Attorneys to discuss labor law at alumni series

Labor law will be the topic Thursday, Oct. 2, for the opening presentation of the 2014-15 Wayne State University Law School Alumni Speaker Series.

Four panelists, all Wayne Law alumni, will participate. The discussion will be from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in Lecture Hall 2242 of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at the law school, 471 W. Palmer St. The event is free, and lunch will be provided. To register, contact Brianna Fritz at brianna.fritz@wayne.edu or 313-577-2750. Parking will be available for $7 (credit and debit cards only) in Structure No. 1 across West Palmer Street from the law school.

Panelists will be:

- James A. Britton, class of 2007, who has worked in union-side labor law practice since his graduation, beginning at Sachs Waldman in Detroit. He joined the United Auto Workers as assistant general counsel in 2013. At Wayne Law, Britton served as president of both the Black Law Student Association and Student Bar Association Board of Governors.

- Bradley T. Raymond, class of 1977, who has been general counsel to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters since 2006. From 1984 to 2006, he was a shareholder with Finkel, Whitefield, Selik, Raymond, Ferrara, & Feldman in Farmington Hills. From 1979 to 1984, he was an associate with Levin, Levin, Garvett, & Dill in Southfield. From 1977 to 1979, he was counsel to Howard Jenkins Jr. of the National Labor Relations Board. Raymond was editor-in-chief of the Wayne Law Review during his law school days.

- Amy J. Roemer, class of 1993, who is a deputy regional attorney in Region 7 of the National Labor Relations Board in Detroit, a post she has held since 2008. She began her NLRB career in Region 7 in 1987. Roemer supervises a team of attorneys in both investigation and litigation of unfair labor practices and oversees representation case pre-election decision writing and Section 10(j) injunctive relief litigation.

- Jack W. Schulz, class of 2013, who is a workers'-side labor and employment associate attorney with Miller Cohen in Detroit. Over the past three years, he's been involved with Detroit's bankruptcy and the fight against the statewide privatization of public services. While at Wayne Law, Schulz served as president of the Student Bar Association Board of Governors, board member of the Student Trial Advocacy Program and as a student attorney with the Free Legal Aid Clinic.

The panel moderator will be Michael Nicholson, who began practice as a labor lawyer in 1977 with the National Labor Relations Board's Appellate Court Branch. In 1980, Nicholson joined the United Auto Workers in Detroit as staff counsel and represented the union for 20 years. From 2000 to 2002, he served as general counsel to the election administrator for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and, from 2004 to 2010, he was a professor of labor studies at Indiana University and also maintained a private labor law practice. He returned to the UAW as general counsel in 2010, retiring from the job in 2014. Nicholson is a partner at Nicholson Feldman in Ann Arbor. He earned his law degree from the University of Michigan in 1977.

Wayne Law's Alumni Speaker Series is part of the law school's efforts to link alumni with students and build professional connections. It was begun in 2013 by Dean Jocelyn Benson, who will welcome students and introduce the moderator at the Oct. 2 event.

Published: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

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