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Ithaca, N.Y., July 14, 2004 – The Center for Hospitality Research at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration recently sponsored its third annual roundtable on legal issues in the hospitality industry. Participants included counsel from lodging and restaurant companies, members of prestigious private-practice law firms, professors in labor and employment law from leading law schools and universities, as well as corporate partners of the Center.

“We continue to be very pleased with the success of the roundtable in building important relationships and dialogue between the industry and academic communities,” said Cornell Hotel School Associate Professor David Sherwyn, who chaired the event for the third year. “We have created an interactive format that allows all of our distinguished colleagues to be engaged in the debate around key issues.” The roundtables reinforce the strong links between the Hotel School faculty and industry leaders.

Rob Liddle, Corporate V.P., Global Labor Relations, McDonald’s Corporation, stated that “the roundtable provided a dynamic forum for the discussion of significant industry-related employment law issues with acknowledged experts.” Seven roundtables are planned next year under Sherwyn’s leadership and the CHR’s sponsorship, on topics ranging from hospitality design to hotel revenue management to information technology.

Participating in the Cornell Hotel School Legal Roundtable are, from left:  Steve Yale-Loehr, of Counsel, True Walsh & Miller; Jim Zuehl, Partner, Franczek Sullivan; Dave Sherwyn, Assistant Professor, Cornell University School of Hotel Administration; Myron Roomkin, Dean, American University Kogod School of Business; Gary Thompson, Executive Director, The Center for Hospitality Research; and Scott Cordes, Senior Counsel, Friedkin Companies.

About The Center for Hospitality Research

A unit of the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, The Center for Hospitality Research (CHR) sponsors groundbreaking research designed to improve practices in the hospitality industry.  The CHR also publishes the award-winning Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administrative Quarterly.  Under the lead of CHR's 34 corporate supporters, experienced scholars work closely with business executives to discover new insights into strategic, managerial and operational issues.

Cornell School of Hotel Administration
The Center for Hospitality Research (CHR) 
Joe Strodel, Jr.
Also See: Cornell Report Aims to Maximize the Economic Value of the Hospitality Workforce / May 2004
Gary M. Thompson Appointed Executive Director of The Center for Hospitality Research at Cornell University’s School of Hote Administration / July 2003

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