Michael Fischl

Professor of Law

Labor law scholar R. Michael Fischl spent four years with the Division of Enforcement Litigation at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and a year with the Litigation Unit of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board before joining the University of Miami faculty in 1983, where he taught for 23 years and was the 2005-2006 recipient of Miami’s Golden Apple Award for outstanding teaching and service. While with the NLRB, Professor Fischl, a graduate of Harvard Law School, was the principal author of the agency’s successful Supreme Court briefs in NLRB v. Hendricks County REMC and NLRB v. Transportation Management Inc., as well as the recipient of several commendations for outstanding appellate work. 

A Law School faculty member since 2006, Professor Fischl’s research interests include union organizing and collective bargaining, the individual contract of employment, legal theory, and legal education. He has offered American work law courses as a visiting professor at Yale and Cardozo Law Schools; has taught comparative labor law at University College London and Eberhard-Karls-Universität in Tübingen, Germany; and has lectured widely on labor law topics. He also is co-chair of Intell, an international network of progressive scholars and practitioners that hosts labor and employment law conferences in the U.S. and throughout the world. Professor Fischl is co-author with former Law School Dean Jeremy Paul of Getting to Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams. In 2008-2010, he served as associate dean for research and faculty development.

Labor Law in an Era of Globalization: Transformative Practices and Possibilities (Joanne Conaghan, Michael Fischl, & Karl Klare eds., Oxford 2002)

Michael Fischl and Jeremy Paul, Getting to Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams (Carolina Academic Press 1999)

Michael Fischl, Dignity and Dismissal, 50 J. of Catholic Legal Studies 149, 166-73 (2012)

Michael Fischl"Running the Government Like a Business": Wisconsin and the Assault on Workplace Democracy, 121 Yale L.J. Online 39 (2011)

Michael Fischl, Really Sticky Default Rules, JOTWELL (Dec. 13, 2010) (reviewing Brishen Rigers, Toward Third-Party Liability for Wage Theft, 31 Berkeley J. Emp & Lab. L. 1 (Winter 2010))