Message from the Executive Director
Welcome to the Center for Labor and Employment Law
Anchored by the Center for Labor and Employment Law, the Labor Relations and Employment Law program is thriving at the St. John’s School of Law. We offer at least four directly relevant courses each semester, coordinated to enable day and evening students to explore a full range of curricular offerings.
In spring 2013, we added a new course, Protective Legislation for Workers, examining workers compensation, safety and health, social security, unemployment insurance, and compensation through wage and hour federal and state regimes. Our dispute resolution and sports law programs offer additional depth. Academic professional excellence is recognized via more than a dozen partial tuition merit scholarships for rising second and third year law students.
Some benefactors, ranging from Local 30 of the International Union of Operating Engineers to Coca-Cola Refreshments, provide compensated summer employment in addition to merit scholarships. Our co-curricular programs are closely integrated, ranging from international conferences and symposia in Dublin, the University of London, and Cambridge University, to distinguished guest speakers at the Law School ― including three Chairs of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), a Solicitor General of the United States, AFL-CIO Presidents, and Cesar Chavez, founder of United Farm Workers of America. The fall semester offers our annual Management Lawyers Colloquium, fast approaching its 20th year.
In addition to our distinguished, affiliated full-time faculty members, the Center boasts a world-class adjunct faculty, including the NLRB’s Regional Director in Manhattan, Karen Fernbach ‘77. In this difficult job market, our remarkable alumni consistently hire St. John’s Law students. St. John’s lawyers are ethical, creative, resolute, tenacious, strategic pragmatists. For example, in 2012, Labor Relations and Employment Law Society Co-President Alyssa Zuckerman ’13 created and launched the Center’s blog, the Labor and Employment Law Forum. Her successor, May Mansour ’14, worked extensively with me to plan the April 4, 2014 conference commemorating the 50th anniversary of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Their successor, Sarah Mannix co-authored with me the keynote article for our Law Review conference marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
If you would like more information about our program, please feel free to contact me at any time. I would be happy to meet with you.
Dave L. Gregory
Executive Director, Center for Law and Religion
Dorothy Day Professor of Law