Michael C. Duff
Associate Dean for Student Programs & External Relations and Centennial Distinguished Professor of Law
B.A., West Chester University of Pennsylvania (1991), Philosophy, summa cum laude
J.D., Harvard Law School (1995)
Monday, Noon to 2 pm; and Wednesday, Noon to 3 pm
Professor Duff became the Centennial Distinguished Professor of Law in 2014. He teaches the College of Law’s courses in Torts I, Labor Law, and Workers’ Compensation Law. He also teaches a course on Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Workplace. He has previously taught Administrative Law and Introduction to Law at the College of Law; and has also taught Labor Law and Administrative Law as a visiting professor at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law. Professor Duff founded the College of Law’s Academic Support Program (now called the Academic Achievement Program) in 2006, and directed the program for seven years. A seasoned legal practitioner, Professor Duff spent nearly a decade working as a trial attorney, adjudicative official, and investigator in various National Labor Relations Board offices immediately prior to joining the UW faculty. Before engaging in federal government law practice, Professor Duff worked for two years as an associate attorney in a cutting-edge, progressive, private sector law firm in Maine, where he represented injured workers and labor unions.
In his work life preceding study of the law, Professor Duff was for eleven years a Teamsters shop steward and blue-collar ramp service worker in the airline industry, leaving that occupation to pursue his calling in labor law at the Harvard Law School.
Over the last several years Professor Duff's writing has focused on traditional labor law, explaining the deep structure and policy of that law, and considering options for its evolution and improvement. Professor Duff has written a textbook on workers’ compensation law, and his scholarly attention is now focused on how law might better help prevent injury and death caused by work. In 2016, Professor Duff was elected a fellow of the College of Worker's Compensation Lawyers.
Professor Duff enjoys playing the guitar (but his dad was a “real” guitar player) and grew up in the 1960s and 1970s listening passionately to guitar greats from many different genres and idioms of music.
Teaching: Evidence, Labor Law, Torts I, Workers' Compensation Law