65th Annual Conference on Labor (June 7-8, 2012) - The Challenge for Collective Bargaining

NYU Center for Labor and Employment Law

Cosponsored with Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations &
St. John’s University School of Law)

Conference Agenda

All sessions, other than the opening reception on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, will be held
in Greenberg Lounge, Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South, New York City.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012, 5:30-8:00 p.m.


Welcome:  Esta R. Bigler, Esq. (Director of Labor & Employment Law Programs, Cornell ILR), 
                 Prof. Samuel Estreicher (NYU Law) and Prof. David L. Gregory (St. John’s Law)

Location:  St. John’s University
                Manhattan Campus
                101 Murray Street

Reception Registration:

Registration is required for this Reception.  For those registered for the NYU Conference,
there is no additional charge for the Reception.  For those not attending the conference, registration for the Reception is $50.

For further information or to RSVP for the Reception, please contact Paula Edwards at 718-990-6653 or by e-mail to edwardsp@stjohns.edu.


Thursday, June 7, 2012


8:00-8:20 Registration; Breakfast Reception
8:20 Welcome: Esta R. Bigler, Esq. (Director of Labor & Employment Law Programs, Cornell University ILR School), Prof. Samuel Estreicher (NYU School of Law) and Prof. David L. Gregory (St. John’s University School of Law)
8:30-9:15 Part One. Keynote Address
Introduction:  Jerome B. Kauff (Kauff McGuire & Margolis LLP)
Hon. Mark Pearce (Chairman, NLRB) 
9:15-10:00 Part  Two. The NLRB's Responsibility Across Administrations
      Moderator: John E. Higgins Jr. (Catholic University School of Law)
Presenter: Marshall Babson (Seyfarth Shaw LLP)
Commentator: Daniel Clifton (Lewis Clifton & Nikolaidis, P.C.)
10:00-11:00 Part Three. The Boeing Case
   Moderator:  Frederick Braid (Holland & Knight LLP)
Presenter:  William J. Kilberg (Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP)
Commentators:  Professor David Sherwyn (Cornell University School of Hotel Administration)
                        Professor Michael C. Harper (Boston Univ. School of Law)
11:00-11:30 The Board's Sec. 10(j) Initiative
  Moderator:  Michael I. Bernstein (Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC)
   Presenter:  Elinor Merberg (Injunction Litigation Branch, NLRB)
11:45-12:45 Part Four.  Challenges to NLRB Rulemaking
  Moderator:  Todd Duffield (Paul Hastings LLP)
  Presenters:  Charles I. Cohen (Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP)
                   Susan Davis (Cohen Weiss and Simon LLP)
Commentator:  John Fullerton (Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.)
1:00-2:15 Part Five.  Luncheon Address
  Introduction: Laurie Berke-Weiss (Berke-Weiss & Pechman LLP)
Speaker:  Hon. Lafe Solomon (Acting General Counsel, NLRB)
2:30-3:30 Part Six. Labor Law Reaching into Employment Law:  The D.R. Horton Case and Social Media

Moderator: Adam Klein (Outten & Golden LLP)

  Presenter:  Willis Goldsmith (Jones Day)
  Commentator:  Elena Voss (Arrow Electronics, Inc.)
3:45-5:00 Part Seven.  Collective Bargaining Responses to Pyett
  Presenters:  Paul Salvatore (Proskauer Rose LLP)
                   Terry Meginniss (Local 32-BJ, SEIU)
                   Professor Michael Z. Green (Texas Wesleyan University School of Law)

Friday, June 8, 2012

8:00-8:30 Breakfast
8:30-9:15 Part Eight.  Keynote Address
Hon. Sharon Block (Member, NLRB)
Introduction:  Prof. David Gregory (St. John's University School of Law)
9:15-10:00 Part Nine.  An Anatomy of Public Sector Unions
Presenter:  Prof. Barry Hirsch (Georgia State University)
10:00-10:45 Part Ten.  Are Public Sector Employees Overpaid?
  Presenter:  Professor Joseph Slater (University of Toledo College of Law)
  Commentator:  Ronald H. Shechtman (Pryor Cashman LLP)
11:00-12:00 Part Eleven.  Challenges for Public Sector Management
  Presenter:  E.J. McMahon (Manhattan Institute)
Commentator:  Andrew Peterson (Jackson Lewis LLP)
12:00-1:00 Part Twelve.  Issues for Pension Reform

Presenter:  Gordon Latter (formerly RBS Global Management)
Commentator:  Mark Brossman (Schulte Roth & Zabel)


Part Thirteen. Luncheon Address:  Labor Rights in the ILO
Introduction:  Esta Bigler (Cornell University ILR School)
Speaker:  Adam B. Greene (U.S. Council for International Business)

2:30-4:30 Part Fourteen.  Ethical Issues for In-House Counsel

Moderator: Pearl Zuchlewski  (Kraus & Zuchlewski LLP)
Presenters: Theodore O. Rogers, Jr. (Sullivan & Cromwell LLP)
                  Gena Palumbo (Goldman Sachs)

Registration Information:

The Conference registration form is available
here.  Please complete the form and mail, e-mail or fax it together with payment as indicated on the form.

The registration fee includes written materials for the day(s) registered; lunch and continental breakfast; admission to the Reception on Wednesday evening, June 6; and the Conference Reception from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 7.

The general registration fee for the Conference is $700 per person (or $350 to attend one day only); two or more persons from the same organization may register for $500 each for both days. 

A special registration fee of $200 per day is available for government employees and employees of public interest organizations and labor unions.


A total of 16 hours of New York State Continuing Legal Education credits, including two hours of Ethics/Professionalism credit, are available.