Symposium on Protecting Workers’ Rights

Symposium on Protecting Workers’ Rights



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The Albany Law Review will assemble a panel of professors, labor attorneys and union representatives for the symposium “Protecting Workers’ Rights in a Post-Wisconsin World: Strategies for Organizing and Action in an Era of Diminished Resources and Embattled Unions” at Albany Law School on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011.

The panel will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., with a reception to follow.

The panel will consider contemporary challenges facing workers, including efforts to roll back public sector collective bargaining rights, the criminalization of unauthorized workers and the prevalence of wage and hour violations; the historical context of these challenges, including the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City 100 years ago; and strategies that unions, government agencies and advocates are currently using to protect workers’ rights.

Panelists include:

  • Melvyn Dubofsky, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History & Sociology, Binghamton University
  • Terri Gerstein, Labor Bureau Chief, New York State Attorney General’s Office
  • Jon Hiatt, Chief of Staff and former General Counsel, AFL-CIO
  • Pauline Kinsella, Executive Director, New York State United Teachers
  • Michael Wishnie, Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization, Yale Law School
  • Moderator: Donna Young, Professor of Law, Albany Law School

Now celebrating its 75th volume, the Albany Law Review is an independent, student-run organization that publishes critical and analytical articles written by judges, lawyers, law school professors and other legal scholars. Each year the journal publishes four books: two on general legal issues, one devoted to New York law and one devoted to state constitutional commentary.​