Schedule and Presenters


8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 10:30 Equal Protection Panel
Professors Harris and McCormick will discuss the status of disparate impact law under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 post-Ricci.  Professor Lee will build on her previous work on administrative constitutionalism and will argue that thinking about the constitutionalization of labor and employment law requires asking not only whether to constitutionalize the workplace, but also where to do so.

Moderator: David SchwartzUniversity of Wisconsin Law School; Madison
Panelists:   Susan CarleAmerican University Washington College of Law; Washington, D.C.
                 Cheryl HarrisUCLA School of Law; Los Angeles
                 Sophia LeeUniversity of Pennsylvania Law School; Philadelphia
                 Marcia McCormickSaint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis
Commentator:  Vicki SchultzYale Law School; New Haven

10:30 - 10:45 Break

10:45 - 12:45 p.m. 13th Amendment Panel
Professors Rutherglen, Pope, Ontiveros, and VanderVelde will examine the language of the 13th Amendment to consider its relevancy to modern workplace regulation.  Professor Suk will take a close look at the Slaughter-House cases, specifically the United States Supreme Court’s discussion of the relationship of the peasants and nobility in France in interpreting the 13th Amendment.  Ms. Rosenbaum will draw from recent examples where guest workers have publicly claimed 13th Amendment protections and theorize the specific elements that constitute involuntary servitude.

Moderator: Brad SnyderUniversity of Wisconsin Law School; Madison
Panelists:   Maria OntiverosUniversity of San Francisco School of Law; San Francisco
                 James PopeRutgers School of Law, The State University of New Jersey; Newark
                 Jennifer Rosenbaum - New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice, New Orleans
                 George RutherglenUniversity of Virginia School of Law; Charlottesville
                 Julie Chi-hye SukBenjamin N. Cardozo School of Law; New York
                 Lea VanderVeldeThe University of Iowa College of Law; Iowa City

1:00 - 2:00 Lunch (provided)

2:15 - 4:15 Workplace Privacy Panel
Professors Kim and Secunda will discuss broader questions of how constitutional rights play out in the public-sector (and analogously the private-sector) more generally.  Professors Gely and Bierman will discuss the “race to the bottom” aspect of privacy workplace case law, where employers are given incentive to lower the privacy expectations of their employees.  Professor Freiwald will consider the implications of the Sixth Circuit’s Warshak decision involving the Fourth Amendment and privacy for stored employee email.

Moderator: Carin ClaussUniversity of Wisconsin Law School; Madison
Panelists:   Leonard Bierman Mays Business School, Texas A&M University; College Station
                 Susan FreiwaldUniversity of San Francisco School of Law; San Francisco
                 Rafael GelyUniversity of Missouri Columbia School of Law; Columbia
                 Pauline KimWashington University in St. Louis School of Law; St. Louis
                 Paul M. SecundaUniversity of Wisconsin Law School; Madison

4:30 - 5:30  Cocktail Reception
                           Wisconsin Law Alumni Association Student Commons

5:30 p.m.     Dinner: "Personalizing the Constitutionalizing of Labor and Employment Law –
                             Some of Us Have Been at It for Years"

                             Theodore St. AntoineUniversity of Michigan School of Law; Ann Arbor
                   Quarles and Brady Reading Room


8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 10:30 Freedom of Association Panel
The Freedom of Association panel will discuss three major issues.  First, Professor Adams will look to Canada where the Canadian Constitution has been interpreted to include a right to freedom of association in the workplace.  Professor Tushnet will take an historical look at how the United States Supreme Court has tackled workplace freedom of association issues under the Constitution.  Professor Dau-Schmidt will discuss a general empirical study on the costs and benefits of public sector collective bargaining.  In this regard, he will look at some of the traditional arguments against a constitutional right to collectively bargain. Professor Garcia will discuss how the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Borough of Duryea v. Guranieri further dichotomizes work and citizenship for public employees.

Moderator: Martin MalinChicago-Kent College of Law; Chicago
Panelists:   Roy AdamsMcMaster University; Hamilton, ON, Canada
                 Ken Dau-SchmidtIndiana University Maurer School of Law; Bloomington
                 Ruben Garcia - William S. Boyd School of Law; University of Nevada, Las Vegas
                 Mark TushnetHarvard Law School; Cambridge

10:30 - 10:45 Break

10:45 - 12:45 p.m. Freedom of Speech Panel
The Freedom of Speech panel first issue will explore the continuing impact of the First Amendment public employee free speech case of Garcetti v. Ceballos, which deconstitutionalizes public employee free speech rights when such employees speak pursuant to their job duties.  Professors Roosevelt, Bauries, and Kozel will speak on this topic.  Professor Harper will address the protection that union publicity and consumer boycotts receive under the First Amendment, and will consider both NLRB and United States Supreme Court decisions in this context.

Moderator: Anuj DesaiUniversity of Wisconsin Law School; Madison
Panelists:   Scott BauriesUniversity of Kentucky College of Law; Lexington
                 Michael HarperBoston University School of Law; Boston
                 Randy KozelNotre Dame Law School, Notre Dame
                 Kermit RooseveltUniversity of Pennsylvania Law School; Philadelphia 

1:00 - 2:00 Lunch

2:00 p.m. Adjournment

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