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National Labor Relations Board Chairman Wilma Liebman to Speak on Reviving American Labor Law

MARCH 3, 3011—National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Chairman Wilma B. Liebman will give a lecture entitled “Reviving American Labor Law” at the Law School on March 31, 2011, at 12:15 p.m. in Lockhart Hall.

Designated chairman by President Obama on Jan. 20, 2009, Liebman was first appointed to the NLRB by President Clinton in 1997 and is currently in her third term, which expires in August 2011.

“The agency is coming back to life after a long period of dormancy,” Liebman said in February, and after two years without a quorum is “tackling many of the difficult cases that languished for years.” New initiatives include inviting briefs from practitioners and the public on important cases and using the administrative rulemaking process to seek comments on potential rule changes.

Before joining the NLRB, Liebman worked with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), first as special assistant to the director and a member of the Mediator Task Force on the Future of FMCS, then as deputy director overseeing arbitration and grant programs, advising the director, and participating in negotiations. She has also served as labor counsel for the Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen and for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and was an NLRB staff attorney from 1974-80.

Liebman is a past elected member of the Executive Board of the Industrial Relations Research Association and of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. She holds a B.A. from Barnard College and a J.D. from George Washington University Law Center.

At the invitation of Chairman Liebman, the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law, edited by University of Minnesota Law School faculty and students, is publishing a special issue that she organized on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the NLRB.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Law School and Fredrikson & Byron. One CLE credit has been requested. It is free and open to the public. For space considerations, RSVPs are recommended, at lawevent@umn.edu.


Wilma Liebman

Wilma Liebman