Join us to hear Charlotte Garden, Julius E. Davis Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School, deliver this year's Kenneth M. Piper Lecture. In this lecture, Professor Garden will address what strikes and other collective action might look like in a fissured or virtual workplace. As to both fissured and virtual workplaces, Professor Garden will consider what an “equal and opposite” reaction might look like – for example, a strike of an employer that mainly transacts business online might call for the deployment of a digital picket-line. Professor Garden will also discuss how the law might impede or support new forms of collection action that result from these changing business practices.
This lecture is funded by the Kenneth M. Piper Endowment, established by a gift from Mrs. Kenneth M. Piper in memory of her husband. Mr. Piper was a distinguished executive with Motorola, Inc., and Bausch & Lomb, Inc., who made important contributions in human resources and labor relations for more than two decades.
Charlotte Garden is the Julius E. Davis Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota. She specializes in labor law, employment law, and constitutional law; she is especially interested in the intersection of workers' rights and the Constitution, and how law supports (or undermines) worker voice and power.
Professor Garden's scholarship has appeared in several leading law reviews, including the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Emory Law Journal, Boston University Law Review, George Washington Law Review, Fordham Law Review, and the William & Mary Law Review. Her work for generalist audiences appears in outlets such as SCOTUSBlog and OnLabor. In 2019, Cambridge University Press published her edited volume, The Cambridge Handbook of U.S. Labor Law For the Twenty-First Century (co-edited with Rick Bales). She is a co-author of two leading work law casebooks.
Prior to joining the University of Minnesota, Professor Garden was a professor at Seattle University School of Law where she served as Co-Associate Dean for Research & Faculty Development. Professor Garden clerked for Judge Thomas L. Ambro of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She received her J.D. from NYU School of Law (2003) and her B.A. from McGill University (2000).
Kent Y. Hirozawa is a member of the New York City law firm of Gladstein, Reif & Meginniss LLP, where he has represented workers, unions and employee benefit funds for more than twenty years. He left the firm during the Obama administration to serve at the National Labor Relations Board, where he was appointed by President Obama as a Board Member. Following the expiration of his term on the Board and before his return to the firm, he was a Visiting Scholar at New York University School of Law and taught Labor Law at the City University of New York School of Law. He received his B.A. from Yale University and his J.D. from New York University School of Law.
Once a member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Harry I. Johnson, III now serves clients as a management-side defense lawyer, with more than 20 years of experience in traditional labor matters before the NLRB and federal courts. Harry practices across the entire traditional union/labor field, including in NLRB unfair labor practice and representation proceedings, union representation campaigns, union corporate campaigns, labor arbitrations, collective bargaining, labor-management relations, labor-related advice for mergers and acquisitions, and federal and state labor injunction cases. Harry is the co-practice group leader of the firm’s nationally-recognized labor/management relations practice.