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03/21/2008 3:16 PM ET
MLBPA adding staff lawyers
Prouty, Cabrera add depth, experience
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Two new labor lawyers are joining the Major League Baseball Players Association staff.

Executive Director Donald M. Fehr on Friday announced the hiring of David M. Prouty and Emily Cabrera.

"Given his long and successful experience representing labor unions and their members at the highest level, Dave Prouty will bring to the MLBPA both unquestioned legal expertise and a valuable fresh perspective," Fehr said.

Prouty received his AB magna cum laude from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, in 1980; worked as a staffer and organizer for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) from 1980 through 1983; and received his JD cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1986.

He will join the MLBPA later this spring after transitioning from his current position as general counsel for UNITE HERE, the union formed by the merger of UNITE, the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees and HERE, the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union.

Ms. Cabrera has worked for the National Labor Relations Board for many years, initially as a field examiner and currently as a field attorney. She will join the MLBPA staff in April.

"We are pleased that Emily has agreed to join the union staff," Fehr said. "In addition to her NLRB experience, she speaks Spanish, which clearly is a valuable skill for an MLBPA lawyer, given the large number of players whose native language is Spanish."

Cabrera received her undergraduate degree in 2000 and a Master's in Labor and Employment Relations in 2001 from Rutgers University. She earned her JD from Brooklyn Law in 2006.

Prouty lives with his wife and family in Rockland County, N.Y. Cabrera lives with her husband and family in Brooklyn, N.Y.