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51st Annual Course on Labor Law and Labor Arbitration


Plano, Texas, USA

Past Event

MCLE Credit will be available

The Center for American and International Law
5201 Democracy Drive
Plano, Texas 75024

Registrar: +1.972.244.3405
Fax: +1.972.244.3401
E-Mail: cail@cailaw.org


Dean Douglas E. Ray (St. Thomas University School of Law) and Arthur T. Carter, Esq. (Haynes and Boone, LLP and Adjunct Professor SMU Dedman School of Law) co-chair the very successful course on Labor Law and Labor Arbitration.

This intensive basic course on labor law and labor arbitration emphasizes the legal framework within which employers, unions, and individual employees pursue their interests. It is designed to be a practical guide for the practice of labor law.

A note from Douglas E. Ray

"Whether you have practiced labor and employment law for years or are just learning about it, I think you will find the Labor Law and Labor Arbitration Course both valuable and interesting. In the four days you are with us, you will learn about the law of the workplace, including employees’ representation rights, collective bargaining, strikes, lockouts, and boycotts, and labor arbitration, issues that can affect the course and survival of a business. You will also learn about the protected collective rights of those not in unions. This is an ever evolving field that responds to changes in the economy, to new technology and to the winds of political change. With the help of nationally outstanding labor law professors, experienced expert practitioners at the top of their profession, and dedicated NLRB officials, we will provide both an overview of the field and detailed practice tips. You will also have the opportunity to get to know and learn from the other talented members of your class. Past attendees have come from all over the country and included management and union attorneys, corporate counsel, industrial relations counsel, law professors, and government officials. If you are a Texas lawyer, you will be happy to know that the program fully satisfies the Texas Board of Legal Specialization requirement of 24 hours NLRA credit. Wherever you are from, the program provides up to 27 hours of continuing legal education credit, including 2 hours of Ethics. I look forward to welcoming you to our program." 

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Conference Co-Chairs

Dean Douglas E. Ray
St. Thomas University School of Law
Miami, Florida

Arthur T. Carter, Esq.
Haynes and Boone, LLP
Dallas, Texas


Registration includes the Conference, course materials, lunches and reception.

Please contact our Registrar, Cindie Burkel, for special pricing for multiple registrants from the same organization -- cburkel@cailaw.org.

  • $1295 / $1345 - Regular Tuition
  • $1145 / $1195 - CAIL Member
  • $1195 / $1245 - Government/Non-profit/Academic Employee
  • $300 / $350 - U.S. Law Student
  • $345 / $395 - Attend Friday classes & lunch only
  • $35 / $35 - Attend Friday lunch only (no materials)
  • $1195 / $1245 - I cannot attend, but want to order the notebook, text and DVD

Schedule and Faculty

Tuesday, May 7

8:30 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 am

The Road to Representation Under the NLRA (includes a 15 minute break)

The NLRA and NLRB: NLRA coverage; the election process including petitions, access to property, election prerequisites, appropriate bargaining units, voter eligibility, and post-election proceedings.

Christopher David Ruiz CameronProfessor, Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, California

  • Co-Author Labor Management Relations: Strikes, Lockouts and Boycotts (West 2012-13)
  • Co-Author Labor Law in the Contemporary Workplace (West 2009 & Update 2012-13)

12:00 pm

Lunch (Provided)

12:45 pm

The Road to Representation Under the NLRA (continued):
(includes a 15 minute break)

Pre-election activity and employee rights, employer and union interference with the election process, unlawful discrimination and discharge issues, bargaining orders, voluntary recognition, employer domination and unlawful assistance issues, and the Top Ten Issues in Labor and Employment Law for 2013.

Professor Cameron

3:30 pm

The Representation Process in Practice (Facilitated Discussion, includes a 15 Minute Break)


Martha KinardRegional Director, NLRB Region 16, Fort Worth, Texas


  • Ofelia Gonzalez, Assistant to the Regional Director, NLRB Region 16, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Yona Rozen, Gillespie, Rozen & Watsky P.C., Dallas, Texas
  • Sharon Steckler, Supervisory Attorney, Region 16, NLRB, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Jonathan Wilson, Littler Mendelson P.C., Dallas, Texas

5:15 pm

Recess and Welcoming Reception

Wednesday, May 8

8:30 am

NLRB Investigations, Hearings, and Trials in Unfair Labor Practice Cases

Timothy WatsonRegional Attorney, NLRB Region 16, Fort Worth, Texas

10:00 am


10:15 am

Economic Pressure I (includes a 15 minute break)

Legal status of strikes and picketing, rights of strikers, unprotected concerted activities, employer responses to concerted activity, lockouts, unlawful strikes, and picketing.

G. William BaabBaab & Denison, Dallas, Texas

Arthur T. Carter, Conference Co-Chair
Haynes and Boone, LLP, Adjunct Professor, SMU Dedman School of Law, Dallas, Texas

12:15 pm

Lunch (Provided)

1:00 pm

Economic Pressure I (continued)

Mr. Baab and Mr. Carter

2:00 pm


2:15 pm

Economic Pressure II

Secondary activity, corporate campaigns, consumer picketing, and handbilling.

Professor Cameron (substituting for Dean Ray)

5:15 pm


Thursday, May 9

9:00 am

Negotiation of Collective Bargaining Agreements (includes a 15 minute break)

Majority rule and exclusive representation, good faith concepts generally, duty to furnish information, unilateral action, subjects of bargaining, mid-term bargaining, and duration of bargaining duty.

Michael Z. GreenProfessor of Law, Texas Wesleyan Law School, Fort Worth, Texas

12:15 pm

Lunch (Provided)

12:45 pm

Practical Bargaining Tips

Mr. Baab

Brett GlassDr Pepper Snapple Group, Plano, Texas

2:00 pm


2:15 pm

Enforcing the Labor Agreement through Labor Arbitration: Law and Advocacy (includes a 10 minute break)

Douglas E. Ray, Conference Co-Chair
Dean and Professor of Law, St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami, Florida

  • Co-Author Labor Management Relations: Strikes, Lockouts, and Boycotts (Thomson/West 2011-12)
  • Co-Author Understanding Labor Law (LexisNexis 2011) 
  • Member, National Academy of Arbitrators

5:15 pm


Friday, May 10

8:30 am

Ethics Presentation

A practical look at the application of frequently used ethics rules in the context of labor and employment situations derived from real life. 

Moderator: Mr. Carter

Felicity Fowler
Haynes and Boone, LLP, Dallas, Texas

Greta E. CowartHaynes and Boone, LLP, Dallas, Texas

10:30 am

The NLRB’S DR Horton Decision, and General Update on Class/Collective Action Waivers Under Arbitration Policies and Agreements

Christopher D. Havener, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

11:30 am

Meet & Greet Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon

12:00 pm

Luncheon Presentation: Recent Developments at the National Labor Relations Board
(30 minute presentation; Introduction by Martha Kinard, Regional Director, Region 16, NLRB, Fort Worth, Texas)

Lafe SolomonActing General Counsel, NLRB, Washington D.C.

1:30 pm

Avoiding FLSA Traps: Common Wage and Hour Issues in Union and Non-Union Settings

Michael D. RayOgletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak and Stewart, P.C., Chicago, Illinois

2:30 pm

The NLRB’S Approach to Social Media

A. John Harper IIIHaynes and Boone, LLP, Houston, Texas

3:30 pm


3:45 pm

RIFS, WARN, OWBPA, and the Labor Laws

John M. FarrellK&L Gates LLP, Dallas, Texas

4:15 pm



“This is one of the best legal programs I have attended. The overall quality is outstanding. The presenters are top shelf.”

“Great program – is every year”


- 2012 Participants

CLE Credits

MCLE Credit

This program is approved by the State Bar of Texas for 27 hours, including 2 hours of ethics. Course ID Number: 901264603. Sign-in sheets and/or certificates of attendance will be available for ALL states.

Specialization Credit

This program is approved by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for 27 hours, including 2 hours ethics in the following areas:

  • Labor and Employment Law
  • National Labor Relations 

Overnight Accommodations

Hyatt Place Dallas/Plano welcomes our guests attending Labor Law at The Center for American and International Law. We have set aside a block of rooms with a group rate of $89 for 5/6/2013-5/10/2013.

Please make your reservations by 4/22/2013. Any reservations not received on or before this cut-off date are subject to hotel availability at the best available prevailing rate.

Booking Instructions

Book online at http://dallasplano.place.hyatt.com/
Type in Arrival/Departure Dates
Enter Group/Corporate #: G-CL91
Call 888-HYATT-HP (888-492-8847) or 972-378-3997

Dates available: 5/6/2013-5/10/2013
Mention the group name: CAILAW Labor Law

A valid credit card is required to make reservations

Tax Exemption Certificates and Credit Card Authorization Forms
may be faxed to our office at 972-608-4427 prior to your arrival.

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