On Saturday, May 7, Nancy Lasher, professor of marketing and interdisciplinary business, presented a paper at the Tapping Reeve House and Litchfield Law School, America’s first law school. Professor Lasher presented her research on the law involved in trying to solve supply chain issues surrounding the shipping ports backlog.
“For example, President Biden might want to run the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach 24/7, but he needs to negotiate that with the union that represents the longshoremen who work there,” said Lasher. “And the contract for the West Coast dockworkers is set to expire on June 30, 2022. If 22,000 dockworkers walk off the job, President Biden will have to think about whether to invoke the Taft-Hartley cooling-off period and send them back to work to keep the ports open.”
Professor Lasher gave another example, asking what happens when arriving cargo, getting unloaded after a long delay, becomes spoiled? “That provides a lesson in contracts and the Uniform Commercial Code sections dealing with Risk of Loss,” said Lasher.
Her research was presented to other professors in the Northeast region on how they might use this situation to teach students about the various areas of law with real-life illustrations.