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Labor and Employment Law Under the Obama Administration: A Time for Hope and Change?

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About the Conference

November 12-13, 2010
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
211 South Indiana Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47405

"Labor and Employment Law under the Obama Administration: A Time for Hope and Change?" at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law will bring together a diverse group of labor and employment law scholars and practitioners to address the ways in which the Obama administration will deal with the economic and political environment for labor and employment issues.

Conference Participants

Lonnie Golden
Professor, Economics and Labor Studies -- Employment Relations, Pennsylvania State University -- Abington
Robert J. Flanagan
Konosuke Professor of Economics, Emeritus; Stanford University Graduate School of Business
Kenneth Dau-Schmidt
Willard and Margaret Carr Professor of Law; Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Elyce J. Rotella
Associate Professor of Economics, Indiana University
William B. Gould IV
Past Chair, National Labor Relations Board; Charles A. Beardsley Professor of Law, Emeritus; Stanford Law School
John N. Raudabaugh
Past Member, National Labor Relations Board (1990-93); Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP
Michael Nicholson
General Counsel, UAW, Detroit
Karl Nelson
Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Washington, D.C.
Paul M. Secunda
Professor of Law, Marquette University
Richard Bales
Professor of Law and Director of Advocacy Center, Northern Kentucky University
Rik Lineback
Director of NLRB Region 25, Indianapolis
Nora L. Macey
Partner, Macey Swanson & Allman, Indianapolis
Joseph Slater
Eugene N. Balk Professor of Law and Values, University of Toledo
Stephen Befort
Gray, Plant, Mooty, Mooty & Bennett Professor of Law; University of Minnesota
David Schwartz
Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin-Madison
David Sherwyn
Associate Professor of Law, Cornell School of Hotel Administration
Martin H. Malin
Professor and Director, Institution for Law and the Workplace; Chicago-Kent College of Law
Laura Cooper
J. Stewart and Mario Thomas McClendon Professor in Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution, University of Minnesota
Angela Onwuachi-Willig
Professor of Law and Charles M. Marion J. Kierscht Scholar, University of Iowa
Mario L. Barnes
Professor of Law, University of California -- Irvine School of Law
Joel William Friedman
Jack M. Gordon Professor of Procedural Law & Jurisdiction and Director of Tulane-ITESM PhD Program; Tulane University
Michael Z. Green
Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Faculty Research & Development, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law
Deborah Widiss
Associate Professor of Law, Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Kevin Brown
Professor of Law, Indiana University Maurer School of Law

Conference Schedule

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November 12, 2010
8:15 - 8:45 a.m.
First floor lobby

Continental Breakfast

8:45 - 9 a.m.
Moot Court Room


  • Dean Lauren Robel
    Dean and Val Nolan Professor of Law
9 - 10:30 a.m.
Moot Court Room

The Economic and Political Environment for Labor Under Barack Obama: The Economy (Can Obama Bail Out Workers?)

  • Professor Lonnie Golden
  • Robert J. Flanagan
  • Kenneth Dau-Schmidt (Discussant)
  • Elyce J. Rotella (Discussant)
10:30 - 10:45 a.m.


10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Moot Court Room

Labor Law: Change in the Law Governing Employee Collective Rights? Labor Law Policy in the Obama Administration

  • William B. Gould IV
  • John N. Raudabaugh
  • Michael Nicholson (Discussant)
  • Karl Nelson (Discussant)
12:30 - 2 p.m.
Faculty Lounge, Third Floor


2 - 3:30 p.m.
Moot Court Room

Labor Law: The Obama Board

  • Paul M. Secunda
  • Richard Bales
  • Rik Lineback (Discussant)
  • Nora L. Macey (Discussant)
3:30 - 3:45 p.m.
First floor lobby


3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
Moot Court Room

Labor Law: Collective Bargaining in the Public Sector Under Obama

  • Joseph Slater
  • Stephen Befort (Discussant)
4:45 - 6:30 p.m.


November 13, 2010
8 - 8:30 a.m.
First floor lobby

Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Moot Court Room

Employment Law: The Arbitration Fairness Act: An Idea That's Time Has Come?

  • David Schwartz
  • David Sherwyn
  • Martin H. Malin
  • Laura Cooper (Discussant)
10 - 10:15 a.m.


10:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Moot Court Room

Employment Law: Anti-Discrimination Law Under a Black President in a "Post-Racial" America?

  • Angela Onwuachi-Willig and Mario L. Barnes
  • Joel William Friedman
  • Michael Z. Green
  • Deborah Widiss
  • Kevin Brown
12:30 p.m.

Boxed Lunch

Can be taken to airport

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