Clark Hill Attorney Barbara A. Ruga to Present During the 2015 Michigan Negotiators Association Fall Conference

Oct 21, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Clark Hill attorney Barbara A. Ruga will present Educator Evaluation and Merit Pay during the 2015 Michigan Negotiators Association (MNA) Fall Conference. The MNA Conference, titled “Rethinking Bargaining – Getting Beyond the Status Quo,” will be held October 21-23 in Bellaire, Michigan. For registration and more information, please visit   

Ruga is a member in Clark Hill’s Grand Rapids office where she practices in the Education and Municipal Practice Group as well as the Labor & Employment Law Practice Group. For more than 38 years, Ruga has been advising and counseling public and private employers on a wide variety of labor law and employment issues. Ruga has extensive experience negotiating public sector contracts in a context of scarce resources. She has also handled numerous unfair labor practice charges, fact-findings, OCR and EEO claims and related employment litigation. Ruga advocates for prevention through education, and to that end specializes in employee training programs to clients and public school organizations.

A past president of the Michigan Council for School Attorneys, Ruga 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, and is frequently asked to speak at industry conferences throughout the State. In addition, Ruga was recently designated  Grand Rapids' 2016 "Lawyer of the Year" for Education Law in the 22nd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is honored as the "Lawyer of the Year." 

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