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Mr. Smith is a partner practicing primarily in the area of labor and employment law, including representation of public and private employers with respect to representation petitions, unfair labor practice proceedings, grievance arbitration, collective bargaining, mediation, interest arbitration and impasse resolution. Mr. Smith also represents public and private sector employers in state and federal court, as well as before administrative agencies, with respect to employment discrimination claims and civil rights actions.
Mr. Smith has written several articles on emerging public sector labor and employment law issues and union organizing techniques. He is a co-author of Smarter Bargaining II, A Guide to Contract Language for Today's Public Negotiator which was published by the National Public Employer Labor Relations Association and is currently at work on Smarter Bargaining III. He frequently lectures before management groups and bar associations in Illinois and nationally. Mr. Smith is the Management Chair of the Interest Arbitration Subcommittee of the American Bar Association's Committee on State and Local Government Bargaining and Employment Law.
Year of Birth: 1956
Law School: DePaul University College of Law,J.D., 1981
Undergraduate School: DePaul University, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, B.A., 1977
Speeches and Publications:
Co-presenter, Police and Fire-fighter Forum, Illinois Public Sector Labor Relations Law Program, Chicago-Kent College of Law (November, 2003)
Survival Guide to Recent Arbitration Decisions, Illinois Public Employer Annual Conference (October, 2003)
Negotiating EEO Grievance Provisions and Addressing Contract Administration and Disciplinary Issues Faced by Public Employers, National Employment Law Institute Public Sector EEO and Employment Law Conference (Washington, D.C., September, 2003)
Contract Language Ideas for the New Millennium, National Public Employer Labor Relations Annual Conference (April, 2003)
Interest Arbitration Developments, Author and presenter, annual meetings of the American Bar Association Committee on State and Local Government Bargaining and Employment Law (1995-2003).
Arbitrators - A Survival Guide, Co-Presenter, annual meeting of the Illinois Public Employer Labor Relations Association (October, 2002).
Legal Update: Major EEO Developments, annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Public Labor Relations Association (September, 2002).
FMLA, ADA and Workers Compensation Issues, Midwest Law Enforcement Executive Training, FBI Sponsored Seminar (August, 2002).
Supervisory Training: "Nice Guys Finish Last" , IPELRA Summer Training (August, 2002).
Labor Relations Update, DuPage County Chiefs of Police Association (February, 2002).
Bermuda Triangle Issues, presentation to Public/Private Liaison Committee, Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, 2001 Interaction Meeting (November, 2001).
Avoiding the Top Ten Personnel Blunders, annual meeting of the IASB/IASA/IASBO (November, 2001).
Mandatory, Permissive and Illegal Subjects of Bargaining, annual meeting of the Illinois Public Labor Relations Association (October, 2001).
Supreme Court Update, annual meeting of the Illinois Public Employer Labor Relations Association, Galena, Illinois (October, 2000).
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