Labor and Employment Law Program

Advancing the World of Work Through Law

The Labor and Employment Law Program at Cornell University's ILR School brings together social scientists and attorneys to inform each other's work with the goal of addressing contemporary labor and employment law and workplace issues to influence litigation and public policy decisions.


A Conversation with Philip A. Miscimarra, NLRB Chairman
June 27, 2017

On April 24, 2017, President Donald Trump named Philip A. Miscimarra Chairman of the NLRB, after serving as acting chairman.  The Board now consists only of Chairman Miscimarra, former Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce, whose term ends in August 2018, and Lauren McFerran, whose term ends in December 2019.  There are two vacancies on the Board that the President has yet to fill.  In addition, General Counsel Richard F. Griffin, Jr.'s term ends in November 2017.  Clearly, the Board is in transition.

Join us as Chairman Miscimarra discusses his vision for the Board, with commentary from:
Eve Klein, Esq. (ILR'82, Cornell Law'85), Partner, Duane Morris LLP
Dan Ratner, Esq., Partner, Levy Ratner, P.C.

When:   Tuesday, June 27, 2017
             5:30-6:00pm - Check In and Networking
             6:00-8:00 - Program
Where:  Cornell University ILR NYC Conference Center
             16 East 34th Street, 6th Floor
             New York, NY 10016
CLEs:     2.0 NYS CLE credits in Professional Practice (Transitional and Non-Transitional)
Fee:       $150 (includes light refreshments)

To register CLICK HERE


A Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the NYCCBL
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Join the New York City Office of Collective Bargaining and Cornell ILR's Labor and Employment Law Program to celebrate 50 years of collective bargaining in New York City, as well as the many notable individuals who contributed to the success of the tripartite process under the NYCCBL.  The program will include an overview of the dynamic first fifty years of collective bargaining under the NYCCBL and a discussion of the significant challenges that the future may bring the City and its unions.  Speakers include:

  • OCB Chair Susan J. Panepento
  • Impartial Board Member Alan R. Viani
  • NYC Commissioner of Labor Robert W. Linn
  • Municipal Labor Committee Co-Chairs
  • Other prominent labor and management representatives

When:  Thursday, June 8, 2017
            1:30pm - Registration
            2:00pm - 5:00pm - Program
            5:00pm - 7:00pm - Networking Reception
Where: The Cornell Club-NY
            6 East 44th Street
            New York, NY 10017
Fee:      $75
CLEs:    There are no CLEs for this program



Arbitration In 2017 - Where It Is Heading
Tuesday Evening, March 7, 2017

Join four remarkable practitioners as they share their experiences and assessment about where arbitration and mediation are headed in 2017:

  • Kenneth R. Feinberg, Managing Partner, Law Office of Kenneth R. Feinberg, PC
  • Theodore V. Wells, Jr., Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • Stephen P. Younger, Partner, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
  • Donald M. Fehr, Executive Director, National Hockey League Players' Association
  • Moderated by Hon. Richard M. Berman, Senior Judge of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York; and Esta R. Bigler, Director, Labor and Employment Law Program, Cornell University ILR

We look forward to your attendance at this complimentary CLE program, co-sponsored by the Cornell ILR Labor and Employment Law Program, the Second Circuit Judicial Council, and the US District Court for the Southern District of New York.  This even is open to the public.

When:  Tuesday, March 7, 2017
5:15pm - Registration (arrive no later than 5:15 for security and swipe-in)
6:00-8:00pm - Program (followed by informal reception)
Where:  Ceremonial Courtroom (9th Floor)
Daniel P Moynihan US Courthouse
500 Pearl Street
New York City
CLE Credit:  2.0 NYS CLEs - Professional Practice
Second Circuit Judicial Council, NYS/CLE Accredited Provider


For information and materials from our recent programs:

The Impact of the Trump Administration on Labor and Employment Law
January 12, 2017 at Cornell ILR NYC Conference Center

For material from the program - CLICK HERE

The Legacy of the Obama NLRB
October 21, 2016 at the NYC Cornell Club

For material from the program - CLICK HERE

The Role of Courts in Managing the Collateral Consequences of Conviction: A Conversation with Judge John Gleeson
September 29, 2016 at Cornell ILR NYC Conference Center

For material from the program - CLICK HERE

Two New Online On-Demand CLE Programs recorded live at the Cornell ILR NYC Conference Center are now available:

  • Ethics and Witnesses: Avoiding Impermissible Coaching; for more information and to register - CLICK HERE
  • Exempt or Non-Exempt: The New USDOL Regulations; for more information and to register - CLICK HERE




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