Center for Labor and Employment Law

The School of Law’s new Center for Labor and Employment Law is a forum where students, practitioners and scholars come together to explore the practice and theory of labor and employment law. Central to the Center’s mission and offerings is the importance, and sanctity, of doing good work in the world. As David L. Gregory, the Center’s Executive Director and the Law School’s Dorothy Day Professor of Law, notes: “The Center strives to show students, by engagement and example, that they can be successful practitioners who also give back to their communities.”

Students gain a strong foundation for this work through the Law School’s comprehensive labor and employment law curriculum that includes classes and externships in the public and private sectors. They also have the opportunity to engage with labor and employment law professionals at a range of conferences, symposia, workshops and other programs hosted by the Center each year.

With the generous support of alumni and friends, the Center provides hands-on opportunities for students to gain practical skills, relevant experience, and professional connections through scholarships, fellowships, networking events and competitions. Among the Center's primary supporters are members of its Board of Advisors, including:

  • Michael A. Simons, Dean and John V. Brennan Professor of Law & Ethics
  • Patrick Boyd ’00, Partner, The Boyd Law Group
  • Jeffrey B. Fannell ’96, Counsel, Major League Baseball Players Association and Adjunct Professor of Law
  • Lawrence Joseph, the Rev. Joseph T. Tinnelly, C.M. Professor of Law
  • Paul F. Kirgis, Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship, Professor of Law and Faculty Chair of the Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution
  • Robert J. Nobile ’84, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw
  • Mark Pedretti ’92, Partner, Reed Smith
  • Jane Sammon, Maryhouse Catholic Worker
  • Ana Shields ’03, Jackson Lewis
  • Andrew J. Simons ‘65, Vice Dean Emeritus
  • G. Ray Warner, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Bankruptcy Studies

With this integrated foundation, students leave St. John’s well prepared to be excellent labor and employment lawyers of impeccable moral and ethical character.

While the Center prepares St. John’s students for leadership in, and service to, the labor and employment law community, it also stands as an exciting and invaluable resource for practitioners and scholars throughout the world. Over the years, it has sponsored major international labor and employment law conferences in Dublin and London. Future conferences will convene at Cambridge University and in Paris, Rome and Barcelona.

Read more on the blog, Labor and Employment Law Forum.

To learn more about the Center for Labor and Employment Law’s offerings and its work in the local and global communities, please contact us. To support the Center and its initiatives, please visit the Law School's online giving page or contact the Office of Alumni Relations and Development at or 718-990-5792.


David L. Gregory
Executive Director, Center for Labor and Employment Law
Dorothy Day Professor of Law
St. John's University School of Law
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439