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Seton Hall Law to Host March 18 Debate on Proposed Employee Free Choice Act

Proposed legislation would change federal law regarding workers' right to unionize

Newark, NJ – Seton Hall University School of Law will host a debate, The Employee Free Choice Act: Will America Prosper or Suffer?, on Wednesday, March 18, 2009 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. The session will explore the ramifications of the proposed federal legislation now before Congress.

The Employee Free Choice Act would facilitate workers’ ability to form unions. A New York Times editorial calls the bill “vital legislation whose passage should not be postponed.” In an op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal, University of Chicago law professor Richard A. Epstein called the bill “unconstitutional” and a “labor-law abyss.” Experts both for and against the legislation agree it would be the most significant labor law passed since the National Labor Relations Act of 1935.

Moderated by Seton Hall Law Professor Timothy Glynn, a national authority on employment law, the panel includes Martin F. Payson, Esq. and Jeffrey J. Corradino, Esq., partners with Jackson Lewis, LLP, one of the nation’s leading law firms representing management in the workplace; Bennet D. Zurofsky, Esq., a solo practitioner in Newark who has significant experience representing unions, employees, and benefit funds, and an expertise in constitutional law; and Larry Lipschultz, who is the Organizing Director of Health Professional and Allied Employees (HPAE), AFT, AFL-CIO. HPAE is the largest health care union in New Jersey, representing approximately 12,000 nurses and other health care professionals. Mr. Lipschultz has been a union organizer for 34 years.

This event is co-sponsored by several Seton Hall Law student organizations: the Employment Law Society, the American Constitution Society, the Federalist Society, Seton Hall Law Democrats, and Seton Hall Law Republicans.

The debate is open to the public but advance reservations are requested. To register online visit http://law.shu.edu/freechoice or call Seton Hall Law Student Services office at 973-642-8707.

Seton Hall University School of Law, New Jersey's only private law school and a leading law school in the New York metropolitan area, is dedicated to preparing students for the practice of law through excellence in scholarship and teaching, with a strong focus on clinical education. Founded in 1951, Seton Hall Law School is located in Newark and offers both day and evening degree programs. For more information, visit law.shu.edu.