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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 LeRoy’s current research interests are collective bargaining in sports and entertainment (see C-SPAN interview on the NFL lockout, at http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/298352-4; and Wisconsin Law Review article on unionization for NCAA Division I football players at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2134054##); and the intersection of immigration and employment law (“immployment law”). He has published extensively on strikes and lockouts, including labor disputes in the NFL, NBA, and MLB; voluntary and mandatory arbitration; death and injury benefits for soldiers and contractors in Afghanistan and Iraq; and employment and labor law implications stemming from 9/11 and domestic terrorism. He is currently writing two legal casebooks, Collective Bargaining in Sports and Entertainment, and Immigration, Employment and Public Policy. Professor LeRoy has testified before the full U.S. Senate Committee on labor and human resources; consulted at the request of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers in connection with the Taft-Hartley labor dispute involving Pacific Maritime Association and International Longshore and Warehouse Union; and served as an advisor to the President’s Commission on the United States Postal Service. This bi-partisan commission adopted Professor LeRoy's recommendations to Congress for the use of final offer interest arbitration in place of conventional arbitration in contract impasses with various postal worker unions. His research has been cited as authority by two federal appeals courts and the Minnesota Supreme Court. Recent research publications appear in Northwestern University Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Iowa Law Review, Southern California Law Review, Emory Law Journal, and Stanford Law & Policy Review. He recently presented his research at Yale Law School and Stanford Law School.

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