Michael Z. Green

Professor of Law and Director, Workplace Law Program



“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.


Link to my publications.


Presentations are listed on my CV.


  • 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
  • Evidence rules in federal civil proceedings and in arbitration
  • Any workplace law matter


  • 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)


  • 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 / Honors

  • Recipient, Paul Steven Miller Memorial Award, given to a law scholar who has demonstrated outstanding academic and public contributions in the field of labor and employment law (September 11, 2015)
  • 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

  • Co-Chair, American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution, Employment Committee (2016-17)
  • Chair (2016) and Chair-Elect (2015), Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Labor Relations and Employment Law Section
  • 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)