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25th Annual Labor & Employment Law Forum 2021: 2-Day, Full Program Registration: The TBA’s Labor and Employment Law Forum, which is sponsored by the TBA’s Labor and Employment Section, provides in depth, timely, specialized, and practical information and updates on a range of labor and employment law topics. Presented by a panel of well-respected speakers including leaders in the field, this year’s Forum features diverse viewpoints from both the plaintiff, as well as the defense perspective. The virtual program, which is split over two days, includes topics such as Case Law Update, From “Court-Packing” to Kneeling: Ethical Discussions of Controversial Topics, ADAAA, FMLA, FFCRA and Other COVID-19 Related Hot Topics, Masters of the Bar, 1st 100 Days under President Biden – Where are we Headed in Employment/Labor Law, and finally an ethics presentation titled Dummies for Ethics – Employment Lawyers Edition.


Day 1: Thursday, May 6

8:30 a.m. CT / 9:30 a.m. ET: Case Law Update by Stan Graham and Casey Duhart
9:30 a.m. CT / 10:30 a.m. ET: From “Court-Packing” to Kneeling: Ethical Discussions of Controversial Topics by Stewart Harris (DUAL)
15-MINUTE BREAK: 10:30 - 10:45 a.m. CT / 11:30 - 11:45 a.m. ET
10:45 a.m. CT / 11:45 a.m. ET: ADAAA, FMLA, FFCRA and Other COVID-19 Related Hot Topics by Stacie Caraway and Heather Collins

Day 2: Friday, May 7

8:30 a.m. CT / 9:30 a.m. ET: Masters of the Bar by Jennifer Morton and Paul Prather
9:30 a.m. CT / 10:30 a.m. ET: 1st 100 Days under President Biden – Where are we Headed in Employment/Labor Law by Bruce Buchanan and Greg Grisham
15-MINUTE BREAK: 10:30 - 10:45 a.m. CT / 11:30 - 11:45 a.m. ET
10:45 a.m. CT / 11:45 a.m. ET: Dummies for Ethics – Employment Lawyers Edition by Jack Burgin (DUAL)

Advanced Issues in Arbitration Law (CME): Arbitration of commercial and employment disputes continues to increase, and while arbitration is intended to be a less formal and more efficient process than litigation, it is fraught with challenges for the unwary advocate. This program provides a roadmap for some of the most frequent questions that arise, including discovery issues, subpoenas, interim relief, dispositive motions, evidentiary standards, and post-award disputes. Particular emphasis will be placed on the rules of the American Arbitration Association.

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Faculty Spotlight: Karla McKanders

Join Karla for the upcoming Immigration Law Forum, this May! 

Professor McKanders joined the faculty as an Associate Professor in 2008. She came to Tennessee from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she served was a Reuschlein Clinical Teaching Fellow in the Clinic for Refugee Asylum and Emigrant Services ("CARES"), a law student clinical course where students handled asylum cases before immigration judges, asylum officers and the Board of Immigration Appeals. The students engaged in bi-weekly seminar on substantive and procedural asylum law geared towards improving their written and oral advocacy skills. Prior to joining Villanova, she clerked for the Honorable Damon J. Keith of the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2003, she also was an Associate with a law firm in Michigan specializing labor and employment law.

Her research focuses on civil rights, immigration and asylum law and policy. Among her writings she has explored the constitutionality of recent state and local laws targeting immigrants as well as the legal connections between past discriminatory laws and current anti-immigrant legislation. She has also co-authored with other immigration professors an extensive report on proposed reforms to the immigration system.

Professor McKanders is currently a Fellow at the University of Tennessee's Center for the Study of Social Justice in the Migration and Refugee Studies group.