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52nd Annual Course on Labor Law and Labor Arbitration


Plano, Texas, USA

Past Event

26.75 Hours of MCLE Credit available

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

Online registration is closed.  Please bring your completed registration form to the door. 

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


Join co-chairs Dean Douglas E. Ray (St. Thomas University School of Law) and John Harper, Esq. (Haynes and Boone, LLP) for this intensive basic course on labor law and labor arbitration.

  • Practical guide for the practice of labor law
  • Designed to fully satisfy the Texas Board of Legal Specialization requirement of NLRA credit for current application period

Download the Brochure (pdf)

For more details, download the online brochure.

Sessions include:

  • The Road To Representation Under The NLRA (Professor Christopher David Ruiz Cameron)
  • The Representation Process in Practice (Moderated by Martha Kinard, Regional Director, NLRB Region 16)
  • Negotiation of Collective Bargaining Agreements (Professor Michael Z. Green)

Conference Co-Chairs

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

A. John Harper III, Esq.
Haynes and Boone, LLP
Houston, Texas

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 how the Railway Labor Act affects our transportation industries, federal regulation of wage and hour and layoff issues, social media and labor law, and the protected collective rights of those not in unions. Labor and employment law 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 and we will hear from the NLRB’s General Counsel about the direction of federal enforcement. 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 26.75 hours of continuing legal education credit, including 2 hours of Ethics. I look forward to welcoming you."


  • $1295/$1345 - Regular Tuition
  • $1145/$1195 - CAIL Member 
  • $1195/$1245 - Government / Non-Profit / Academic Employee 
  • $300/$350 - U.S. Law Student (J.D.) 
  • $345/$395 - Attend Friday classes & lunch only 
  • $35/$35 - Attend Friday lunch only (no materials) 
  • $1195/$1245 - Materials Only (includes notebook, text, and DVD); to ensure your timely receipt of materials, register by April 25.

Schedule and Faculty

Tuesday, May 6

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 Cameron, Professor, Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, California

  • Co-Author Labor Management Relations: Strikes, Lockouts and Boycotts (West 2013-14)
  • Co-Author Labor Law in the Contemporary Workplace (West 2d ed. 2014)

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 2014.

Professor Cameron

3:30 pm

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


Martha Kinard, Regional Director, NLRB Region 16, Fort Worth, Texas

  • Ofelia Gonzalez, Assistant to the Regional Director, NLRB Region 16, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Sharon L. Steckler, Supervisory Attorney, NLRB Region 16, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Yona Rozen, Law Offices of Yona Rozen, PLLC, Dallas, Texas
  • Jonathan C. Wilson, Littler Mendelson, PC, Dallas, Texas

5:15 pm

Recess and Welcoming Reception

Wednesday, May 7

8:30 am

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

Timothy Watson, Regional Attorney, NLRB Region 16, Fort Worth, Texas

10:00 am


10:15 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. Green, Professor of Law, Texas A&M University School of Law, Fort Worth, Texas

12:45 pm

Lunch (Provided)

1:15 pm

Strikes & Lockouts

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

  • Rod Tanner, Tanner and Associates, PC, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Arthur T. Carter, Haynes and Boone, LLP, Adjunct Professor, SMU Dedman School of Law, Dallas, Texas

3:15 pm


3:30 pm

Secondary Boycotts & Handbilling

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

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

5:30 pm


Thursday, May 8

9:00 am

Overview of the Railway Labor Act (RLA)

Robert L. Jones, Jr., Senior Labor & Employment Attorney, American Airlines, Ft. Worth, Texas

10:30 am


10:45 am

Recent Developments in Labor Law for Non-Union Employers

Professor Green

12:30 pm

Lunch (Provided)

1:15 pm

Practical Bargaining Tips

  • Mr. Tanner
  • Brett Glass, Director of Labor Relations, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Plano, Texas

2:15 pm


2:30 pm

Enforcing the Labor Agreement through Labor Arbitration: Law and Advocacy (Time includes a 15 minute break)

Dean Ray

5:00 pm


Friday, May 9

8:30 am

Ethics and the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act

Stuart Buttrick, Faegre Baker Daniels, Indianapolis, Indiana

9:30 am


9:45 am

Ethics: Misconduct by Attorneys or Party Representatives before the NLRB

Ms. Steckler

10:45 am

The NLRB's DR Horton Decision, and General Update on Class/Collective Action Waivers under Arbitration Policies and Agreements

John V. Jansonius, Jackson Walker, L.L.P., Dallas, Texas

11:30 am

Meet & Greet General Counsel Richard F. Griffin, Jr.

12:00 pm

Luncheon Presentation: Recent Developments at the National Labor Relations Board (60 minute presentation; Introduction by Martha Kinard, Regional Director, Region 16, NLRB, Fort Worth, Texas)

Richard F. Griffin, Jr., General Counsel, NLRB, Washington D.C.

2:00 pm

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

Mark A. Shank, Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank LLP, Dallas, Texas

2:30 pm

RIFS, WARN, OWBPA, and the Labor Laws

John M. Farrell, K&L Gates LLP, Dallas, Texas

3:15 pm


3:30 pm

The NLRB's Approach to Social Media

A. John Harper III, Conference Co-Chair, Haynes and Boone, LLP, Houston, Texas

4:15 pm



"The choice of topics was great and the presentation materials were very helpful."

"I enjoyed the informative presentations, the atmosphere is exceptional, as are the facilities"

"I thought the comprehensive nature of the program was its best feature"

"…well worth coming across the nation to attend!..."

-- 2013 Participants 

CLE Credits

MCLE Credit

This program is approved by the State Bar of Texas for 26.75 hours, including 2 hours of ethics. Course ID Number: 901289552. Sign-in sheets and/or certificates of attendance will be available for ALL states.

Specialization Credit

1) This program is approved by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for 26.75 hours in the following areas: Labor and Employment Law and National Labor Relations; and 2) Meets the 24 hr. NLRA requirement for the current TBLS application filing period. 

Overnight Accommodations

Hyatt Place 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 $90 for 5/4/14-5/9/2014.

Please make your reservations by 4/20/14. 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 dallasplano.place.hyatt.com
Type in Arrival/Departure Dates
Enter Group/Corporate #: G-CL30
Call 888-HYATT-HP (888-492-8847) or 972-378-3997

Dates available: 5/4/2014-5/9/2014
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.

Other Information

Cancellation Policy

Tuition, less a $50 cancellation fee, will be refunded upon receipt of written cancellation received by April 22, 2014. E-mail cancellation notice to cburkel@cailaw.org. After this date, no refunds, but substitution of attendees for this program will be permitted. Registrants not entitled to a refund will receive the course materials.

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The Center for American and International Law does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected status in educational activities, scholarship programs or admissions.

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