School of Law News
Public Interest Law Week Begins
Posted October 13, 2010
The School of Law kicked off its Public Interest Law Week on October 12 by hosting Wilma Liebman as part of its Clason Speaker Series. Liebman, Chair of the National Labor Relations Board, spoke on "More Rights, Fewer Jobs? Labor Law During Hard Times."
Her speech pointed out that "even if some economists say that the recession is technically over, it is still pretty obvious that we are living in hard times and that is especially true for the working people who are the special object of labor law's concern." Liebman gave her advice on how we should handle the situation stating that "what I think we really need, and I don't know if we are going to see it, is very sober dialogue about these issues. We need to figure out a way to have good jobs and strong worker protection, but not at the expense of business' need to be competitive. I think labor law should be a part of this debate about how do we restore the economy. It's been marginalized for far too long. I think it is critical to economic justice and to the return to economic prosperity."