Who We Are

Program Faculty

Employment Law for Union Representatives Certificate Program classes are taught by full-time and adjunct faculty of the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations and experienced legal experts. Each instructor brings an extensive background in consulting and training for labor and management relations, in both the public and private sectors.

 

Vikrant Advani

Vikrant Advani, Esq., J.D.

Professor Advani received his J.D. degree from the Rutgers University, School of Law. He is the Principal at Advani Law and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University.

 

 

 

John F. Burton

John F. Burton, Jr., Ph.D.

Professor Burton received his Ph.D. degree in Economics from the University of Michigan. He is a former Dean of the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations, and Professor Emeritus at Rutgers and Cornell University. He co-authored A Workers’ Guide to The New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Law, which will be used in his Workers’ Compensation Law course.

 

 

Rosemarie Cipparulo

Rosemarie Cipparulo, Esq., J.D.

Professor Cipparulo received her J.D. degree from the Rutgers University, School of Law in Newark. She is a faculty member in Labor Studies and Employment Relations in the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University. She is an attorney at Weissman and Mintz and has a wealth of experience in representing labor unions in in collective bargaining and alternative dispute resolutions. She was a member and leader of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades.

 

James M. Cooney

James M. Cooney, Esq., J.D.

Professor Cooney received his J.D. degree from University of Miami School of Law. He is a faculty member in Labor Studies and Employment Relations in the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University. Professor Cooney also is an experienced arbitrator and mediator. He specializes in employment, labor, and immigration law, and he previously represented labor organizations throughout New Jersey.

 

 

Carla Katz

Carla Katz, Esq., J.D.

Professor Katz received her J.D. degree from Seton Hall University School of Law. She is a faculty member of the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations in the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University. She is also Of Counsel with Cohen Placitella & Roth. She specializes in labor, employment, and public sector law. Professor Katz is also a former elected President of a local union of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), representing state and local government and private sector members, and a former Commissioner of the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission.

 

Lisa Schur

Lisa Schur, Esq., J.D., Ph.D.

Professor Schur received her J.D. degree from Northeastern University and Ph.D. degree in Political Science from University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Schur is an Associate Professor in Labor Studies and Employment Relations in the School of Management and Labor Relations. She also is an attorney and a leading scholar in disability and employment law.

 

 

Steven Weissman

Steven Weissman, Esq., J.D.

Mr. Weissman, of Weissman & Mintz, LLC, specializes in employment related matters. A published author, he has been a bencher for the Reitman Inn of Court and is an Executive Committee member of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law section. He also serves on the State Advisory Council to the Rutgers University, School of Management and Labor Relations.

 

 

 

Program Instructors

Program instructors are full-time and adjunct faculty of the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers, leading legal experts, and PERC personnel. All instructors bring their extensive academic knowledge and real world experience to the program.
 

Don Horowitz

Don Horowitz, Esq., J.D.

Temple University School of  Law

Mr. Horowitz is the Deputy General Counsel to the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission and Counsel to the Appeal Board, and is highly experienced in representing these agencies in court. An accomplished speaker on public sector labor relations, he also is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Drexel University’s Goodwin College of Professional Studies.

 

Joyce Klein

Joyce M. Klein, Esq.,  J.D.

University of Wisconsin Law School

Ms. Klein is a mediator and arbitrator, and an Adjunct Professor in Labor Studies and Employment Relations at the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations. She has served as Special Counsel to the Presidential Emergency Boards, and on the National Mediation Board and New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission.

 

James Mastriani

James W. Mastriani, M.S. in Labor Economics

University of Massachusetts

Mr. Mastriani has more than 20 years of arbitration and mediation experience. He has authored articles on collective bargaining and dispute resolution, and taught graduate courses in the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations. He previously was Chairman of the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission, and also served as a Commission Mediator and Hearing Officer.

 

Michael Merrill

Professor Michael Merrill

Michael Merrill earned his Ph.D. in history and economics at Columbia University in 1985. He has taught at Rutgers and Princeton and been a senior administrator at the National Labor College and SUNY Empire State College. He is currently completing a history of the capitalism and inequality in the US.

 

 

 

Joan Parker

Joan Parker, Ph.D. in Industrial and Labor Relations

Cornell University

Dr. Parker has been a sought-after arbitrator and mediator in both the public and private sectors for more than 30 years. As a tenured Professor at Rutgers University from 1976 to 1990, she taught graduate courses; conducted research; and  published numerous scholarly books,book chapters, and articles on labor and employment, dispute settlement, and human resource management.

 

Saul Rubinstein

Saul A. Rubinstein, Ph.D. in Management

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Professor Rubinstein is a leading scholar on the subject of how joint labor and management collaborations achieve organizational innovations. He teaches courses on the dynamics  of  work  and  organization, labor and corporate restructuring, and employee involvement and new work organizations in the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations.

 

Philip Stern

Philip E. Stern, Esq., J.D.

New York Law School

Mr. Stern is Of Counsel for Adams, Stern, Gutierrez & Lattiboudere, LLC. He is In-House Counsel for the South Orange and Maplewood School District. Mr. Stern has been practicing in the areas of labor and employment  and education  law on behalf of employers for the past eighteen years and specializes in litigation, negotiations and counseling. As a negotiator, Mr. Stern is a recent President of the North American Association of Educational Negotiators. Mr. Stern earned his B.A. in  Government at Wesleyan University and M.A. in Educational Administration and Supervision from Montclair State University. After a ten-year career in education, he attended New York Law School, where he was an editor of the New York Law School Law Review.

 

Joel Weisblatt

Joel M. Weisblatt, Esq., J.D.

Brooklyn Law School

Mr. Weisblatt is an arbitrator, mediator, and fact finder in labor relations disputes. He has 30 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. Among his career highlights, Mr. Weisblatt worked as a staff mediator with the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission and served on the Port Authority Employment Relations Panel.

 

Steven Weissman

Steven Weissman, Esq., J.D.

Rutgers School of Law, Newark

Mr. Weissman, of Weissman & Mintz, LLC, specializes in employment-related matters. A published author, he has been a bencher for the Reitman Inn of Court and is an Executive Committee member of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section. He also serves on the State Advisory Council to the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations.