Center for Labor and Employment Law

The School of Law’s 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 the Executive Committee of its Board of Advisors, including:

  • Michael A. Simons, Dean and John V. Brennan Professor of Law & Ethics
  • Evan Barough, '87, Senior Trial Attorney, Department of Labor
  • Patrick Boyd ’00, Partner, The Boyd Law Group
  • Frederick Braid, '71, Partner, Holland & Knight
  • Paul Butler, '89, Partner, Akin Gump Straus Hauer & Feld
  • James M. Darby, '84, Arbitrator & Mediator
  • Edward Cardinal Egan, Archbishop Emeritus, Archdiocese of New York
  • Karen P. Fernbach, '77, Regional Director, National Labor Relations Board
  • Reverend Patrick Flanagan, Professor of Theology and Religious Studies
  • Jeffrey B. Fannell ’96, Counsel, Major League Baseball Players Association and Adjunct Professor of Law
  • John Furfaro, '80, Partner, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
  • Denis Hughes, President (Ret.), New York State AFL-CIO
  • Steven Johnson, '00, Employee Relation Lead, Amazon
  • David Marshall, Counsel, Locke Lord
  • Michael Masri, '95, Partner, Meltzer Lippe
  • Robert Nobile ’84, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw
  • Terry O'Neil, '70, Member, Bond Schoeneck & King
  • Gene Orza, '73, Counsel (Ret.), Major League Baseball Players Association
  • Mark Pedretti ’92, Partner, Reed Smith
  • Troy Rosasco, '89, Partner, Turley Redmond Rosasco & Rosasco
  • Ana Shields, '03, Shareholder, Jackson Lewis

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, London, and Cambridge University.

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