Skip to main content
No photo

Raymond J Lajeunesse Jr.

Practice areas:

Constitutional, Employment & Labor

How would you rate this lawyer?

If you’re a current or former client, share your thoughts (anonymously, if you prefer). Would you recommend this lawyer to other clients?

Review Raymond Lajeunesse

About Me

I am Vice President and Legal Director of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, a non-profit legal aid organization. I was the first Staff Attorney the Foundation employed and have thirty-nine years of experience helping workers in litigation in federal and state courts and administrative agencies over the abuses of compulsory unionism. As Legal Director I now supervise ten Staff Attorneys.


 


I have argued four cases in the United States Supreme Court. Those cases include Lehnert v. Ferris Faculty Ass’n (1991), which limited the purposes for which compulsory union fees collected from public employees may lawfully be spent; Air Line Pilots Ass’n v. Miller (1998), which established that unions cannot compel nonmembers to exhaust union-established remedies before going to court to challenge compulsory union fees; and Marquez v. Screen Actors Guild (1998), in which the Court recognized that unions must notify employees that they can satisfy the "membership" requirement of "union shop" agreements by paying fees for union bargaining activities and need not join and pay full dues to keep their jobs. I also was lead attorney in Hohe v. Casey, in which more than $8.3 million in compulsory agency fees was recovered from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees for a class of 57,000 nonmembers.


 


I am the author of several published articles about labor law, have testified before Congressional committees several times, and was an Advisor on the Transition Team for Labor-Related Agencies, Office of the President-Elect, in 1980-81. I am a Vice Chairman of the Federalist Society’s Labor and Employment Law Practice Group. I have spoken or debated numerous times on such topics as Right to Work laws, compulsory unionism arrangements, the misuse of union dues for politics, union organizing tactics ("card check" vs. secret-ballot elections), and the future of the union movement.

More 

Photos and Videos

644148 1276791893

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1967

  1. Employment & Labor: 50%
    44 years, 25 cases
  2. Constitutional: 50%
    44 years, 25 cases

Attorney Endorsements

0 total

Endorsements from fellow lawyers are an important consideration for many when selecting the right attorney. Be the first to endorse your colleague!

Endorse this lawyer

Contact Info

National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation

8001 Braddock Rd # 600
Springfield, VA, 22151-2110

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
DCActive 197205/24/2015
VAAuthorized to practice law196710/09/2009

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Who’s Who in AmericaWho’s Who in America2001
“AV” RatingMartindale-HubbellN/A
Law ReviewWashington & Lee University School of LawN/A

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Vice President & Legal DirectorNational Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation2001 - Present
Staff AttorneyNational Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation1971 - 2001

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Federalist SocietyVice Chairman Labor & Employment Law Practice Group2000 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Abood v. Detroit Board of EducationWon in significant part
Ellis v. Railway ClerksWon in significant part
Lehnert v. Ferris Faculty Ass’nWon in significant part

See all Legal Cases 

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Texas Review of Law & PoliticsThe Controversial "Card Check" Bill, Stalled in the United States Congress, Presents Serious Legal and Policy Issues2010
ENGAGE (Federalist Society)Workers’ Experiences in Attempting to Exercise Their Rights under Communications Workers v. Beck2002
Federalist Society Labor & Employment Law NewsThe Future of Unions1999
1994 Proceedings of National Academy of ArbitratorsComment on Thomas R. Haggard, Union Security in the Context of Labor Arbitration1994
Journal of Labor ResearchEmployees’ Freedom from Ideological Conformity: A Right Without a Remedy?1984
Washington and Lee Law ReviewA Struck Carrier’s Right to Attempt to Operate1967

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington and Lee University School of LawLawLL.B - Bachelor of Laws1967
Providence CollegeHumanitiesBA - Bachelor of Arts, cum laude1964

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Marquette Law School Federalist Society Chapter DebatePublic-Sector Unionism: Does It Need to Be Curbed?2011
Western New England Law School Federalist Society Chapter DebateCompulsory Unionism and the First Amendment: Are They Reconcilable?2010
Regent Law School Federalist Society Chapter SpeechNeutrality & Card-Check Agreements: Employee Free Choice or No Choice?2009
Memphis Federalist Society Chapters SpeechThe "Employee Free Choice Act": Free Choice or No Choice?2009
University of San Diego Law School Federalist Society Chapter SpeechRight to Work Law: Protecting Freedom of Association in the Workplace2008
University of Colorado Boulder Law School Federalist Society Chapter SpeechRight to Work: Freedom of Association or Free Riding?2008
Leitner Firm's 2008 Employment Law SeminarRecent Developments under the NLRA2008
Federalist Society Colorado Lawyers Chapter SpeechGovernor Ritter’s Union Executive Order: A Factual Assessment of How It Will Impact Colorado and Its Future2008
DC Bar Labor & Employment Law Section DebateLabor and Employment Law Priorities Under the New Administration2008
Whittier Law School Federalist Society Chapter SpeechOn the Cutting Edge: Using the First Amendment & Labor Laws to Protect Freedom of Choice in the Workplace2007
Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Federalist Society Chapter SpeechThe Future of the Union Movement2007
Phoenix Federalist Society Lawyers Chapter SpeechThe National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation's Litigation Program2007
Memphis Federalist Society Lawyers Chapter SpeechOn the Cutting Edge: Using the First Amendment and Labor Laws to Protect Freedom of Choice in the Workplace2007
Chapman Law School Federalist Society Chapter SpeechUnion Political Spending of Nonmember’s Mandatory Fees: Protected Speech or Unconstitutional Coerced Speech?2007
Puget Sound Federalist Society Lawyers Chapter SpeechUnion Political Spending of Nonmembers’ Mandatory Fees: Protected Speech or Unconstitutional Coerced Speech?2006
Boston College School of Law Federalist Society Chapter SpeechExisting Law Does Not Adequately Prevent the Misuse of Compulsory Union Dues for Politics2006
Federalist Society Albuquerque Lawyers Chapter DebateDoes Existing Law Adequately Protect the Right of Workers to Be Free from Political and Ideological Conformity?2005
Federalist Society Indianapolis Lawyers Chapter SpeechDoes Existing Law Adequately Protect the Right of Workers to Be Free from Political and Ideological Conformity?2004
U.S. House Committee HearingTestimony on Workers’ Experiences in Attempting to Exercise Their Rights under Communications Workers v. Beck2001
Federalist Society Annual Lawyers Convention, Labor & Employment Law Practice Group PanelThe Future of Unions1998
U.S. Senate Committee HearingTestimony on Campaign Finance—Are Political Contributions Voluntary?1997
U.S. House Committee HearingTestimony on H.R. 3580, the Worker’s Right to Know Act1996
Chile ConferenceComparison of U.S. & Chilean Labor Law1988