HR Law Online Faculty

Professor Joseph S. Hornack
Introduction to the Legal System for Human Resources; Hiring and Firing

Jay HornackJoseph S. (Jay) Hornack is a partner in the Pittsburgh law firm of Healey Block & Hornack and Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh.  Jay has concentrated his more than 35-year private law practice in the area of employee rights and benefits.  He primarily represents employees in claims involving workers’ compensation, Social Security disability, private disability insurance, severance benefits, unemployment compensation, employment discrimination, and the Family and Medical Leave Act.  His law firm represents private and public unions in labor-management relations and First Amendment matters.  

Since 1986 he has been the Solicitor handling employment/human resource matters for the Steel Valley Authority, a Pennsylvania municipal authority.  Since 1994 Jay has also served as a contract hearing officer for the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Jay is on the legal committee for the non-profit Disability Rights Pennsylvania, is a prior chair of the Allegheny County (Pennsylvania) Bar Association’s Law and Disability Committee, and is a frequent lecturer on disability rights matters.  He was included in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Since 2004 Jay has taught the law of disability discrimination at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.  Jay has also taught as an adjunct professor of business, society and ethics at the Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business since 1994.

Jay graduated in 1981 from Rutgers School of Law, where he won the J. Skelley Wright Prize for contributions to civil rights, civil liberties and human affairs.  He graduated with undergraduate honors from Miami University (Ohio) in 1978.

Professor Deborah L. Brake
Professor Brake is Associate Dean for Research & Faculty Development
John E. Murray Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Her scholarship explores the theoretical underpinnings of various dimensions of equality law. She has written articles on retaliation and other negative reactions to equality claims, examining how constitutional and statutory law responds to persons who challenge inequality.

She is a nationally recognized expert and author on Title IX and gender equality in sports, and on gender discrimination more broadly. Her articles have appeared in journals such as the Minnesota Law Review, William and Mary Law Review, North Carolina Law Review, and the Harvard Journal of Law & Gender. Her article, Leveling Down: When Equality Makes Everyone Worse Off, was selected for the prestigious Yale/Stanford Junior Faculty Forum in 2004.

Professor Brake strives to connect her scholarship to practical legal problems. She coauthored a Supreme Court amicus curiae brief in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., in which the Supreme Court rejected a continuing violation rule for challenging ongoing pay discrimination, and testified before Congress in support of the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to reverse that decision.

Before joining the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh, Professor Brake was senior counsel at the National Women's Law Center in Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, and Stanford University.

Among other courses, Professor Brake teaches courses in Employment Discrimination and Gender and Law at Pitt Law.

JD, Harvard Law School
AB, Stanford University

Professor Ben Bratman
Professor of Legal Writing

Professor Bratman teaches introductory skills and doctrinal courses to the first-year students at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He has also taught Employment Discrimination, drawing on his previous experience as a practicing lawyer representing both plaintiffs and defendants in lawsuits brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other statutes. 

Since joining the Pitt Law faculty in 2002, Professor Bratman has published several articles and spoken at various conferences about his teaching methods and class exercises. Many of his exercises from Legal Analysis & Writing, the core skills course for first-year students, are in use throughout the country, having been adopted by professors at other law schools. In 2011-2012, he served as Visiting Professor of Lawyering Skills at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. Since 2015, he has been a contributor to the Best Practices for Legal Education blog, hosted by Albany Law School. 

Prior to entering law teaching, Bratman served as law clerk to Honorable Joel M. Feldman, United States Magistrate Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. In that position, he worked predominantly on Title VII and other employment discrimination cases, which were referred by local rule to the magistrate judges. Thereafter, Bratman practiced law for a small litigation firm in Atlanta, Georgia where he represented corporate, governmental, and individual clients in a variety of civil proceedings, concentrating on employment discrimination actions before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and in federal court. 

Professor Bratman received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and his JD from Vanderbilt University Law School. 

JD, Vanderbilt University Law School
BA, University of Washington

Professor Pat K. Chew
Judge J. Quint Salmon and Anne Salmon Chaired Professor

Professor Chew is the Salmon Chaired Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and a University Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award recipient. In addition to Pitt, she has taught at the University of Texas, University of Augsburg (Germany), and the University of California (Hastings). Most recently, she was the Sullivan & Cromwell Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.

Her research is diverse, both in subject areas and methodologies. She has written dozens of articles in both general interest and specialized law journals.  She also has authored numerous books, treatises and casebooks in dispute resolution, business laws, and culture and conflict.

Among other leadership roles, Professor Chew was on the Executive Committee of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) (the Association’s board of directors), the Chair of the AALS Section on Women in Legal Education (the largest AALS section), a Council member of the General Practice Division of the American Bar Association (ABA), and a co-founder of the Asian-American Pacific Islander law faculty association. She is a member of the American Law Institute (ALI). Over the years, she has served on many committees and spoken at dozens of programs for the AALS, the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), and the ABA.

Prior to teaching, she practiced corporate and international law with Baker & McKenzie in Chicago and in San Francisco.

Among other courses, Professor Chew teaches Employment Law at Pitt Law.

JD, University of Texas
M.Ed, University of Texas
AB, Stanford University

Lu-in Wang
Professor of Law

Lu-in Wang is Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.  Her scholarship examines ordinary and extraordinary forms of discrimination and the connections between them. Her recent work explores the legal implications of economic and social stereotypes in the service industry, particularly with respect to discrimination in employment and against customers. An earlier book, Discrimination By Default: How Racism Becomes Routine (New York University Press 2006), draws on social psychology to detail three commonplace but generally unrecognized ways in which unconscious assumptions lead to discrimination in a wide range of everyday settings and how these dynamics interact to produce an invisible, self-fulfilling, and self-perpetuating prophecy of racial disparity. She has also written on more extreme forms of discrimination. In addition to being the author of Hate Crimes Law (West 1994), the first legal treatise on that subject, she has published several articles that apply insights from historical, sociological, and social psychological literature to illuminate the legal issues related to bias-motivated violence. Wang's articles have appeared in journals including the Southern California Law Review, the Ohio State Law Journal, the Boston University Law Review, the Lewis & Clark Law Review, the Michigan Journal of Race and Law, and the Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law.

Professor Wang has received the University of Pittsburgh Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award and has twice received the Student Bar Association's Excellence in Teaching Award. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute and The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation.

She has also served as a member of the faculty of the University of New Mexico School of Law. Before she began teaching, Wang practiced with firms in Chicago, Illinois, and Ann Arbor, Michigan. She also served as a staff attorney for The Center for Social Gerontology, a national support center on law and aging, and as a law clerk for the late Justice Ralph J. Cappy of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. 

Among other courses, Professor Wang teaches Employment Discrimination at Pitt Law.

JD, University of Michigan Law School
BS, The Pennsylvania State University
BA, University of Pittsburgh