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, 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, Jr., Ph.D. in Economics
University of Michigan
Professor Burton 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 Worker's Guide to The New Jersey Workers' Compensation Law, which will be used in his Workers' Compensation Law course.
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, Esq., J.D.
University of Miami School of Law
Mr. Cooney is an Adjunct Professor in the Labor Studes and Employment Relations at the the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations. Professor Cooney also is an arbitrator and mediator. He specializes in employment, labor, and immigration law, and he previously represented labor organizations throughout New Jersey.
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.
Barbara A. Lee, Esq., J.D., Ph.D in Higher Education Administration
Georgetown University, Ohio State University
An attorney, and a former Dean and Professor of Human Resource Management at the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations, Dr. Lee currently teaches graduate courses in employment law.
Lewis Maltby, Esq., J.D.
University of Pennsylvania Law School
Mr. Maltby is an expert on privacy issues related to employment. He is founder and president of the National Workrights Institute, a not-for profit organization, and authored Can They Do That? Reclaiming Our Fundamental Rights at Work. He has testified before Congress regarding electronic monitoring, drug testing, and arbitration of employment disputes; and his remarks have been featured in dozens of print and broadcast media outlets.
Mitchell H. Rubinstein, Esq., J.D.
Hofstra University School of Law
Mr. Rubinstein is an Adjunct Professor of law at New York Law School and St. John's Law School, teaching classes on employment law, labor law, pension and employee benefits law, and education law. He also serves as Senior Counsel for the New York State United Teachers.
Lisa Schur, Esq., J.D., Ph.D. in Political Science Northeastern University, University of California at Berkeley
Dr. Schur is an Associate Professor in Labor Studies and Employment Relations at the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations. She also is an attorney and an author specializing in disability and employment law.
Andrew L. Watson, Esq., J.D.
Rutgers University School of Law
Mr. Watson is a Partner at Pellettieri, Rabstein, & Altman. He is Counsel to the Mercer County Central Labor Council and has represented many labor unions in the area of labor and employment law. He has written articles on family and medical leave and taught Employee Rights to Family and Medical leave for the Union Leadership Academy at Rutgers University.
Pat Westerkamp, Esq. MSIR
Loyola University of Chicago, Seton Hall School of Law
A former Director of the American Arbitration Association's New Jersey Office, Mr. Westerkamp is a full-time Alternative Disputes Resolution Professional. He specializes in the arbitration and mediation of workplace conflicts. He co-authored the article "Arbitrating Social Media Grievances," which was published in New Jersey Lawyer magazine.
Michael Lightner, Esq., J.D.
Seton Hall University
Mr. Lightner is the Regional Director of the Newark Regional Office of the National Labor Relations Board, a Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. He also is a published author and a Master of the Bench of the Sidney Reitman Labor and Employment Law Inn of Court.