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Lecture at Case Western Reserve University School of Law to Explore Role of Labor Law in Decline of Unions

One of the nation's foremost labor law experts will discuss how labor laws have affected the decline of unions in an upcoming lecture at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Julius G. Getman, the Earl E. Sheffield Regents Chair at the University of Texas School of Law, will speak on "The Decline of Unions: Is Labor Law to Blame?" when he delivers the law school's annual Rush McKnight Labor Law Lecture. The event will take place Wednesday, March 8 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in room A59 of the law school, 11075 East Blvd. It is free and open to the public and will be webcast live on the Internet at One hour of free CLE credit will be available for those attending the lecture.

"We are very pleased to welcome Professor Getman to the Case School of Law," said Gerald Korngold, dean and McCurdy Professor of Law. "His insights regarding labor law and union membership will be valuable to our faculty and students."

Getman has been a faculty member of the University of Texas Law School since 1986. Prior to that he was at Yale Law School where he was the William K. Townsend Professor of Law. He has also taught at Stanford Law School, University of Chicago Law School, and Georgetown University Law Center.

He is author of The Betrayal of Local 14: Paperworkers, Politics and Permanent Replacements and In the Company of Scholars: The Struggle for the Soul of Higher Education. A former president of the American Association of University Professors, Getman is currently writing a book with former Secretary of Labor Ray Marshall on the future of the labor union movement. He holds a B.A. from the City College of New York and LLM and LLB degrees from Harvard Law School.

The Rush McKnight Labor Law Lecture was established in 1997 by the Cleveland-based law firm of Calfee, Halter & Griswold; and by Richard J. Cusick, Charles R. Emrick Jr. and Joseph D. Sullivan to honor retired partner Rush McKnight. A 1955 graduate of the Case School of Law, McKnight headed Calfee's Labor Law and Employee Relations practice and Executive Committee for many years. Before joining Calfee in 1961, he served as attorney-advisor to the chair of the National Labor Relations Board. He is a member of the law school's Society of Benchers.


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