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October 19, 2017 | 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Category: Special Event
Location: Wayne State University Law School, Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium | Map
471 W. Palmer
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Varies
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Staff

The 25th annual Bernard Gottfried Memorial Labor Law Symposium will feature John Raudabaugh, Reed Larson Professor of Labor Law at Ave Maria School of Law.

Registration is required. The registration fee will include meals and presentation materials.

The general registration fee is $100. For students, NLRB staff and government employees, the reduced fee is $35. The registration deadline is Thursday, Oct. 12. Parking is available for $7.75 (credit and debit cards only) in Structure No. 1 across West Palmer Street from the law school.


Seating for the luncheon is limited. Late registrants and walk-ins may not be assured a meal. Continuing Legal Education credits for Ohio and Indiana may be applied for at the conference sign-in table.

Proceeds from the Bernard Gottfried Memorial Labor Law Symposium will be used to fund future educational programs and to further labor law studies at Wayne Law.



8 a.m.            

Registration and continental breakfast

8:30 a.m.       

Opening remarks

8:45 a.m.       

“What’s The Gig? Defining Employment in the On-demand Economy”

  • Renee McKinney, field attorney, Region 7, NLRB
  • Labor’s perspective: Mami Kato, associate, Sachs Waldman
  • Management’s perspective: Grant Pecor, attorney, Clark Hill PLC

10 a.m.          

Coffee break

10:15 a.m.     

“The Future of Labor Law: Is it Curtains for Collective Bargaining?”

  • Moderator, Joseph Canfield, field attorney, Region 7, NLRB
  • Management’s perspective: F. Vincent Vernuccio, director of labor policy, Mackinac Center for Public Policy
  • Keith Eastland, attorney, Miller Johnson PLC
  • Labor’s perspective: Leonard Page, former UAW associate general counsel
  • Robert Fetter, Miller Cohen PLC



12:45 p.m.     


  • John Raudabaugh, Reed Larson Professor of Labor Law, Ave Maria School of Law

1:45 p.m.       

Special session

“NLRB and MERC – Similarities and Distinctions - Working in Tandem to Promote Peace in Public/Private Sector Labor Relations”

  • D. Lynn Morison, staff attorney, Bureau of Employment Relations/Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC)
  • Sidney McBride, labor mediator, MERC
  • Daniel Molenda, field examiner, Region 7, NLRB

3:30 p.m.


For more information about this event, please contact Law Reservations at 313-577-6497 or