Labor law scholar Richard 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. In 2008-2010, he served as associate dean for research and faculty development.
Richard Michael Fischl, “Serving in the Master’s House: Legal Protection for In-Home Care Workers in the United States,” in Employment Relations and the Transformation of the Enterprise in the Global Economy (Edoardo Ales, Francesco Basenghi, William Bromwich, & Iacopo Senatori, eds., Giappichelli 2016)
Richard Michael Fischl, "Running the Government Like a Business": Wisconsin and the Assault on Workplace Democracy, 121 Yale L.J. Online 39 (2011)
Richard Michael Fischl, Rethinking the Tripartite Division of American Work Law, 28 Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law 163 (2007)
Richard Michael Fischl, A Woman’s World: What If Care Work Were Socialized and Police and Fire Protection Left to Individual Families? in Women, Work, and Globalization: Critical and Comparative Perspectives (Joanne Conaghan and Kerry Rittich, eds ., Oxford 2005)
Labor Law in an Era of Globalization: Transformative Practices and Possibilities (Joanne Conaghan, Richard Michael Fischl, & Karl Klare eds., Oxford 2002)
Richard Michael Fischl and Jeremy Paul, Getting to Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams (Carolina Academic Press 1999)
Richard Michael Fischl, The Question That Killed Critical Legal Studies, 17 Law & Social Inquiry 779 (1992)
Richard Michael Fischl, Self, Others, and Section 7: Mutualism and Protected Protest Activities under the National Labor Relations Act, 89 Columbia Law Review 789 (1989)
Professor Michael Fischl will speak at the conference Critical Legal Studies: Intellectual History and the History of the Present at Princeton University on Feb. 28, 2020. The conference will explore the emergence of the critical legal studies movement during the 1970s and 1980s. Fischl, whose article "The Question That Killed Critical Legal Studies” is among the most downloaded in the UConn Law repository, will participate in a panel discussion entitled "Aftermath and Legacies."