Institute for Law and the Workplace Conferences & Lectures


The annual Federal Sector Labor Relations and Labor Law Program is the largest conference on federal sector and postal labor relations and labor law held outside of Washington, D.C.

The annual Illinois Public Sector Labor Relations Law Program is the major conference on public sector labor law in the state, drawing upwards of 500 lawyers and labor relations professionals to the law school each year.

Conferences for Labor Arbitrators are held periodically in cooperation with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.The conferences give Midwest labor arbitrators an opportunity to focus on key issues affecting the field of arbitration.


Kenneth M. Piper Memorial Lecture in Labor Law

The annual Kenneth M. Piper Memorial Lecture in Labor Law brings together leading scholars, policymakers and leaders from labor and management to debate current issues in the workplace.

March 22, 2016: The 38th annual Kenneth M. Piper Lecture, by Lance Compa, senior lecturer at Cornell University's School of Industrial Relations, is titled "The External Workforce & the Domestic Workplace: Connecting International Labor Standards & Free Trade Agreements." Commentary provided by Muzaffar Chishti, director of the Migration Policy Institute at New York University School of Law, and Randel K. Johnson, senior vice president for labor, immigration, and employee benefits, U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

See our Piper Lecture page for past lecturers.

Distinguished Labor Leader Lecture

The Distinguished Labor Leader Lecture brings a national labor or employment leader to Chicago-Kent for a presentation about contemporary and emerging issues in the workplace. The lecture series is cosponsored by the Chicago Federation of Labor and the Institute for Law and the Workplace, and is presented as a public service.

March 10, 2016: The 2016 Distinguished Labor Leader Lecture, by Tefere Gebre, executive vice president of the AFL-CIO, is titled "Changing the Rules to Create Shared Prosperity."

Special Event

Thursday, October 23, 2014

"The Civil Rights Act of 1964 @ 50: The Pioneering Role of Flight Attendants in Fighting Sex Discrimination"

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law's Institute for Law and the Workplace, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Committee of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law hosted The Civil Rights Act @ 50: "The Pioneering Role of Flight Attendants in Fighting Sex Discrimination," a multi-media exploration of the critical role flight attendants played in the enforcement of Title VII's prohibition against sex discrimination in the workplace.

The program included remarks from Chair Jenny Yang, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Commissioner Victoria Lipnic, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and other sponsors. Commissioner Lipnic will also moderate a panel with Mary Celeste Lansdale Brodigan, plaintiff in Lansdale v. United Air Lines, Inc.; Mary Pat Laffey, plaintiff in Laffey v. Northwest Airlines, Inc.; Patricia Friend, Former International President, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO; Sonia Fuentes, Former Attorney, Office of General Counsel, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Kathleen Barry, Author, Femininity in Flight: A History of Flight Attendants; and Mary Rose Strubbe, Professor of Law and Assistant Director, Institute for Law and the Workplace, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Learn more about this event at /history/cra50th.