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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Professor Garcia to Moderate "Fair Wages and Benefits for Las Vegas Workers" Panel on March 2

The Boyd School of Law is very pleased to announce that Professor Ruben Garcia will be moderating a "Fair Wages and Benefits for Las Vegas Workers" panel discussion on Saturday, March 2, 2013.

The "Fair Wages and Benefits" panel is the third in a series of community forums sponsored by Left of Center Gallery in collaboration with the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Las Vegas focusing on social justice. The first panel, held on February 16 and facilitated by Claytee White, Director of UNLV's Oral History Research Center, examined the battle for civil rights in Las Vegas. The second panel, held on February 23 and moderated by UNLV History Professor Andy Kirk, addressed nuclear weapons testing and its effects on civilian populations. In the third panel, Boyd's own Professor Garcia will moderate a panel focusing on the struggle for workers' rights in Las Vegas through the lens of five aspects of the history of Culinary Union Local 226, including: (1) the 1984 City-wide strike; (2) the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride; (3) the Frontier Casino Strike; (4) the Workers' Fast at Palace Station; and (5) how the Culinary Union impacted the African-American community. The third panel will be held at the Left of Center Gallery, 2207 W. Gowan Road, North Las Vegas, on Saturday, March 2, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Professor Garcia has written extensively on labor issues, including in his recently published book, Marginal Workers: How Legal Fault Lines Divide Workers and Leave Them without Protection (NYU Press 2012). Prior to joining Boyd's full-time faculty in 2011, Professor Garcia served as Professor of Law and Director of the Labor and Employment Law Program at California Western School of Law in San Diego, where he taught for eight years. Professor Garcia's research and teaching focus on the ways that race, gender, immigration and globalization impact the law of work. Professor Garcia's scholarly work has appeared in a number of prominent publications, including the University of Chicago Legal Forum, Hastings Law Journal, Florida State Law Review, Florida Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Labor and Employment Law, the First Amendment Law Review, and the Journal of Gender, Race and Justice.