LAW241 Guest Speaker: Craig Gestring of the Department of Justice will Discuss Cyber Security Issues


Mr. Craig Gestring is a career prosecutor. He has prosecuted criminal cases in State, Federal, and Military courts around the country. Gestring is an Assistant United States Attorney with the Criminal Division in the Western District of New York where he prosecutes a wide variety of federal crimes including environmental crimes, white collar crimes, frauds, threat cases, and gun crimes. Gestring’s cyber work includes prosecuting online crimes against children and coordinating cyber investigations involving BOTs, intrusions, and hacking.

Gestring is a combat veteran, having spent a long, hot, and dusty year doing Army stuff with an M-16 in the Al Anbar Province of Western Iraq.

LAW241 Guest Speakers: Mrs. Birdsong and Mrs. O’Dierno of the US Department of Labor


 

Mrs. Shequeila Birdsong and Mrs. Amber O’Dierno of the US Department of Labor spoke to Alfred University students about Wage and Hour legal issues. They gave many interesting examples of industries that are investigated for non-compliance with federal minimum wage requirements.

Mrs. Birdsong is the Community Outreach and Planning Specialist for the Federal Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division.  She began her federal service with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) where she spent a decade working in various positions.  Her final position at the IRS was as a Taxpayer Advocate.

Ms. O’Dierno is an investigator with the United States Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division. She was hired as an investigator in January of 2015. She investigates employers to ensure they are in compliance with federal labor laws including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Service Contract Act (SCA), Davis Bacon and Related Contract Acts (DBRA), Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA), and temporary worker programs  (H-2A, H-2B, H-1B). Prior to coming to work for the U.S. Department of Labor, she worked as an investigator at the New York State Department of Labor ‘s Division of Labor Standards. She has a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice.

LAW241 Guest Speaker: Craig Gestring of the Department of Justice will Discuss Cyber Crimes


Mr. Craig Gestring is a career prosecutor. He has prosecuted criminal cases in State, Federal, and Military courts around the country. Gestring is an Assistant United States Attorney with the Criminal Division in the Western District of New York where he prosecutes a wide variety of federal crimes including environmental crimes, white collar crimes, frauds, threat cases, and gun crimes. Gestring’s cyber work includes prosecuting online crimes against children and coordinating cyber investigations involving BOTs, intrusions, and hacking.

Gestring is a combat veteran, having spent a long, hot, and dusty year doing Army stuff with an M-16 in the Al Anbar Province of Western Iraq.

LAW241 Guest Speaker: Mrs. Shequeila Birdsong of the US Department of Labor


 

Mrs. Shequeila Birdsong and Ms. Amber O’Dierno of the US Department of Labor spoke to Alfred University students today about Wage and Hour legal issues. They gave many interesting examples of industries that were being investigated for non-compliance with federal minimum wage requirements.

Mrs. Birdsong is the Community Outreach and Planning Specialist for the Federal Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division.  She began her federal service with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) where she spent a decade working in various positions.  Her final position at the IRS was as a Taxpayer Advocate.

LAW241 Guest Speaker: Paul Simon from the EPA


 

Paul Simon is the Deputy Regional Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 2. In that capacity, he works closely with the Regional Counsel in the management and direction of the Office of Regional Counsel (ORC), an office of approximately 80 lawyers who provide legal support for Region 2’s implementation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Solid Waste Disposal Act, the federal Superfund law, and a number of other federal environmental statutes. Paul helps to set priorities, strategies and goals for the office and provides guidance to and oversight of the office’s work units.

In 2011-2012, Paul did a stint as EPA Region 2’s senior policy advisor on climate change issues. In 2009, he served on a 4-month detail in EPA Headquarters as the Acting Deputy Director of the Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water.

Before becoming Deputy Regional Counsel in 2005, Paul was the Chief of ORC’s New York/Caribbean Superfund Branch, and as such, managed that branch’s judicial and administrative enforcement efforts concerning hundreds of Superfund sites in New York, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Paul joined EPA in 1985 as a staff attorney, and became a first-line supervisor in 1989. Before coming to EPA, Paul was a litigation attorney with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources.

Paul earned his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and his B.A. from Harvard University.