As a Student In the online Master of Jurisprudence in Labor & Employment Law program, You will benefit from being taught by world-class experts in labor and employment law.
Your professors will be:
- Attorneys who have extensive experience in the field as counsel to the HR and executive teams at companies, big and small
- And top human resource professionals at the highest levels of this nation’s most recognized corporations.
Many of your courses will be taught by Program Director Joel Wm. Friedman, who is a national and international authority on labor and employment issues and author of the most widely adopted law school textbook on employment discrimination law (The Law of Employment Discrimination, Foundation Press, 10th edition, 2015).
Legal Analysis is taught by Professor Jennifer Cooper. This foundational course introduces students to sources and functions of law in our society relating to labor and employment law.
Intellectual property issues may also arise in the workplace from the moment an employee is hired; that’s why Dr. Elizabeth Townsend Gard created a course that will cover IP Issues in the employment context.
“While practicing law for over a decade, I have worked with countless HR professionals and have learned that timely risk identification and knowledge of the employment laws are some of the HR professionals’ most valuable skills.
I believe that, through the MJ in Labor & Employment Law program from Tulane University, such HR professionals will gain not only the requisite knowledge of the employment laws and regulations but also an ability to timely identify and mitigate litigation risks. As such, they will deliver better value to their employers and set themselves apart in the competitive HR marketplace. No doubt, business and employment attorneys who routinely counsel companies that employ such graduates will also find it refreshing to collaborate with HR professionals who have knowledge of the employment laws and legal expertise in key employment management areas.”
Founder and Principal Attorney, Lexern Law Group
Joel Wm. Friedman
Joel Friedman, the Jack M. Gordon Professor of Procedural Law and Jurisdiction, has been a member of the Tulane Law School faculty since 1976. He is a graduate of the College of Industrial and Labor Relations of Cornell University, where he received his undergraduate degree in 1972, and of the Yale Law School, where he received his JD in 1975. Professor Friedman served as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Irving Hill in Los Angeles for one year after graduating from law school.
Jennifer has expertise in legal research and writing for the practice of law and has taught legal research and writing at Seattle University School of Law and Thomas Jefferson School of Law. During law school, Jennifer was note & comment editor of the Seattle University Law Review and recipient of the CALI Award for the highest grade in Legal Writing II. She was a judicial extern for Judge Marsha Pechman, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. After law school, Jennifer practiced criminal law as a public defender in Washington state where she tried many felony and misdemeanor cases. Jennifer’s multidisciplinary research focuses on evidence-based learning in legal education, effective study strategies for law students and innovative teaching methods. She regularly presents at national conferences on issues relating to legal writing, academic success and evidence-based learning.
BA, Theatre (English Minor), Louisiana State University; JD magna cum laude, Seattle University School of Law.
Elizabeth Townsend Gard
Dr. Townsend Gard's philosophy combines theory and doctrine with immersive practice, both inside and outside of the classroom. For the last decade, she has worked with students to teach them the skills needed to be successful in both a law practice as well as in the entrepreneurial world for the 21st century. She has co-written a two-volume casebook, “IP: Doctrine and Application in Two Volumes,” which reflects her teaching philosophy. Dr. Townsend Gard is the co-inventor and director of the Durationator®, a software system that aims to determine the worldwide copyright status of every kind of cultural work. Dr. Townsend Gard is also the host of “Just Wanna Quilt,” a research podcast focused on quilting, entrepreneurship and copyright. Dr. Townsend Gard has held a number of fellowships associated with entrepreneurship including stints at Idea Village, Propeller, the Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Tulane, and she was a Social Entrepreneurship fellow (the Jill H. and Avram A. Glazer Professor of Entrepreneurship) for five years. She has also been granted research awards from Tulane University, technology transfer, and the Provost to support her entrepreneurial work, along with the Verkuil Faculty Research Fund at Tulane Law School. Dr. Townsend Gard earned a Ph.D. in European History from UCLA, and a J.D./LL.M. in International Trade from the University of Arizona, specializing in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). She is regularly interviewed by newspapers and other media for her expertise on copyright and entrepreneurship, and now even mask making. And every night, she quilts.
Saru is a nationally known authority on gender equality and workplace equity whose scholarship examines issues through robust engagement with critical legal theory, feminist legal theory and questions of legal personhood.
With grounding in continental and analytic philosophy and women’s studies as well as law, she takes an interdisciplinary approach to exploring legal personhood, animal rights, legal education and laws related to pregnancy. She joined the Tulane Law faculty in 2010 after receiving a PhD in women’s studies from UCLA. In 2014-15, she was Tulane Law’s inaugural Gordon Gamm Faculty Scholar, an award to support the work of early-career professors.
Matambanadzo has taught seminars and courses in gender and legal studies at UCLA; California State University, Long Beach; and the University of Oregon. She is the author of the newest edition of West’s Sex Discrimination in a Nutshell (forthcoming). She has also published on legal sex for transgender persons, philosophy of legal education, legal personhood and feminist legal theory. Her article "Reconstructing Pregnancy," focusing on the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, was published in the SMU Law Review in 2016.
Saru holds a BA summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh, an MA and PhD from UCLA and a JD from Harvard University.
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Hon. Joseph H.L. Perez-Montes, United States Magistrate Judge
Magistrate Judge Perez-Montes has worked in the areas of labor and employment law throughout his career.
Judge Perez-Montes earned his JD summa cum laude from Tulane Law School, where he studied labor and employment law with Professor Friedman. After graduating, he clerked for Senior U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell, a position in which he routinely researched and helped decide federal employment cases. Judge Perez-Montes then practiced law at the Gold Law Firm in Alexandria, Louisiana, where he specialized in labor and employment law. Representing both public and private employers, he consulted on and litigated all manner of employee benefits, discrimination and harassment issues before state and federal courts and administrative agencies.
Judge Perez-Montes was appointed to the bench in 2015. As a federal trial court judge, he regularly presides over labor and employment cases. He has also taught undergraduate courses in labor and employment law since 2011, and has given dozens of professional and academic lectures and workshops in the field.
Amy B. Bakay, SHRM-SCP, is the owner and principal consultant for HR NOLA, a human resources outsourcing and consulting firm headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a certified member of SHRM and will serve as 2019 President-Elect on the local chapter’s Board of Directors for NOLA SHRM. She has been nominated as a 2018 Woman of the Year for City Business News and also designated a 2018 Steel Magnolia for New Orleans Magazine. Amy’s passion is solving people-problems and educating our youth, and she joins other successful women at the American Business Women’s Association in their mission to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations for opportunities to grow personally and professionally.
Professor Sarah Robertson is a partner in the San Francisco office of Constangy, Smith, Brooks and Prophete, LLP, a national labor and employment law firm. She has specialized exclusively in employment law in the Bay Area since her graduation from Tulane Law School in 1989.
In her litigation practice, Professor Robertson defends employers in all phases of litigation with an emphasis on harassment, discrimination and retaliation issues. Because she was in practice when the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) became law, she has had a ringside seat to the development of these laws and has litigated employee leave issues extensively. Professor Robertson also counsels employers on employee discipline and termination issues, wage and hour law compliance, harassment investigations, corporate reorganizations, unfair competition, and workplace safety and privacy issues. She has particular expertise in advising clients regarding employee medical and family leave issues and often speaks on those topics to human resource and attorney groups.
Professor Andrea James is an attorney in the Houston office of Holland & Knight, a leading national law firm. Professor James is a member of the firm's Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice and Labor, Employment and Benefits Practice. Professor James zealously advocates for her clients in all phases of litigation, with a focus in the areas of general civil litigation and labor and employment law. Prior to joining Holland & Knight, she was an attorney with the National Labor Relations Board. She holds a BBA from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business, an M.Ed. from the University of Houston, and a J.D. from Tulane University Law School.
Keith Clouse is an employment law specialist with over 30 years of experience representing senior-level and C-suite executives, business owners, physicians and corporations in complex employment litigation, arbitration and negotiations. High-level business executives, physicians and other professionals consistently rely on Mr. Clouse for employment law expertise and advice on employment contracts, covenants not to compete, severance agreements, equity awards, trade secret disputes, and breach of fiduciary duty claims. Mr. Clouse has been board certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1994. Fewer than 1 percent of the 98,000 licensed attorneys in Texas are board certified in Labor and Employment Law. In 2019, he was inducted into the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a professional organization that recognizes attorneys who have distinguished themselves in the practice of employment law.
B.A. cum laude, University of North Dakota; J.D. cum laude, Tulane Law School
Professor W. Ron Gard is an attorney in New York, and holds a J.D./PhD from the University of Arizona, where he specialized in the intersection of law, economics and culture. In addition to teaching at Tulane, he is a non-resident fellow at Stanford Law School. Over the last 20 years, he has taught law, business, communication, writing, and literature and film. His interdisciplinary focus has given him insight into understanding the cultural and economic ways people interact at work, in their lives and within the law. In the last six years, his teaching focus has been on entrepreneurship and social innovation at Tulane University, where he has taught business methods, negotiation, and the lean canvas as a strategy for success. He is also the CEO of a legal tech company, Limited Times, LLC, where he oversees negotiations with a range of companies, from multinationals to smaller entities.