Employment law (including wrongful discharge, privacy, non-competition, and employment discrimination laws) is a major and growing practice area. At the same time, employers and employees are increasingly using arbitration and other ADR (alternative dispute resolution) processes to resolve employment law disputes. This seminar provides students the opportunity to study select topics in employment laws and to consider how arbitration and litigation resolve employment law disputes. Lawyers who understand both ADR and litigation can explain their fundamental differences and offer optimal representation to their clients.
Students will engage in legal and qualitative empirical research -- working individually, in small groups, and in consultation with the professor. Analyzing arbitral opinions, now available through new databases, students will consider how arbitrators’ and case characteristics relate to case outcomes.