2013 Minnesota Law Review Symposium

The Future of Organized Labor: Labor Law in the 21st Century

Friday, October 25, 2013


At the turn of the century, 28 percent of American workers were unionized.  Today, only 8 percent of American workers belong to unions, and the decline is likely to continue. The 2013 Symposium will allow the Minnesota Law Review to lead the legal community to consider the future of labor law and organized labor through prominent keynote speakers and informative panel discussions.

We invite you to join us and distinguished legal scholars and practitioners for this unique event.


  • Date: Friday, October 25, 2013
  • Time: 8:15 am – 3:55 pm
  • Location: Mondale Hall (Law School), University of Minnesota
  • 229 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455
  • CLE Credits: 6.0 standard credits

–Due to strong demand, the symposium is currently at capacity and registration is closed.  We appreciate your interest in the symposium.–

Symposium Speakers and Panelists

Keynote Speakers

Craig Becker, General Counsel, AFL-CIO

G. Roger King, Of Counsel, Jones Day (Columbus, OH)

Keynote addresses will be followed by a moderated discussion led by Ronald Meisburg, Partner, Proskauer Rose LLP; Co-Head of the Labor-Management Relations Practice Group

Panel 1: Unions in the Crosshairs: How It Happened and The Road Ahead for Labor

Professor Julius G. Getman, University of Texas, Boeing, the IAM and the NLRB: A Story of Political Lies, Legal Weakness and the Misuse of Metaphor

Professor Ann C. Hodges, University of Richmond, Trilogy Redux: Using Arbitration to Renew the Labor Movement

Philip Miscimarra, Member, National Labor Relations Board; Formerly: Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP, and Senior Fellow, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Guns, Firms, and Zeal: Deconstructing Labor-Management Relations and U.S. Employment Policy

Moderator: Ronald Meisburg

Panel 2: International Labor Law: Opportunity, Solution, or Intrusion?

Professor César Rosado Marzán, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, Law, Interests and Transnational Labor Cooperation

Professor Sara Slinn, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Whither Wagner: Reconsidering Labor Law and Policy Reform

Mark Schneider, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson P.C.; Co-Chair of the Traditional Labor Law Practice Group

Professor David Weissbrodt, University of Minnesota, Compliance of the United States with International Labor Law

Moderator: Professor Stephen Befort, University of Minnesota

Panel 3: Achievable Labor Law Reform

Professor Samuel Estreicher, New York University, “Easy In, Easy Out”: Creating a Marketplace in Union Representation

Jim Rowader, Vice President and General Counsel, Employee and Labor Relations, Target Corporation, Separating the Powers:  Why the NLRB as Prosecutor, Judge and Jury Combined Is a Broken Model (Co-authored by Sandro Garofalo, Target Corporation, and Prof. Zev Eigen, Northwestern University School of Law)

Javier Morillo-Alicea, President, SEIU Local 26

Moderator: Professor Laura Cooper, University of Minnesota

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