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The Relevance of Labor Unions in Present and Future Economies
“The Role of Labor Unions in the 21st Century Economy” was the subject of examination by the Journal of Labor and Employment Law in January. Panels included: The Future of Organizing: Should We Return to the Policy of the Wagner Act?; New Directions for Organizing: Professional, High Technology, and Contingent Workers; and Unions and Globalization. Academics and organizers from around the nation gathered to explore the continuing relevance of unions in a de-industrialized, global economy.
The Inn at Penn was the setting for the 13th Annual Dr. Sadie Turner Mossell Alexander Commemorative Dinner sponsored by the Black Law Students Association at Penn. “Pioneering Women, Enduring Legacies” was the theme of the evening. Patricia A. King, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, delivered the Keynote Address. She is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law, Medicine, Ethics, and Public Policy and the Director of the Center for Applied Legal Studies. Among the evening’s honorees were Claire Wallace L’95, Associate Director in Penn Law’s Career Planning & Professionalism Office, and Niki T. Ingram L’79, a Member specializing in workman’s compensation at Marshall Denehey Warner Coleman & Goggin in Philadelphia. Sadie T. M. Alexander ED’18, GR’21, L’27, was the Law School’s first black woman graduate and the first black woman to be admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar. She served on President Harry Truman’s Committee on Civil Rights.
In April, the Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA) sponsored a student basketball tournament and faculty/staff free-throw competition in Penn’s Hutchinson Gym to raise money for legal aid. All told, Dean Michael A. Fitts, Assistant Dean Janice Austin, Professors Douglas Frenkel, Alan Lerner, David Rudovsky and Cathie Struve took shots in the competition. Showing an overhand finesse that proved his success, Professor Lerner made the most baskets in his attempts - 7 out of 10. Over $1,000 was raised and designated for Community Legal Services of Philadelphia.
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