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Faculty Highlight: Professor Duff – a Prominent Voice in Worker’s Compensation Law and Labor Law

July 3, 2018
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The College of Law’s Professor Michael Duff has established himself as one of the leading experts in workers’ compensation law and labor law in the nation. In addition to being recognized as a fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers (CWCL), he is regularly quoted in the national press on workers’ compensation systems and labor issues arising from the National Labor Relations Act. Professor Duff’s reputability has even led to Bloomberg reporting that he is their “go to” academic this year on Railway Labor Act matters and the operations of the National Mediation Board.

Some of the most recent publications of 2018 in which Professor Duff has been quote are listed below:

Quoted in “ERISA Question May Kill States’ Retirement Programs,” by Emily Brill, Law360, June 8, 2018.

Quoted in “The Days of the Airline Strike May be Over,” by Justin Bachman and Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg, June 8, 2018.

Quoted in “Musk Stock-Option Tweet Violated U.S. Labor Law, UAW Alleges,” by Josh Eidelson, Bloomberg, May 24, 2018.

Quoted in “Airline Pilots May be Next in the Corporate War on Unions,” by Josh Eidelson, Bloomberg, May 1, 2018.

Quoted in “Court to Decide if Kentucky Can Hold a Georgia Hospital to its Fee Schedule,” by William Rabb, WorkCompCentral, April 24, 2018.

Quoted in “Union Leader Faces Members’ Protest Over Sexual Misconduct Claims,” by Mike Elk and Karina Moreno, The Guardian, April 22, 2018.

Quoted in “The Real Gig Problem for Work Comp,” by Peter Rousmaniere, WorkersCompensation.com, April 18, 2018.

Quoted in “U.S. Labor Board’s Holocaust Commemoration Goes Awry,” by Josh Eidelson, Bloomberg, April 13, 2018.

Quoted in “Death Benefits Bill Goes to Governor,” by William Rabb, WorkCompCentral, April 9, 2018.

Quoted in “Labor Board Democrat Under Investigation for Loose Talk,” by Josh Eidelson, Bloomberg, March 29, 2018.

Quoted in “Trump Labor Board Scrambles to Avoid Pro-Worker Ruling, Lawyers Claim,” by Josh Eidelson, Bloomberg, March 17, 2018.

Quoted in “Postmates Paid Premiums, but Cases Still Rare,” by Joyce Famakinwa, Business Insurance, March 5, 2018.

Quoted in “Modern Constitutional Challenges to Workers’ Compensation Systems,” by Hon. Wesley G. Marshall, IAIABC Perspectives Magazine, March 2018.

Quoted in “Inside the Trump Administration’s Plan to Shrink the NLRB,” by Bruce Vail, In These Times, January 31, 2018.

Quoted in “Pittsburgh Post-Gazette employees plan byline strike Thursday to protest stalled contract negotiations with management,” by Stephen Caruso, Pittsburgh City Paper, January 24, 2018.

Not only has Duff been a driving force in the advancement of workers’ compensation law nationwide, he has also made significant contributions locally. Over the course of the 2017-2018 academic year, Professor Duff hosted a Workers’ Compensation Law Symposia at the College of Law. The Symposia consists of a series of four presentations exploring workers’ compensation laws and issues relating specifically to Wyoming. Seeking to provide Wyoming with more doctrine in workers’ compensation law, the resulting research from the series will be compiled to form a Wyoming Treatise on Workers’ Compensation Law that will be providing a much needed resource in an under-represented area of the law. The Symposia presentations are still available on the College of Law Website.

As further evidence of Professor Duff’s service, dedication, and expertise to his research and the law, he was recognized as a recipient of the 2017 Extraordinary Merit Award by the College of Law for his efforts.

Professor Duff has been with the College of Law since 2006. He teaches courses in Torts I, Labor Law, Workers’ Compensation Law, and Employee Benefits Law. He has also taught Administrative Law, Evidence, Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Workplace, Introduction to Law, and it is anticipated that he will teach the College of Law’s Bankruptcy course beginning in Spring Semester 2019.

Professor Duff is a tremendous asset to the College of Law, and we are excited to see his continued success and proud to recognize all of his achievements!


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