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Week of October 20, 2014
Rights Act of 1964 @ 50: The Pioneering Role
of Flight Attendants in Fighting Sex Discrimination
On Thursday, October 23, 2014, the U.S. Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission, IIT Chicago-Kent College
of Law’s Institute for Law and the Workplace, and
the Equal Employment Opportunity Committee of the
ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law will host
The Civil Rights Act @ 50: “The Pioneering Role
of Flight Attendants in Fighting Sex Discrimination,”
a multi-media exploration of the critical role flight
attendants played in the enforcement of Title VII’s
prohibition against sex discrimination in the workplace.
Coffee and Donuts at 9:00 a.m.
The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. at Ogilvie Auditorium,
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law (565 West Adams
Street, Chicago, IL). Auditorium doors will open
at 9:30 a.m.
The program will include remarks from Chair Jenny
Yang, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission,
Commissioner Victoria Lipnic, U.S. Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission, and other sponsors. Commissioner
Lipnic will also moderate a panel with Mary Celeste
Lansdale Brogan, plaintiff in Lansdale v. United
Air Lines, Inc.; Mary Pat Laffey, plaintiff in Laffey
v. Northwestern Airlines, Inc.; Patricia Friend,
Former International President, Association of Flight
Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO; Sonia Fuentes, Former Attorney,
Office of General Counsel, U.S. Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission; Kathleen Barry, Author,
Femininity in Flight: A History of Flight Attendants;
and Mary Rose Strubbe, Professor of Law and Assistant
Director, Institute for Law and the Workplace, IIT
Chicago-Kent College of Law.
This event is free and open to the public. Registration
is not required.
Learn more about this event at http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/history/cra50th/
LOUIS JACKSON NATIONAL STUDENT
Louis Jackson National Student Writing
Competition in Employment and Labor Law
(co-sponsored by the Institute for Law
and the Workplace and the Jackson Lewis
Topic: Papers may address any topic relating
to the law governing the workplace, such
as employment law, labor law, employee
benefits, or employment discrimination.
Only the first two submissions per law
school will be accepted as entries for
consideration. Submissions must be the
law student author's own work and must
not be submitted for publication elsewhere.
Authors must have completed or be currently
taking course work in employment or labor
law, and must be enrolled in an accredited
law school during the Fall 2013 semester.
There are formatting guidelines that must
be followed. For questions, contact Professor
Martin H. Malin, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prizes: One top honors award of $3,000
and two $1,000 awards will be presented
to the top three entries. In addition
to the cash awards, the top three entries
will be published on the Institute for
Law and the Workplace website. (Electronic
versions of winning papers will be required).
Deadline: Submissions are due no later
than Tuesday, January 20, 2015.
SANDRA P. ZEMM
LABOR LAW 2014 WINNER
It gives us great pleasure to announce that
Joseph Sexauer has been awarded the 2014 Sandra P.
Zemm Labor Law Prize. The Prize was established in 2009
at IIT Chicago-Kent by the law firm of Seyfarth Shaw to
honor the memory of Sandra P. Zemm, who died in September
2008 after a lengthy battle with cancer.
The Zemm Prize is awarded each year to a graduating senior
in the Certificate program who exemplifies the qualities
that Ms. Zemm possessed: “a commitment to pursue a career
in labor and employment law, a pioneer spirit and willingness
to take the initiative wherever possible, and a gracious
and generous attitude toward helping those in need.” Recipients
are selected by the Chicago-Kent faculty who teach in
the law school’s program in labor and employment law.
Joe graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA
in Communications, and then worked for a decade as a union
member, organizer, and representative. He is President
this year of C-K's Labor and Employment Law Society, and
is a student editor on the Employee Rights and Employment
Policy Journal. Joe has been extremely generous with his
time and energy throughout his time at Chicago-Kent, and
his generosity is not ideologically grounded. Joe advises
students interested in careers in labor and employment
law, works to organize and present information and programming
on careers in labor and employment law, and serves as
a tireless representative of the Certificate program.
A Chicago native, Sandra P. Zemm earned her undergraduate
degree from the University of Illinois. She received her
J.D. from Florida State University, where she served as
managing editor of the law review. Sandra Zemm joined
Seyfarth Shaw in 1975 as the first female associate in
the Labor and Employment practice. In 1982, Ms. Zemm became
the firm's first female equity partner in Labor and Employment.
Her practice concentrated on traditional labor matters,
and on matters involving employment discrimination, wage-hour,
and employment litigation. She negotiated collective bargaining
and/or shutdown agreements with major labor unions, and
represented management in more than 200 hearings before
arbitrators, the National Labor Relations Board and various
state labor agencies. In 2002, Ms. Zemm was elected to
the American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.
"Sandy was beloved by her colleagues
and clients and respected by her opponents. She was a
no-nonsense labor lawyer and an elegant, sophisticated
woman at the same time. Her ability to stand up to the
toughest adversaries while always carrying herself with
style and grace inspired many of us who came to the firm
after her," said Allegra Rich, Pro Bono and Philanthropy
Partner at Seyfarth Shaw. "This award is our way
of keeping her in our thoughts and honoring her legacy."
Seyfarth Shaw has over 750 attorneys located
in 10 offices throughout the United States, including:
Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York,
Sacramento, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., as well
as internationally in London. Seyfarth Shaw provides a
broad range of legal services in the areas of labor and
employment, employee benefits, litigation, corporate,
and real estate.
Joe Sexauer - President
Matthew Jarka - Vice President of External Affairs
Brendan Crowley -Vice President of Internal Affairs
Mike Adler - Secretary
Kelly Carson - Treasurer
Charlie Burns - IIT Director