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South Texas College of Law Hosts Employment 2021: Contract v. Competition Panel

With post-employment restrictions making national headlines, South Texas College of Law Houston is convening some of the leading legal minds to weigh in on the topic.

Mentions in President Biden’s July 9 executive order, the Uniform Law Commission’s act governing covenants against competition, and similar legislation enacted in Illinois, Nevada and D.C. have brought the conversation about the role of contract versus competition to the forefront.

“Real market competition is necessary if contract terms are to remain fair; this panel is a chance to think deeply about current realities and about possibilities,” says organizer and panel moderator Val Ricks, professor of saw at South Texas College of Law Houston.

WHAT: Panel discussion titled Employment 2021: Contract v. Competition
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, 2-4 p.m. CT
WHERE: Virtually via Zoom
WHY: Exploring the roles of contracts and competition law in regulating freedom to work.
HOSTED BY: This panel is sponsored by the Annual Conference on Contracts.

The panel is open to all STCL alums and members of the media. Please direct any questions for the panel to Val Ricks at vricks@stcl.edu.

To attend, please RSVP: https://stcl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJElcuGqrjooHtKMInJraeWfyac7cuWsfDdh

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the meeting.

FULL PANEL SCHEDULE:

Employment 2021: Contract v. Competition
Which Should Govern Freedom to Work?

Unconscionability in Contracting for Worker Training
Jonathan F. Harris, Associate Professor of Law, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
@LawProfJHarris

Bundling Postemployment Restrictive Covenants: When, Why, and How It Matters
Non-Disclosure Agreements and Externalities from Silence
Evan Starr, Associate Professor Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
https://sites.google.com/site/starrevan/home

Boilerplate Collusion: Clause Aggregation, Antitrust Law & Contract Governance
Orly Lobel, Warren Distinguished Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law
https://www.orlylobel.com/

Remarks from Eric A. Posner, Kirkland & Ellis Distinguished Service Professor of Law, Arthur and Esther Kane Research Chair, University of Chicago Law School, Author of How Antitrust Failed Workers (and several related articles)

Questions and comments from the floor