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The Center has demonstrated its commitment to the promotion of academic scholarship as well as to serving the needs of the practicing bar by presenting conferences that explore current significant issues in labor and employment law.

Many of the nationally known speakers at these conferences have also published articles in the Saint Louis University Law Journal.

The conferences are held at the law school, offering students the opportunity to learn about current critical issues in labor and employment law as well as the opportunity to meet and exchange views with prominent academics and leading members of the practicing bar. Programs of this nature also serve as a means of introducing students to prospective employers.

Matt Bodie speaking at the 2016 People Analytics Symposium
 

Recent Symposia

2018: Law, Technology, and the Organization of Work

Friday, April 6, 2018, John K. Pruellage Courtroom

Saint Louis University School of Law William C. Wefel Center for Employment Law and Saint Louis University Journal hosted 'Law, Technology, and the Organization of Work.'

As technology creates change in our lives, it is now ever-more important to think about the ways in which we work, how we think about work, and how work will be regulated. Including crowdwork, on-demand platforms, people analytics, big data, 3-D printing, and other technologies, these new modalities of digitalisation challenge both our ethics and our currently existing regulatory structures for labor. These issues are increasingly global, as many of these technologies are not restricted by national boundaries. This symposium endeavored to think forward on the changes these technologies will engender and the ways in which firms and workers are structuring their new working relationships.

 Schedule
Introduction
Marcia McCormick, associate dean for academic affairs and professor of law, Saint Louis University School of Law

Session 1

  • "How Technology Will Advance or Inhibit Labor Organizing"
    Charlotte Garden, co-associate dean for research and faculty development and associate professor, Seattle University School of Law
  • "Data Deficits in Municipal Rideshare Programs"
    Deepa Das Acevedo, Sharswood Fellow, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • "The Law and Political Economy of Workplace Information"
    Brishen Rogers, associate professor of law, Temple University Beasley School of Law
  • "A New Research Agenda for Employment Law Scholarship - Technology in the Workplace"
    Ifeoma Ajunwa, assistant professor, Industrial and Labor Relations School of Cornell University; faculty associate member, Cornell Law School

Session 2

  • "Platform and Digitalised Work: Debunking Myths and Protecting Workers"
    Valerio De Stefano, BOF-ZAP Research Professor of Labour Law, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • "What Should We Do After Work? Automation, Job Loss, and the Law of Work"
    Cynthia Estlund, Catherine A. Rein Professor, New York University School of Law
  • "Who's Tracking Whom? Multi-Surveillance of Labor in the Online Sex Trafficking Industry"
    Winifred Poster, International Affairs, Washington University in St. Louis

Session 3

  • "Crowdwashing: Corporate Social Responsibility, Technology, and Labor Practices"
    Miriam Cherry, co-director of the William C. Wefel Center for Employment Law and professor of law, Saint Louis University School of Law
  • "Discrimination in Online Recruiting Strategies"
    Pauline Kim, Daniel Noyes Kirby Professor of Law, Washington University School of Law
  • "The Independent Contract and Autonomy in the Gig Economy"
    Leticia Saucedo, professor of law, University of California, Davis School of Law

Closing Remarks
Miriam Cherry, co-director of the William C. Wefel Center for Employment Law and professor of law, Saint Louis University School of Law

2016: The Law and Business of People Analytics

Friday, February 19, 2016, John K. Pruellage Courtroom

The Wefel Center for Employment Law, the Saint Louis University Law Journal and the John Cook School of Business co-sponsored this symposium, 'The Law and Business of People Analytics.'

Participants explored the kinds of work being done in the field of People Analytics, the use of data analytics in human resources. Focus was on the employment law and business ethics implications of these new technologies and practices, with an eye toward developing guidelines for good practices in the workplace.

Schedule
Introduction: What is People Analytics?

Session 1: The Business and Business Ethics of People Analytics
Presenters:

  • Palash Bera, assistant professor, Saint Louis University John Cook School of Business
  • Jintong Tang, associate professor, Saint Louis University John Cook School of Business

Session 2: Legal Issues: Discrimination
Presenters:

  • Pauline Kim, professor, Washington University School of Law; Charles Nagel Chair of Constitutional Law and Political Science
  • Roger Reinsch, professor, University of Minnesota Duluth, Labovitz School of Business and Economics
  • Andrew Selbst, senior associate, Hogan Lovells

Session 3: New Directions in Data
Presenters:

  • Eric Armbrecht, associate professor, Saint Louis University Center for Health Outcomes Research, Department of Internal Medicine (School of Medicine), Department of Health Management and Policy (College for Public Health & Social Justice); Senior Analytics Advisor, Midwest Health Initiative
  • Miriam Cherry, professor, Saint Louis University School of Law
  • Jake Temme, architect of football information technology, Los Angeles Rams

Session 4: Legal Issues: Privacy
Presenters:

  • Neil Richards, professor of law, Washington University School of Law
  • Matt Bodie, Callis Family Professor of Law, Saint Louis University School of Law

Closing Thoughts

Videos

Introduction and Session 1: What is People Analytics?; The Business and Business Ethics of People Analytics

Session 2: Legal Issues: Discrimination

Session 3: New Directions in Data

Session 4: Legal Issues: Privacy

2015: The ADA at 25: Disability Rights and the Healthcare Workforce

Friday, March 27, 2015, John K. Pruellage Courtroom

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990, and prohibits discrimination based on disabilities. In honor of the 25th anniversary of the ADA, the William C. Wefel Center for Employment Law and the Center for Health Law Studies at SLU LAW co-hosted this symposium featuring the ADA at the intersection of health law and employment law.

Schedule

Session One

  • Kimberly Lackey, public policy team manager, Paraquad
  • Kelly Moffatt, psychosocial counselor at The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis

Session Two: The Difference of Disability for Healthcare Workers
Moderated by Marcia L. McCormick, director, William C. Wefel Center for Employment Law and professor of law, Saint Louis University School of Law

  • Wellness Programs, the ADA, and GINA
    Pierce Blue, special assistant and attorney advisor, Office of Commissioner Chai Feldblum, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  • ADA Issues in the Healthcare Workforce
    Nicole Porter, professor of law, University of Toledo College of Law
  • Numerical Goals and Disability Employment Policy
    Mark Weber, Vincent DePaul Professor of Law, DePaul University College of Law

Session Three: Creating a Healthcare Workforce Ready to Provide Services to People with Disabilities
Moderated by Elizabeth Pendo, vice dean and professor of law, Saint Louis University School of Law
Commentator: Aimee Wehmeier, executive director and CEO, Paraquad

  • Disability Cultural Competence and the Health Professions
    Mary Crossley, professor of law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • Accommodations and Modifications: What’s Reasonable in the Healthcare Setting?
    Leslie Francis, distinguished professor of philosophy and law and director, Center for Law & Biomedical Sciences, College of Law, University of Utah
  • Fitting Together Disability, Personal Assistance, and Workplace Personal Assistance
    Silvia Yee, senior staff attorney, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)

Closing Session: Incorporating Good Practices in the Workplace
All speakers participating.

Past Seminars and CLE Events

Dunsford Award Presentation and Panel Discussion

Thursday, March 1, 2018

The William C. Wefel Center for Employment Law honored Gary L. Rutledge ('83) with the John E. Dunsford Achievement Award, recognizing his exceptional achievement and service in the field of employment and labor law.

Gary Rutledge is a professor of practice at SLU LAW and former vice president and general counsel for Anheuser-Busch InBev, North American Zone. He was selected by the past two graduating classes as Adjunct Professor of the Year.

Following the presentation of the award was a panel discussion on the globalization of labor relations. Panelists were Valerio De Stefano, professor at KU Leuven, and Johnny Wang, partner at Stinson Leonard Street.

ADR Court-Certified Neutrals Seminar

Friday, January 29, 2016
Co‐sponsored by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and SLU LAW.

Welcome
United States District Judge Ronnie L. White, Eastern District of Missouri

Overview of ADR in the Eastern District
Gregory J. Linhares, Clerk of Court

Friendly Persuasion in Mediation
Prof. James A. Wall, Jr., University of Missouri-Columbia

Ethics Priorities and Conundrums for Mediators
Judge Karen Klein, former U.S. Magistrate Judge, District of North Dakota

Ethical Issues in Mediation
Panel of Mediators

Ask the Judges
Panel of U.S. District and Magistrate Judges

Videos

Keynote

Panel Discussions and Q&A

U.S. District Court ADR Court-Certified Neutrals Seminar

January 24, 2014
Co‐sponsored by The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and SLU LAW.

"Behind the Curtain of the Wizard: Hidden Issues in Settling Insurance Cases"
John C. Trimble, Lewis Wagner LLP, Indianapolis, Indiana 

"Revisions to the Court's ADR Rules"
James G. Woodward, Clerk of Court 

"Ethical Issues in Mediation"
Karen Tokarz, professor, Washington University School of Law 
Michael Geigerman, managing director, USA&M Midwest 

"The Bench and Bar Colloquium - A Q&A Session"
U.S. District Judges Audrey  G. Fleissig, Catherine D. Perry and E. Richard Webber  
U.S.  Magistrate Judges David D. Noce and  Thomas C. Mummert 

 Additional Resources