Jeffrey M. Hirsch

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Geneva Yeargan Rand Distinguished Professor of Law


  • 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. 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, an editor of Jotwell's Work Law Section, and a Research Fellow at the New York University Center for Labor and Employment Law.

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.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Selected Publications

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  • Labor and Employment Law Issues in the Daimler-Chrysler Merger, in MAKING THE PIECES FIT: AN ANALYSIS OF THE DAIMLER-CHRYSLER MERGER (M. Stucke, ed.) (forthcoming Carolina Academic Press). [SSRN]
  • Comparative Wrongful Dismissal Law: Reassessing American Exceptionalism (with S. Estreicher), 92 N.C. L. REV. 343 (2014). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • The Supreme Court’s 2012-2013 Labor and Employment Law Decisions: The Song Remains the Same, 17 EMP. RTS. & EMP. POL'Y J. 157 (2013). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN]
  • UNDERSTANDING EMPLOYMENT LAW (with Richard A. Bales & Paul M. Secunda) (2d ed.) (LexisNexis 2013). [KF3455 .B354 2013]
  • LABOR LAW: A PROBLEM-BASED APPROACH (with P.M. Secunda) (LexisNexis, 2012). [KF3319 .S43 2012]
  • Communication Breakdown: Reviving the Role of Discourse in the Regulation of Employee Collective Action, 44 U.C. DAVIS L. REV. 1091 (2011). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
  • Employee or Entrepreneur?, 68 WASH. & LEE L. REV. 353 (2011). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • Making Globalism Work for Employees, 54 ST. LOUIS U. L.J. 427 (2010). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
  • MASTERING EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION LAW (with Paul M. Secunda) (Carolina Academic Press, 2010). [KF3464 .S425 2010 ]
  • Revolution in Pragmatist Clothing: Nationalizing Workplace Law, 61 ALA. L. REV. 1025 (2010). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
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