Michael LeRoy


School of Labor & Employment Relations and College of Law

Michael LeRoy

223 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

Ross Dellenger, “Coronavirus Liability Waivers Raise Questions As College Athletes Return to Campus,” Sports Illustrated  (June 17, 2020), at https://www.si.com/college/2020/06/17/college-athletes-coronavirus-waivers-ohio-state-smu

Donovan Slack & Dennis Wagner, “‘Shocking and disheartening’: OSHA faces criticism for failing to protect workers amid the coronavirus,” USA TODAY (April 16, 2020)

Danielle Pacquette, “Disney Workers Accuse Company of Withholding Their Trump Tax-Cut Bonuses,” Washington Post (Feb. 21, 2018)

Select Research Publications

“Refusing Work To Avoid Serious Injury or Death: An Empirical Study of Legal Protections Before and During COVID-19,” Pepperdine Law Review, Vol. 49, No. 3 (2021), pp. __ – __ (2021). (forthcoming)

“Harassment, Abuse, and Mistreatment in College Sports: Protecting Players through Employment Laws,” Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, Vol. 41, No. 2 (2021).

“The President’s Immigration Powers: Migratory Labor and Racial Animus,” NYU Annual Survey of American Law, Vol. 75, No. 2 (2020).

“Whitewashing Coaching Racism in NCAA Sports: Enforcing Civil Rights through the Ku Klux Klan Act,” Sports and Entertainment Law Journal, Vol. 9, No. 2 (2020).

“The Labor Origins of Birthright Citizenship,” Hofstra Labor and Employment Law Journal, Vol. 37, No. 1 (2019).

“Is the ‘Hire American’ Executive Order a Suspect Classification?” William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, Vol. 28, No. 1 (2019).

“Targeting White Supremacy in the Workplace,” Stanford Law and Policy Review, Vol. 29, No. 3 (2018), pp. 107-158, republished in Civil Rights Litigation and Attorney Fees Annual Handbook (ed. Steven Saltzman, West Publishing).

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