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Clark Hill Attorney Barbara A. Ruga to Present Keynote Address During MNA’s 2016 Fall Conference

October 15, 2016

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Clark Hill attorney Barbara A. Ruga will deliver the keynote address, Fast Forward: From Then to Now and to the Future, on Wednesday, October 19 during the Michigan Negotiators Association’s (MNA) 2016 Fall Conference. In addition to keynoting the opening night of the conference, Ruga will co-present Leveraging Compensation – Retention, Flexibility and Top Performers and Breaking Down Your Benefits – Current Landscape, Requirements, Options & Communications on Friday, October 21. The conference will be held at Summit Village of Shanty Creek 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. Ruga advises and counsels public and private employers on a wide variety of labor law and employment issues. She has extensive experience negotiating public school 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 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 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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