Jeffrey M. Hirsch

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  • J.D. (cum laude), New York University Law School (1998)
  • M.P.P., College of William and Mary (1995)
  • B.A., American Government and Economics (cum laude), University of Virginia (1992)

Jeffrey Hirsch joined the UNC faculty in 2011, after teaching for several years at the University of Tennessee College of Law.  He has also taught as a visiting professor at Vanderbilt University Law School. He served as Associate Dean for Strategy from 2016-2018 and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2013-2016. Prior to teaching, Professor Hirsch was a litigator in the Appellate Court Branch of the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C. and served as a judicial clerk for the Judge Haldane Mayer on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and Judge Robert Beezer on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Professor Hirsch writes extensively on labor and employment law issues.  He is also a contributing editor of the Workplace Prof Blog, a member of the Labor Law Group, a Research Fellow at the New York University Center for Labor and Employment Law, and former Chair of the American Association of Law Schools’ Labor Relations and Employment Law Section. Professor Hirsch has also served in many roles with the Southeastern Association of Law Schools, including president from 2015-2016.

Professor Hirsch has co-authored several books in the labor and employment law field and his scholarship has appeared in journals including the Alabama Law Review, Boston College Law Review, Emory Law Journal, George Washington Law Review, North Carolina Law Review, and Washington & Lee Law Review. In 2006, Professor Hirsch received the University of Tennessee’s Marilyn V. Yarbrough Faculty Award for Writing Excellence for his article Taking State Property Rights Out of Federal Labor Law.  Moreover, his article Regulatory Pragmatism at Work was selected for the 2008 Seton Hall Annual Labor & Employment Law Scholars’ Forum, and his co-authored article Comparative Wrongful Dismissal Law:  Reassessing American Exceptionalism was selected for the 2012 Seventh Annual Comparative Law Works in Progress Workshop, at Princeton University.

Professor Hirsch earned his B.A. in American Government and Economics, cum laude, from the University of Virginia. He earned his Masters in Public Policy from the Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy at the College of William & Mary, and his J.D., cum laude, from the New York University School of Law, where he received the ABA/BNA Prize for Excellence in Labor and Employment Law and Seymour M. Goldstein Prize for Academic Excellence in Labor Relations.

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  • Future Work, U. ILL. L. REV. (forthcoming 2020). [SSRN]
  • UNDERSTANDING EMPLOYMENT LAW (with Paul M. Secunda & Richard A. Bales ) (3d ed.) (Carolina Acad. Press 2019).
  • Who Do You Work for? The Difficulty in Defining "Employer" in the Modern Workplace, in CAMBRIDGE HANDBOOK OF U.S. LABOR LAW: REVIVING AMERICAN LABOR FOR A 21ST CENTURY ECONOMY (Richard Bales & Charlotte Garden, eds.) (Cambridge U. Press, forthcoming 2019). [SSRN]
  • A Modern Union for the Modern Economy (with J. Seiner), 86 FORDHAM L. REV. 1727 (2018). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • MASTERING EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION LAW (with P. M. Secunda and J. Seiner) (2nd ed., Carolina Acad. Press, 2019). [KF3464 .S425 2018]
  • LABOR LAW: A PROBLEM-BASED APPROACH, (with P.M. Secunda & M. Duff) (2d ed. Carolina Academic Press, 2017). [KF3319 .S43 2017]
  • EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch: Mistakes, Same-Sex Marriage, and Unintended Consequences, 94 TEXAS LAW REVIEW SEE ALSO 95 (2015). [Westlaw, SSRN, Hein, BEPress, Document Link (PDF)]
  • NLRB Elections: Ambush or Anticlimax?, 64 EMORY L. J. 1647 (2015). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • Worker Collective Action in the Digital Age, 117 W. VA. L. REV. 921 (2015). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • Comparative Wrongful Dismissal Law: Reassessing American Exceptionalism (with S. Estreicher), 92 N.C. L. REV. 343 (2014). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
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