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Fundamentals of Arbitration

Hot Topics in Contemporary Labor Relations Law Conference 2024
Employment Law |  Employment Discrimination Law
Mr. Wesley Kennedy, JD |  Martin H. Malin |  Abby Rogers
1 Hour 03 Minutes
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
Apr 25, 2024
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On Demand - Also available: On Demand  10
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Tags: Labor Law


This session will cover key concepts and skills for practitioners looking to develop or refine their arbitration presentation skills. In addition to reviewing legal and contract interpretation concepts involved in grievance arbitration, the panel will also address arbitration procedure and practical skills for presenting a case to an arbitrator.


Mr. Wesley Kennedy, JD's Profile

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Allison, Slutsky & Kennedy, P.C.

Founding shareholder, Allison, Slutsky & Kennedy, P.C., Chicago, Illinois. B.A., with Honors, Grinnell College, 1981; J.D., Yale Law School, 1984.

For nearly 40 years, Wes Kennedy has represented unions, benefit funds and employees – since 1995 as a founding shareholder in Allison, Slutsky & Kennedy, P.C.; and before that as an associate and partner with the firm Cotton, Watt, Jones & King.   Wes has represented clients in the hospitality, transportation, graphic arts, education, construction and other industries.  In addition to general advice and counseling and collective bargaining, Mr. Kennedy has represented clients in matters before various federal and state courts, and federal, state, and local administrative agencies. For a number of years, Wes has devoted much of his practice to representing unions and employees in all manner of grievance and other arbitrations involving contract interpretation and discipline/discharge issues; and in interest arbitrations including complex proceedings arising from the integration of seniority and other rights in mergers and similar transactions. 

Wes is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and a Fellow of the American Bar Association. He is a member the ABA’s Section of Labor and Employment Law Committees on the Development of the Law Under the NLRA and on ADR.  He is currently the Union and Employee Co-Chair of the ADR Committee, and Union Vice Chair of the Treatise Committee.  Mr. Kennedy is also a member of the AFL-CIO Union Lawyers Alliance and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans; and a member of the Advisory Board for the Kenneth Piper Lecture series at Chicago Kent College of Law. He is a frequent speaker at bar association and other conferences.  Mr. Kennedy is the Union co-associate editor of the treatise, How Arbitration Works (2017 and subsequent Supplements).  He is author of "Intermittent Strikes: An Overview From The Union Perspective," 14 The Labor Lawyer 117 (1998); is co-author of “A Touch of ‘Class’ – Immigration and the Intersection of Politics and Protected Section 7 Activity,” 23 The Labor Lawyer 99 (2007), “Twenty-Five Years of Developments in the Law Under the National Labor Relations Act,” 25 ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law 299 (2010), and "Seniority Integration in the Absence of Mandatory Labor Protective Provisions," in Cleared for Takeoff: Airline Labor Relations Since Deregulation (ILR Press 1988); and has been a contributing author to publications including The Developing Labor Law  (4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Editions and Annual Supplements).

Martin H. Malin's Profile

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Professor of Law Emeritus

Chicago-Kent College of Law

Martin H. Malin jointed the Chicago-Kent faculty in 1980 and taught  Labor Law, Employment Discrimination, Public Sector Employees, ADR in the Workplace, and Contracts. He assumed emeritus status on June 1, 2021. He received his B.A. from Michigan State University's James Madison College and his J.D. from George Washington University, where he was an editor of the law review and elected to the Order of the Coif. Prior to Chicago-Kent, he served as law clerk to United States District Judge Robert E. DeMascio in Detroit and on the faculty of Ohio State University.

In 1996, Malin founded Chicago-Kent’s Institute for Law and the Workplace.  He served as director until his retirement in 2021.  He built the Institute into an intellectual home for the labor and employment law community in Chicago and nationally.  On March 10, 2022, the University renamed the Institute in his honor.  It is now known as the Martin H. Malin Institute for Law and the Workplace.

Malin is a former national chair of the Labor Relations and Employment Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools, a former Secretary of the ABA Section on Labor and Employment Law, a former member of the Executive Committee of The Labor Law Group, and a former member of the Board of Governors and vice president of the National Academy of Arbitrators and a former member of the Board of Governors of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. During 1984 and 1985, Malin served as consultant to the Illinois State, Local and Educational Labor Relations Boards and drafted the boards' regulations implementing the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act and the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act. From 2004 to 2008, he served as reporter to the Neutrality Project of the Association of Labor Relations Agencies, which produced a mini-treatise on labor board and mediation agency impartiality. In October 2009, President Barack Obama appointed Malin as a member of the Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP), which resolves impasses in collective bargaining between federal agencies and unions that represent their employees. Obama reappointed Malin in 2014. He served until May 2017 when he and the other Obama appointees were removed by President Trump. In 2021, President Joseph Biden appointed Malin as Chairman of FSIP. In 2016, the ABA presented Malin with the Arvid Anderson Award for lifetime contributions to public sector labor law.

Malin has written extensively on all aspects of labor and employment law. He has published more than 80 articles and seven books, including Public Sector Employment (West 2004, 4th ed. 2022), the leading casebook on the law governing public employees, and Labor Law in the Contemporary Workplace (West 2009, 3rd ed. 2019), a leading casebook on labor law. He has ranked in the top 10 percent of authors in the Social Science Research Network database in terms of downloads of his work

He has a B.A. from Michigan State University and a J.D. from George Washington University.

Abby Rogers's Profile

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Engler, Callaway, Baasten & Sraga, LLC

Abby Rogers maintains a broad-based labor and employment practice, with decades of experience representing governmental entities and private sector clients.  Ms. Rogers focuses on general employment relationship issues, labor relations matters and collective bargaining.  Ms. Rogers divides her practice equally between counseling clients and defending clients in litigation, including labor arbitration, administrative and judicial proceedings.  She has extensive experience with the FMLA and with medical and disability issues in the workplace.  In addition, Ms. Rogers regularly lectures and conducts workforce training on issues related to non-discrimination and anti-harassment, managing medical issues and leaves of absence in the workplace, and managing other workplace concerns. She is a contributing author on “Sex Discrimination and Harassment,” to the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education publication Employment Discrimination: Unlawful Grounds and Prevention (2021) and a contributing author on “Freedom of Speech in the Public Workplace,” to the American Bar Association publication Municipal Law Desk Book (2015).