Total Credits: 1.25 Illinois
The panelists will discuss best practices and provide practical advice for participating in hearings, bargaining and mediation remotely.
Jeanne Charles has a multi-state ADR practice predominately in the areas of workplace disputes. She earned her Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. She currently serves as a labor arbitrator on various panels that include the City of Chicago, Chicago Teachers Union, Chicago Transit Authority, IAFF, Internal Revenue Service, the National Treasury Employees Union, AFSCME, and Major League Baseball (MLB). Jeanne is also a Special Magistrate for the Florida Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC) and is listed with the American Arbitration Association, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, and National Mediation Board. She is an adjunct professor at Penn State University’s School of Labor and Employment Relations where she teaches a graduate course in Human Resources and Employment Relations. Jeanne has been inducted into the National Academy of Arbitrators and serves on its Board of Governors. She is also a fellow with the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. More detailed information can be found at www.JCharles@JCharlesADR.com.
Angie Cowan Hamada is a shareholder at Allison, Slutsky & Kennedy based in Chicago where she represents Unions and employees in labor and employment law matters before state and federal agencies, courts, as well as in arbitration, mediation and negotiations. She graduated from Chicago Kent Law School in 2005 with a certificate in Labor and Employment Law. She is currently a Commissioner on the Cook County Human Rights Commission, is the program co-chair of the ABA’s Developing Labor Law Section, and is on the Board of Editors of the treatise The Developing Labor Law: The Board, the Courts and the National Labor Relations Act. She regularly speaks on panels providing the Union and employee perspective on various labor and employment law issues.
John Weathers is Commissioner of Mediation in the Peoria, Illinois field service area of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS). Mr. Weathers joined the FMCS in 2016 after working as labor counsel for the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council (ILFOPLC) in Springfield, IL for over six years. While with the ILFOPLC he negotiated and administered numerous collective bargaining agreements, presented cases in grievance and interest arbitration, and handled various court and labor board issues. Prior to his employment with the ILFOPLC, Mr. Weathers worked for the State of Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) for nearly four years. His duties at CMS included grievance arbitration, unfair labor practices charges filed against state employees and agencies and negotiation of collective bargaining agreements.. Prior to practicing labor law Mr. Weathers was an State of Illinois Assistant Attorney General focused on defending the State in Federal and State Courts against various constitutional claims. Mr. Weathers received his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Illinois and his law degree from the Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology.