Shlomo Sperka Papers

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Shlomo “Sol” Sperka (1933-2015) was a Detroit lawyer and arbitrator. He was educated at Wayne State University (1952-1954) and Brooklyn Law School (1958). Upon obtaining his degree Sperka returned to the Detroit area, first working for the National Labor Relations Board and then moving on to the Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC), where he served first as an Administrative Law Judge and then as director. After retiring from state employment in 1998, Sperka spent several years in academia, teaching at the Wayne State University Law School and serving as the interim Director of the Master of Arts Program in Industrial Relations. Sperka also served as an arbitrator from 1998 until 2011. Throughout his career, he published a number of works on labor law and public sector labor relations, and he was an active member of a number of professional organizations, including the American Arbitration Association. In addition to his legal career, Sperka was an active member of the Detroit Jewish community and had a particular interest in and expertise in Talmudic Law.

The bulk of the material in this collection is from the 1980s forward and relates to Sperka’s work at the MERC, as a Professor at Wayne State, and as an arbitrator. Types of materials include correspondence, case notes, lectures and speeches, continuing education materials, and information from various professional organizations in which Sperka was involved. Also included is a small quantity of material from Sperka’s personal files, which primarily reflect his involvement in Detroit’s Jewish community.

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