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James J. Brudney

Fordham Law Professor James Brudney

Joseph Crowley Chair in Labor and Employment Law

Curriculum Vitae
Telephone: 212-636-7387
Office: Room 7-115
SSRN (academic papers)

Faculty Assistant: Diane Pinero

Research and Teaching Areas

Employment; Legislation; Unions; Congress


James Brudney joined the Fordham faculty after nineteen years at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where he was Newton D. Baker-Baker & Hostetler Chair in Law. Following graduation from law school, Professor Brudney clerked for the Honorable Gerhard A. Gesell of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. and then for Justice Harry A Blackmun of the United States Supreme Court. He was associated for four years with the firm of Bredhoff and Kaiser in Washington, representing individuals and unions in constitutional and statutory matters.

Professor Brudney served for six years as Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Labor. He has been Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown Law Center and Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. At Fordham, Professor Brudney principally teaches Labor Law, Employment Law, and Legislation and Regulation. His scholarly writing is in the areas of workplace law and statutory interpretation.

Professor Brudney is co-chair of the Public Review Board for the United Auto Workers International Union, and is a member of the Committee of Experts of the International Labor Organization. He received a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award to do research and lecturing at Oxford University in the Fall of 2000. In 2008, he received an Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching from the Ohio State University. In 2014, he was selected as Professor of the Year by Fordham Law School Students.