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

“The Unborn Citizen,” Georgetown Law Journal, Vol. 108 (2020).

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

“Misclassification under the Fair Labor Standards Act: Court Rulings and Erosion of the Employment Relationships,” University of Chicago Legal Forum: Vol. 2017 , Article 13 (2018).

“Targeting White Supremacy in the Workplace,” 29 Stanford Law & Policy Review 107 (2018).

“Slurred Speech: How the NLRB Tolerates Racism,” Columbia Journal of Race and Law8(2), 210-276.

“Open for Business: Illinois Courts and Party Politics,” Journal of Law and Public Affairs [University of Pennsylvania Law School], Vol. 2, No. 2 (2017).

“Bare Minimum: Stripping Pay for Independent Contractors in the Share Economy,” William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law, Vol. 23, No. 2 (2016).

“NCAA Transfer Restraints: Free Agency for College Players?” Nebraska Law Review (Bulletin), Vol. 94, No. 3 (2016).

“How Courts View Academic Freedom,” Journal of College and University Law, Vol. 42, No. 1 (2016), pp. 1-58.