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Clark Hill Attorney Barbara A. Ruga to Present Michigan Negotiators Association’s 2012 Mini-Conferences

January 26, 2012


– Clark Hill attorney Barbara A. Ruga will present the Michigan Negotiators Association’s 2012 Winter Mini Conferences. Ruga will lecture on avoiding the pitfalls and exposure to individual liability associated with the application of the new tenure legislation and annual teacher performance evaluations. For registration and more information, please visit

Dates and sites of conferences:

January 25, 2012 Kent ISD 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

January 26, 2012 Ingham ISD 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

February 2, 2012 Oakland ISD 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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 30 years, Ruga has been advising and counseling public school districts and businesses on a wide variety of labor law and employment issues. Ruga 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. Ruga advocates for prevention through education, and to that end specializes in employee training programs.

Ruga 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, Ruga 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.

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.

In her spare time, Ruga loves to spend time with her grandchildren and wants to hike every national park.

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