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Professor, students attend prominent work-life conference

March 31, 2011

Associate clinical professor Marcy Karin, director of the Work-Life Policy Unit and the Civil Justice Clinic at the College of Law, and two Clinic students attended a national work-life event entitled, “Challenges and Solutions for Hourly Workers,” on Feb. 17.

3L law students Anne Warren Orcutt and Heather Horrocks attended the national event where U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis served as keynote.

Horrocks said she was especially struck by Solis’ keynote address that highlighted the reasons why the issue of workplace flexibility is such a significant issue.

“I was struck by how many flexible ideas that once seemed novel or difficult to imagine were actually now being utilized by a variety of businesses with success, both for the businesses and for their employees,” Horrocks said. “We had discussed this notion in class, but there was something unique about hearing it directly from statements made by other participant stakeholders.”

Karin also spoke during “The Workers’ Perspective” breakout session, where she discussed the necessity of including the needs of mature workers and military families in the flexibility conversation.

The event, hosted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau, was part of the National Dialogue on Workplace Flexibility’s series of events that the Bureau is conducting around the country.

Karin supervises and instructs student attorneys working on behalf of clients in the Civil Justice Clinic. Her research interests include workplace law, policy and practice, civil justice and litigation, and women’s legal history. Karin is an active member of the national work-life law and policy community. She is regularly invited to speak about the role of thoughtful public policy in this area and is listed in the Sloan Network’s Who’s Who in Work and Family.

Staci McCabe,
(480) 965-8702
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law