candidates must demonstrate the ability to be an outstanding teacher, a commitment to service, and excellent scholarly potential, particularly in alignment with one or both of Gonzaga Law’s two academic Centers – the Center for Civil & Human Rights and the Center for Law, Ethics & Commerce.

Gonzaga Law embraces its humanist mission of educating the whole person and preparing lawyers to serve marginalized populations in an increasingly international legal market. Law faculty instruct law students, provide service to the law school and University, and engage with other professionals and the public to contribute to the intellectual exchange of ideas, to improve the law, and to educate the profession and the public about the law, with an eye towards the common good.

To apply, please visit our website at www.gonzaga.edu/jobs. Applicants must complete an online application and electronically submit the following: (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) research agenda, (4) a statement that includes evidence of teaching effectiveness and experience creating and maintaining an inclusive learning environment, and (5) the names and contact information for three professional references. These references will be contacted, for finalists, to request confidential letters of recommendation. Candidates may, at their option, also upload a statement of teaching philosophy.

Inquiries about the position may be directed to the Chair of the Faculty Recruitment Committee, Professor Agnieszka McPeak, at lawfacultyhiring@gonzaga.edu; however, the applicant must apply directly to Gonzaga University, Office of Human Resources. The position closes on November 22, 2021 at midnight, U.S. PST. For assistance with your online application, please contact Human Resources at 509-313-5996.

November 2, 2021 in Joan Heminway, Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, November 1, 2021

University of Illinois College of Law - Illinois Academic Fellowship Program

For prospective law teachers, "[t]he Illinois Academic Fellowship Program helps new legal academics place into tenure-stream positions at U.S. law schools."  More specifically, the University of Illinois College of Law

 . . . is accepting applications for fellowship positions for the 2022-2023 academic year. Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and a research agenda at https://jobs.illinois.edu/academic-job-board/job-details?jobID=149338. Applicants may also submit up to three letters of reference.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their materials by January 1, 2022. We expect interviews to take place starting in January 2022. No applications will be accepted after January 31, 2022. For assistance with the application process, please email lehigh@illinois.edu.

The full posting is available here.

November 1, 2021 in Joan Heminway, Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Open Lecturer Position - Department of Business Law and Ethics at Indiana University

Dear BLPB Readers:

"The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University seeks applications for a full-time, non-tenure-track lecturer position or positions in the Department of Business Law and Ethics, effective fall 2022. The candidate(s) selected will join a well-established department of 28 full-time faculty members who teach a variety of residential and online courses on legal topics, business ethics, and critical thinking at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Lecturers have teaching and service responsibilities but are not expected to engage in research activities. 

To be qualified, a lecturer candidate must have a J.D. degree with an excellent academic record and must demonstrate the potential to be an outstanding teacher, as well as the ability to contribute positively to a multicultural campus. We welcome candidates with all levels of professional experience. We value applicants who have a broad and diverse range of interests and experience and a commitment to teaching classes in both the legal environment of business and practical/applied business ethics. We would be especially pleased to hear from applicants who would contribute to the diversity of our department and help advance the Kelley School’s equity and inclusion initiatives and programs, particularly those whose interests or experiences intersect with issues of racial, ethnic, and gender diversity and equity in corporate and work environments."

The full job posting is here.

October 28, 2021 in Colleen Baker, Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, October 23, 2021

UNH Law - Tenure-Track Opening

Open Rank - Tenure-Track Professor of Law

The University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law (UNH Franklin Pierce), a national leader in legal education with a commitment to inclusion, diversity, and quality engagement for all, is pleased to announce that it is currently seeking applicants for two tenure-track appointments to its full-time faculty starting in August 2022. The law school has a number of curricular needs but is particularly interested in candidates with subject-matter expertise and scholarship in Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Torts, Business and Commercial Law, Technology Law, and/or Intellectual Property. Both first-time faculty and junior lateral faculty are welcome to apply.

Additional Job Information

Cover letter should be addressed to Professor Courtney Brooks, co-chair of the Faculty Appointments Committee. In your cover letter, please describe your scholarly agenda, why you are interested in this position, and what makes you a strong candidate in light of the required and preferred qualifications described above. In the required Diversity Statement, please address how you have contributed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in your scholarship and work. This position is open until filled. Review of applications will begin immediately. Priority review date: November 19, 2021.

Link to the full posting: https://jobs.usnh.edu/postings/43511 

October 23, 2021 in Joan Heminway, Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, October 11, 2021

Tenure-Track Position at the University of Miami Herbert Business School, Business Law Department

The University of Miami is accepting applications for a tenure-track faculty position within the Business Law Department at the Patti and Allan Herbert School of Business (MHBS) commencing August 15, 2022.

MHBS’s Business Law Department seeks applicants with experience and accomplishment in law scholarship, specifically in areas related to technology, data science, corporate governance, or sustainability. The position is open to those candidates with a law degree who have a strong research stream, or a well-developed relevant research agenda. A record of outstanding teaching or clear potential therefor is required.

The successful candidate will join a thriving Business Law department of 19 full-time regular faculty and instructors with varied scholarly interests, who teach a wide range of bachelors, masters, and executive level courses.

The University of Miami is a Carnegie comprehensive degree-granting research university with approximately 17,800 students and 16,400 faculty and staff. MHBS has approximately 4,000 total graduate and undergraduate students and is located on the University’s main campus in suburban Coral Gables, Florida.

Salary, benefits, and research support are competitive. Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest describing relevant qualifications and experience, detailed CV, as well as contact information for at least three academic and/or professional references who may be contacted.

Completed applications and any questions should be addressed to Professor Patricia Sanchez Abril, Chair, Business Law Department, Miami Herbert Business School, via email to BSLrecruiting@mbs.miami.edu. Deadline is December 1, 2021.

University of Miami is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.

October 11, 2021 in Business School, Joan Heminway, Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Open Assistant Professor Position in the Department of Business Law at California State University, Northridge

Dear BLPB Readers:

The Department of Business Law at California State University, Northridge, has an open faculty position: 

"The Department of Business Law invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level. J.D. or J.S.D. from an ABA-accredited law school and admission to the bar at time of appointment required. In addition, previous experience and proven excellence in teaching law, business ethics, or related courses at the university level, a history of scholarly research and publications, experience practicing law, and business experience are preferred. An LL.M., M.B.A. or other graduate degree in business or economics from an accredited college or university, law review membership, and experience as a law clerk at the appellate level are desirable. At time of appointment, the candidate must meet and must continue to maintain current AACSB International “Scholarly Academic” standards of qualification throughout their tenure."

The complete job posting is here.

October 10, 2021 in Colleen Baker, Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Belmont University - Nashville, TN - Assistant Professor of Creative & Entertainment Industries (Law)

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Apply to be my (across-campus) colleague.

Belmont University is hiring for a tenure track professor position in our Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business. One of the main courses taught would be Entertainment Law and Licensing. I've lived in a half-dozen different cities and Nashville is my favorite by far. And Belmont has been a fabulous place to work. I am on the hiring committee, so feel free to reach out to me with questions.  

Details here

October 7, 2021 in Haskell Murray, Intellectual Property, Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, October 4, 2021

Northwestern is Seeking Business Law Applicants

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law invites applications for tenured or tenure-track faculty positions with an expected start date of September 1, 2022. This is part of a multi-year strategic hiring plan, and we will consider entry-level, junior, and senior lateral candidates.

Northwestern seeks applicants with distinguished academic credentials and a record of or potential for high scholarly achievement and excellence in teaching. Specialties of particular interest include: tax, anti-discrimination law, international law (joint search with the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs), health law (joint search with the Feinberg School of Medicine), and business law. Northwestern welcomes applications from candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our faculty and community. Positions are full-time appointments with tenure or on a tenure-track.

Candidates must have a J.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree, a distinguished academic record, and demonstrated potential to produce outstanding scholarship. Northwestern Pritzker School of Law will consider the entry level candidates in the AALS Faculty Appointments Register, as well as through application directly to our law school. Candidates applying directly should submit a cover letter, C.V., and draft work-in-progress through our online application system: https://facultyrecruiting.northwestern.edu/apply/MTE3Mw. Specific inquiries should be addressed to the chair of the Appointments Committee, Zach Clopton, zclopton@law.northwestern.edu.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Click for information on EEO is the Law.

October 4, 2021 in Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Open Tenure-Track Position in Law at Bentley University

Dear BLPB Readers:

The Law and Taxation Department at Bentley University invites applicants for a tenure track position to begin fall 2022. The chosen candidate will teach both undergraduate and graduate law courses with a business focus. The standard teaching load for the tenure-track years is 2-2 (two courses per semester), with an expectation of an increased teaching load of 3-3 upon successful achievement of tenure. The chosen candidate will be expected to publish high quality and impactful scholarship in respected academic and/or practitioner journals.

The complete job posting is here.

September 22, 2021 in Colleen Baker, Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Campbell University - Norman A. Wiggins School of Law - Hiring

Campbell University's Norman A. Wiggins School of Law in Raleigh, NC is hiring for two positions. They are especially interested in candidates in the following areas: (1) business organizations, (2) commercial law (including sales law), and/or contracts. Details here or after the break. 

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September 14, 2021 in Business Associations, Commercial Law, Contracts, Haskell Murray, Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Open Assistant Professor Position in Business Law: Texas State University

Dear BLPB Readers:

The Department of Finance and Economics in the McCoy College of Business Administration anticipates a tenure-track opening in business law at the rank of assistant professor effective fall 2022. 

Duties include teaching undergraduate and graduate business law courses; conducting research leading to scholarly publications as recognized by the college in the area of business law; and providing service to the students of Texas State University, the department, the college, and the profession.  All positions are subject to availability of funds.

The complete job posting announcement is here.

September 8, 2021 in Colleen Baker, Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, September 6, 2021

Business, Work, and Law on Labor Day

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It is hard to believe (at least for me), but the official calendar marker for the end of the summer now is upon us.  It is a time for smoking pork, backyard barbecues, and enjoying the pool and the beach like a kid.  It is time after which we are admonished to stop wearing white (until Memorial Day), according to conservative traditions ignored in the breach by me.  It is Labor Day.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor website:

Observed the first Monday in September, Labor Day is an annual celebration of the social and economic achievements of American workers. The holiday is rooted in the late nineteenth century, when labor activists pushed for a federal holiday to recognize the many contributions workers have made to America’s strength, prosperity, and well-being.

That history seems so important to remember today, given significant labor dislocations in the United States since the beginning of 2020.  The significant amount of illness and death attributable to COVID-19 is just the beginning of the story.  Complex social, economic, and legal factors have combined to make for volatility and dissonance in U.S. labor markets.  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released its August 2021 report on the national employment situation, describing trends and supplying relevant data. 

The news media has offered ongoing commentary.  I was especially drawn to an article published by The Washington Post on Saturday entitled "Why America has 8.4 million unemployed when there are 10 million job openings." Misalignments between the available jobs, on the one hand, and the obtainable, qualified labor, on the other hand, have become apparent.  "There is a fundamental mismatch between what industries have the most job openings now and how many unemployed people used to work in that industry pre-pandemic," the article offers.  The article also mentions that people are resigning and retiring in larger numbers and earlier than projected, at least in some sectors of the economy.  Entrepreneurship also is on the rise.

There has been informal and formal debate about the effect that law has had and may continue to have on our labor markets.  The mandatory shutdowns (through lockdown and stay-at-home orders) imposed by state governors in 2020, for example, certainly played a role in separating businesses from their workers. Congressionally approved federal unemployment benefits have been blamed for slower-than-expected returns to work, but as Saturday's Washington Post article notes, "in 22 states that already phased out those benefits, workers didn’t flood back to jobs."  A September 1 article in The Wall Street Journal entitled "States That Cut Unemployment Benefits Saw Limited Impact on Job Growth" (behind a paywall) offers similar observations. "Economists who have conducted their own analyses of the government data say the rates of job growth in states that ended and states that maintained the benefits are, from a statistical perspective, about the same."

Both business and law (and the lawyers that serve them) may be part of the solution as much as they are part of the problem.  Workplaces are changing and workers are changing.  The changes in each may foster changes in the other.  A June article in The New York Times notes the role of pay and benefits in the return-to-work equation, citing "the proliferation of low-paid jobs with few prospects for advancement and too little income to cover essential expenses like housing, food and health care." Others note that, to attract qualified, desirable candidates, businesses will have to focus core attention not only on worker pay and benefits, but also on other terms and conditions of employment, including the possibility of mandating, promoting, or permitting employees to engage in more remote work (whether for the benefit of the employer or the employee--or both).  But government also can refocus its efforts to support sustainable business in this changed and changing socio-economic environment.  An opinion piece from back in June in The Washington Post addressing impediments to full employment notes that: "[a]ccess to reliable child care remains a significant obstacle. So does the availability of public transit. Workers may continue to worry about risks to their own or their family’s health if they take public-facing jobs . . . ."  A May article in The Washington Post also mentions childcare availability and health care risks as factors in the decision of unemployed people to return to work.  If employers are not facilitating access to affordable and appropriate child care and transportation and are not voluntarily providing adequate protections from health care risks in the workplace, then legal or regulatory solutions may be useful if we want those businesses to survive. The coming months will be telling as we continue to address the ongoing pandemic and its direct and indirect effects on productivity.

I have always valued work.  Years ago, I found a quote (apparently misattributed, with related quotes, to the Buddha) that resonated with me: "Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it."  Yes.  I certainly have done that to great satisfaction.  I am fortunate to hold a position that has survived the effects of the pandemic to date.  I feel needed and wanted in my workplace.  I am lucky and privileged, indeed.

Congress instituted labor day as a national legal holiday on June 28, 1894, following on the adoption of similar municipal ordinances and state legislation. The Department of Labor's website notes this and concludes its history of the national holiday by highlighting the role that workers have played in the history of the United States.

American labor has raised the nation’s standard of living and contributed to the greatest production the world has ever known and the labor movement has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pays tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation's strength, freedom, and leadership – the American worker.

Today, I hope that we can reflect on this rich history and celebrate both these aggregate contributions and our own individual work notwithstanding current uncertainties in our labor markets. 

September 6, 2021 in Employment Law, Joan Heminway, Jobs | Permalink | Comments (2)

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Bromberg Chair - SMU Law

Dr. Anne R. Bromberg of Dallas has committed $2 million to SMU for the creation of The Alan R. Bromberg Centennial Chair in Corporate, Partnership, Business and Securities Law in honor of her late husband, a renowned professor in the SMU Dedman School of Law. The new chair will support the Law School in strengthening research and coursework in corporate, partnership, business and securities law, honoring Professor Bromberg’s prolific scholarship and mentoring style of leadership. We anticipate appointment at the rank of full professor beginning in Fall 2022. J.D. degree required. To ensure full consideration for the position, the application submitted by October 1, 2021, but the committee will continue to accept applications until the position is filled.

Applications must be submitted electronically via Interfolio (https://apply.interfolio.com/91455). These materials should include a cover letter, resume, research agenda, writing sample(s) and a list of references. Reference Position No. and (Area of Law): 00053425 (Bromberg Chair).

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August 31, 2021 in Joan Heminway, Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)