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The Future of Labor Law & Policy

The course covers the current and past NLRB political crises, with particular focus upon rule making initiatives; union tactics and efforts to organize domestics, home care workers, agricultural and white collar workers, independent contractors and the problems peculiar to such; right-to-work legislation, particularly recent initiatives in Michigan and Indiana; the impact of recent Supreme Court and other decisions on union ability to participate in the political process; new legislation restricting public employee union activity, with particular focus on Wisconsin and union efforts to invoke the First Amendment; the First Amendment rights of free speech in the workplace in the public sector, and social media and free speech in the private sector; new and innovative dispute resolution procedures involving union recognition and discrimination issues as well as rights and interest arbitration and mediation; the globalization of labor disputes. Students will write a final paper. There are no prerequisites to this seminar, and students need not have had basic Labor Law to take it. This course prerequisite Sports Law. Students who complete this seminar will have preference for enrollment in Sports Law when it is next offered in 2014-15. This course is open to first year Law School students. Elements used in grading: Class participation and a final paper. Consent Application: To apply for this course, students must complete and e-mail the Consent Application Form available on the SLS Registrar's Office website (see Registration and Selection of Classes for Stanford Law Students) to the instructors. See Consent Application Form for submission deadline.


Instructors for this course (Past and Present)

William B. Gould IV