If your labor & employment attorney isn’t returning phone calls over the next few days, odds are he or she is at the first annual ABA Labor & Employment conference in Philadelphia. I arrived this afternoon and discovered that over 1250 of my closest colleagues are here as well.
I had the opportunity to chat at the welcome reception tonight with NLRB Board Member Peter Schaumber. Knowing him only by Board decisions, I found him a pleasure to talk with. Regardless of political affiliation, you have to appreciate that he’s charming, affable and has a breadth of knowledge on a variety of subjects. Too often, lawyers tend to depersonalize judges — forgetting that behind each decision is a real person making difficult decisions.
One item he mentioned was that the NLRB was actually holding a rare oral argument on one of its cases on Friday in Philadelphia. He was looking forward to it. Thus, if you’re at the conference, or in Philadelphia, it’s worth a visit. The WorkPlace Prof prepared a thumbnail sketch of the case a short time ago.
For practitioners and those interested in the subject, the conference has posted their program materials — free of charge — on the ABA website. It’s easily over 1000 pages worth of materials. It’s a treasure trove of information about cases, strategy, law and the like. It’s helpful not only to employer and employee lawyers, but to in-house counsel as well.
If you’re at the conference, drop me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and perhaps we’ll have an opportunity to meet in person.