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The Fundamentals of American Employment Law: What You Need To Know To Employ/Manage People And Stay Out Of The Headlines And The Courts

Thu, February 15, 2024
Lunch Program
Vernon C. Grigg III and Nyree Gray

Join the Kravis Lab for the first session of CIVITAS, a new series intended to provide timely, practical information to understand the institutions and systems that are at the center of many questions we face in modern life. In this session, the first of six Athenaeum lunches, Vernon C Grigg III, J.D., Executive Director of the Kravis Lab, and Nyree Gray, J.D., CMC’s Vice President for Human Relations and Chief Diversity Officer, will discuss the ins and outs of American employment law. Since all students will one day be employees and/or employers, what do they need to know?

(Parents Dining Room - lunch served at 12:00 noon, program begins at 12:05 PM, but feel free to come a little late if you're getting out of class)

The CIVITAS series is organized by the Kravis Lab and moderated by Executive Director Vernon C. Grigg III, JD. A lawyer by training, Grigg holds degrees from Yale Law School (J.D.), the London School of Economics (G.SC.), and the University of Michigan (BA).  Vernon comes to the Kravis Lab from his role as CEO & President of Up with People, a fifty-five-year-old international nonprofit education and arts organization. He managed a global team of 50 employees across three continents as he led the nonprofit to sustainability and health despite the challenges of the worldwide pandemic.

Nyree Gray, JD, is the Vice President for Human Relations and Chief Diversity Officer at Claremont McKenna College. Prior to CMC, Gray served as Associate Professor of Law and Dean of Students and Diversity Affairs at Southwestern Law School, where she provided academic advising and personal counseling to law students; taught in the areas of race and the law; interviewing, counseling, and negotiating; administered policies regarding academic attrition; in addition to supporting the recruitment, retention, personal development and successful academic matriculation of students from various racial, ethnic, cultural, and/or other diverse backgrounds.

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