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Phillip G. Steck

Phillip G. Steck

Phil Steck is a 1981 magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Philadelphia where he was a member of the Law Review and UPenn’s National Moot Court team. Phil is a proud member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) and has attended NELA’s trial school. While at UPenn, Phil concentrated his studies in labor law, with a focus on the National Labor Relations Act which protects the right of citizens to join and form labor unions and engage in collective bargaining with employers.

When he joined Cooper Erving & Savage LLP in 1991, one of Phil’s first cases was for an employee who was fired for a medical condition. The Americans with Disabilities Act was not yet in effect, so he pursued the case under the New York Human Rights Law and won a substantial verdict before a jury in Saratoga County. The company refused to pay, so it was necessary to institute collection procedures against the company and its president, which were successful. He has been handling cases involving employment rights and constitutional rights for individuals, and contract and statutory rights for unions and their members, since that time, including many trials and appeals in both State and Federal court.

In 2012, Phil was elected to the New York State Assembly representing the Towns of Colonie and Niskayuna, and the City of Schenectady. Among other things, he has introduced legislation protecting workers from wage theft (which passed both the Assembly and the Senate) and from non-compete agreements.


Carlo A.C. deOliveira

Carlo A.C. deOliveira

Carlo is originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 1998, Carlo was invited to attend Columbia-Greene Community College and to join the College's soccer team. That year, CGCC's soccer team was ranked second in the nation, which caused Hartwick College to recruit Carlo for its soccer team. Carlo graduated magna cum laude from Hartwick College in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.

Following his graduation from Hartwick, Carlo worked as a paralegal in Washington D.C. at one of the most prestigious civil rights law firms in the country. He worked closely with renowned employee rights advocates such as Cyrus Mehri and Johnnie Cochran. The next logical path for Carlo was to go to law school to obtain a law degree so that he could join advocates fighting to protect employees' rights.

In 2007, Carlo received his law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law. While in law school, Carlo represented a refugee in removal proceedings and an asylum seeker before the United States Immigration Court in Baltimore and, in recognition for his work, he was presented with the Ward Kershaw Award for outstanding skills of advocacy on behalf of a client. Carlo is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and in the State of New York, as well as United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United District Courts for the Districts of Columbia and the Northern District of New York.

Carlo is a proud member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) and the New York State Bar Association ("NYSBA"). Carlo has attended both NELA's and NYSBA's trial schools. Carlo is also a proud member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Albany County Bar Association.

Carlo is married and has two daughters. He is a Board Member of the Ravena Soccer Club, where he also coaches his older daughter's team.


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Topic of the Week

Can you be punished at work for your political beliefs? Maybe.

It may seem reasonable to assume that your employer can't fire you, demote you, or create some other negative consequence just because of your political beliefs. However, this may not be the case. The federal laws that protect us from discrimination based

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Blog of the Week

Trump economic adviser calls federal minimum wage a 'terrible idea'

Larry Kudlow, one of Donald Trump’s top economic advisers, took some time the week before Election Day to call the federal minimum wage a “terrible idea.”

Thought for the Week

"When it comes to the minimum wage, the biggest gap isn't between Republicans and Democrats; it's between politicians who don't want to raise the wage and the people they represent."

–Jonathan Schleifer, executive director of the Fairness Project on the successful minimum wage ballot measures in Missouri and Arkansas.

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Highest turnout for a midterm since 1966

Second highest turnout for a midterm since 1942

 

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