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Unions in the Legal Profession

November 6, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lawyers? In unions? Join the Labor and Employment Action Project (LEAP) and the Office of Public Interest Advising (OPIA) for a conversation on how and why lawyers join unions, and how it affects their legal practice. Lunch and good company provided!

Daniel Barry (HLS ‘93)
Senior Enforcement Attorney and Chief Union Steward, Securities and Exchange Commission
Dan Barry is a 1993 cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School. After clerking for Associate Justice Ruth Abrams of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Dan worked as a staff attorney at the Federal Trade Commission and as an in-house counsel for Welch’s (the grape juice people) before joining the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s Boston Regional Office in 2000 as an Enforcement Counsel. Dan has served as a Steward for the Union representing SEC employees since its inception in 2001. For the last few years, Dan has worked as the Union’s Chief Steward, representing individual employees and work groups in a wide variety of matters while also negotiating with agency leaders agreements on such topics as pay, benefits and performance management that affect the workforce as a whole.

Mac McCreight
Lead Attorney, Greater Boston Legal Services; Co-President, GBLS Attorneys Union​
Mac McCreight is a lead attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services, working in their Housing Unit, and is co-president of the Greater Boston Legal Services Attorneys Union which is affiliated with the UAW and the National Organization of Legal Services Workers (NOLSW). He has been at GBLS since 1982, and previously worked at New Haven Legal Assistance (where he was also active in the NOLSW union). He was in management (sigh!) for about 6 years. He is the spouse of Marie Manna, one of the organizers of the successful Harvard Union of Clerical & Technical Workers (HUCTW) election in 1988, and his picture is in We Can’t Eat Prestige, a book on HUCTW’s fifteen-year struggle to organize staff employees at Harvard.

Dovie King
Assistant Director of JD Advising at OPIA; Former Union Steward of UAW Local 2325 and member of UAW Local 2320 and AFT Local 1931
Dovie Yoana King is a first-generation college and law school graduate and the daughter of immigrants from Mexico and Costa Rica. Her mother was a domestic worker and her father was a restaurant employee. Dovie is deeply committed to workers’ rights. As a law student, she clerked at a California union-side labor law firm as a participant of the AFL-CIO’s Minority Outreach Program. Upon graduating law school, she was an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Legal Aid Society in New York City, where she joined the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys, UAW Local 2325, AFL-CIO- the largest union of public defenders, civil and juvenile attorneys in the country. Dovie served as a union steward and represented fellow members in grievance proceedings. Dovie then moved to California, joining the staff of Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County. There, she was actively involved in the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW Local 2320, AFL-CIO- the labor union representing the majority of those who work in federally-funded legal services programs in the U.S. Since 2010, Dovie teaches legal courses at the community college level as a member of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 1931. She has represented numerous adjunct professors in unemployment insurance benefit appeals, earning the “Pride of the Union Award” for her advocacy. Dovie is currently the Assistant Director of JD Advising at the Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising at Harvard Law School. She is a graduate of Brown University and Northeastern University School of Law, and is licensed to practice law in California, Massachusetts and formerly in New York.


November 6, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Milstein East A