Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Conference on Public Sector Employment

Pse Ann Hodges (Richmond) writes to tell us of this upcoming conference.  Here are the details:

On September 9, 2011 from 8:30-5 p.m. the University of Richmond School of Law Austin E. Owen Lecture, in conjunction with the Labor Law Group, the American Constitution Society, and the Center for Leadership in Education, will host a one-day conference, Public Sector Employment in Times of Crisis, in the law school's Moot Court Room. This conference will bring together experts on issues relating to public employment that have been the focus of political debate in the current economic crisis.  There is no charge for the conference but registration is required for both the conference and parking. MCLE credits are pending. This program has been submitted to the HR Certification Institute for review.

Panels include:

Public Employee Compensation

  • Moderator: Professor Paul Thompson, University of Richmond

Public Sector Pensions in Crisis

  • Dr. Robert Clark, Professor, Poole College of Management, North Carolina State University
  • Eric Madiar, Esq., Chief Legal Counsel and Senate Parliamentarian, State of Illinois

Public Employee Compensation: Excessive or Inadequate

  • Dr. Jeffrey Keefe, Associate Professor, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University
  • Dr. Jason Richwine, Senior Policy Analyst, Empirical Studies, Heritage Foundation

Collective Bargaining: Existing Frameworks and Recent Changes

  • Moderator: Professor Paul Thompson, University of Richmond
  • Professor Martin Malin, Director, Institute for Law and the Workplace, Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Professor Joseph Slater, Eugene M. Balk Professor of Law and Values, University of Toledo College of Law
  • Professor Ann C. Hodges, University of Richmond School of Law
  • Theodore Clark, Esq., Clark, Baird & Smith

The Constitutional Framework for Public Employment

  • Moderator:  Professor Jonathan Stubbs, University of Richmond
  • Professor Stephen Befort, Gray, Plant, Mooty, Mooty, & Bennett Professor of Law, University of Minnesota
  • Barbara Zack Quindel, Esq., Hawks Quindel, S.C., Milwaukee

Education Reform:  The Role of Teachers

  • Professor Ann C. Hodges, University of Richmond
  • Alice O’Brien, Esq., General Counsel, National Education Association
  • Rob Weil, Director, Field Programs, Educational Issues, American Federation of Teachers
  • Michael J. Petrilli, Executive Vice President, The Thomas B. Fordham Institute
  • Andrew Rotherham, Bellwether Education Partners

Public Employee Job Security and Termination

  • Moderator:  Phyllis C. Katz, Sands Anderson Marks & Miller and Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Richmond
  • Professor Laura Cooper, J. Stewart & Mario Thomas McClendon Professor in Law and Alternative  Dispute Resolution, University of Minnesota
  • Susan Tsui Grundmann, Esq., Chairman, Merit Systems Protection Board


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Given the identity of most of those participating (Quindel is an attorney for unions in a lawsuit attacking Wisconsin Governor Walker's reforms; other speakers are notorious defenders of forced-unionism and monopoly bargaining), the subjects of each panel, and at least one person whose interest in participation was declined, it seems less likely that this is an exercise in academic inquiry than it is an exercise in what my old French professor once deemed "far-Left intellectual auto-eroticism."

Posted by: James Young | Jul 27, 2011 12:38:54 PM

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