THE W ILLIAM C . WEFEL C ENTER FOR
YOUR LIFE IN THE LAW BEGINS HERE. 2
MORE THAN 25 YEARS OF LEADERSHIP IN EMPLOYMENT LAW The rights and responsibilities of employers and employees are at the heart of the dynamic practice of employment law. Founded in 1987, the William C. Wefel Center for Employment Law offers an extensive curriculum which provides students with the necessary foundation for successful practice in the evolving area of employment law. The Center sponsors opportunities for student interaction with employment law practitioners and specialists throughout the school year. AN UNPARALLELED LEARNING EXPERIENCE There are few areas of law more relevant to modern society than the law governing the employment relationship. SLU LAW students studying employment law will learn about job security; legal regulation of wages, hours, military leave, family and medical leave; health and safety in the workplace; and employee benefits and qualified retirement plans. This area of law also encompasses the establishment of collective bargaining relationships between unions and management both in the private sector and in public sector government employment. Prohibition
of employment discrimination, including harassment based on race, sex, age, disability and religion, as well as workplace diversity, present a distinct and critical aspect of employment relations. EARN A CONCENTRATION IN EMPLOYMENT LAW Students who complete 11 credit hours of approved employment law coursework and a paper of publishable quality on an employment law topic will earn a Concentration in Employment Law. Students pursuing the concentration are required to take and pass the basic Labor Law course. Otherwise, students can choose among approved employment law classes, including directed research projects, and focus their studies on the areas of employment law that most interest them.
The Employment Law classes I took were directly relevant to what I do on a day-to-day basis. Working toward the concentration was one of the best decisions I made in law school. BRADLEY FINK (â€™08)
F IELD AT TO RNEY, NAT I ONA L L A B OR RELAT IO NS B OA RD
ON T HE C OVER :
MATTHEW BODIE Professor
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CO-DIRECTO R, WEF EL CENT ER FO R EM PLOYMENT LAW; PRO FESSO R
SEMESTER IN D.C. PROGRAM ESTABLISHED
SEMESTER IN WASHINGTON, D.C. In the spring 2013 semester, the Center for Employment Law launched the new Employment Law Semester in Washington, D.C. The Employment Law Semester in D.C. was developed after the success of the Health Law Semester in D.C., sponsored by the Center for Health Law Studies. The Employment Law Semester in D.C. is designed to provide students with in-depth, practical experience in federal labor and employment regulation and policy. Students have the opportunity to work nearly full time in a federal agency in Washington, D.C. to gain experience in employment regulatory work. The student’s learning experience is enhanced by taking a course on employment law from the program’s alumni liaison, who meets weekly with the students and provides instruction and counsel during their time in D.C. Each student is also paired with an alumni mentor who provides individual support during the semester. The Semester in D.C. is an important addition to the Center’s vital curriculum and provides students with an unparalleled learning experience in employment law.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES SLU LAW graduates with a background in employment law work in a variety of career paths, including law firms, private companies, hospitals, universities, unions and government agencies. They also work in the areas of human resources, employee benefits and as neutral mediators or arbitrators in employment disputes. 4
COURSES & SEMINARS
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The following courses were offered in 2012-13 or are offered in 2013-14.
LGBT EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION AND THE CURRENT STATE OF TITLE VII LAW
Employment Law Semester in D.C.
Jan Shelly (’91), senior trial attorney at the St. Louis Region Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, discussed the use and limits of Title VII to protect employment rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender individuals.
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International & Comparative Employment Law
BARGAINING IN THE BIG LEAGUES: ASSESSING LOCKOUTS AND OTHER TACTICS IN THE NFL AND NBA LABOR NEGOTIATIONS
Alternative Dispute Resolution Disability Discrimination Law Employment Discrimination
Labor Law Sports Law Unions & their Members Workers’ Compensation Law
SEMINARS The following seminars were offered in 2012-13 or are offered in 2013-14. Advanced Topics In Labor Law Current Issues In Employment Law ERISA & Employee Benefits Labor Arbitration
A panel featuring keynote speaker Professor Gabriel Feldman, director of the Sports Law Program at Tulane University School of Law, discussed sports labor negotiations. APRIL 2 011
CRITICAL EMPLOYMENT CASES BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT Several cases of national prominence were presented by the Employment Law faculty to the School of Law community.
RECENT CONFERENCES RACHEL ARNOW-RICHMAN
PRO FESSO R, T H E UNIVERSIT Y O F DENVER ST URM CO LLEGE O F L AW
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TEACHING EMPLOYMENT AND LABOR LAW SYMPOSIUM The symposium (pictured above) was co-sponsored by the Center for Employment Law and the Saint Louis University Law Journal. Panelists, leading teachers and scholars of employment and labor law, discussed their methods for innovative, effective teaching of labor and employment topics. S EPT EM BER 2 010
FIFTH ANNUAL COLLOQUIUM ON CURRENT SCHOLARSHIP IN LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW The colloquium provided an opportunity for 60 labor and employment law scholars to present works-in-progress and receive feedback on those projects. Co-hosted by SLU LAW and Washington University School of Law, topics included issues in employment law, employment discrimination, labor law and employee benefits, including international and comparative work in these fields. 5
I became interested in trial work during law school because I appreciated the impact that litigation has on ordinary people. Having had a career outside of the legal field, I realized I enjoy working with people and that shifted my focus to civil trial work and employment law. I earned a certificate from the Wefel Center for Employment Law because employment law is focused on the relationship between people and their employers. THE HON. NANNETTE BAKER (â€™94)
MAGI ST R AT E JUD G E , U. S . D ISTR ICT C OU RT FO R T HE E A ST E RN D ISTRICT OF MI SSO UR I
WILLIAM C. WEFEL CENTER FOR EMPLOYMENT LAW
In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the William C. Wefel Center for Employment Law, Saint Louis University School of Law hosted the following distinguished speakers:
SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
WILMA LIEBMAN CHAI FELDBLUM
EEOC CO MMISSIO NER
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the Rejuvenation of the ADA; Towards True Equality for People with Disabilities Presented by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Commissioner Chai Feldblum
FO RMER CH AIRMAN AND MEMBER O F T HE NAT IO NA L LABO R RELAT IO NS BOAR D
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U.S. Labor Law: A Political Battlefield Presented by Former Chairman and Member of the National Labor Relations Board Wilma Liebman
ADJUNCT FACULTY Bruce S. Feldacker,
Bruce S. Feldack er, P. C .
SUSAN A. FITZGIBBON
C O - D IRECTOR , W ILLIAM C. W EFEL C E N T ER FOR EM PLOY M EN T LAW ; P RO F ESSOR B.A., Barat College; J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law
MARCIA L. McCORMICK
C O - D IRECTOR , W ILLIAM C. W EFEL C E N T ER FOR EM PLOY M EN T LAW ; P RO F ESSOR B.A., Grinnell College; J.D., University of Iowa College of Law
Employment Relations; and Unions and their Members MIRIAM A. CHERRY
PRO F ESSO R
B.A., Dartmouth College; J.D., Harvard Law School
Joseph F. Hipskind Jr.,
Stinson, M orrison , H ec k er
Sports Law: Labor Wrangling, Endorsements and the Art of the Deal John Rabbitt,
JOHN E. DUNSFORD
PRO F ESSO R EMERIT US
B.S., Saint Louis University; J.D., Saint Louis University; LL.M., Harvard Law School
Law offices of John Rabbitt
Workersâ€™ Compensation Edward W. Rataj,
Bryan Cave (retired )
ERISA and Employee Benefits Kathryn S. Render,
JOHN J. AMMANN P RO F ESSOR
B.A., Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law
ASSO CIAT E DEAN FO R ACADEMIC AF FAIRS; PRO F ESSO R B.A., University of California, Los Angeles; J.D., University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
Kathryn S . Render , P. C .
Current Issues In Employment Law Jennifer W. Stokes, Bryan Cave
Erisa and Employee Benefits Eric A. Todd,
JOSEF ROHLIK MATTHEW T. BODIE
P RO F ESSOR
B.A., Princeton University; J.D., Harvard Law School; LL.M. (Labor and Employment Law), New York University School of Law
PRO F ESSO R EMERIT US
LL.B., Charles University School of Law, Czech Republic; the Hague Academy of International Law Diploma; JUDr., Charles University School of Law; Faculte de Droit Compare, Luxembourg, Certificate of Exams; C.Sc, Charles University School of Law; LL.M., Columbia University Law School
O gletree D eak ins
Sports Law: Labor Wrangling, Endorsements and the Art of the Deal Sabrina M. Wrenn,
H esse and M artone , P. C .
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