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   3R. Theodore Clark Jr.Rosemont(847) 378-7700TClark@CBSLawyers.comTClark@CBSLawyers.comClark Baird Smith LLPwww.cbslawyers.comwww.cbslawyers.comCLARKRT.jpgEmployment Law: ManagementADR Law: EmploymentLabor Law: Management
R. Theodore Clark
Clark Baird Smith LLP
6133 N River Rd Ste 1120
Rosemont IL 60018
Ph.(847) 378-7700 Fx.(847) 378-7070
Recommended by peers in:
Employment Law: Management
ADR Law: Employment
Labor Law: Management
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Practice Description:  
Mr. Clark represents both private and public sector clients with respect to a wide variety of labor law problems. He is an adjunct professor in public sector labor relations law at Northwestern University Law School, and has served as a consultant to the Illinois Governor's Advisory Commission on Labor-Management Policy for Public Employees, and as a part-time faculty member for courses on public employee labor relations for the Graduate School of Public Administration at the University of Southern California. He was a consultant to the Committee on Economic Development (CED) for its study on labor relations in state and local government, and he was a participant in the Fortieth American Assembly on Collective Bargaining in American Government.

Mr. Clark is a frequent participant in seminars and symposia sponsored by such organizations as the National Academy of Arbitrators, the Industrial Relations Research Association, the American Bar Association, the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, the University of Illinois Institute of Labor & Industrial Relations, the National Public Employer Labor Relations Association, the National Association of School Boards, the National Institute of Municipal Law Officers, and the American Arbitration Association. In October 1986, at the request of the New York Public Employment Relations Board, Mr. Clark delivered a paper on the National Impact of the Taylor Law and Its Implementation by the New York PERB at the commemorative program celebrating the 20th anniversary of the New York public sector collective bargaining law. In 1996, Mr. Clark gave the keynote address at the 25th Annual Meeting of the National Public Employer Labor Relations Association.

Bar Admissions:  
Illinois, 1965

Year of Birth:  1940

Law School:  University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1965
Undergraduate School:  Syracuse University B.A., 1962
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement:  magna cum laude

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
Member, Phi Beta Kappa

American Bar Association, member, Labor Law and Administrative Law Committees

Chicago Bar Association

Industrial Relations Research Association

Published Legal Writing:  
Mr. Clark is a co-author with Judge Harry Edwards and Professor Charles Craver of Labor Relations Law in the Public Sector: Cases and Materials (Bobbs-Merrill 1974), the first law school textbook in the area of public sector labor relations. The fourth edition was published in 1991. Mr. Clark has also written numerous articles and publications in the field of labor law, including "Reappraisal of the Role of the States in Shaping Labor Relations Law," Wisconsin Law Review, Summer, 1965; "The Fiduciary Duties of Union Officials Under Section 501 of the LMRDA," Minnesota Law Review, December, 1967; "Public Employee Labor Legislation: A Study of the Unsuccessful Attempt to Enact a Public Employee Bargaining Statute in Illinois," Labor Law Journal, March, 1969; "Negotiating and Drafting a Collective Bargaining Agreement in the Public Sector," Public Personnel Association, 1979; "Fact-Finding in the Public Sector--A Case Study," Public Personnel Association, 1970; "The Need for Public Employee Labor Legislation in Illinois," Illinois Bar Journal, April, 1971; "Determination of Appropriate Bargaining Units in the Public Sector," Oregon Law Review, Fall, 1971; "Public Employee Strikes: Some Proposed Solutions," Labor Law Journal, February, 1972; "Administration of the Public Sector Collective Bargaining Agreement," Chicago Bar Record, March, 1972; "The Practical Differences Between Public and Private Sector Collective Bargaining," UCLA Law Review, August, 1972; "Public Sector Strikes: An Empirical Analysis," Journal of Law and Education, April, 1973; "Coping with Mediation, Fact Finding, and Interest Arbitration," Public Employee Relations Library, No. 42 (International Personnel Management Association, 1974); "Public Sector Job Security and the Public Interest," in Employment Security in the Public Sector: A Symposium (New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University, 1974); "The Applicability of the Illinois Anti-Injunction Act to Public Sector Strikes," Chicago Bar Record, September-October, 1974; "The Duty to Bargain," in Collective Bargaining in Libraries (Frederick A. Schipf ed. 1975); "State Sovereignty and the Proposed Federal Public Sector Collective Bargaining Legislation," in Federal Legislation for Public Sector Collective Bargaining (1975); "Politics and Public Employee Unionism: Some Recommendations for an Emerging Problem," Cincinnati Law Review, 1975; "Collective Bargaining for Non-Instructional Personnel: A Management Perspective," Journal of Law & Education, July, 1976; "The Scope of the Duty to Bargain in Public Employment," in Labor Relations Law in the Public Sector (ABA Section of Labor Relations Law, 1977); "Problems in Public Sector Bargaining: A Management View," in Proceedings of New York University 32nd Annual National Conference on Labor , 1979; "Labor Relations in the Decade Ahead," in Journal of Law & Education, July, 1981; "Can the Public Sector Afford Interest Arbitration--Developing Limitations on the Process: A Management Perspective," in Proceedings of the 34th Annual Meeting of the National Academy of Arbitrators, May, 1981; "Does Teacher Bargaining Affect Student Achievement?: A Commentary," in Faculty and Teacher Bargaining (George W. Angell ed. 1981); "The Use of Interest Arbitration in the Public Sector: A Discussion," Labor Law Journal, August, 1982; "The Impact on Public Sector Collective Bargaining," Hofstra Labor Law Forum, Winter, 1983; "A Guide to the Changing Court Rulings on Union Security in the Public Sector: A Management Perspective," Journal of Law & Education, January, 1985; "The National Impact of the Enactment of the Taylor Law and Its Implementation by the New York Public Employment Relations Board," October, 1986; "Privatization, Outsourcing, and Subcontracting in the U.S. Public Sector," in Proceedings of the 41st Annual Meeting of the National Academy of Arbitrators, June, 1988; "Illinois Public Sector Labor Law and Issues of Appropriate Forum," The Illinois Public Employee Relations Report, Autumn 1992; "Labor Arbitration and the Changing Competitive Environment: A Management Commentary," in Proceedings of the 46th Annual Meeting of the National Academy of Arbitrators, June, 1993; "The Enactment of the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act and Ten Years of Experience," The Illinois Public Employee Relations Report, Autumn, 1994; "A Management View of Nonunion Employee Arbitration Procedures," in Labor Arbitration Under Fire (James L. Stern & Joyce M. Najita eds., 1997); "Quo Vadis: The Future of Collective Bargaining and Its Impact on Dispute Resolution - A Management Commentary," in Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Meeting of the National Academy of Arbitrators," June 1999; "Constitutional and Practical Pitfalls of a Federally-Mandated Public Sector Collective Bargaining System," The Journal of Labor Research, Fall 2003. Mr. Clark edits a regular column on legal developments in public sector labor law for the NPELRA Newsletter. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago and is on the Advisory Committee of the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board. For the past fifteen years he has been listed in the book The Best Lawyers in America. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

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