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Thursday, Sept 19, 2019

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
NAA REGISTRATION DESK

1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
BOARD OF GOVERNORS MEETING

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
CPRG MEETING

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE MEETING

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
NOMINATING COMMITTEE MEETING

Friday, Sept 20, 2019

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
NAA REGISTRATION DESK

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
BOARD OF GOVERNORS MEETING

7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
CPRG MEETING

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE MEETING

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
NOMINATING COMMITTEE MEETING

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
NEW MEMBER LUNCHEON (By Invitation Only)

2:00 p.m.
PORT OF SAVANNAH TOUR (Separate Fee)

As an informative and fun add-on to our program, we have arranged a tour conducted by the Port of Savannah, one of the largest shipping ports in the country. Plan to join this bus tour of the Port. Open to members and their guests. *Tour registration information to follow.*

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
OPENING RECEPTION

7:00 p.m.
DINNER

Saturday, Sept 21, 2019

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
NAA REGISTRATION DESK

8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
OPENING REMARKS

President, Program Announcements, Arrangements, Announcements and New Member Plenary Introductions

Presidential Remarks: Barry Winograd, NAA, NAA President Oakland, CA

Program Announcements: Jeanne M. Vonhof, NAA, Program Chair Chicago, IL

Host Announcements: Kathryn Durham, NAA, Host Chair Atlanta, GA

New Member Introductions: Jules Bloch, NAA, NMO Chair Toronto, ON

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
JUST CAUSE IN THE WAKE OF THE “#METOO” MOVEMENT

Sexual harassment complaints have soared in the past few years. In this nuts-and-bolts session, we will apply just cause principles to issues arising in arbitration cases, including: assessing the credibility of “delayed” complaints and the reliability of evidence that may be years old; handling reluctant witnesses; applying “changing” standards to past behavior; special problems of majority-male workplaces; social media; appropriate discipline; zero tolerance policies and the impact of external anti-discrimination laws. The session will provide both American and Canadian perspectives on these issues.

Panelists:
Sarah Crossley, Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti Toronto, ON

Julie Lenggenhager, Assistant Counsel National Treasury Employees Union Chicago, IL

Jasbir Parmar, NAA Toronto, ON

Jeanne M. Vonhof, NAA Chicago, IL

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
TRANSITION BREAK

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
WHAT’S THE DOPE ON CANNABIS?

The legalization of cannabis has created significant issues for arbitrators. We will review the current state of testing for “use” and “impairment,” and what may be on the horizon. This session will explore the impact of the legalization of cannabis (recreational and medical) in the workplace, in both the United States and Canada. Samples, sadly, will not be provided.

Moderator: Kathryn A. VanDagens, NAA Lansing, MI

Panelists:
David Gaba, NAA Seattle, WA

William A. Marcotte, NAA Toronto, ON

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
LUNCHEON – UPDATE ON RECENT U.S. SUPREME COURT ARBITRATION DECISIONS

The American Supreme Court has issued several recent rulings regarding arbitration of workplace disputes. This short session, while you eat, will focus on how these decisions may affect employment and labor arbitration.

Moderator: Jeanne M. Vonhof, NAA Chicago, IL

Panelist:
Richard Bales, NAA Akron, OH

Lise Gelernter, NAA Amherst, NY

Christi Hulme, President Savannah Central Labor Council

Jerome Irving, Organizer Teamsters Union, Local 728

Doug Williams, Financial Secretary, International Longshoreman’s Association, Local 2046

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
COMMITTEE MEETINGS TBA

 

Sunday, Sept 22, 2019

7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
BREAKFAST

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Presidential Remarks: Barry Winograd, NAA President Oakland, CA

2019-2020 Slate: Laura J. Cooper, NAA, Nominating Committee Chair Minneapolis, MN

9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
MAINTAINING – OR RESURRECTING – AN ONLINE REPUTATION

This session was suggested by members who have suffered from negative publicity online. A consultant with nationwide experience will present options for maintaining a positive online presence, and for handling negative events. Our members will then examine whether and when members should consider taking action to protect their online reputations, and whether there are limits on what we can or should do, considering our Code of Professional Responsibility, and other ethical and professional standards. Members of our Committee on Professional Responsibility will participate in this session.

Moderator: Alan Symonette, NAA Philadelphia, PA

Panelists:
Susan Stewart, NAA CPRG Chair Toronto, ON

Davia B. Temin, President and CEO Temin and Company

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
TRANSITION BREAK

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
CONCURRENT SESSION: DECISION WRITING – SOME DO’S, DON’TS, AND MAYBES

Some issues you might think about when writing an arbitration decision will be discussed in this session, including the use of a checklist, dicta, who is your audience, “magic” words, clarity and ease of understanding, helpful software, the use of templates – and more.

Panelists: Jack Clarke, NAA Athens, GA

Barry Goldman, NAA Bloomfield, MI

William E. Hartsfield, NAA Dallas, TX

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
CONCURRENT SESSION: CAN I? SHOULD I? ETHICS QUESTIONS FOR ARBITRATORS

A whole new set of scenarios will be presented by an experienced group of members. Discussion regarding how these issues are handled in Canada and the U.S. will highlight interesting differences in each country. Active discussion by audience members is not only encouraged – it’s unavoidable.

Moderator:
James S. Cooper, NAA Boston, MA

Panelists: Sarah Kerr Garraty, NAA Concord, MA

Christine A. Schmidt, NAA Toronto, ON

Andrew M. Strongin, NAA Takoma Park, MD