Jeffrey M. Hirsch

Geneva Yeargan Rand Distinguished Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise

  • Civil Rights and Discrimination
  • Federalism
  • Labor and Employment Law


Jeffrey Hirsch, Geneva Yeargan Rand Distinguished Professor of Law, joined Carolina Law in 2011. He served as Associate Dean for Strategy from 2016-2018 and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2013-2016. Hirsch’s teaching and research focuses on labor and employment law issues, and he has authored numerous books, book chapters, articles, and essays on topics including technology in the workplace, unions, and dismissal law. His article Regulatory Pragmatism at Work was selected for the 2008 Seton Hall Labor & Employment Law Scholars’ Forum, and his co-authored article Comparative Wrongful Dismissal Law: Reassessing American Exceptionalism was selected for Princeton University’s 2012 Comparative Law Works in Progress Workshop. He is an editor of the Workplace Prof Blog, executive committee member of the Labor Law Group, research fellow at the NYU Center for Labor & Employment Law, former chair of the AALS Labor Relations & Employment Law Section, and former president of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools. Professor Hirsch received University of Tennessee’s Marilyn V. Yarbrough Faculty Award for Writing Excellence in 2007, Carolina Law’s Charles E. Daye Award for Excellence in Service in 2018, and Carolina Law’s Frederick B. McCall Award for Teaching Excellence in 2019, and in 2021 the Paul Steven Miller Award for outstanding academic and public contributions to the field of labor and employment law.

Hirsch earned his B.A. from the University of Virginia; Master of Public Policy from the College of William & Mary; and J.D. from the NYU School of Law, where he received the ABA/BNA Prize for Excellence in Labor & Employment Law and Seymour Goldstein Prize for Academic Excellence in Labor Relations. He then clerked for Judge Haldane Mayer, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and Judge Robert Beezer, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; litigated in the National Labor Relations Board’s Appellate Court Branch; and taught for several years at the University of Tennessee College of Law, as well as Vanderbilt University Law School as a visiting professor.


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

Selected Publications

Labor Law’s Impact on the Post-Dobbs Workplace, EMPLOYEE RTS. & EMP. POL'Y J. (forthcoming 2024).

Old Problems and New Technologies in the American Workplace, in THE CAMBRIDGE HANDBOOK OF TECHNOLOGICAL DISRUPTION IN EMPLOYMENT AND LABOUR LAW (Marc De Vos, Gordon Anderson, & Evert Verhulp, eds., 2024).
SSRN | K1705 .C359 2024

Age Discrimination and Faculty Retirement: The Situation in the United States, in WOHLSTANDSSICHERUNG DURCH FREIWILLIGE LÄNGERBESCHÄFTIGUNG (SECURING PROSPERITY THROUGH VOLUNTARY LONG-TERM EMPLOYMENT) (Lars P. Feld & Thomas M. J. Möllers, eds., 2023).

PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYMENT LAW: CASES AND MATERIALS (with M. H. Malin, A. C. Hodges, J. E. Slater, M. M. Oswalt, & A. M. Lofaso) (4th. ed., West 2022).
KF5337 .M35 2022

Future Work, 2020 U. ILL. L. REV. 889 (2020).
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Joint Employment in the United States, 13 ITALIAN LABOUR LAW E-JOURNAL 55 (2020).
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War Powers Abrogation, 89 GEO. WASH. L. REV. 593 (2021).
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WORK LAW UNDER COVID-19 (Sachin S. Pandya & Jeffrey M. Hirsch, eds., 2020).
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Twenty-First Century Employers, in CAMBRIDGE HANDBOOK OF U.S. LABOR LAW: REVIVING AMERICAN LABOR FOR A 21ST CENTURY ECONOMY (Richard Bales & Charlotte Garden, eds.) (Cambridge U. Press, 2020).
SSRN | KF3319 .C33 2020

UNDERSTANDING EMPLOYMENT LAW (with Paul M. Secunda & Richard A. Bales) (3d ed.) (Carolina Acad. Press 2019).
KF3455 .B354 2019

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