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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Labor and Employment Arbitration Advocacy

June 28-July 17, 2010

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This exceptional course in New York City, which meets evenings for three weeks, is designed to help law students, graduate and undergraduate students, attorneys, academics, and HR and labor relations professionals understand the basic approaches to preparing and presenting cases in labor and employment arbitration. Students will

  • analyze and discuss significant court decisions and current legislation;
  • evaluate cases to determine whether to go to arbitration;
  • examine burdens of proof and the unique role of evidence in arbitration;
  • practice direct and cross-examination in an arbitration hearing; and
  • present a full case before a nationally respected labor/employment arbitrator.

By offering this course in New York City, we will be able to take advantage of the extraordinary legal and arbitrator talent affiliated with Cornell's School of Industrial and Labor Relations and the Scheinman Institute. Lectures and discussions led by the instructors will be supplemented by the participation of several of the nation⿿s finest labor and employment attorneys and arbitrators, all based in New York City.

Course features

  • a four-credit course, LAW/ILRCB 6022 Arbitration Advocacy: The Law and Practice of Labor and Employment Arbitration, which meets Monday through Wednesday (weeks one and two) and Monday through Thursday (week three) from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday, July 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.;
  • in-depth coverage of relevant court cases and legislation impacting the law and practice of labor and employment arbitration;
  • a faculty that includes many of New York City⿿s most distinguished labor and employment attorneys and arbitrators as well as the dean of the Cornell Law School and prominent faculty members from Cornell⿿s ILR School;
  • intensive group exercises providing students with hands-on experience in arbitration case preparation and presentation techniques and strategies; and
  • the opportunity for students to present a full case before professional arbitrators followed by detailed critiques and discussions.

Course benefits

Students will:

  • gain a full understanding of the differences between arbitration and litigation of employment disputes;
  • learn how to analyze current and pending legal trends impacting the practice of labor and employment arbitration;
  • build skills (direct and cross examination, opening and closing statements) under the guidance of outstanding labor and employment attorneys;
  • learn about the dynamics of the process from prominent arbitrators; and
  • gain a head start in learning how to prepare and present a workplace arbitration case.

Who should attend

  • law students with an interest in conflict resolution and labor and employment arbitration;
  • graduate students in labor and employment relations and/or conflict resolution, and select undergraduates (by permission of instructor--contact Rocco Scanza at for more information);
  • attorneys seeking to strengthen their knowledge and skills in arbitration advocacy;
  • HR and labor relations professionals responsible for preparing and/or presenting arbitration cases; and
  • academics who teach advocacy and conflict resolution courses.