14th Annual Jack Pemberton Lecture on Workplace Justice- Protecting Speech in Black Work Matters

Thursday, March 22 6 – 8 p.m.

Off-Campus Event - US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit

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Lecture begins at 6:30 p.m.
MCLE: 1 General Credit Hour* 

Event registration and photo ID are required to enter the courthouse. 

Questions? Please contact Kenji Quijano at (415)422-5896 or at kaquijano@usfca.edu.

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Please join us for the Pemberton Lecture featuring Professor Michael Z. Green from Texas A&M University School of Law, presenting “Protecting Speech in Black Work Matters.”

Professor Green will discuss various scenarios where discussions of Black Lives Matter or other related discussions about racial concerns in our society have occurred in the workplace. He will explore employer responses to these discussions, as well as negative responses of fellow employees to these racial discussions. In particular, he will examine how the law supports or limits arguments that such racial discussions or negative responses to those discussions involve some form of speech protection. Finally, he will make some suggestions about how employers and employees may respond to discussions regarding black work matters.

Michael Z. Green, Professor of Law, has served as a full professor at Texas A&M University School of Law since its beginning in August 2013. He began full-time teaching in 1999 after completing the Hastie Teaching Fellowship and obtaining his fifth and highest degree, a Master of Law (LLM), from the University of Wisconsin School of Law. He joined the law faculty at Texas Wesleyan University in 2003 and was promoted to professor with tenure in 2005. He served as the inaugural associate dean for faculty research and development from 2008 to 2012. He has authored more than two dozen scholarly law journal articles and book chapters. In 2013, he received the Frederic White Scholarship Award as the law school’s most outstanding tenured scholar.
Professor Green also serves as an experienced labor and employment arbitrator with membership on the FMCS, AAA, and Dallas Area Rapid Transit labor panels. He has authored dozens of arbitration decisions and awards, and mediated many employment law matters since 2007. There is also high demand for his services as a speaker, as he has been invited to discuss workplace law matters at scores of venues throughout the nation and internationally.

*This activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 1.0 credit hours. The University of San Francisco School of Law is an approved provider of MCLE and certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved educational activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.