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54th 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

Online registration is closed. You can still register by bringing a completed registration form to the registration desk.

Registrar: +1.972.244.3404
Fax: +1.972.244.3401
E-Mail: ccle@cailaw.org

Multiple Registrants from the same organization: Please contact Natalia for special pricing for tuition levels $1,100 and higher - email or 972.244.3408.


Join co-chairs Professor Douglas E. Ray (St. Thomas University School of Law), A. John Harper III (Littler Mendelson P.C. ) and Rod Tanner (Tanner and Associates P.C.) 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.

Conference Co-Chairs

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

A. John Harper III
Special Counsel
Littler Mendelson P.C.
Houston, Texas

Rod Tanner
Tanner and Associates P.C.
Ft. Worth, Texas


Early Bird/Regular Registration Fee (Early Bird Registration Ends April 22)

  • $1295/$1345 - Regular Tuition
  • $1145/$1195 - CAIL Member 
  • $1195/$1245 - Government / Non-Profit / Academic Employee 
  • $300/$350 - U.S. Law Student (J.D.) 
  • $35/$50 - Attend Meet & Greet Thursday lunch only (no materials) 
  • $1100/$1200 - Materials Only (includes post-program online access to the videos)

A Note from Douglas E. Ray, Program Co-Chair

"Whether you have practiced labor and employment law for years or are just learning about it, I believe you will find this 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, boycotts, and labor arbitration; issues that can affect the course and survival of a business. This year’s program will be particularly relevant.  In an election year and the last year of the Obama administration, one can expect substantial activity from the NLRB.  Issues include how the new NLRB election rules making it easier for employees to vote for a union will affect employer campaign activity, a broadening of the definition of joint employer status to reach more franchisees and franchisors, a change in how labor arbitration decisions affect labor law enforcement, and increased scrutiny of employer workplace handbooks, rules of conduct, and social media policies. You will also learn about how the Railway Labor Act affects our transportation industries, emerging issues in wage and hour law, and how the protected collective rights of those not in unions can affect non-union employers.

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 outstanding, nationally-known labor law professors, experienced expert practitioners at the top of their profession, and dedicated and knowledgeable NLRB officials, we will provide both an overview of the field and detailed practice tips. We will also hear from NLRB General Counsel Richard F. Griffin, Jr.  about the direction of national labor policy and federal enforcement. In addition, you will 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. The program provides up to 25.5 hours of continuing legal education credit, including 3 hours of Ethics training relevant to a labor and employment practice. I look forward to welcoming you."

Schedule and Faculty

Monday, May 9

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 of Law, Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, California
    • Co-Author Labor Management Relations: Strikes, Lockouts, and Boycotts (Thomson/West 2015-16)
    • Co-Author Labor Law in the Contemporary Workplace (West 2nd 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 Developments in Labor and Employment Law for 2015.

  • 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


  • Glenda Pittman, Glenda Pittman & Associates, P.C., Austin, TX
  • A. John Harper III, Conference Co-Chair, Special Counsel, Littler Mendelson, PC, Houston, Texas
  • Ofelia Gonzalez, Assistant to the Regional Director, NLRB, Region 16, Fort Worth, Texas

5:15 pm

Recess and Welcoming Reception

Tuesday, May 10

8:30 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
    • Editor, The Challenge for Collective Bargaining: Proceedings of the New York University 65th Annual Conference on Labor (LexisNexis 2014)

10:45 am


11:00 am

Strikes & Lockouts

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

  • Brett Glass, Director of Labor Relations, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Plano, Texas
  • Rod Tanner, Conference Co-Chair, Tanner and Associates, PC, Fort Worth, Texas

12:00 pm

Lunch (Provided)

12:30 pm

Strikes & Lockouts (continued)

1:30 pm


1:45 pm

Secondary Boycotts & Handbilling (includes a 15 minute break)

Secondary activity, corporate campaigns, consumer picketing and handbilling.

  • Douglas E. Ray, Conference Co-Chair, Professor of Law, St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami Gardens, Florida
    • Co-Author Labor Management Relations: Strikes, Lockouts, and Boycotts (Thomson/West 2015-16)
    • Co-Author Understanding Labor Law (LexisNexis 2014)
    • Member, National Academy of Arbitrators

3:45 pm


4:00 pm

Practical Bargaining Tips


  • Professor Ray


  • Mr. Glass
  • Mr. Tanner

5:00 pm


Wednesday, May 11

9:00 am

NLRB Investigations and Trials in Unfair Labor Practice Cases

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

10:30 am


10:45 am

Ethical Considerations in Negotiations, NLRB Representation, and Union Relations

  • Stephanie K. Osteen, Jackson Walker L.L.P., Dallas, Texas
  • David K. Watsky, Lyon, Gorsky, Gilbert & Livingston, L.L.P., Dallas, Texas

12:00 pm


12:45 pm

Ethical Practice Before the NLRB

  • Jamal M. Allen, Ethics Counsel, National Labor Relations Board, Houston, Texas

1:30 pm


1:45 pm

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

  • Mark Shank, Gruber Elrod Johansen Hail Shank LLP, Dallas, Texas

2:30 pm

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

  • Professor Ray

5:00 pm


Thursday, May 12

8:45 am

Overview of the Railway Labor Act (RLA)

  • A. John Harper II, Special Counsel, Littler Mendelson, PC, Houston, Texas

10:15 am


10:30 am

Who is an Employee and Employer under the NLRA? Recent Developments Affecting Franchises, Staffing Agencies, College Athletes, and Others

  • Arthur Carter, Littler Mendelson, PC, Dallas, Texas

11:30 am

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

12:00 pm

Lunch (Provided)

1:00 pm

Recent Developments at the National Labor Relations Board (Introduction by Martha Kinard, Regional Director, NLRB Region 16, Fort Worth, Texas)

  • Richard F. Griffin, Jr., General Counsel, National Labor Relations Board, Washington, D.C.

2:00 pm

Recent Labor Law Developments Affecting Non-Union Employers: Handbooks, Investigations, Social Media, and More

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

3:00 pm


3:15 pm

Practical Ethical Considerations of Employer Investigations & Confidentiality Instructions

  • Michael P. Maslanka, Assistant Professor of Law, UNT Dallas College of Law, Dallas, Texas
    • Author, Maslanka’s Texas Field Guide to Employment Law: FLSA, FMLA, ADA, Texas Labor Code (American Lawyer Media 2016)

4:15 pm

Predicting the Future and Program Recap (Facilitated Discussion)


  • Alex Stevens, Haynes and Boone, LLP, Dallas, TX

4:45 pm


Sponsorship Opportunities

For information regarding Sponsorship Opportunities for this program, email ccle@cailaw.org.

Overnight Accommodations

Hyatt Place Dallas/Plano
3100 Dallas Parkway
Plano, Texas 75093
Tel: 972.378.3997

Group Rate: ROH $95.00
Group rate is valid on: 05/07/16 – 05/12/16

Book online at dallasplano.place.hyatt.com

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Call us at: 972-378-3997

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Please make reservations by April 23, 2016.

Reservations received after this date are not guaranteed availability and will be booked at the hotel’s best available rate. All cancellations must be received by 04/30/16 to avoid cancellation fee of one night’s room & tax.

CLE Credit

MCLE Credit

This program is approved by the State Bar of Texas and the Nevada Board of Continuing Legal Education for 25.5 hours, including 3 hours of ethics. Texas Course ID Number: 901346467. Credit hours for other states will vary and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules.

For this conference, CAIL will directly apply (if requested) for course accreditation in the following states: California, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. Some of these states may not approve a program for credit hours before the program occurs. Attorneys may be eligible to receive CLE credit through reciprocity or attorney self-submission in other states. CAIL conferences are typically accredited by all mandatory CLE states.

Specialization Credit

1) This program is approved by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for 25.5 hours in the following areas: Labor and Employment Law, National Labor Relations; and 2) Meets the 24 hr. NLRA requirement for the current TBLS application filing period. 


“This is truly the best MCLE program I have ever attended.”

“This was my first visit to the Center. It is an outstanding facility and the program coordinators and catering were outstanding.”

“Very well done. Excellent speakers. Extremely comprehensive. Accompanying outline is very good.”

“Every speaker was very knowledgeable about the topic. High caliber speakers ... learned a lot.”

-- 2015 Participants

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