Annual Benjamin Aaron Labor Law Lecture

2011 Benjamin Aaron presenter Wilma Liebman (L) with guests, including IRLE Director Chris Tilly (R).


This lecture series is held annually in honor of Benjamin Aaron (1915-2007) who was a leading expert on U.S. and comparative labor law. He joined the staff of the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (then called the Institute of Industrial Relations) in 1946 and served as its Director from 1960 to 1975. Professor Aaron was also Professor of Law at UCLA from 1960 until his death in 2007.

This event is sponsored by the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, the Los Angeles County Bar Association - Labor and Employment Law Section and the Project on Work and Employment Regulation, UCLA School of Law.

2014-15 Benjamin Aaron Labor Law Lecture


Marsha Berzon


Thursday, January 22, 2015


Justice Brennan's Labor and Employment Jurisprudence: Will We See the Like Again?


Presented by Marsha S. Berzon | Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


Justice William J. Brennan, the son of a union leader, was a management labor law practitioner before he became a judge and then a United States Supreme Court Justice.  Judge Berzon, a former clerk to Justice Brennan and herself a labor and employment practitioner before becoming a judge, will discuss Justice Brennan's judicial contributions to the field and muse about how the lack of labor and employment expertise among current judges and justices may be affecting the development of the law in these areas now.


About the Speaker:

Judge Marsha S. Berzon is a graduate of Radcliffe College and the law school at the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall), where she was Articles Editor of the California Law Review.  She served as a law clerk to Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., of the United States Supreme Court and for Judge James R. Browning of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. 


Before joining the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Berzon was an appellate and Supreme Court advocate at Altshuler, Berzon, Nussbaum, Rubin & Demain, a San Francisco law firm.  She presented cases in most of the federal circuit courts and the appellate courts of California and several other states.  She also filed briefs in dozens of cases in the United States Supreme Court, appearing four times as an oral advocate before the Court.  Among the cases in which she participated were many setting important precedents in the fields of labor and employment, environmental, women’s rights, and free speech law.  While in practice, Judge Berzon served as Associate General Counsel of the AFL-CIO and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Labor and Employment Law Section, and of the Labor and Employment Section of the State Bar of California.  Judge Berzon was confirmed as a judge of the Ninth Circuit on March 9, 2000.



Program Information:

Thursday, January 22, 2015

6:00 p.m.   Registration & Reception
7:00 p.m.   Dinner

7:30 p.m.   Program


Millennium Biltmore Hotel - Emerald Room
506 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Valet Parking: $20 | Self-Parking at Pershing Square: $10 (Metro Red Line, Exite Pershing Square)



Registration Information:

Discounted Registration Rates (inlcludes dinner):


To attend the 2014-15 Ben Aaron Lecture please fill out the registration form and mail/drop off info stub with payment to IRLE.  Registration and payment must be recieved by Monday, January 19, 2015.  Space is limited.