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55th 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: +1.972.244.3404
Fax: +1.972.244.3401
E-Mail: ccle@cailaw.org


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
  • The course will be designed to fully satisfy the Texas Board of Legal Specialization requirement of NLRA credit for the current application period
  • Excellent review course for all labor lawyers – it is not just for those taking the certification exam

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


Registration includes the conference, course materials, lunches and a reception. The live program materials include post-program online access to videos of the presentations. Multiple Registrants from the same organization: Please contact Moin for special pricing for tuition levels $1,200 and higher - mbaig@cailaw.org or 972.244.3408.

Early Bird/Regular Registration Fee (Early Bird Registration Ends March 31)

  • $1395/$1495 - Regular Tuition
  • $1245/$1345 - CAIL Member 
  • $1295/$1395 - Government / Non-Profit / Academic Employee 
  • $350/$450 - U.S. Law Student (J.D.) 
  • $40/$60 - Attend Meet & Greet Thursday lunch only (no materials) 
  • $1200/$1300 - 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 your four days 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.  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.  Once the Trump administration has the opportunity to appoint new members to the National Labor Relations Board, change is likely.  Although the basic parameters and protections of labor law will remain intact, several issues, especially those involving recent expansions of employee rights and limits on employer discretion, may be re-examined.   In the interim, employers and unions will be obliged to follow current law, even when anticipating eventual change.  Among areas of potential change are recent NLRB election rules making it easier for employees to vote for a union, recent expansion of the definition of joint employer status to reach more franchisees and franchisors, changes in how labor arbitration decisions affect labor law enforcement, and recently increased scrutiny of policies at non-union employers including employee handbooks, rules of conduct, procedures for employer internal investigations, and social media policies. In this course, you will also learn how the Railway Labor Act affects our transportation industries, be updated on emerging issues in wage and hour law, and see the substantial impact which the protected collective NLRA rights of employees not represented by unions can have on non-union employers.

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. 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 professionals, 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 26 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, April 10

8:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 am

What Is A Labor Lawyer (Professionalism, Roles & Responsibilities; time includes 15 minutes Ethics 9:00-9:15)


  • 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


  • A. John Harper III, Conference Co-Chair, Littler Mendelson, PC, Houston, Texas
  • Rod Tanner, Conference Co-Chair, Tanner And Associates, PC, Fort Worth, Texas

9:15 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)

12:15 pm

Lunch (Provided)

1:00 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 2016.

  • Professor Cameron

3:45 pm

The Representation Process in Practice (Facilitated Discussion, includes a 15-minute break)


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


  • Mr. Harper
  • Alicia Junco, Assistant General Counsel, SEIU Texas, Houston, Texas
  • Ofelia Gonzalez, Assistant to the Regional Director, NLRB Region 16, Fort Worth, Texas

5:30 pm

Recess and Welcoming Reception

Tuesday, April 11

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
  • Mr. Tanner

12:00 pm

Lunch (Provided)

12:30 pm

Strikes & Lockouts (continued)

1:45 pm


2:00 pm

Practical & Ethical Bargaining Tips (Time includes 15 minutes Ethics 2:45-3:00)


  • Professor Ray


  • Mr. Glass
  • Mr. Tanner

3:00 pm


3:15 pm

Secondary Boycotts & Handbilling (includes a 15 minute break)

Secondary activity, corporate campaigns, consumer picketing and handbilling.

  • Professor Ray

5:00 pm


Wednesday, April 12

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, Hunton & Williams LLP, Dallas, Texas
  • David K. Watsky, Lyon, Gorsky, Gilbert & Livingston, L.L.P., Dallas, Texas

12:00 pm

Lunch (Provided)

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

Enforcing the Labor Agreement through Labor Arbitration: Law and Advocacy (includes 15-minute break) (Time includes 15 minutes Ethics 3:45-4:00)

  • Professor Ray

4:00 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

5:00 pm


Thursday, April 13

8:45 am

Overview of the Railway Labor Act(RLA)

  • Jonathan Elifson, Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association, Dallas, Texas

10:15 am


10:30 am

Joint Employment & the Gig Economy under the NLRA (Time includes 15 minutes Ethics 11:30-11:45: Ethics: Conflicts & Joint Representation)

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

11:45 am

Meet & Greet with NLRB Acting Chairman, Philip A. Miscimarra

12:15 pm

Lunch (Provided)

1:15 pm

Report from the NLRB: A Board Member's Perspective (Introduction by Martha Kinard, Regional Director, NLRB Region 16, Fort Worth, Texas)

  • Philip A. Miscimarra, Acting Chairman, National Labor Relations Board, Washington, D.C.

2:15 pm

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

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

3:15 pm


3:30 pm

Predicting the Future and Program Recap (Facilitated Discussion)


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

4:00 pm


Overnight Accommodations

Hyatt Place Plano welcomes our guests attending Course on Labor Law and Labor Arbitration, at The Center for American and International Law. We have set aside a block of rooms with a group rate of $97 plus applicable fees/taxes for 4/9/2017 - 4/14/2017.

Please make your reservations by 3/25/2017. As long as the reservation is made by this date, and the group block has availability, you will receive the group rate. 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

Type in Arrival/Departure Dates
Enter Group/Corporate #: G-CL74
Call 888-HYATT-HP (888.492.8847) or 972.378.3997

Dates available: 4/9/2017-4/14/2017
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 the hotel directly at 972.608.4427 prior to your arrival.

Sponsorship Opportunities

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

CLE Credit

MCLE Credit

This program is approved by the State Bar of Texas for 26 hours, including 3 hours of ethics. Texas Course ID Number: 901371509. 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, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, 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 26 hours in the following areas: Labor and Employment Law, and 2) This program meets the 24 hr. NLRA requirement for the current Texas Board of Legal Specialization application filing period.


“This is a very impressive program.”

“This was very well-organized, thorough, & informative.”

“Great professors and speakers. This is an incredible facility.”

“Very well organized & speakers were all great & presented very interesting & informative material.”

“Advertise that this is an excellent review course for all Labor Lawyers even those taking Certification Exam.”

“The program was exceptional. Speakers were well prepared and interesting.”

-- 2016 Participants

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