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Michael LeRoy

Professor, School of Labor & Employment Relations
and College of Law


In Brief

Teaching Philosophy

I use two basic methods. In courses such as employment law, where an expert body of knowledge must be conveyed, I like the “sage from the stage” approach. Even though this involves a traditional lecture format, I assign case materials rather than texts. This enables students to analyze case materials for themselves, with guidance provided in the classroom. Other courses, such as collective bargaining, benefit from more student interaction. Here I use ‘the guide on the side,’ leading students through a series of bargaining, mediation, and arbitration simulations.

Research Interests

Professor Michael LeRoy has published extensively on antitrust in professional sports, unionization of college football players, immigration and employment policy, strikes and lockouts, and arbitration. He has testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources; consulted with the President’s Council of Economic Advisers in connection with the Taft-Hartley labor dispute involving Pacific Maritime Association and International Longshore Union; and served as an advisor to the President's Commission on the United States Postal Service.
Prof. LeRoy has been interviewed by C-SPAN on the NFL lockout, and his published research on collective bargaining for college football players has appeared in widely read blogs, such as Salon. Recently, he published Collective Bargaining in Sports and Entertainment (Aspen, 2014). His research has been cited by three federal appeals courts, and the supreme courts of Minnesota and Mississippi. He has published in Northwestern University Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Southern California Law Review, Emory Law Journal, Stanford Law & Policy Review— and recently, in “How a ‘Labor Dispute’ Would Help the NCAA,” 81 U Chi L Rev Dialogue 44 (2014) (https://lawreview.uchicago.edu/page/how-%E2%80%9Clabor-dispute%E2%80%9D-would-help-ncaa).

Courses Taught


Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Illinois New Bureau Article

Current research featured in Inside Illinois

To reach Professor LeRoy:

247C LER Building, MC-504
504 E. Armory Avenue, Champaign, IL 61820-6297
(217)244-4092; (217)244-9290 fax
email: m-Leroy@illinois.edu