Labor and Employment Law

Prepared by Chris Byrne
Updated June 2017
 
Workers on strike

BOOKS, GUIDES, and DIRECTORIES

How to Build and Manage an Employment Law Practice, Mindy Farber, Chicago, Ill: ABA, 1997.
Although this book is intended for practicing lawyers, much of the author's advice is worthwhile for students exploring career options. Sections titled "What to Expect of Employment Law Today" and "A Day in the Life of an Employment Lawyer" are particularly useful.
RESERVE KF.299.L3.F37

The Labor and Employment Lawyer's Job: A Survival Guide, Dipanwita Deb Amar, Chicago, Ill: American Bar Association, 2007.
KF8925 .L33 A86 2007

Employment Law Stories, Samuel Estreicher, Gillian Lester, and Cynthia Estlund, eds., New York, NY: Foundation Press, 2007. 
KF3457 .A7 E56 2007

Labor Law Stories, Laura J. Cooper and Catherine L. Fisk, eds., New York, NY: Foundation Press, 2005.
KF3368 .L34 2005

Vault Guide to Labor & Employment Careers, Timothy Grubb, New York, NY: Vault Inc., 2003.
KF299 .L3 G78 2003

Inside the Minds: Leading Labor Lawyers: Labor Experts Share Their Knowledge on the Art & Science of Labor Law. Bedford, Mass: Aspatore Books, 2002 printing, c2001.
KF299 .L3 I57 2002

ONLINE DIRECTORIES

Find organizations, attorneys and firms involved in the area of labor and employment law using the sources below.

LEXIS: Attorney Directories

WESTLAW: West Legal Directory

SELECTED JOURNAL ARTICLES

Adcock, Thomas. "That's Life in a Small-Firm Union Practice: Young Lawyers Find Good Work, Autonomy in Representing Prison Guards' Group." 229(7) New York Law Journal 16 (col. 2) (Jan 10, 2003).

Chen, Vivia. "Women's Work: Labor and Employment is One Practice Area in Which Women Lawyers Have Flourished. Is There Something Particularly Feminine About the Field?" 32 American Lawyer 512 (May 2010).

Marinelli, Carol Ann. "Strategy & Passion for Litigation and Employment Law." Law Practice Today, Sept. 2014, p. 8.
An interview with Donelle Buratto, an attorney at law firm Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart in Birmingham, Michigan and a member of the American Bar Association, is presented. Topics covered include her reasons for choosing a career in employment litigation and employment law counseling, her work experience at the Office of the Attorney General of the State of Michigan, and how she found her first job after law school.

Shields, Joshua H. "A Swimming Legal Career." 34(6) ACC Docket, July/August 2016, p. 82.
Profiling Lori Middlehurst, the Asia Pacific employment director for VMware, this article covers her journey from law student to her current position where telecommutes from her home in Sydney, Australia.

Stansky, Lisa. "Labor and Employment Law Gets Personal." 36 Student Lawyer 14 (September 2007).
Stanksy interviewed several labor and employment lawyers to obtain their perspective on what makes practicing labor and employment law so compelling.

Ward, Whitney. "Must Love People: Breaking into Labor and Employment Law." 36 Labor & Employment Law 13 (Summer 2008).
Panelists at the ABA program "Careers in Labor and Employment Law: A 'How to' Exploration of Options and Advice for Law Students on Finding the Right Job" discuss their experiences practicing labor and employment law and share their advice on how to get started in the field.

Weiss, Marley, S. "International Labor and Employment Law: From Periphery to Core." 25 The Labor Lawyer 487 (Spring 2010).
This Article summarizes some of the most important developments of the past twenty-five years in international labor and employment law.

ORGANIZATIONS

American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law
321 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654
tel: (800) 285-2221
web: www.americanbar.org/groups/labor_law.html This section addresses all aspects of employment and labor law. It provides members with information about the substance and practice of labor law.

International Labour Organization
4 Route des Morillons
CH-1211 Geneva 22
Switzerland
tel: +41 (0) 22 7996111
email: ilo@ilo.org
web: www.ilo.org
The ILO is the international organization responsible for drawing up and overseeing international labour standards.

The National Employment Lawyers Association
(NELA)
NELA Headquarters
2201 Broadway St
Suite 402
Oakland, CA 94612
tel: (415) 296-7629
email: nelahq@nelahq.org
web: www.nela.org

Washington, DC Office
1828 L Street, NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 898-2880

NELA provides assistance and support to lawyers in protecting the rights of employees against the greater resources of their employers and the defense bar. NELA publishes the Employee Advocate Newsletter quarterly.

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