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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Professor Garcia to Be Featured in Friday Law Talk

The Boyd School of Law is very pleased to announce that it will host a Friday Law Talk on Friday, November 16, 2012, featuring Professor Ruben Garcia and his recently published book, Marginal Workers: How Legal Fault Lines Divide Workers and Leave them Without Protection.

In Marginal Workers, published by NYU Press in early 2012, Professor Garcia argues that the increase of private sector workplace protections over the last century has resulted in a paradox -- workers today are more vulnerable than they have been in decades. This is even more true of workers who are especially at risk in the workplace, such as undocumented workers, temporary workers, noncitizens, workers of color, and women. Worse still, the groups who fall into these cracks in the legal system often do not have the political power necessary to change the laws for better protection.

In his Friday Law Talk, Professor Garcia will describe his theory of Marginal Workers and explain why human rights dialogue might be able to change attitudes about worker protections and provide better protection for marginal workers, and all workers, in the process.

Professor Garcia will be joined in his talk by two leading advocates of workplace justice in the Las Vegas area: D. Taylor, Secretary-Treasurer of the Culinary Workers Union Local 226, UNITE-HERE, AFL-CIO, and Africa Sanchez, Esq. Mr. Taylor will address the themes of the book in the context of his experience in the leadership of the largest private sector union in the hospitality industry for two decades. Ms. Sanchez, former general counsel of the Clark County Education Association, will apply some of the insights of the book to current controversies about the proper level of workplace protections for teachers and other government workers.

The Friday Law Talk, which will offer one continuing legal education (CLE) credit, will run from 4:00 to 5:15 p.m. on Friday, November 16, 2012, in Room 105 at Boyd School of Law. Registration and additional information is available here.