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Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007
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Upcoming MBA co-sponsored programs

35th Annual Robert Fuchs Labor Law Conference
National Labor Relations Board/Department of Labor Annual Conference

Thursday, Oct. 18, 1:30–5:30 p.m., with reception to follow
Suffolk University Law School, Boston

The 35th Annual NLRB-DOL Labor Law Conference, co-sponsored by all the New England state bar associations and the Boston Bar Association, features two keynote speakers.

  • John Higgins Jr., NLRB deputy general counsel who is also a former NLRB board member and the editor-in-chief of the ABA’s The Developing Labor Law, will provide an inside look at the general counsel’s initiatives, focusing on 10(j) remedies and concerted protected activity, and discuss recent board decisions.  
  • Jonathan Snare, acting solicitor of labor at the U.S. Department of Labor, will discuss recent developments in the laws affecting the American workforce. Summaries of board and circuit court cases will be provided. 

After the keynote speeches, there will be two concurrent panels that will feature: 

NLRB panel:


  • Marshall Babson, former NLRB member;
  • Marc Greenbaum, Suffolk University Law School professor (moderator);
  • Michael Harper, Boston University School of Law professor and author of a leading case book on labor law; and
  • Shelley Kroll, current management attorney and union attorney.

DOL panel:

  • James Glickman, Senior Trial Attorney at the U.S. DOL’s Regional Solicitor’s Office in Boston, moderator;
  • Ellen Kearns, management attorney; and
  • Shannon Liss-Riordan, plaintiff’s attorney.

Registration options are available on the Suffolk University Law School Web site.

Unemployment Insurance Training
Friday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
, 10 Winter Place, Boston 

The Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, with the support of Greater Boston Legal ServicesEmployment Unit, the Volunteer Lawyers Project and the Labor & Employment Law Section of the MBA, is proud to announce an unemployment insurance training session on Friday, Oct. 19. This training session is designed for legal services advocates; lawyers in private practice taking pro bono cases; social services and health care workers; and community activists who want to learn or get a refresher course on the nuts and bolts of unemployment insurance.


Training topics will include:


  • How to represent a claimant at an unemployment hearing;
  • Basic procedures for initial unemployment determinations; and
  • Related health insurance and training benefits available to those receiving compensation.

This session will be free of charge for lawyers (non-legal services) who are or agree to become a member of the Volunteer Lawyers Project pro bono panel and agree to take one pro bono unemployment insurance case over the next year.

The deadline for admission is Friday, Oct. 5, but late pre-registrations will be accepted. More registration and schedule information can be found at the MLRI Web site.


Massachusetts Workers' Compensation Continuing Education Seminar
Friday, Oct. 26, 8:45 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Southern New England School of Law, 333 Faunce Corner Road, North Dartmouth

This  full-day workers’ compensation course offered by the Southern New England School of Law Alumni Association and the Insurance Library Association of Boston is intended to bring lawyers and insurance professionals together to learn workers’ compensation law and discuss the methods insurers and employers use to reduce their exposure. The seminar is divided into two sessions. The morning session will provide an overview of the workers’ compensation process designed for workers’ compensation novices. The morning session will lead into the more advanced afternoon session intended for experienced workers’ compensation practitioners. The afternoon session will provide a discussion of claims processing from the insurer’s perspective, complex construction claims and a view of claims from an Administrative Judge’s perspective.

Faculty include:

  • Joe Agnelli, Esq., Keches & Mallen PC
  • John Davey, Esq., Mullen and McGourty PC
  • Judy Fine-Edelstein, MD
  • Kathleen Fleming, Associate Director of Workers’ Compensation at Sentry Insurance
  • William E. Holtz, Esq., Mullen & McGourty PC
  • Deborah G. Kohl, Esq.
  • Hon. David G. Sullivan, Administrative Judge, Department of Industrial Accidents

For more information or to register for this seminar, please contact Elaine Thibault at ethibault or (508) 998-9600, x118.

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