Clark Hill Attorney Barbara A. Ruga to Present as Keynote Speaker During the 42nd North American Association of Educational Negotiators Conference

Mar 15, 2011

GRAND RAPIDS, MI Clark Hill attorney Barbara A. Ruga is a keynote speaker at the 42 nd North American Association of Educational Negotiators (NAEN) Conference in San Diego, California. Barbara’s topic is timely, as she will be discussing useful strategies for “Negotiating Effectively in Turbulent Times.” The conference will be held March 13-16. For registration and more information, please visit http://www.naen.org/ .


Barbara A. Rug a is a member of Clark Hill’s Education & Municipal Practice Group and the firm’s Labor & Employment Law Practice Group. For more than 30 years, Barb has been advising and counseling public school districts and businesses on a wide variety of labor and employment law issues. Barb has extensive experience negotiating teacher contracts in a context of scarce resources. Barb advocates for prevention through education, and to that end specializes in employee training programs.


Barb is a highly sought after presenter, regularly delivering employment seminars and training programs statewide and nationally to businesses and associations. Barb has been a frequent lecturer for the Michigan Negotiators Association for the past 10 years – presenting at their semi-annual annual conferences, annual training institute, and winter mini-series. She recently presented a keynote address, “Communication Strategies and Responding to Pressure Tactics,” during the Michigan Association of School Boards, Michigan Association of School Administrators and Michigan School Business Officials’ co-sponsored seminar.


Barb is a published author in the National School Boards Association’s Leadership Insider (2010) and a contributing author of Michigan Wrongful Discharge and Employment Discrimination Law (ICLE, Second Edition, 1994 and updates) and Employment Law in Michigan (ICLE, 1997 and updates).


Barb has been recognized by her peers as a leader in the school labor negotiations field through the prestigious Harlow Claggett award, received in 2007 for her contributions to public school labor negotiations.



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