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

Michael LeRoy


School of Labor & Employment Relations and College of Law
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247C LER Building, 504 E. Armory Avenue, Champaign, IL 61820-6297


JD, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
MA, Labor and Industrial Relations, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
BA, Political Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Phi Beta Kappa)

Awards & Accomplishments

University of Illinois Student Senate Teaching Excellence Award, 2013 (one of five selected from 615 nominations)
LER Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, 1999, 2007, 2010, 2017
Author, Collective Bargaining in Sports and Entertainment (Aspen, 2014)

Teaching Philosophy

“I use two basic methods. In courses such as Collective Bargaining in Sports and Entertainment, student interaction and experiential learning are heavily emphasized. Here I use “the guide on the side,” leading students through a series of structured discussions and mock arbitration cases. In Government Regulation (employment law), where an expert body of knowledge must be conveyed, I like the “sage from the stage” approach. Even though this involves a more traditional format, students are assigned original case and statutory materials to sharpen their analytical skills.”


LER 590CB Collective Bargaining in Sports and Entertainment
LER 590IM Immigration, Employment, and Public Policy
LER 522 Government Regulation & Employment Law I
LER 590E Government Regulation & Employment Law II

In the News

Paul M. Barrett, “When Students Fight the NCAA in Court, They Usually Lose,” Businessweek (July 2, 2014)

Ken Belson, “N.F.L. Makes Open-Ended Commitment to Retirees in Concussion Suit,” New York Times (June 25, 2014)

“Study: NCAA Wins More Than 70% of Athlete Lawsuits,” Inside Higher Ed (July 8, 2014)

Select Research Publications

Michael H. LeRoy, “Targeting White Supremacy in the Workplace,” Stanford Law and Policy Review, Vol. 29, No. 3 (2018), forthcoming.

“How a ‘Labor Dispute’ Would Help the NCAA,” University of Chicago Law Review Dialogue (2014)

“An Invisible Union for an Invisible Labor Market: College Football and the Union Substitution Effect,” Wisconsin Law Review (2012)