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College of Law

Faculty and Staff

Michael C. Duff

Professor of Law

B.A., West Chester University of Pennsylvania (1991), Philosophy, summa cum laude
J.D., Harvard Law School (1995)

Phone: (307) 766-5319
Office: 211 College of Law

Media Appearances
Professor Duff's Workers Compensation Blog
Law Professor Group Workers Compensation Blog

Michael C. Duff, a Professor at the College of Law since 2006, is a scholar-member of the Center for Progressive Reform and a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance. He is a vice chair of the Workers’ Compensation Committee of the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, and a fellow of both the American Bar Foundation and the Pound Civil Justice Institute.

Professor Duff is widely considered a national expert on workers’ compensation law and on the National Labor Relations Act. He has written extensively on various complex labor and employment matters and has been quoted frequently on such matters in various national publications including the Associated Press, the Guardian, Bloomberg Law, the Huffington Post, the Nation, ThinkProgress, In These Times, WorkCompCentral, Law 360, Moyers on Democracy, and Politico. Professor Duff  is the author of a workers’ compensation textbook and the co-author of a labor law textbook, each published by Carolina Academic Press. He is also the author of the only treatise on Wyoming Workers’ Compensation Law (published by CALI eLangdell Press). Professor Duff is founder and co-editor of the highly-regarded Workers’ Compensation Law Professors’ Blog, which was cited in a 2018 Rand Corporation study on workers’ compensation.

Professor Duff teaches the College of Law’s courses in Torts, Labor Law, Workers’ Compensation Law, and Evidence. He has also taught Bankruptcy, Employee Benefits Law, Administrative Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Workplace, and Introduction to Law. In 2020, students selected Professor Duff “Most Outstanding Faculty.”

An experienced legal practitioner, Professor Duff spent nearly a decade working as an attorney, adjudicative official, and investigator in various National Labor Relations Board offices immediately prior to joining the College of Law’s faculty. Before engaging in federal government law practice, Professor Duff worked for two years as an associate attorney in a high-volume, progressive law firm in Maine—McTeague, Higbee & MacAdam—where he represented injured workers and labor unions. In his work life preceding the 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 in 1992 to study labor law at the Harvard Law School.

Professor Duff enjoys playing his Martin and Gretsch guitars but should have listened more closely to his late dad (a jazz guitarist) about the virtues of maintaining technically precise hand positions.

Teaching: Labor Law, Torts, Workers' Compensation Law, Evidence

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College of Law

1000 E. University Ave., Dept. 3035

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-6416

Fax: 307-766-6417


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