I want to congratulate Tom Lenz from Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo and Joseph Pallar with Gilbert and Sackman Law Corp for their Professorship at USC Gould School of Law
This Spring 2016 Semester they have taken on the responsibility as adjuncts of teaching Labor Law to the next generation of lawyers. They were also kind enough to invite Arbitrator Fred Horowitz and myself to speak to their class on April 18, 2016. It was a pleasure to sit with Fred and provide an introduction to the world of Arbitration to the students. Thank you all for a wonderful opportunity to take a breath and reflect on my career as an arbitrator.   

Don’t miss this timely and informative presentation by ERWIN CHEMERINSKY, Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law at UC Irvine on the state of the U.S. Supreme Court.  Dean Chemerinsky was recently described by National Jurist magazine as the nation’s “most influential person in legal education,” and the Los Angeles Times acknowledged that he is widely admired for his ability to explain the workings of the Court in a way that is “thoughtful, clear, and fair”.  After four decades of practicing law and thirty years of teaching, as well as writing the leading textbooks on Constitutional Law and five appearances before the Supreme Court, Dean Chemerinsky is uniquely qualified to share his insights with us regarding the potential deadlock on the Court and its impact on cases affecting the workplace.
Date:                     Thursday, May 19, 2016
                                    Time:                         6:00 pm -    Registration - No Host Bar
                                                                        6:45 pm -    Dinner

Ford Motor Company and the UAW – From Recession to Recovery through Collective Bargaining
Plan to attend this special dinner, as OC LERA joins the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment in honoring the special labor-management partnership between Ford Motor Company and the United Auto Workers.  Hear both the public and the “behind the scenes” stories behind the successful contract negotiations for an agreement that kept Ford from the brink of bankruptcy and not only retained many jobs for the nearly 52,000 members represented by UAW, but provided packages that assured those leaving Ford were treated fairly and left with dignity. Hear from the principals involved how they were able to make the best of the worst of circumstances and to ensure prosperity for both the company and the workers. 
Speakers:                        William “Bill” Dirksen, Vice President Labor Affairs
                                                                        Ford Motor Company

OC LERA (Orange County Labor & Employment Relations Association) is pleased to present former NLRB Board Member HARRY I. JOHNSON III to present his unique perspective on recent Board Decisions and to discuss their impact on employers, employees, and organized labor.  Mr. Johnson served as a member of the NLRB from August 2013 through August 2015, and is currently a partner at the Los Angeles law of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.  Don’t miss this informative and entertaining presentation!

The International Association of Operative Millers asked me to put together a presentation for their 2015 Conference in Palm Springs, CA. At the bottom is a link for those wanting to hear the recorded presentation. I am also attaching my PowerPoint presentation for your reference and review.

I presented a three part program entitled, ‘An Arbitrator’s 7 Tests for Your Workplace Discipline.’ This program was for both union and non-union workplaces.      
Part 1 covered an overview of workplace management of discipline which included discussions about problem solving, mediation, arbitration and law suits.
Part 2 covered the actual seven tests of Just Cause and
Part 3 reviewed how workplace discipline forms are a key part of training your workforce about discipline and following the seven tests of Just Cause.

Presenting at the IAOM Conference was a great experience for several reasons.

In my 15th year as a professional neutral I am happy to announce that I am launching my website and blog. I hope the website will be helpful for people and professionals to better determine if I am the right neutral for their negotiation and I hope the blog will be useful to announce Labor/Employment events in Southern California. I look forward to all of your comments, questions and opinions.