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Michael J. Goldberg
Professor of Law

A.B., Cornell University
J.D., Harvard Law School
LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center

E-mail: mjgoldberg@widener.edu
Phone: 302.477.2712

Michael J. Goldberg is Professor of Law at Widener University School of Law. He received an A.B., magna cum laude, from Cornell University in 1971, his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1975, and an LL.M. degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1977. While in law school, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.

Following law school, Professor Goldberg clerked for a United States District Court judge in Rhode Island, and then practiced public interest law in three different settings: at the Institute for Public Representation at the Georgetown University Law Center, at the Northwest Labor and Employment Law Office, in Seattle, Washington, and then as General Counsel of Teamsters for a Democratic Union, in Washington, D.C.

Professor Goldberg began his teaching career at Rutgers-Camden in 1981. He also taught at the University of Pittsburgh and University of Washington schools of law before joining the Widener faculty in 1989, when he became a charter member of the Harrisburg campus faculty. He relocated to the Wilmington campus in the fall of 1996.

He served in the Law School's administration from 1993-96, 2000-2004, and 2005-06, first as Dean of Faculty for both campuses, then as Associate Dean of the Harrisburg campus, Vice Dean of the Delaware campus, and during the 2005-06 academic year, as Acting Dean of the Law School.

Professor Goldberg teaches civil procedure, administrative law, legislation, and several courses in the labor and employment law area. He has published numerous articles on labor law, labor history, and employment discrimination, and is a member of the Labor and Employment Law section of the ABA and the Labor and Employment Relations Association. He also serves on the board of the Association for Union Democracy and frequently provides pro bono legal assistance to that organization and to rank and file reformers in the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, International Longshoreman's Association and other unions.

Selected Recent Publications

Articles
  • Present at the Creation: Clyde W. Summers and the Field of Union Democracy Law, 14 EMPLOYEE RIGHTS & EMPLOYMENT POL'Y J 121 (2010)
  • In the Cause of Union Democracy, 41 SUFFOLK L. REV. 759 (2008)
  • Teamster Reformers: Their Union, Their Jobs, Their Movement, 72 J. TRANSP. L. LOGISTICS & POL'Y 13 (2005)
  • Inside Baseball at the NLRB: Chairman Gould and His Critics, 55 STAN. L. REV. 1045 (2002)
Other
  • Rights of Union Members Within Their Unions, in EMPLOYEE AND UNION MEMBER GUIDE TO LABOR LAW: A MANUAL FOR ATTORNEYS REPRESENTING THE LABOR MOVEMENT Chapter 12 (Thomson-West, 2011 revisions)
  • Internal Union Elections, in EMPLOYEE AND UNION MEMBER GUIDE TO LABOR LAW: A MANUAL FOR ATTORNEYS REPRESENTING THE LABOR MOVEMENT Chapter 13 (Thomson-West, 2008 revisions)
  • Union Democracy, American Democracy, and Global Democracy: An Overview and Assessment, in THE INTERNAL GOVERNANCE AND ORGANIZATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS OF LABOR UNIONS: ESSAYS IN HONOR OF GEORGE W. BROOKS Chapter 5 at 75 (Samuel Estreicher et al. eds., Kluwer 2001).