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The DC LERA Board of Governors invites you... 

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
5:00PM to 6:00PM Eastern Time

A Conversation With National LERA
President-Elect Wilma B. Liebman

Wilma B. Liebman

National LERA President-Elect

Join DC LERA President Patrick McHugh and incoming DC LERA President Steve Sleigh for a conversation with Wilma Liebman, former National Labor Relations Board (NRLB) chair and incoming National LERA President. We will hear from Wilma about her extraordinary career in labor law, including eventful years at the NLRB, as well as discussing future challenges facing the NLRB. She will also address her aspirations as National LERA President.

President Obama named Wilma Liebman Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board in January 2009. She served as its Chairman until August 27, 2011. Since then, she has been engaged in various advisory roles and consulting projects and has taught at several universities, most recently New York University Law School. She is also member of the Board of Directors of the Economic Policy Institute as well as a senior fellow of the Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing at Rutgers’ School of Management and Labor Relations.

Earlier in her career she served as Deputy Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS). Prior to joining FMCS in January 1994, she held positions as Labor Counsel for the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen as well as Legal Counsel to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

Wilma is the author of several publications on a variety of labor law and policy issues. She holds an A.B. degree from Barnard College, and a J.D. from George Washington University Law School.

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Our Fall 2020 Webinar Schedule 

November 18: An Evening with Wilma Liebman

Wilma Liebman, Former Chair of the National Labor Relations Board, President-Elect of national LERA

December 16: Labor-Management Issues in the NFL

Mark Hyman, Director, Povich Center for Sports Journalism, at the University of Maryland and Adam Richelieu, NFL Players Association

Mark Your Calendar and Stay Tuned!

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The DC LERA is on the forefront of tidal changes in national labor policies. Battles between powerful political forces in Washington will determine the future of work for decades to come. We are a non-partisan forum in Washington where these conflicting ideas and ideologies coexist.
We sponsor a series of monthly luncheons on crucial economic, legal, and social issues in employer–employee relations. Thanks to our location, DC LERA draws support from the Washington policy community, with members and speakers from government, universities, unions, think tanks, and policy advocate organizations. Our luncheon programs offer great opportunities for labor rela­tions professionals, union leaders, policy special­ists, scholars, and students to express their views, enrich their knowledge and expand their networks.
A special dimension of DC LERA’s program is international labor relations. We are honored and privileged that representatives of Washington’s diplomatic delegations are active participants in our Chapter. They learn, but they also give back. Attachés and counselors give us inside views of labor relations in Asia and Europe.
We invite you to join us in this fascinating journey. You can join or renew by clicking here. Questions? Please call Jim Kimball at 202-624-7456.  Thank you in advance for your support. We look forward to seeing you at our great events!  Your tax adviser should confirm that your payment is tax deductible as dues paid to a non-profit professional association.
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