35th annual L&E conference addresses cutting-edge developments

Thursday, May. 1, 2014
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Former U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Gertner (ret.) talks to Labor & Employment Conference attendees about the federal court on April 24

The 35th Annual Labor and Employment Law Spring Conference took place on Thursday, April 24. The conference addressed a myriad of issues in the area of employment law, ranging from health law for employment lawyers to a panel that discussed a comprehensive survey of developments in the fields of labor and employment law over the past year.

Former U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Gertner (ret.), now a Harvard Law School professor, delivered a keynote address to open the conference. Giving a glimpse into the subject of her forthcoming book, Gertner offered a behind-the-bench look at the federal court and how non-ideological pressures, such as the Civil Justice Reform Act, have affected judges' abilities to resolve cases. Gertner also discussed "the vanishing trial," and how private mediation and arbitration has reduced the amount of public law in certain areas.

In addition to Gertner's remarks, attendees were presented with a vast array of information on cutting-edge labor and employment law issues.