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Gerald E. Berendt

Gerald E. Berendt

The John Marshall Law School
315 South Plymouth Court
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Phone: 312.987.1424
Office: Room 1126
Office Hours: Mon. 10:30 a.m.-Noon & 2-3 p.m.; Tues. 9:30 a.m.-Noon; Thurs. 10:30 a.m.-Noon

AA, University of Florida
BA, University of South Carolina
JD, University of South Carolina School of Law
LLM, New York University School of Law

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Because Gerald Berendt received his Master of Laws degree in Labor Law from New York University School of Law, where he was awarded the Elias Lieberman Memorial Fellowship. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he was an editor of the Law Review.

After law school, Professor Berendt was an attorney with the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, DC. Since 1977, he has held a number of Governor's appointments to Illinois agencies, including Chairman of the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board, Chairman and Executive Director of the Illinois Office of Collective Bargaining, Director of Labor Ad Hoc, and member of the Illinois Impasse Resolution Panel. In 2002-2003, he served as a member of the Governor's Labor Policy Committee.

He is active in a number of labor relations organizations, including serving as a director of the Chicago Chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association. He is a labor relations neutral and provides arbitration and mediation services to employers and unions, frequently on a pro bono basis.

He has authored or co-authored numerous books and law review articles and frequently speaks before professional associations and bar groups. He is co-author of Contract Law and Practice, Rev. 2d Ed. (LexisNexis 2009). His most recent article, Arthur Goldberg: The John Marshall Law School and Secretary of Labor in the Kennedy Administration, will appear in 29 J. Marshall J. Computer & Info. Law ____ (2013).

At the request of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Professor Berendt has served as an academic amicus curiae before that court. Professor Berendt has chaired the law school's Dean Fred F. Herzog Memorial Lecture and periodic Arthur J. Goldberg Conferences, named for the late Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, who was a distinguished member of the John Marshall faculty.

Professor Berendt joined the faculty in 1975. He teaches Collective Bargaining and Arbitration, Contracts, Labor Law, and Public Sector Labor Relations.

Full Curriculum Vitae


Session I: The Legacy of Justice Arthur Goldberg, 29 J. Marshall J. Computer & Info. Law 285 (2012) (with Samuel R. Olken, Gilbert A. Cornfield, Gilbert Feldman, David Stebenne & Hon. Milton I. Shadur)

Contract Law and Practice: Teacher's Manual (LexisNexis Publishing Co. rev. 2d. ed. 2010 & supp. 2012) (with Rebecca Cochran, Doris Long, Robert Nye, and John Scheid)

More Publications


Speaker: "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Strategies for Compliance" (May 2013) (with Attorney Ron Kramer and AFSCME Administrator Hank Scheff)

Speaker: "The Chicago Teachers Strike: Lessons Learned" (March 2013) (with Karen Lewis and James Franczek, Jr.)

Speaker: "Recent NLRB Developments" " (March 2013) (with staff attorneys and Regional Director of the NLRB)

Speaker: "The Labor Law Implications of Charter Schools," (June 2013) (with Melissa Auerbach and James Powers)

Speaker: "Wage and Hour Law" (November 2012) (with Attorneys Michael Sullivan and Alex Cafferelli)

Speaker: The Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA), "Illinois Public Employee Pensions" (October 2012)(with Attorney Eric Madiar)

Panelist: 20th Belle R. and Joseph H. Braun Memorial Symposium: The Development of Privacy Law from Brandeis to Today, "The Legacy of Justice Arthur Goldberg," The John Marshall Law School (September 2012)

Speaker: The Labor and Employment Relations Association Chicago Chapter Meeting, "A Conversation with NLRB Member Terrence Flynn" (April 2012)

Speaker: The Labor and Employment Relations Association Chicago Chapter Meeting, "A Conversation with NLRB Regional Director Peter Ohr" (March 2012)

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