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Michael C. Duff
Professor of Law
B.A., West Chester University of Pennsylvania (1991), Philosophy, summa cum laude
J.D., Harvard Law School (1995)
Professor Duff teaches the College of Law’s courses in Evidence, Torts I, Labor Law, and Workers’ Compensation Law. He has also taught Administrative Law and Introduction to Law. He founded the College of Law’s Academic Support Program and directed the program for seven years, a valuable pedagogical experience that has contributed to his consistently excellent teaching reviews. 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 public sector law practice, Professor Duff worked in private sector law practice for two years as an attorney with the renowned workers compensation law firm of McTeague, Higbee & MacAdam of Topsham, Maine, where he represented injured workers and labor unions.
In his professional life preceding study of the law, Professor Duff was for eleven years a union shop steward and blue-collar ramp service worker in the airline industry, leaving that occupation to pursue his interest 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 body of law, and considering options for its evolution and improvement. Recently, Professor Duff has written a textbook on workers’ compensation law, and his scholarly attention has begun to turn to how law might better deter and help prevent injury and death caused by work.
Evidence, Labor Law, Torts I, and Workers' Compensation Law