Tuesday, October 25, 2022
Nicole Porter (Chicago-Kent) is distributing a flyer for the 2023 Louis Jackson Memorial National Student Writing Competition in Employment & Labor Law, sponsored by Chicago-Kent’s Martin H. Malin Institute for Law & the Workplace and Jackson Lewis P.C. She encourages students writing papers in the labor and employment law field to submit. The deadline for submissions is January 17, 2023.
Thursday, October 20, 2022
Congratulations to Orly Lobel (San Diego) on the publication of her new book, The Equality Machine: Harnessing Digital Technology for a Brighter, More Inclusive Future (PublicAffairs 2022). Here's the author's description:
The Equality Machine is a cautiously optimistic response to the current techlash and fears of AI, automation, and datafication. I envision a more balanced path forward, one where we redirect digital technology for good. Much has been written about the challenges tech presents to equality and democracy. I argue that while we cannot stop technological development, we can steer its course according to our most fundamental values. Already, digital technology frequently has a comparative advantage over humans in detecting discrimination, correcting historical exclusions, subverting long-standing stereotypes, and addressing the world’s thorniest problems: climate, poverty, injustice, literacy, accessibility, speech, health, and safety. The book offers vivid examples, new research, and stories of leaders from academia, policy, and industry—from labor markets to dating markets-that inspire to have skin in the tech game and restore human agency in a rapidly evolving artificial reality.
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
On 12 October 2022, Paul Harpur (Queensland) will launch Universities Enable. It is a national disability steering group for the higher education sector. The group includes the Australian Federal Disability Human Rights Commissioner, a representative from Universities Australia, a Deputy Vice Chancellor from the University of Sydney, and Paul as founding chair. It aims to enable the university sector to enable it to realize disability equality and become disability champions of change. The workplace hook is because staff with disabilities is one of the main areas of interest. Universities have done reasonably well at training the disability leaders of tomorrow, but many have been less robust when it comes to policies and practices towards staff with disabilities – both academic and professional.
Friday, October 7, 2022
It's that time of year: SEALS is open for submissions for its 2023 conference, which will be held at the Boca Raton Resort in Boca Raton, Florida from July 23 to July 29 (although our panels will be only a couple of days of that).
At this point, please let me know if a) you're interested in participating in a SEALS panel TBD, or especially b) you have any ideas for a panel or discussion group. As a reminder, we can have any mix we want of either/both traditional panels--which are more typical research--or discussion groups, which involve a larger group engaged in more of a back-and-forth.