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School of Labor and Employment Relations University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Stephanie Brinson


Labor Education Program (Chicago)
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815 W. Van Buren, Suite 110, Chicago, IL 60607


JD, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2005

MA, English Literature, University of Tennessee, 2000

BA, English Literature, University of Houston, 1997

BS, Mathematics, University of Houston, 1997


Illinois Bar, 2005

Northern District of Illinois, 2005

Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, 2006


FMCS, Becoming a Labor Arbitrator Certification Course, 2020

Certificate in Labor & Employment Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2005

CALI Award, Law, Literature & Feminism, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2003

Graduation with Honors, University of Houston, 1997


Stephanie teaches open-enrollment and extension labor and employment law courses within the School of Labor & Employment Relations, Labor Education Program (Chicago). She is a licensed attorney in Illinois with almost fifteen years of legal experience exclusively within the field of labor & employment law and is currently seeking certification as a labor arbitrator with the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service.  She has extensive prior experience as a legal representative in contract negotiations, labor arbitrations, and litigation before the National Labor Relations Board.  Stephanie’s teaching interests include labor law (private and public sectors), employment law, legal writing, parliamentary procedure, and the intersection of law and literature.  Stephanie is also a certified yoga instructor through Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


i-BLND: Breaking Legal News Digest, School of Labor & Employment Relations, Labor Education Program, University of Illinois (monthly newsletter, March 2019 to present)

NLRB Deferral to Arbitration (panelist), Hot Topics in Contemporary Labor Relations Law Conference, 2014

Labor & Employment Law Workshop, Teamsters Women’s Conference, 2010

Chapter 17 Editor, The Developing Labor Law 2008 Supp., 5th ed., 2008 & 2009


Collective Bargaining

Labor & Employment Law Certificate (Labor Education Program)

Labor Law (private sector)

Labor Law (public sector)

Employment Discrimination Law

Employment Relations Law

Labor Law Legal Writing Workshops

Parliamentary Procedures/Robert’s Rules of Order

Law & Literature

Annual Labor & Employment Law Review