Saturday October 27

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:

Edward B. Krinsky, NAA, NAA President, Madison, WI


Program Announcements:

Amedeo Greco, NAA, Program Chair, Madison, WI


Host Announcements:

Beber Helburn, NAA, Host Chair, Austin, TX


New Member Introductions

Jules Bloch, NAA, NMO Chair, Toronto, ON


9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Best Practices


What not to do in our arbitration practices is just as important as what to do.  The Panel will offer tips on what pitfalls to avoid and what practices to follow.



Amedeo Greco, NAA, Madison, WI



Christopher J. Albertyn, NAA, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Jacquelin F. Drucker, NAA, New York, NY

Jeffrey B. Tener, NAA, Skillman, NJ

Barry Winograd, NAA, Oakland, CA


10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m

Transition Break


10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Hearing Matters


The Panel will discuss issues that arise while managing a hearing such as scheduling cases; pre-hearing telephone conferences; issuing subpoenas; ruling on pre-hearing document requests and evidence; allowing an employer to call the grievant as a witness; receiving telephonic and video testimony; addressing the non-appearance of the grievant or a subpoenaed witness; and whether to issue a bench decision.



Michelle Miller-Kotula, NAA, Washington, PA



Richard Adelman, NAA, New York, NY

Margaret R. Brogan, NAA, Philadelphia, PA

Kathy L. Eisenmenger, NAA, Denver, CO

David Vaughn, NAA, Clarksville, MD


12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.



1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Remedies and Retaining Remedial Jurisdiction


The Panel will discuss an arbitrator’s authority to issue remedies; how and when discretion should be exercised; what factors lead to reducing or overturning discipline; remedies for procedural violations; whether a discharged grievant is required to look for other work; and make whole remedies.



Marsha Cox Kelliher, NAA, Rochester, MI



George R. Fleischli, NAA, Madison, WI

Edward B. Krinsky, NAA, Madison, WI

Jeanne M. Vonhof, NAA, Chicago, IL


2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Concurrent Session – Navigating the Federal Sector Pay System for Arbitrators


This session is designed to assist those arbitrators who get lost by frequent changes and the complexities of U.S. federal sector billing and payment practices.  If a member has given up on handling these cases due to past difficulties or has questions, perhaps it is time to take another look.



Philip A. LaPorte, NAA, Atlanta, GA



Jack Clarke, NAA, Athens, GA

Arthur Pearlstein, Director of Arbitration Services FMCS, Washington, D.C.

Alan A. Symonette, NAA, Philadelphia, PA



2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Concurrent Session – What is an Arbitrator’s Role?


The Trilogy sets forth an arbitrator’s broad job duties and in Warrior and Gulf Navigation Co. quotes Harry Shulman who wrote:  “A proper conception of the arbitrator’s function is basic.”


The Panel will address the roles we play as decision-makers; case managers; educators; and guarantors that the grievance-arbitration process is fair.  Our roles and degree of activism are affected by the parties’ expectations and our own views – i.e., whether we view an arbitration proceeding as a “search for the truth,” as litigation, or as the continuation of the collective bargaining process which does not need the trappings of a formal judicial proceeding.



Kathryn A. VanDagens, NAA, Lansing, MI



Susan Grody Ruben, NAA, Cleveland, OH

Joshua Javits, NAA, Washington, D.C.

Arnold M. Zack, NAA, Boston, MA


4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.



Dan chairs the Academy’s Public Sector Initiative Committee which has been established in response to Janus, and he will give a brief committee report at lunch, and at 4:00 p.m. will have a discussion with Members regarding Janus and the Academy’s response.



Daniel J. Nielsen, NAA, Lake Bluff, IL



5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Committee Meetings TBA

Location: Sheraton Hotel Date: October 27, 2018 Time: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm