Clark Hill Attorney Barbara A. Ruga to Present During the Michigan Institute for Educational Management’s Conference on June 3, 2010

May 28, 2010

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Clark Hill attorney Barbara A. Ruga will present as a panelist during the Michigan Institute for Educational Management’s (MIEM) Conference on June 3, 2010 at the Kellogg Center in Lansing, MI. For registration and more information on the one day conference titled, “Michigan Educator Evaluation: Implementing the New Law ”, please visit www.gomiem.org .


Barbara A. Ruga is a member in Clark Hill’s Grand Rapids offi ce where she practices in the Education and Municipal Practice Group as well as the 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 law and employment issues. Barb has extensive experience negotiating teacher contracts in a context of scarce resources. She has also handled numerous unfair labor practice charges, fact-findings and related employment litigation. 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 to businesses and associations, including the Michigan Association of School Personnel Administrators, the Michigan Schools Public Relations Association, and the Michigan Association of School Boards, among others. In addition, for the past 10 years, Barb has been a frequent lecturer for the Michigan Negotiators Association – presenting at their semi-annual annual conferences, annual training institute, and winter mini-series across the State.


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


In addition to her legal practice, Barb has been involved in the Grand Rapids legal community, as past chair of the Young Lawyers Section, the Continuing Legal Education Committee, and a member of the Judicial Evaluation and Character and Fitness Committees.



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