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Jackson Lewis Sponsors 2004 New York Law School Wagner Competition

 Jackson Lewis is pleased to support the New York Law School's annual Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition, March 11-14, 2004, in New York City. The event is administered by the school's Moot Court Association. Jackson Lewis will sponsor a brunch honoring the judges of the competition on March 14, from Noon to 1:30 PM at the school in the TriBeCa area of Lower Manhattan.

Over forty law schools from across the country compete in one of the largest student-run moot court competitions in the United States before a panel of distinguished jurists. In 1999 and again in 2000, the Association was honored to have Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas preside as Chief Justice for the Wagner Competition, which is particularly well known in the field of labor and employment law. 

New York Law School named the competition in honor of its distinguished alumnus and United States Senator Robert F. Wagner, who received his law degree from the school in 1900.  Senator Wagner began his career in politics in 1904, when he was elected to the New York State Assembly where he served until 1918. From 1919 until 1926, Wagner was a justice of the New York State Supreme Court until he was elected to the United States Senate, where he was called the "legislative pilot of the New Deal." He served until his resignation in 1949. During his term as U.S. Senator, Wagner served as Chairman of the Senate Banking and Currency Committee and drafted legislation to improve national labor standards. Most notably, Wagner sponsored the National Labor Relations Act (1935), a centerpiece of President Roosevelt's New Deal.