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37th Annual Illinois Public Sector Labor Relations Law Conference

A two half-day virtual conference, featuring both live stream and pre-recorded webinar sessions*
Thursday, December 2, 2021 | 9:00am - 1:15pm & Friday, December 3, 2021 | 9:00 AM - 1:05 PM

Join Illinois labor lawyers and labor relations specialists to gain real-time access to the key decision-makers who will shape the future of Illinois’ public sector.This year’s program will be a two half-day virtual conference, featuring both live stream and pre-recorded webinar sessions. Register today and earn up to 7.5 hours of Illinois MCLE credit hours!


Thursday, December 2

9:00 – 9:05am       Welcome and Announcements

9:10 – 10:25am   CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Public Education: Lessons Learned from the Pandemic  LIVESTREAMING 

  • John Brosnan, Special Counsel, Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board
  • Lisa Callaway, Partner, Engler, Callaway, Baasten & Sraga
  • Steve Yokich, Partner, Dowd, Bloch, Bennett, Cervone, Auerbach & Yokich, LLP


  • Thomas Bradley, Partner, Laner Muchin
  • Helen J. Kim, General Counsel, Illinois Labor Relations Board
  • Jerry J. Marzullo, Partner, Asher, Gittler & D'Alba, Ltd.

Social Media and Employee Discipline

  • Carlos Arevalo, Partner, Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd.
  • James Brennwald, Arbitrator
  • Jeff Goelitz, Partner, Hodges Loizzi
  • Taylor Muzzy, Partner, Jacobs, Burns, Orlove & Hernandez, LLP
  • Anita Tanay, General Counsel, ATU Local 308

10:35 – 11:50am   CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Virtual Bargaining and Mediation: An Assessment for the Post-Pandemic Future  LIVESTREAMING 

  • Beth Barton, IEA Uniserv Director, Illinois Education Association - NEA
  • Brenda D. Pryor, Commissioner, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
  • Dennis L. Weedman, Attorney, Robbins Schwartz


  • Thaddeus H. Goodchild, Deputy General Counsel, Chicago Teachers Union
  • Kimberly M. Jannotta, Partner, Del Galdo Law Group, LLC
  • Ellen Maureen Strizak, General Counsel, Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board

Interest Arbitration: A Year in Review

  • Tamara Cummings, General Counsel, Illinois FOP Labor Council
  • John H. Kelly, Partner, Ottosen DiNolfo Hasenbalg & Castaldo, Ltd.
  • Brian E. Reynolds, Arbitrator

Nuts and Bolts of Strikes and Impasse Resolution

  • Melissa Auerbach, Partner, Dowd, Bloch, Bennett, Cervone, Auerbach & Yokich, LL
  • Gary Bailey, Attorney, Illinois FOP Labor Council
  • Mark W. Bennett, Partner, Laner Muchin
  • Robb B. Craddock, Senior Director, Labor & Employee Relations, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • John J. Weathers, Commissioner of Mediation, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 

12:00 – 1:15pm       Plenary - As We Move Forward: Major Recent Events and Their Impact on Public Sector Labor   LIVESTREAMING 

  • Beverly S. Bunch, Professor, Department of Public Administration, University of Illinois Springfield
  • Stacy Davis Gates, Vice President, Chicago Teachers Union & Executive Vice President, Illinois Federation of Teachers
  • Joel M. Weisblatt, Chair, New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission
  • Alex Breland, Counsel, Litigation & Employment, CDK Global

Friday, December 3

9:00 – 10:15am   CONCURRENT SESSIONS

The Future of Work   LIVESTREAMING 

  • Kelly A. Coyle, Attorney, Clark Baird Smith, LLP
  • JP Fyans, President, Teamster Local 916
  • Susan M. Matta, Partner, Asher, Gittler & D'Alba, Ltd.
  • Amber Spainhour, Assistant Director, Labor Relations, State of Illinois, Department of Central Management Services

Finances and Public Sector Labor Relations   LIVESTREAMING    This session does not qualify for CLE credit. 

  • Jennifer A. Dunn, Partner, Franczek P.C.
  • Mike Newman, Deputy Director, AFSCME Council 31
  • Erin L. O'Boyle, Deputy Director, Labor Relations, Illinois Department of Central Management Services

Higher Education Issues

  • Nicholas Christen, Strategic Research Director, Illinios Federation of Teachers
  • Melissa Mlynski, Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resources, University of Illinois Springfield
  • Andrew Slobodien, Associate Director, Labor & Employee Relations, University of Illinois at Chicago

10:25 – 11:40am   CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Vaccination Issues   LIVESTREAMING 

  • Alice Johnson, General Counsel, Cook County College Teachers Union
  • Mary M. (Betsey) Madden, Chief Legal Counsel & Ethics Officer, Illinois Department of Human Rights
  • Jill P. O'Brien, Partner, Laner Muchin
  • Tyson Roan, Chief of Staff, SEIU Local 73

Firefighter Forum

  • Margaret Angelucci, Partner, Asher, Gittler & D'Alba, Ltd.
  • Benjamin E. Gehrt, Attorney, Clark Baird Smith, LLP
  • Karl Ottosen, Managing Partner, Ottosen DiNolfo Hasenbalg & Castaldo, Ltd.
  • Chuck Sullivan, President, Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois

Police Forum

  • David Amerson, Staff Attorney, Policemen's Benevolent & Protective Association of IL
  • Felicia Frazier, Partner, Odelson, Sterk, Murphey, Frazier & McGrath, Ltd.
  • David A. Johnson, Partner, Franczek P.C.
  • Joseph R. Mazzone, Chief Counsel, Metropolitan Alliance of Police

11:50  12:50pm     Burnout Prevention: Maintaining Mental Health in the Legal Profession   LIVESTREAMING 

  • Chelsy A. Castro, Psychotherapist & Consultant, Castro Jacobs Psychotherapy and Consulting

11:50 – 1:05pm   CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Open Meetings Act Update   LIVESTREAMING 

  • Leah Bartelt, Deputy Public Access Counselor, Public Access Bureau, Illinois Attorney General's Office
  • Bryan Diemer, Attorney, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150, AFL-CIO
  • A. Lynn Himes, Equity Partner, Himes, Petrarca & Fester, Chtd.

Nuts and Bolts of Labor Board Investigations

  • Nick Gutierrez, Staff Attorney/Investigator, Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board
  • Kimberly Stevens, Executive Director, Illinois Labor Relations Board

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Sessions not indicated as livesteams are pre-recorded video content along with real-time speaker interaction available via live chat room throughout each session.


This conference is eligible for up to 7.5 hours of General CLE credit in 60-minute states, and 8.7 hours of General CLE credit in 50-minute states.*

Burnout Prevention: Maintaining Mental Health in the Legal Profession is eligible for 1.0 hours of Mental Illness Awareness credit in 60-minute states and 1.2 hours of Mental Illness Awareness credit in 50-minute states.

Virtual Bargaining and Mediation: An Assessement for Post-Pandemic Future sessions is eligible for 1.25 hours of Ethics credit in 60-minute states, and 1.5 hours of Ethics credit in 50-minute states.

Credit hours are estimated and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules.

Chicago-Kent College of Law will seek accreditation for this conference in the following states:  CA, IL, IN, MO, NY, OH, PA, TX, and WI.

States typically decide whether a program qualifies for MCLE credit in their jurisdiction 4-8 weeks after the program application is submitted. For many live events, credit approval is not received prior to the program.

TO RECEIVE CLE CREDIT:  If you have met the participation requirements, you will receive a personalized CLE affidavit link from within 72 hours after you have confirmed your attendance in CE21, under the certificate tab. Please check your spam or junk folders if you do not recieve an email. Please note only one affidavit link is needed for the entire virtual conference. Once you complete the affidavit, you will be able to download your certificate(s) of attendance and you will also receive them via emailed from


  Early Registration:
through 10/31/21

Regular Registration:
11/1 - 11/26/21

Late Registration:
11/27 - 12/2/21
Individual $275/person $300/person $325/person
Group* $225/person $225/person $225/person

* Register five or more individuals, in one transaction, to qualify for the group rate. The discount will be applied to your cart during checkout.

EMAIL: | PHONE: 312.906.5090


This conference is presented in cooperation with the Illinois Labor Relations Board and the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board 



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