Bernard Gottfried Labor Law Symposium Returns In-Person Oct. 19

The 28th Annual Bernard Gottfried will take place on Thursday, October 19, 2023 at Wayne State University Law School in the Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel with deliver the keynote address.

Alumni, students and anyone interested in furthering their insight into labor law are invited to attend the symposium from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium at the Law School, 471 W. Palmer St., Detroit.

A former criminal prosecutor and civil rights attorney, Nessel was sworn in as Michigan’s 54th Attorney General on January 1, 2019.  Attorney General Nessel’s consumer protection divisions have taken a lead role in fighting against companies that try to take advantage of Michigan consumers, whether it be through unfair utility rate increases or unscrupulous business practices.  She established the office’s first Payroll Fraud Enforcement Unit to crackdown on individuals and businesses who try to cheat Michigan’s workers out of their pay and retirement benefits. Attorney General Nessel is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University Law School.

The symposium will include three sessions:

Part 1: “Remedies: New Ideas, New Cases, New Impacts.

Part 2: “Debating Labor Law’s Current Events”

Part 3: “USDOJ Antitrust Division and NLRB-Collaboration”

The registration fee for the symposium is $135 which includes all sessions, presentation materials, breakfast and lunch. Students, NLRB staff and government employees can register for a reduced cost of $50. The deadline for registration is Monday, Oct. 14. Register online at

Parking is available for $9 (credit and debit cards only) in Structure No. 1 across West Palmer Street from the Law School.

Proceeds from the symposium will be used to fund future educational programs and labor law studies at Wayne Law. For more information, email Cynthia Hildreth,

Continuing Legal Education credits for Ohio and Indiana may be applied for at the conference sign-in table.

The symposium honors the labor relations vision of Bernard Gottfried (1925-92), who was director of Region 7 from 1973 until his death. He taught as an adjunct professor at Wayne Law for many years.


Contact: Jennifer Kennedy

Voice: 313-577-4629




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