Michael H. LeRoy

Professor, School of Labor and Employment Relations
Professor, College of Law (by courtesy)


Professor Michael LeRoy has published extensively on antitrust in professional sports, immigration and employment policy (in particular, the “gig economy”), strikes and lockouts, voluntary and mandatory arbitration, employee involvement teams, and labor law implications stemming from national emergencies.

Professor LeRoy has testified before the full U.S. Senate Committee on labor and human resources; consulted at the request of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers in connection with the Taft-Hartley labor dispute involving Pacific Maritime Association and International Longshore and Warehouse Union; and served as an advisor to the President’s Commission on the United States Postal Service. This bi-partisan commission adopted Professor LeRoy’s recommendations to Congress for the use of final offer interest arbitration in place of conventional arbitration in contract impasses with various postal worker unions.

He has been interviewed by the New York Times, USA Today, Forbes, NPR and other national media; and his published researched on collective bargaining for college football players has appeared in widely read blogs, such as Salon. His research has been cited as authority by two federal appeals courts and the Minnesota Supreme Court. Research publications appear in Northwestern University Law ReviewUCLA Law ReviewSouthern California Law Review, Emory Law Journal, and Stanford Law & Policy Review. His casebook, Collective Bargaining in Sports and Entertainment (Aspen, 2014) is an innovative treatment of antitrust and labor law in the context of major sports leagues, players unions, Hollywood, Broadway and the like.

He has won numerous teaching awards, including the Illinois Student Senate Teaching Award (2013), honoring five campus-wide faculty members who were selected from more than 600 nominees.

School of Labor & Employment Relations bio


JD University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
BA, MA University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Areas of Expertise

Sports and Entertainment
Employment Law and the Gig Economy
Immigration Law
Labor Law
Judicial Ethics
National Emergencies

Selected Publications

“COVID-19 Protocols for NCAA Football and the NFL: Does Collective Bargaining Produce Safer Conditions for Players?,” Utah Law Review, Vol. 2021, No. 1 (2021), pp. __ – __ (forthcoming).

“Harassment, Abuse, and Mistreatment in College Sports: Protecting Players through Employment Laws,” Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, Vol. 41, No. 2 (2021).   

“The President’s Immigration Powers: Migratory Labor and Racial Animus,” NYU Annual Survey of American Law, Vol. 75, No. 2 (2020).

“Whitewashing Coaching Racism in NCAA Sports: Enforcing Civil Rights through the Ku Klux Klan Act,” Sports and Entertainment Law Journal, Vol. 9, No. 2 (2020).

“The Labor Origins of Birthright Citizenship,” Hofstra Labor and Employment Law Journal, Vol. 37, No. 1 (2019). 

“Is the ‘Hire American’ Executive Order a Suspect Classification?” William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, Vol. 28, No. 1 (2019). 

“Targeting White Supremacy in the Workplace,” Stanford Law and Policy Review, Vol. 29, No. 3 (2018), pp. 107-158, republished in Civil Rights Litigation and Attorney Fees Annual Handbook (ed. Steven Saltzman, West Publishing).