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Title VII at 50 Symposium on April 4-5, 2014

Each year, the Center presents and participates in an array of events for the labor and employment law community. Anchoring our offerings is the Distinguished Speaker Series. Coordinated and hosted by students from the Law School’s Labor Relations and Employment Law Society, for nearly 40 years this program has brought internationally renowned leaders to the St. John's to discuss important issues and events in the field.

Past speakers include (1987-2016)

  • Cesar Chavez, United Farm Workers Union President
  • Evan Spelfogel, Partner, Epstein Becker and Green
  • Drew S. Days III, Solicitor General of the United States
  • John Sweeney, AFL-CIO President
  • Wilma Liebman, NLRB Chairman
  • William B. Gould IV, NLRB Chairman
  • Peter Hurtgen, NLRB Chairman
  • Gene Orza, Major League Baseball Players Association Chief Operating Officer and Counsel
  • Randi Weingarten, UFT President
  • Harold Ickes, Clinton White House Deputy Chief of Staff
  • John Hiatt, AFL-CIO General Counsel
  • Nancy Hoffman, CSEA General Counsel
  • Tom Geoghegan, Chicago labor lawyer and author
  • Steve Greenhouse, New York Times labor reporter and author
  • Denis Hughes, New York State AFL-CIO President and Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (Ret.)
  • Paul Salvatore, Proskavor, successfully represented plaintiff Penn Plaza in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision 14 Penn Plaza LLC v. Pyett
  • His Eminence Edward Cardinal Egan, Archbishop Emeritus, Archdiocese of New York (December 2015)
  • Richard Trumka, President, AFL-CIO
  • Bob King, President, United Auto Workers
  • Bernie Rickie, President, Local 600, UAW
  • Harry Johnson, NLRB Member
  • Mark Peace, NLRB Chairman
  • Robert Linn, New York City Labor Commisioner

The Center also sustains the Law School’s rich history of sponsoring innovative conferences and symposia where practitioners, educators and students explore topics at the leading edge of labor and employment law. Held in the U.S. and abroad, these events have been chronicled in St. John’s Law Review and other notable scholarly publications.

Past events include:

  • Labor Relations and the Future of Professional Baseball (22 Seton Hall University School of Law Journal of Sports and Entertainment law 163-239 (2012)
  • Worlds of Work Employment Dispute Resolution Systems Across the Globe (86 St. John's Law Review (387-603) 2011 (at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University)
  • The Theology of Work and the Dignity of Workers Conference ( 50 Journal of Catholic Legal Studies 1-2 (2011)
  • The Future of Labor Through the Prism of Bankruptcy [8 American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review 393 (2008)]
  • Transatlantic Perspectives on Alternative Dispute Resolution [81 St. John’s Law Review 1-367 (2007)] (at Queen May University of London)
  • Transatlantic Perspectives on Labor [14 New York International Law Review 1 (2001)] (at Unverisity College Law School Dublin Ireland)
  • Colloquium on the Welfare Workforce [73 St. John’s Law Review 747 (1999)]
  • ERISA Symposium [68 St. John’s Law Review 317 (1994)]

Please contact us for more information on our programs, including our wide range of upcoming events.