Michael Z. Green

Professor of Law

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“The law of the workplace embodies such an important aspect of our lives, and knowing how it works can represent a tremendously rewarding feeling.”

Get to Know Michael Z. Green

What drew you to the law?

Growing up with only one family member who had even attended college, I wanted to learn about the law to be better informed in my life and for others I care about. By the time I applied to law school, I had become enchanted with workplace issues as a front-line manager of several employees. Because of that interest, I entered law school also pursuing a dual degree with a master’s in Human Resources and Industrial and Labor Relations.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

I enjoy helping people in general, and helping them to learn workplace law always represents an enjoyable experience for me. Seeing students you have taught grow into successful attorneys is one of the most rewarding experiences a law professor can have.

What do you hope students gain from your courses?

Because so few people are represented by attorneys in workplace disputes, it is an area of the law that many practitioners may migrate to and dabble in due to the opportunities. This area of practice is demanding, and students need to develop specific expertise to be successful. Therefore, I try to give students as much practical exposure to help them recognize when they need to engage more experienced co-counsel.

What did you do prior to entering academia?

I worked for a Fortune 500 company as a front-line manager directly supervising more than twenty employees. While in law school, I worked for a corporation’s legal department and a firm representing labor unions. Then I worked for two large law firms in their labor and employment practices. Lastly, I finished my legal practice working as an associate — and eventually OF counsel — for a labor and employment law boutique firm.

What are you passionate about outside of the law?

Because I grew up in Chicago, I am passionate about all of their professional sports teams. Because I went to the University of Southern California, I am passionate about their football team. And because my mother graduated from the University of Louisville, I am passionate about their basketball team.

What are your research interests?

My research focuses on understanding the legal implications related to resolving workplace disputes. I also like to explore the intersection of race and alternatives to the court resolution process as those matters correlate with workplace legal concerns.

Publications

My publications are available on BePress SelectedWorks™.

Presentations

  • Presenter, “What Non-Union Employers Need to Know About Their Policies and the National Labor Relations Board,” Fort Worth Human Resources Management Association (FWHRMA) Monthly Legal Hour and Luncheon, Fort Worth, Texas (June 18, 2015)
  • Presenter,  “The NLRA and the Evolving Workplace: Technological and Legal Issues,” Thirty-Second Warns-Render Labor and Employment Law Institute University of Louisville Law School Program: “The Changing Landscape of Modern Employment,” Louisville, Kentucky (June 11, 2015)
  • Presenter, “Black Workers and Their Post-Racial Dispute Resolution Obstacles,” at the Law and Society Annual Meeting Program panel on “Cutting Edge Issues in Discrimination and Workers’ Rights,” Seattle, Washington (May 29, 2015)
  • Presenter, “The Negotiation of Collective Bargaining Agreements,” the 52nd Annual Course on Labor Law and Labor Arbitration at the Center for American and International Law, Plano, Texas (May 6, 2015)
  • Presenter, “The NLRB and Undocumented Workers: Be Careful What You Don’t Ask For and When You Do,” National Employment Law Council panel on “The Intersection of the NLRB, Employment Law, and Immigration,” Chicago, Illinois (April 23, 2015)
  • Presenter, “The NLRB as an Überagency for the Evolving Workplace,” Panel on “Opportunities for Improvement in Changing Times,” Emory Law Journal Symposium: “The National Labor Relation Board After Eighty Years,” Emory Law School, Atlanta, Georgia (April 10, 2015)
  • Moderator, Seventh Annual Energy Symposium, Panel on “Ethical Considerations in Oil and Gas,” discussing papers on “Trade Secrets and Employment Law in the Oil Patch,” “RIFs and the WARN Act,” and “EEOC Trends in the Oil Fields,” Texas A&M University School of Law, Fort Worth, Texas (April 2, 2015)
  • Presenter, American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment, “Make it Rain: The Ethical Implications of Client Solicitation,” Employment Rights and Employment Responsibilities Committee, Midwinter Meeting, Naples, Florida (March 28, 2015)
  • Moderator, Diversity Student Conference, Panel on Discrimination in the Workplace, discussing the work of diverse local attorneys who practice labor and employment discrimination law, Texas A&M University School of Law, Fort Worth, Texas (February 20, 2015)
  • Presenter, “Just Another Little Black Boy from the South Side of Chicago,” Association of American Law Schools, Cross-Cutting Program, Open-Mic Session, “The More Things Change…: Exploring Solutions to Persisting Discrimination in Legal Academia,” (January 4, 2015)
  • Presenter, “Changing the Economic Narrative Regarding Teacher Unions,” The Symposium on the Financing of Education, Oxford, England (December 8, 2014) 
  • Presenter, “Where are We Going with Race and ADR?,” Eighth Annual Dispute Resolution Section Works-in-Progress Conference, Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, California (Nov. 7, 2014)
  • Keynote Speaker, Plenary Session: Supreme Court Update, “Unusual Unanimity and an Ongoing Battle Over the Meaning of Words: A Review of Labor and Employment Decisions from the United States Supreme Court 2013-2014 Term,” American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Eighth Annual Conference, Los Angeles, California (Nov. 7, 2014)
  • Presenter, “Multijurisdictional Labor and Employment Practice: Understanding the Ethical Rules of the Road,” American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Webinar (Sept. 30, 2014)
  • Keynote Speaker, “Keeping the Faith,” 34th Annual Scholarship and Award Banquet of the L. Clifford Davis Legal Association, formerly known as the Tarrant County Black Bar Association, Fort Worth, Texas (Sept. 13, 2014)
  • Presenter and Keynote Speaker, “How the NLRB’s Light Must Still Shine,” National Labor Relations Board Administrative Law Judges Conference, Chicago, Illinois (Aug. 20, 2014)
  • Commentator, “Agency Protection of Employees from Mandatory Arbitration,” as part of a discussion group on “Mandatory Arbitration and Justice,” Southeastern Association of Law Schools, Amelia Island, Florida (Aug. 6, 2014)
  • Commentator and Coordinator, “New Voices in Labor and Employment Discussion Group” involving call for papers by junior scholars in labor and employment law and providing commentary on their pending publications from experienced labor and employment law scholars, Southeastern Association of Law Schools, Amelia Island, Florida (Aug. 4, 2014)
  • Presenter, “With the Great Power of Tenure Comes Great Responsibility to Make Sure Those With Tenure Perform at Certain Levels,” as part of a panel, “Perspectives on Tenure at Law Schools from Professors Who Teach Employment-Related Classes,” Southeastern Association of Law Schools, Amelia Island, Florida (Aug. 4, 2014)
  • Commentator, “Stifling Employee Access to the EEOC,” as part of a discussion group on “Title VII at 50: What Needs to Change?” Southeastern Association of Law Schools, Amelia Island, Florida (Aug. 3, 2014)
  • Commentator, John Mercer Langston Scholarly Writing Workshop, University of Nevada Las Vegas Boyd School of Law, Las Vegas, Nevada (July 12, 2014)
  • Presenter, 31st Annual Carl Warns, Jr. Labor and Employment Law Institute, University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, “A Review of Labor and Employment Cases from the Supreme Court’s 2013-2014 Term,” Louisville, Kentucky (June 12, 2014)
  • Presenter, “Stifling Future Employee Activity With the EEOC: Retaliation Through Severance in EEOC v. CVS,” as part of a panel on Anticipatory Retaliation at Title VII of the Civil Rights Act After Fifty Years – The New York University 67th Annual Conference on Labor, NYU Law School, New York, New York (June 5, 2014)
  • Presenter, “Closing Down the National Labor Relations Board,” at the Law and Society Annual Meeting Program on a panel “Glitz, Creativity, and Alternatives to the All-or-Nothing, Full Collective Bargaining Model: Reimagining North American Labor Law,” Minneapolis, Minnesota (May 30, 2014)
  • Presenter, “Recent Developments in Labor Law for Non-Union Employers,” the 52nd Annual Course on Labor Law and Labor Arbitration at the Center for American and International Law, Plano, Texas (May 8, 2014)
  • Presenter, “The Negotiation of Collective Bargaining Agreements,” the 52nd Annual Course on Labor Law and Labor Arbitration at the Center for American and International Law, Plano, Texas (May 7, 2014)
  • Presenter, “The NLRB’s Protection of Non-Union Employees and Employer Policy Concerns,” at the Tarrant County Bar Association Labor and Employment Section monthly meeting, Fort Worth, Texas (April 22, 2014)
  • Presenter, “Is Retaliation a Viable Challenge to Employer-Mandated Arbitration?” presented at the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Section National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity Law Program on “Arbitration: A Universal Remedy” in Rancho Mirage, California (March 27, 2014)
  • Presenter, “Lawyers Without Borders: The Ethical Implications of the Multijurisdictional Practice of Law,” American Bar Association Labor and Employment Section, Employment Rights and Employment Responsibilities Committee, Midwinter Meeting, Los Cabos, Mexico (March 22, 2014)
  • Presenter, “Zealousness Versus Civility: Some Ethical Challenges for Settlement Negotiations,” as part of a panel on “Let’s Make a Deal (Part I): Ethics of Settling Individual Employment Disputes,” American Bar Association Labor and Employment Section, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee, Midwinter Meeting, Los Cabos, Mexico (March 21, 2014)
  • Presenter, “Retaliatory Employment Arbitration,” as part of a scholarly faculty exchange presentation for the Faculty Speaker Series at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, Oklahoma (March 5, 2014)
  • Presenter, “Retaliatory Employment Arbitration,” as part of a panel on Emerging Legal Issues in Forced Arbitration: Collective Rights & Retaliation in the Workplace at the “Forced Arbitration in the Workplace: A Symposium,” University of California-Berkeley School of Law, Berkeley, California (Feb. 22, 2014)
  • Presenter, “Determining When the Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Doctrine Applies to Internal Corporate Communications,” American Bar Association Labor and Employment Section Seventh Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana (Nov. 8, 2013)
  • Presenter, “Ethics of Social Media for Lawyers: It is Not Just Clients Who Need to Worry,” American Bar Association Labor and Employment Section Seventh Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana (Nov. 7, 2013)
  • Presenter, 18th Annual LatCrit Conference, “The Procedural Dismantling of Established Discrimination Structures of Proof by the Roberts Court,” Chicago, Illinois (Oct. 4, 2013)
  • Presenter, Eighth Annual Labor and Employment Law Colloquium, “How the NLRB Still Plays a Major Role in Anti-Discrimination Law,” UNLV Boyd School of Law, Las Vegas, Nevada (Sept. 27, 2013)
  • Presenter, “Expectations of Privacy in the Workplace Given Technological Advances and Increasing Employer Demands for Efficiency,” as part of a panel on “Privacy in an Era of Advancing Technology,” Southeastern Association of Law Schools, Palm Beach, Florida (Aug. 7, 2013)
  • Commentator and Coordinator, “New Voices in Labor and Employment Discussion Group,” involving call for papers by junior scholars in labor and employment law and providing commentary on their pending publications from experienced labor and employment law scholars, Southeastern Association of Law Schools, Palm Beach, Florida (Aug. 7, 2013)
  • Commentator, “Discussion Group on the Rise and Fall of the Wagner Model: An International and Comparative Perspective,” Southeastern Association of Law Schools, Palm Beach, Florida (Aug. 6, 2013)
  • Lead Commentary Presenter, John Mercer Langston Scholarly Writing Workshop, “Sunset to Twilight to Dusk: Ending Race-Conscious Admissions Policies ‘With All Deliberate Speed,’” a discussion of Fisher v. Texas by Vinay Harpalani, Chicago-Kent College of Law, at Denver University School of Law, Denver, Colorado (July 12, 2013)
  • Presenter, “The Negotiation of Collective Bargaining Agreements,” 51st Annual Course on Labor Law and Labor Arbitration at the Center for American and International Law, Plano, Texas (May 9, 2013)
  • Presenter, “Roundtable for Research Deans,” at the AALS Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana (Jan. 6, 2013)
  • Presenter, “Recent Results from the Ethics 20/20 Commission,” at the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Section Sixth Annual Program as part of a panel on “The Ethics of Advertising and Promotion in the 21st Century” held in Atlanta, Georgia (Nov. 2, 2012) and also stepped in as moderator of another panel on “Electronic Dumpster Diving: The Legal Ethics of TMI” held at the same conference in Atlanta, Georgia, when the moderator was unable to attend due to Hurricane Sandy (Nov. 1, 2012)
  • Presenter, “Retaliating Against Employee Opposition Through Mandatory Arbitration,” at the Seventh Annual Labor and Employment Law Colloquium held at Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois (Sept. 15, 2012)
  • Invited Participant, Employment Dispute Resolution Roundtable, a conference bringing together experts in employment dispute resolution from various disciplines to have a national conversation about change and improvement in this field and held at Penn State Law School, State College, Pennsylvania (Sept. 6-7, 2012)
  • Presenter, discussing portions of paper, “Against Employer Dumpster-Diving for E-mail,” at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) Annual Meeting as part of a Discussion Group Panel on “Privacy in an Era of Advancing Technology” held in Amelia Island, Florida (Aug. 1, 2012)
  • Lead Commentary Presenter, Third Annual John Mercer Langston Scholarly Writing Workshop, commenting on “Judging Congressional Oversight” at Suffolk University College of Law, Boston, Massachusetts (June 30, 2012)
  • Co-Presenter, Association of American Law Schools Workshop for New Law Teachers, Plenary Session – “Nuts and Bolts: Tips and Tricks of Scholarship,” Washington, D.C. (June 22, 2012)
  • Presenter, “A Post-Pyett Collective Bargaining Agreement to Arbitrate Statutory Discrimination Claims: What Is It Good For – Could It Be Absolutely Nothing or Really Something?” The Challenge for Collective Bargaining – The New York University 65th Annual Conference on Labor, NYU Law School, New York, NY (June 7, 2012)
  • Presenter, “The Negotiation of Collective Bargaining Agreements,” The 50th Annual Course on Labor Law and Labor Arbitration at the Center for American and International Law, Plano, Texas (May 2, 2012)
  • Presenter, “Advertising and the 20/20 Commission’s Proposed Changes,” as part of a panel on “Wildcards in Cyberethics: How to Capitalize on New Technology while Complying with Ethical Obligations” at the ABA Labor and Employment Section Committee on Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee Midwinter Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada (March 28, 2012)
  • Presenter, “Cyberspace Protection of Client Confidentiality and Client Development” as part of a panel on “20/20 Foresight?: The Product of the Ethics 20/20 Commission” at the Labor and Employment Section Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee Midwinter Meeting, San Francisco, California (March 23, 2012)
  • Presenter, “Black Worker Voice in Times of Joblessness and Anti-Racism Backlash,” conference on “The Collective and the Democracy: Race, Class, Gender, Disability and Individual Rights Law,” UNLV Boyd School of Law, Las Vegas, Nevada (Feb. 23, 2012)
  • Presenter, “Changing the Public Sector Worker and Union Narrative in Negotiating During Tough Economic Times,” conference on “The Role of ADR Mechanisms in Public Sector Labor Disputes: What Is at Stake, Where We Can Improve & How We Can Learn from the Private Sector,” The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Columbus, Ohio (Feb. 17, 2012)
  • Presenter, “The Divide and Conquer Scheme to Eradicate Public Sector Labor Unions: Partisan Politics and the Race Consequences,” Association of American Law Schools, Section on Labor Relations and Employment Law program on Public Employees: Legal, Political, Economic, and Social Issues, Washington, D.C. (Jan. 5, 2012)
  • Presenter, ABA Labor and Employment Section Fifth Annual Conference, “Preserving Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Via E-Mail: Merging Federal Evidence Rule 502 With Discovery and Ethics Rules,” Seattle, Washington (Nov. 5, 2011)
  • Presenter, 16th Annual LatCrit Conference, “The Toxicity and Incivility of Freedom-Based Defenses to Racial Harassment,” San Diego, California (Oct. 8, 2011)
  • Presenter, Sixth Annual Labor and Employment Law Colloquium, “Racial Workplace Harassment and the Toxic Incivility of Unchecked Freedom-Based Defenses,” Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, California (Sept. 16, 2011)
  • Presenter, Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) annual meeting, “Dismantling the Labor and Employment Arbitration Merger,” as part of the Discussion Group on “Should Employment Discrimination Claims Continue to be Arbitrated?” Hilton Head, South Carolina (July 29, 2011)
  • Presenter, Second Annual John Mercer Langston Scholarly Writing Workshop, “Employee Expectations of Privacy Under the Lens of Attorney-Client Privilege,” DePaul College of Law, Chicago, Illinois (June 25, 2011)
  • Presenter, Teaching Law School ADR Classes, “Choice and Balance in Arbitration Courses,” Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California (June 22, 2011)
  • Presenter, Law and Society Annual Conference Panel on Looming Crises in U.S. Employment Law, “Employer-Provided Mobile Communication Devices: Keeping the Employees’ Expectation of Privacy Realistic?” San Francisco, California (June 4, 2011)
  • Presenter, “Negotiation of Collective Bargaining Agreements,” at the 49th Annual Course on Labor Law and Labor Arbitration, The Center for American and International Law, Plano, Texas (May 4, 2011)
  • Presenter, American Bar Association, “Employment Investigations in Cyberspace and the Impact of Mobile Equipment,” Labor and Employment Law Section, Technology in the Practice and Workplace Committee, National Symposium on Technology in Labor and Employment Law, Panel on Technology Tools and Legal Ethics, NYU Law School, New York, New York (April 29, 2011)
  • Presenter, “Employee Expectations of Privacy in Electronically Stored Information on Employer-Provided Equipment,” University of Wisconsin School of Law, Honoring Jim Jones, A Hastie Fellow Reunion and Workshop, Madison, Wisconsin (April 15, 2011)
  • Presenter, “Using Social Networks for Employment Investigations and Its Ethical Traps,” American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee Midwinter Meeting Program on “Ethical Issues in Cyberspace: Using Social Networking Sites Without Getting Disbarred,” San Juan, Puerto Rico (March 25, 2011)
  • Presenter, “Ethical Traps in Cyberspace for Employment Lawyers,” Tarrant County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section Monthly Meeting, Fort Worth, Texas (Feb. 15, 2011)
  • Scholar-in-Residence, American Bar Association Labor and Employment Section Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee Midwinter Meeting, Los Cabos, Mexico, including Presenter, Introductory Session, “Examining the Current Merger of Labor and Employment Arbitration” (Feb. 11, 2011), and Presenter, Closing Session, “Arbitration in the Digital Era: Privacy, Ethical, and Evidentiary Issues Regarding Cyberspace, Electronic Devices, and Social Networks,” Los Cabos, Mexico (Feb. 13, 2011)
  • Presenter, Labor and Employment Law Under the Obama Administration, “Reading Ricci and Pyett to Provide Racial Justice Through Union Arbitration,” Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana (Nov. 13, 2010)
  • Presenter, Fourth Annual Association of American Law Schools Dispute Resolution Section Works-in-Progress Conference, “Alternative Dispute Resolution of Employment Discrimination Claims: Does Race Matter When Reading Ricci and Pyett?” University of Oregon School of Law, Eugene, Oregon (Oct. 16, 2010)
  • Presenter, “Mock AALS Interview” at the Society of American Law Teachers and LatCrit XV Eighth Annual Junior Faculty Development Program, Denver, Colorado (Oct. 7, 2010)
  • Presenter, Fifth Annual Colloquium on Current Scholarship in Labor and Employment Law, “Employer-Provided Mobile Communication Devices: Keeping the Employees’ Expectation of Privacy Realistic,” Washington University College of Law, St. Louis, Missouri (Sept. 24, 2010)
  • Presenter, Third National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, “Alternative Dispute Resolution of Employment Discrimination Claims: Does Race Still Matter?” Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey (Sept. 11, 2010)
  • Presenter/Moderator, American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Labor and Employment Presidential Showcase Program on Ethics in Cyberspace, “Examining Ethical Issues in Cyberspace Through Hypotheticals,” San Francisco, California (Aug. 6, 2010)
  • Presenter, Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) Annual Meeting, Labor and Employment Panel on Workplace Privacy, “The Allure of Cyberspace and Its Employment Privacy Implications,” Palm Beach, Florida (Aug. 4, 2010)
  • Presenter, 27th Annual Carl A. Warns, Jr., Labor and Employment Law Institute, sponsored by the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, “The Allure of Electronic Communications and the Ethical Traps They Pose for Employment Lawyers,” Louisville, Kentucky (June 25, 2010)
  • Presenter, Law and Society Annual Meeting, Panel on Collective Labor Law: Crossing Boundaries Within and Between the Nation-State, “Unions and Racial Justice: What Pyett and Ricci Hath Joined Together, Let No Employer Put Asunder,” Chicago, Illinois (May 28, 2010)
  • Presenter/Moderator, American Bar Association Labor and Employment Section and ABA Center for Continuing Legal Education, Teleconference/Webcast, “Twenty-Five Years of Employment Discrimination Law” (May 19, 2010, 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST)
  • Presenter, The Center for American and International Law, 48th Annual Course on Labor Law and Labor Arbitration, “The Negotiation of Collective Bargaining Agreements,” Plano, Texas (May 12, 2010)
  • Presenter, American Bar Association Labor and Employment Section Committee on Technology in the Practice and Workplace Midwinter Meeting, Panel on Virtual and Portable Workspaces and the Practice of Law, “The Allure of Cyberspace and Its Ethical Traps for Employment Lawyers,” New York University School of Law, New York, New York (April 29, 2010)
  • Presenter, American Bar Association Labor and Employment Section Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility Midwinter Meeting, Panel on The Allure of Electronic Communications: Forgetting Your Professional Responsibilities When Involved With E-mail, Facebook, Twitter, and Blogging, “The Allure of Cyberspace and Its Ethical Traps for Employment Lawyers,” Coronado, California (March 26, 2010)
  • Presenter, Fourth Annual Critical Race Studies Symposium, Panel on Employment Discrimination in a Non-Binary World: Masculinity, Segregation, and Institutional Responsibility, “Doubting the Thomases: Is Black on Black Workplace Sexual Harassment an Issue of Race or Sex or Both?” UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, California (March 11, 2010)
  • Presenter, Third Annual Dispute Resolution Works in Progress Conference, “Employment Discrimination after the Supreme Court’s 2009 Term: A Retaliatory Check on Employers and the Arbitration Monster,” Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts (Nov. 14, 2009)
  • Presenter, University of Connecticut Law Review Symposium: Redefining Work: Implications of the Four-Day Work Week, “Four-Day Weeks and Efforts Aimed at Reducing Work Time: Employer Sympathy or Circumventing Unions and Wage Hour Laws?” Hartford, Connecticut (Oct. 30, 2009)
  • Presenter, Fourth Annual Colloquium on Current Scholarship in Labor and Employment Law, “Furloughs, Reduced Workweeks and Other Efforts Aimed at Reducing Employees’ Work Hours While Still Offering Job Stability,” Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey (Sept. 25, 2009)
  • Presenter, Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) Annual Conference, Panel on Union Negotiated Arbitration of Statutory Discrimination Claims after 14 Penn Plaza v. Pyett, “What Actions Will Employers, Arbitrators, and Neutral Service Providers Take in Response to the Supreme Court’s Pyett Decision?” Palm Beach, Florida (Aug. 6, 2009)
  • Presenter, American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting, Dispute Resolution Section Panel on Negotiating Union Waivers for Statutory Discrimination Claims in Arbitration and Related Issues of Advocacy After 14 Penn Plaza v. Pyett, “Mandatory Bargaining Over Requiring Employees to Arbitrate?” Chicago, Illinois (July 30, 2009)
  • Presenter, Law and Society Annual Meeting, Panel on Employment Discrimination in a Non-Binary World: Worker Identity, Intersectionality, and Institutional Responsibility, “Doubting the Thomases: Is Black-on-Black Sexual Harassment in the Workplace a Matter of Sex or Race or Both?” Denver, Colorado (May 28, 2009)
  • Presenter, The Center for American and International Law, 47th Annual Course on Labor Law and Labor Arbitration, “Negotiation of Collective Bargaining Agreements,” Plano, Texas (April 23, 2009)
  • Presenter, American Bar Association, Section of Dispute Resolution,11th Annual Conference, panel on Whither Gilmer and Gardner-Denver?: 14 Penn Plaza v. Pyett as a New Fountainhead Case in Labor Law, “Collective Bargaining Waivers to Process Statutory Discrimination Claims Through Grievance Arbitration,” New York, New York (April 16, 2009)
  • Presenter, American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee Midwinter Meeting, panel on “Sexual Harassment in the Union and Non-Union Setting,” in which arbitrators and advocates discussed the key differences in union labor arbitration and non-union employment arbitration, Key West, Florida (March 28, 2009)
  • Presenter, American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment, Ethics & Professional Responsibility Committee Midwinter Meeting, panel on Issue Conflicts, Positional Conflicts, and Business Conflicts, “Another Matter to Address in the Mandatory Arbitration Debate: Which Side are You On Regarding Positional Conflicts of Interest?” Key West, Florida (March 27, 2009)
  • Presenter, Littler Mendelson Employment & Labor Law Lecture, “Where are We Going With the Merger of Employment Discrimination Claims and Alternative Dispute Resolution?” Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio (March 12, 2009)
  • Presenter, Texas Wesleyan Law Review Symposium, Alternative Dispute Resolution: Exploring the new standard of diligent settlement advocacy facing today’s litigator, “Why Advocates Should Not Expect Strict Adherence to the Rules of Evidence in Labor and Employment Arbitration,” Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, Fort Worth, Texas (Feb. 13, 2009)
  • Presenter, AALS Annual Meeting, Evidence Section Poster Presentation, “No Strict Evidence Rules in Labor and Employment Arbitration,” San Diego, California (Jan. 9, 2009)

Expertise

  • Employment law/individual employee rights
  • Employment discrimination/statutory prohibitions
  • Labor law/statutory matters and collective bargaining
  • Dispute resolution with a focus on workplace arbitration and mediation
  • Any workplace law matter

Courses

  • Employment Discrimination
  • Employment Law
  • Labor Law
  • ADR in the Workplace
  • Evidence

Academic Experience

  • Professor of Law
    Texas A&M University School of Law (2013-present)
  • Associate Dean for Faculty Research & Development
    Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (2008-2012)
  • Professor of Law
    Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (2005-2013)
  • Visiting Professor of Law
    University of Georgia School of Law (Spring 2013)
  • Visiting Professor of Law
    Florida State University College of Law (Spring 2008)
  • Associate Professor of Law
    Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (2003-2005)
  • Visiting Professor of Law
    Hamline University School of Law (Summer 2003 and 2004)
  • Associate Professor of Law
    Florida Coastal School of Law (1999-2003)
  • Hastie Teaching Fellow
    University of Wisconsin School of Law (1998-1999)

Education

  • LL.M., University of Wisconsin School of Law
  • J.D., Loyola University Chicago Law School, cum laude
    • Chief Articles Editor, Loyola Consumer Law Review
    • Alpha Sigma Nu
    • Sutherland Rich Moot Court Team
    • Highest grades in Employment Discrimination, Labor Law and Appellate Advocacy courses
  • M.S. H.R.I.R., (Human Resources & Industrial and Labor Relations) Loyola University Chicago
  • M.B. A. (focus on Management), California Lutheran University
  • B.S. E.E. (Electrical Engineering), University of Southern California

Awards

  • Elected Fellow, The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (officially elected June 21, 2014)
  • Elected Member, American Law Institute (officially elected Oct. 19, 2006)

Other Professional Activities

  • Chair (2016) and Chair-Elect (2015), Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Labor Relations and Employment Law Committee
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Southeastern Association of Law Schools (2014-17)
  • Secretary (2014-15) and Secretary-Elect (2013-14), American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment
  • Co-Chair, American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Student Trial Advocacy Dallas Regional Competition (2007-14)
  • Co-Chair, American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution, Advocacy Committee (2008-10)
  • Member, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services Labor Arbitration Panel (2010-present)
  • Member, Dallas Area Rapid Transit Trial Board (2008-present)
  • Member, American Arbitration Association National Labor Arbitration Panel (2007-present)