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University of Virginia Law Lecturer, ERISA Architect Teaches Employee Benefits Law Class

January 12, 2012

Frank Cummings, a specialist in pensions, employee benefits, employment and labor law for more than 45 years, is co-teaching a class on employee benefits law.

A chief architect of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, Cummings wrote the initial draft of the pension-reform bill that eventually became the landmark law while serving as chief-of-staff to the late U.S. Sen. Jacob Javits of New York in the 1960s.

He has testified as an employee benefits expert at the invitation of numerous Congressional committees, including the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Committee on Economic and Educational Opportunities.

Cummings is a former partner and head of the Benefits Practice Group at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene and MacRae and practiced with other firms in New York and Washington.

He was the longtime chairman of the American Law Institute-American Bar Association Annual Course in Employee Benefits Litigation, and co-chairman of the ALI-ABA Annual Course in Employment and Labor Law.

Currently a lecturer in law at the University of Virginia School of Law, Cummings has taught at Columbia University School of Law, John Marshall Law School – Chicago and New York University Law School.

He joins Professor Norman Stein in teaching Employee Benefits Law during the Spring 2012 semester.