63d Annual Conference on Labor (June 3-4, 2010) - - Resolving Labor and Employment Disputes: - A Practical Guide


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 2, 2010, will be held
in Greenberg Lounge, Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South, New York City.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010, 7:30-10:00 p.m.

Reception in Honor of the 75th Anniversary of the National Labor Relations Act

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)

Opening Remarks:  Hon. Wilma Liebman, Chair, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)

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 Ms. Eyenit Moore
at (718) 990-1850 or via e-mail to mooree@stjohns.edu by May 26, 2010.


Thursday, June 3, 2010

8:00-8:20 a.m.  Registration; Breakfast Reception
8:20 a.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)
8:30-9:00 a.m. Part One. Keynote Address

Hon. Wilma Liebman (Chairman, NLRB) 
9:15-10:45 a.m. Part  Two. Making Your Case before the NLRB General Counsel 
  Moderator: Frederick Braid (Holland & Knight)
  1.  Class Arbitration Waivers and Section 7 Rights

Presiding: Dean Alex Acosta (Florida Intl. Univ., former Member, NLRB)
Presenters: Marshall Babson (Hughes Hubbard & Reed) 
                  Laurence Gold (Bredhoff & Kaiser)

  2.  Seeking § 10(j) Relief
  Presiding:   J. Michael Lightner (Regional Director, Region 22, NLRB)
Presenters: Louis DiLorenzo (Bond, Schoeneck & King)
                  Ronald Shechtman (Pryor Cashman)
11:00-11:45 a.m. Part Three. General Counsel Meisburg:  A Retrospective
Introduction:  Alvin P. Blyer (Regional Director, Region 29, NLRB)
Hon. Ronald Meisburg (General Counsel, NLRB)

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Part Four. Being a Pro-Active In-House Counsel
   Moderator: Meryl Kaynard (formerly, JPMorgan Chase)

Presenters:  Charles (Chip) W. Fournier (NBC Universal)
                   Linda Gatsby (Scholastic)
                   Gregory R. Meyer (IBM Corporation)
                   Karen Mitchell (Credit Suisse)
                   Mary Schuette (Con Edison)

  1.  Employment Arbitration Clauses
2.  Diversity Policies and RIF Audits After Ricci v. DeStefano
1:00-2:15 p.m. Part Five.  Luncheon Address
  Introduction: Hon. Celeste Mattina (Regional Director, Region 2, NLRB)
Speaker:  Hon. Craig Becker (Member, NLRB)

2:30-4:30 p.m. Part Six. Litigating a Trade Secrets Case

Moderator: Robert Whitman (Seyfarth)
Presiding:  Hon. Helen E. Freedman ( N.Y. App. Div., First Dept.)
Presenters: Laurie Berke-Weiss (Berke-Weiss & Pechman)
                  Michael Delikat (Orrick)

5:00-7:00 p.m.  Reception

Friday, June 4, 2010

8:00-8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30-9:30 a.m. Part Seven. Dealing with the EEOC
Enhancing the Employer-Employee Dialogue:  The EEOC’s Technical Assistance and Mediation Programs
  Introduction:  Prof. David L. Gregory (St. John’s Law)
Speaker: Hon. Chai Feldblum (Commissioner, EEOC)

9:30-11:00 a.m. Part Eight. Contesting Class Certification 
  Moderator: Robert Herbst (Giskan Solotaroff)
Presiding: Hon. Kathleen Roberts (JAMS, former Magistrate Judge, SDNY)
Presenters: Zachary Fasman (Paul Hastings)
                  Adam Klein (Outten & Golden)
11:15 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Part Nine. Dealing with an OFCCP Audit

Moderator: Dir. Esta R. Bigler (Cornell ILR)
Presenters: Katherine Parker (Proskauer)
                 Sandra Zeigler (OFCCP Midwest Regional Director)

12:30-2:00 p.m. Part Ten. Luncheon Address
  Introduction: Dean Richard Revesz (NYU Law)
Speaker: Hon. M. Patricia Smith (Solicitor, U.S. Dept. of Labor)

2:30-4:30 p.m. Part Eleven. Ethical Issues for In-House Counsel

Moderator: Pearl Zuchlewski  (Kraus & Zuchlewski)
Presenter: Dennis P. Duffy (Baker Botts, formerly AOL Time Warner)

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 2, in Honor of the 75th Anniversary of the National Labor Relations Act; and the Conference Reception from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 3.

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.