Areas of Expertise
- Civil Rights and Discrimination
- 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 2016, 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)
WORK LAW UNDER COVID-19 (Sachin S. Pandya & Jeffrey M. Hirsch, eds., 2020).
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
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
In the Media
- Musk invites UAW union to hold vote at Tesla California factory, Hirsch quoted (Reuters)
- Atlanta Opera union fight could set independent contractor precedent, Hirsch featured (National Public Radio)
- At an Amazon warehouse in Alabama, a milestone union election is set to begin all over again, Hirsch quoted (CNN)
- Labor legislation failure looms over Amazon union vote, Hirsch quoted (The Hill)
- Supreme Court blocks Biden administration COVID-19 vaccine-or-test mandate for larger employers, Hirsch quoted (CBS17)
- Hirsch: Why so many unions oppose vaccine mandates – even when they actually support them (The Conversation)
- Hirsch comments: Workers fired for refusing a vaccine are unlikely to qualify for unemployment (USA Today)
- Hirsch Quoted: Amazon Union Drive In Alabama Faces Stark Odds Despite Labor Board Assessment (Forbes)
- Amazon is likely about to face a much bigger union fight, Hirsch quoted (CNN Business)
- Hirsch Comments on History of ‘Vaccine Passports’ (VICE)
- Raleigh restaurant worker walks out over lack of COVID protections. Hirsch comments on workers' rights (ABC11)
- Hirsch Says Employees Face 'Really Tough Choice' as States Say Return to Work or Lose Unemployment Benefits (Newsweek)
- Hirsch comments on what could happen in the case of a possible North Carolina teacher strike (Associated Press)
- Hirsch: Worker-Protection Laws Aren’t Ready for an Automated Future (The Conversation)
- Hirsch Quoted on Workplace Bargaining Power in "The Class Struggle According to Donald Trump" (The New York Times)
- Hirsch Discusses the National Labor Relations Act and Athletes' Protests (ESPN)
- NLRB Ruling Redefining 'Employer' Could Have Big Impact, Hirsch Quoted (NBC News)