Unfair Labor Practice Hearings Before the National Labor Relations Board: The Basics

Level: Beginner
Runtime: 90 minutes
Recorded Date: August 31, 2020
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  • Part One: Prehearing Issues
  • Part Two: The First Day of Trial
  • Part Three: Direct & Cross Examination
  • Part Four: Evidence, Opening and Closing Statements
  • Conclusion
Runtime: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Recorded: August 31, 2020


The program will teach attendees how to represent clients in hearings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Judge Sharon L. Steckler, administrative law judges from the National Labor Relations Board in DC, lead panelists through an overview of the process while also covering pre-hearing preparation, settlement discussions, the hearing itself, and post hearing briefing.

Panelists include administrative law judges, Judge David Goldman, Judge Geoffrey Carter, Judge Jeffrey Wedekind, and Judge Lauren Esposito, all from the National Labor Relations Board in varying cities. They will help you understand the basics of NLRB unfair labor practice (ULP) proceedings, how to differentiate ULP hearings from other forms of litigation, resources available to aid practitioners, and how to competently advise and represent clients in the ULP proceedings.

This program was recorded on August 31st, 2020.

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Hon. Jeffrey D. Wedekind

NLBR National Labor Relations Board

Judge Wedekind was appointed in February of 2010. He previously worked for 20 years at the NLRB headquarters in Washington, D.C. He began as a staff attorney for Chairman Dotson and subsequently served in various senior executive positions, including Deputy Chief Counsel to then-Member Liebman, Chief Counsel to Chairman Truesdale, and Solicitor.

Before joining the NLRB, he represented employees in litigation against employers and unions as a staff attorney with the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation.

Judge Wedekind received a B.A. degree in political science from the University of Florida, and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from George Washington University. He is a past chapter editor of How to Take a Case Before the NLRB (BNA) and the current editor of the NLRB Judges Bench Book. He was an SSA judge in Miami for 5 years before transferring to the NLRB Judges Division.

Hon. Sharon Steckler

NLRB - National Labor Relations Board

Judge Steckler was appointed in November 2015. Previously she served as a Social Security Judge.

Before joining Social Security, Judge Steckler was a supervisory attorney in Region 16 of the NLRB. She also served as a field attorney in Region 14. Prior to coming to the Board, she worked in private practice and as a law clerk in the Missouri Court of Appeals.

Judge Steckler earned her B.S.N. degree at Vanderbilt University and a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management at Washington University in St. Louis. Before attending law school, she was a nurse and a nurse educator. She also taught human resources management at Linderwood University in Saint Charles, Missouri. Judge Steckler received her J.D. degree, cum laude, from St. Louis University School of Law.

Hon. Lauren Esposito

NLRB - National Labor Relations Board

Judge Esposito was appointed in January 2011. She had previously worked for 9 years as an NLRB field attorney in Region 2 (New York, New York).

Prior to her work at Region 2, she spent 7 years in private practice representing labor unions, benefit funds, and employees in cases before the NLRB and labor arbitration, and in litigation involving employment discrimination, pension and welfare benefit funds issues, and union democracy matters arising under the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act.

Judge Esposito received a B.A. degree from Swarthmore College and a J.D. degree from Brooklyn Law School. Before transferring to the NLRB Judges Division she was an SSA judge in the Bronx, New York.

Hon. Geoffrey Carter

NLRB - National Labor Relations Board

Judge Carter was appointed in August of 2010. He served as a judge for both the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals and SSA before transferring to the NLRB.

Before becoming a judge, he worked as: an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia; a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice; an appellate attorney for the EEOC; and as a law clerk to Judge Diane Wood of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Judge Carter received his B.A. degree, with distinction, from Stanford University (class of 1992), and his J.D. degree from the University of Chicago (class of 1996), where he wrote for the law review.

Hon. David Goldman

NLRB - National Labor Relations Board

Judge Goldman was appointed in September of 2005. He previously worked as an attorney in the NLRB Appellate Court Branch, and as an Assistant and Associate General Counsel for the United Steelworkers of America. He received his B.A. degree from the University of North Carolina and his J.D. degree from Columbia University. He is a past contributing editor of The Developing Labor Law (BNA), and has been a senior editor of How to Take a Case Before the NLRB (BNA) since 1998. Judge Goldman is an Honorary Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

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