Past Activities


  • St. Louis University Law School, St. Louis, MO, Oct. 2012, Faithful Agency and Ordinary Meaning: Ships Passing in the Night
  • Fordham European Alumni Chapter Conference, Barcelona, Spain, June 2012:   Developments in U.S. Labor Law
  • NYU Law School Seminar on Transnational Labor and Employment Law, New York, N.Y., April 2012: Guest Presenter—Corporate Codes of Conduct
  • Yale Law School Conf. on Interpreting Federal Statutes, New Haven, CT, March  2012; Framing the Debate: The Dysfunctional Dialogue Between The Courts and Congress
  • Voices At Work, North American Workshop, Toronto, CANADA, March 2012: Worker Voice and the Regulation of Multinationals
  • Service Employees International Union Lawyers Conference, Wash. DC, Nov 2011:  Plenary Panel—Keeping the Faith at the NLRB
  • Fordham Law Roundtable, presented by The National Law Journal, November 2011:  The Future of Unions and Collective Bargaining Rights (Webinar Presentation)
  • Yale Law School Seminar on Statutory Interpretation, New Haven CT., November 2011:  Branch Warfare in Interpretive Theory and Practice
  • Queen’s Univ. Faculty of Law, Kingston, Ontario, Oct. 2011:  Enforcing Freedom of Association Commitments in Private Transnational Law:  Corporate Codes of Conduct
  • The Ohio State Univ. Moritz College of Law and the Ohio Statehouse, April 2011, Teaching Legislative Constitutionalism to Law Students
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, IL, February 2011: Canons v. Legislative History: The Virtues of Political Branch Interpretive Assets
    Brooklyn Law School, NY, NY, November 2010:  Statutory Interpretation: How Much Work Does Language Do?
  • George Washington Univ. Law School, Washington DC, October 2010: Why the National Labor Relations Act Resists Legislative Change
  • Fordham Law School, NY, NY, October 2010: Canon Shortfalls and the Virtues of Political Branch Interpretive Assets
  • Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg, GER, July 2010: Good Faith and Fair Dealing in American Employment Law
  • American Constitution Society, Washington DC, May 2010: The National Labor Relations Act at Seventy-Five
  • Florida International Law School, Miami, FL, March 2010:  Rethinking the NLRB’s Approach to Backpay Remedies;
  • Univ. of Wisconsin Institute for Legal Studies, Madison, WI, Oct. 2009, panel on Misunderstanding Congress:  Toward a New Legal Realist Theory of Statutory Interpretation;
  • The Ohio State Univ. Moritz College of Law, April 2009, Justice Ginsburg’s Eclectic Approach to Statutory Interpretation;
    Berkeley Law School, Berkeley, CA, April 2009:  Phil Frickey, the Canons, and Judicial License;
  • Duke Law School, Durham, NC, February 2009, Measuring Supreme Court Reasoning:  Tax and Workplace Statutes;
  • Association of American Law Schools, Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, January 2009, Legislating the Curriculum:  The Ohio State Experience;
  • University of California, Hastings College of  the Law, San Francisco, CA, November 2008, Supreme Court Reasoning and Statutory Interpretation:  The Tax Law Story;
  • University of Melbourne Law School, Faculty Seminar, Melbourne, Australia, June 2008, Employee Majority Bargaining Systems:  Comparing Developments in the United States and Australia
  • Harvard Law School Labor and Worklife Program, Conference of African-American Labor and Religious Leaders, Cambridge, MA, May 2008, The Moral Imperative of Reforming Our Labor Laws;
  • Duke Law School Judicial Behavior Seminar, Durham, N.C., March 2008, Legislative History and Judicial Reasoning in the Supreme Court;
  • Yale Law School Seminar on Theories of Statutory Interpretation, New Haven, CT, March 2008, Supreme Court Use of Interpretive Resources:  Canons v. Legislative History;
  • Harvard Law School Labor and Worklife Program, Trade Union Certificate Course, Cambridge, MA, Feb. 2008, Bargaining to Organize:  Unions and Neutrality Agreements;
  • American Association of Retired Persons, Washington, DC, December 2007, The Age Discrimination in Employment Act at 40—Where Has it Been?  Where Is it Going?;
  • The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (Ohio chapter), Columbus, OH, May 2007, The Past, Present, and Future of Labor Law;
  • AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee National Conference, Chicago, IL, April 2007, Worker Self-Organization in the 21st Century:  Current Models for Change;
  • Harvard Law School, Labor and Worklife Program, Cambridge, MA, Dec. 2006, Abandoning the Current NLRB System: The Board is Not the Only Way;
  • Vanderbilt Univ. Law School Faculty Workshop, Nashville, TN, Nov. 2006, Comparing Legislative History Usage by the House of Lords and the Supreme Court;
  • Central Arbitration Committee, Conference of Judges, London, UK, May 2006, Unfair Labor Practices During U.S. Union Recognition Campaigns—Possible Lessons for the CAC
    Georgetown University Law Center Faculty Workshop, Washington, DC, Dec. 2005, The Decline and Fall of Legislative History?
  • Cleveland-Marshall Employment and Labor Law Lecture, Cleveland, OH, Sept. 2005, The Future of Union Organizing: Labor Board Elections or Private Neutrality Agreements?;
  • American Rights at Work, Washington, DC, Sept. 2005, Briefing on Neutrality and Card Check for Congressional and Agency Staffs
  • Int’l Assn. of Editors of Labor Law Journals, Toronto, Canada, May 2005, The Strange Case of the NLRB;
    University of Georgia Law Faculty Workshop, Athens, GA, Feb. 2005, Neutrality Agreements and Card Check Recognition: Prospects for Changing Paradigms;
  • Industrial Relations Research Association, Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, Jan. 2005, Contractual Approaches to Labor Organizing: Supplanting the Election Paradigm;
  • Law and Society Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, May 2004, Religion and Judicial Outcomes: Unionization of the Workplace;
  • Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, Jan. 2004, Routine Oversight: Congress and the GAO in Recent Times;
  • AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee Regional Conference, Chicago, IL, Oct. 2002, Examining Judicial Background and Judicial Reasoning in Labor Law Decisionmaking;
  • The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law and the Ohio Statehouse, March 2002, two-day conference on Judicial Independence:  Recalibrating Federal Judicial Independence;
  • UCLA Institute of Industrial Relations and Labor & Employment Section of Los Angeles County Bar Association, Los Angeles, CA, The Benjamin Aaron Lecture, Oct. 2001, Two Statutes Two Cultures:  Comparing U.S. and U.K. Approaches to Employee Protection During Redundancies and Business Transfers;
  • National Organization of Lawyers for Education Associations, Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, May 2001, Eleventh Amendment Immunity and Local School Districts;
  • The Ohio State University Center for Law, Policy, and Social Science, April 2001, Comparing U.K. and U.S. Approaches to Employee Protection During Plant Closings and Mass Layoffs;
  • Oxford University Seminar Series at Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, December 2000, Employee Protections During Redundancies and Transfers of Undertakings:  the United Kingdom and the United States;
  • Oxford University Series on Administrative Governance, Courts, and the Limits of the Law, November 2000, The Influence of Social Background on Judicial Behaviour:  Seeking Middle Ground Between Doctrine and What Judges Eat for Breakfast;
  • ABA Labor and Employment Law Section, Annual Meeting, New York, NY, July 2000, Labor and Employment Law Decisions of the Supreme Court’s 1999-2000 Term;
  • AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee National Conference, Boston, MA, May 2000, Moderator at Plenary Session – Open Forum with Members of the National Labor Relations Board;
  • University of Texas, Austin, Texas, February 2000, Extra-doctrinal Influences on Judicial Decisionmaking;
    American Bar Association Committee on Development of the Law Under the National Labor Relations Act, February 2000, The Role of Extra-Doctrinal Judicial Decisionmaking;
  • AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee National Conference, New Orleans, LA, May 1999, Selected Empirical Findings on the Relationship Between Judicial Background and Opposition or Support for Union Legal Claims in the Courts of Appeals;
  • University of Texas, Austin, TX, November 1998, Principal Commentator on THE BETRAYAL OF LOCAL 14:  PAPERWORKERS, POLITICS, AND PERMANENT REPLACEMENTS (1998) by Professor Julius Getman;
  • University of Texas Law Faculty Workshop, Austin, TX, November 1998, An Empirical Perspective on Judicial Hostility to Labor Unions;
  • Nelson A. Rockefeller Center, Dartmouth College, Lecture as Scholar in Residence, May 1998, A Year in the Life of A Supreme Court Law Clerk;
  • Dartmouth College, Department of Political Science Faculty Workshop, May 1998, Empirical Investigation into Judicial Behavior on the Courts of Appeals;
  • New York University Law School Faculty Workshop, New York, NY, November 1995, Collective Bargaining Protections and the Statutory Aging Process;
  • University of Texas Law Review Symposium on Employment Law, Austin, TX, November 1995, Reflections on Group Action and the Law of the Workplace;
  • Meeting of general counsels, AFL-CIO, Washington D.C., September 1995, Tensions Between the NLRB and the Courts of Appeals;
  • Ohio Legal Theory Workshop, University of Dayton Law School, Dayton, OH, March 1994, Congressional Commentary on Judicial Interpretation of Statutes;
  • The WARN Act: Past, Present and Future, Keynote Address at Sugar Law Center Conference on Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification Act (WARN), Chicago, IL, Oct. 1993;
  • Workshop on Regulatory Law Enforcement, Ohio State Univ. College of Law Socio-Legal Center, May 1993, Overview on Enforcement Strategies Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA);
  • Ohio Employment Lawyers Association, Columbus, OH, December 1992, Litigating Employment Discrimination Cases After the 1991 Civil Rights Act