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December 3-4, 2010

In cooperation with:
Illinois Labor Relations Board
Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board

The Institute for Law and the Workplace at Chicago-Kent College of Law presents its annual conference for lawyers whose practice involves labor law, local government law or school law; for state and local government and public education officials, administrators and labor relations officers; union officials, business agents and uniserv directors; and for arbitrators and mediators.

8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Registration
8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Welcome and Announcements
  • Conference Moderator: Martin H. Malin, Professor of Law and Director, Institute for Law and the Workplace, Chicago-Kent College of Law
9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. The Illinois Budget Crisis: What Are Its Root Causes, What Can Be Done to Fix It, What Should the Labor Management Community Be Doing to Fix It?
  • Ralph Martire, Executive Director, Center for Tax and Budget Accountability
9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Break
10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Concurrent Workshops (select one)
  The 2010 Elections: What Do They Mean for Labor Relations?


  • Michael Newman, AFSCME Council 31
  IPLRA Developments
  • Joel A. D’Alba, Asher, Gittler, Greenfield & D’Alba Ltd.
  • Jerald S. Post, Illinois Labor Relations Board
  • Carl S. Tominberg, Laner, Muchin, Dombrow, Becker, Levin & Tominberg, Ltd.
  Labor Relations in Hard Times
  • James Baird, Clark Baird Smith LLP
  • Lisa B. Moss, Carmell Charone Widmer Moss & Barr
  Military Leave & Reintegrating Returning Military into the Workplace
  • Brian Clauss, Arbitrator & Mediator, John Marshall Law School Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic
  • Donald L. Potts, Ottosen, Britz, Kelly, Cooper & Gilbert Ltd.
  • Lt. Col. Robert C. Roth, Illinois Army National Guard
  • Rob Scott, Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council
11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Break
11:30a.m.- 12:45 p.m. Concurrent Workshops (select one)
  IELRA Developments
  • Melissa J. Auerbach, Cornfield & Feldman
  • Stanley B. Eisenhammer, Hodges, Loizzi, Eisenhammer, Rodick & Kohn LLP
  • Helen Higgins Kelly, Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board
  Police & Firefighter Forum
  • Mark W. Bennett, Laner, Muchin, Dombrow, Becker, Levin & Tominberg, Ltd.
  • Robert Buhs, Illinois Fire Chiefs Association
  • Pat Devaney, Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois
  • Sean M. Smoot, Policemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association of Illinois
  Examining Financial Records & Their Impact on Bargaining
  • Kenneth E. Edwards, IUOE Local 150
  • John Fester, Scariano, Himes and Petrarca, Chtd.
  The State Pension Reform Act: Issues & Implications
  • Therese L. Hodges, Hodges, Loizzi, Eisenhammer, Rodick & Kohn LLP
  • Anita Tanay, Jacobs, Burns, Orlove & Hernandez
12:45p.m.- 1:45p.m. Buffet Lunch
1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Concurrent Workshops (select one)
  Mock Labor-Management Committee Meeting
  • Michael Gehrman, City of Elgin
  • Thomas K. Jeffery, Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service
  • Susan M. Matta, Service Employees International Union, Local 73
  The Ethics & Economics of Settlement
  • Victor E. Blackwell, Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board
  • Joseph E. Tilson, Meckler, Bulger, Tilson, Marick & Pearson LLP
  • Stephen A. Yokich, Cornfield & Feldman Interest Arbitration
  • Tamara Cummings, Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council
  • Elliott Goldstein, Arbitrator, NAA
  • Robert J. Smith Jr., Clark Baird Smith LLP
  FOIA & Open Meetings Act Developments
  • Michael J. Duggan, Klein Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd.
  • Christopher Kolker, Kolker Law Offices, P.C.
  • Cara Smith, Office of the Illinois Attorney General
3:00p.m.- 3:15p.m. Break
3:15p.m.- 4:30p.m. Concurrent Workshops (select one)
  Social Networking & the Workplace
  • Shelli L. Anderson, Franczek Radelet P.C.
  • Rachel Clark, Illinois Education Association, NEA
  • J. Stuart Garbutt, Meckler, Bulger, Tilson, Marick & Pearson LLP
  • Ronald B. Schwartz, Katz, Friedman, Eagle, Eisenstein, Johnson & Bareck, P.C.
  Ethical Limits on the Lawyer’s Role in Labor Relations
  • Lawrence J. Casazza, Vedder Price
  • Gregory N. Freerksen, Whitfield, McGann & Ketterman
  Health Care Reform: What Does it Mean for Collective Bargaining
  • Bernard M. Baum, Baum Sigman Auerbach & Neuman, Ltd.
  • Robert C. Long, Littler Mendelson P.C.
  • Andrew A. Malahowski, Franczek Radelet P.C.
  • Hank Scheff, AFSCME Council 31
4:30p.m. - 5:30p.m. Reception