A quarter century ago, in a presentation at the Academy's annual meeting, I used the phrase "contract reader" to characterize the role an arbitrator plays in construing a collective bargaining agreement. That two-word phrase may be the only thing I ever said before this body that has been remembered. Unfortunately, it is almost invariably misunderstood. Time and again members have reproached me: "What's the big deal about contract reading, anyway? Isn't it just the same as contract interpretation?" Or, more substantively scathing: "Do you really think, Ted, that all you have to do to interpret a labor agreement is to read it?!"
St. Antoine, Theodore J. "Arbitration and Judicial Review." Law Quad. Notes 43, no. 3 (2000): 103-8. (Delivered as the Presidential Address at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the National Academy of Arbitrators in San Francisco in June 2000.)