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BBA's Annual Workshop for Public Sector Labor Relations Specialists Turns 40

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the BBA’s Annual Workshop for Public Sector Labor Relations Specialists. Sponsored by the Labor & Employment Law Section, the program is co-chaired by Peter J. Berry of Deutsch Williams Brooks DeRensis & Holland, P.C., Amy Laura Davidson of Sandulli Grace, P.C. and Marc D. Greenbaum, Professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School.  The program will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 9:00AM to 12:30 PM at Harvard Law School (Langdell Hall, Vorenberg Classroom)

Over the past forty years, this workshop has become the premier educational and networking opportunity for practitioners from all branches of public sector labor relations practice in Massachusetts.  The program draws attendees from all areas of public sector labor relations.  The panelists are also drawn from a similarly wide sampling of the labor relations realm;  including state agency representatives and decision makers, practitioners who represent employees, unions and laborers,  as well as those who typically represent management.  

Workshop Co-Chair Marc D. Greenbaum will open the program with a presentation concerning Significant Labor Law Decisions of the Supreme Judicial Court and the Appeals Court over the past year.  This keynote address will be followed by a session subtitled “Looking Forward At 40” focused on recent developments and issues being handled at the agency level in Massachusetts. 

Marjorie Wittner, Chair of the Commonwealth Employment Relations Board, will present along with Commonwealth Employment Relations Board members Elizabeth Neumeier and Harris Freeman.  These panelists will discuss recent trends in the types of charges filed at the agency and will provide a review of recent decisions.   Erica Crystal, Director of the Department of Labor Relations (DLR), has instituted a series of new initiatives aimed at reducing backlog and assisting parties to settle their disputes without litigation. The DLR has also adopted a new scheduling procedure along with a new unilateral settlement procedure. The panel will also include Jane Gabriel, Chief Counsel to the Department of Labor Relations, and workshop Co-Chair Amy Laura Davidson, a Member of the Advisory Council of the Department of Labor Relations. Ms. Crystal will also provide information concerning trends in cases at the Joint Labor Management Committee.

The second session, subtitled “Cross At Your Own Risk: Red Light / Green Light – How Neutrals Decide Cases” will feature arbitrators Joan Dolan, Paul T. Edgar, and Harvey M. Shrage.  The arbitrators will weigh in on how they would rule on a variety of hypotheticals presented by attorneys Elizabeth Valerio of Deutsch Williams Brooks DeRensis & Holland, P.C., James A. Toomey of Murphy Hesse Toomey & Lehane, LLP, Joseph G. Sandulli of Sandulli Grace, P.C. and Ryan Dunn, Staff Counsel to the Massachusetts Teachers’ Association.  This segment of the program offers attendees a unique perspective into the decision-making process of labor relations neutrals using the entertaining and illuminating “red light, green light” format.

We hope you will be joining us! Registration may be completed online by visiting the BBA’s Event page:  40th Annual Workshop for Public Sector Labor Relations Specialists or by emailing the CLE Program Manager, Kristen White at

Labor & Employment Law Committees

  • Employment Law Committee
  • Labor & Employment Communications Committee
    This committee publishes information relevant to the labor & employment bar. If you are interested in an editorial position or publishing an article, please contact us.

    Contact Information

    Brian J MacDonough

    Shilepsky Hartley Michon Robb

    (617) 4472809

    Robert Alan Fisher

    Foley Hoag LLP

    (617) 832-1000

  • Labor & Employment Education Committee
    Help develop relevant and innovative educational sessions led by a diverse group of talented speakers who cover labor and employment law issues.

    Contact Information

    Sherley E. Rodriguez

    Suffolk University Law School

    (617) 573-8000

    Christopher Feudo

    Foley Hoag LLP

    (617) 832-1000

    Matthew C. Moschella

    Sherin and Lodgen LLP

    (617) 646-2245

    James S. Weliky

    Messing, Rudavsky & Weliky, PC

    (617) 742-0004

    William E. Hannum

    Schwartz Hannum PC

    (978) 623-0900

    Natacha Thomas

    (617) 273-2326

  • Labor & Employment Public Policy Committee
    The BBA is very active in legislative and regulatory changes. Labor & employment attorneys are often asked to lend their expertise.

    Contact Information

    Katherine J. Michon

    Shilepsky Hartley Michon Robb

    (617) 723-8000

    Rachel Reingold Mandel

    Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

    (617) 994-5700

  • Labor & Employment Public Service Committee
    This committee focuses on practice are specific pro bono trainings and brown bag programming.

    Contact Information

    Nicole Corvini

    Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

    (617) 994-5700

  • Labor Law Committee
    This committee is composed of lawyers for management, unions and individuals. It focuses on traditional labor issues in the private and public sector, and is responsible for monitoring legal developments in the area of labor law and presenting educational programs in this area.
  • Non-Compete & Trade Secrets
    The Non-Compete &Trade Secrets Committee works to ensure that attorneys are kept apprised of developments in this constantly evolving area of business and employment law, whether in the form of judicial precedent, legislative mandate or business practice.

    Contact Information

    Christopher J. Perry

    (617) 721-4345

    Jennifer Catlin Davis

  • Steering Committee
    The leadership committee of the Section organizes programs and discusses policy. To inquire about opportunities, please contact the Section Co-Chairs.
  • Wage & Hour Committee
    This committee keeps the community up to date on wage and hour developments and trends.