Professor Abrams is a prolific author and leading authority on sports and labor law
and legal education. He has served as a salary arbitrator for major league baseball and
as a permanent arbitrator for the television, communications, electronics and coal
industries, for the US Customs Service, Internal Revenue Service, Walt Disney World and
Lockheed-Martin Company. 

Professor Abrams was appointed to lead the law school in July 1999 and stepped down in
2002. He served as dean of both Rutgers University's law school in Newark, New
Jersey, and Nova University Shepard Broad Law Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, before
coming to Northeastern. He began his academic career on the faculty of Case Western
Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio, where he became the youngest tenured
full professor in the history of that university. After graduating from Harvard Law
School cum laude in 1970, he clerked for Judge Frank M. Coffin of the US Court of Appeals
for the First Circuit in Boston, and then practiced with the Boston firm of Foley, Hoag
& Eliot in the areas of labor law and civil rights litigation. Professor Abrams is an
elected member of the American Law Institute, the American Bar Foundation, the National
Academy of Arbitrators and the Massachusetts Historical Society. 

Articles

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Early baseball and the urban political machine, School of Law Faculty Publications (2012)

Nineteenth century America was in social and political transition. Urban centers on the East Coast...

 

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Calculating the expected earnings of a major league pitcher, School of Law Faculty Publications (2009)

Steve Bechler, a pitcher in the Major Leagues, died as a result of ingesting a...

 

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Sports arbitration and enforcing promises: Brian Shaw and labor arbitration, School of Law Faculty Publications (2009)

This article discusses the important Sports Law case involving Brian Shaw and the Boston Celtics....

 

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Keep your eye on the pelota: sports arbitration at the Jai-Alai Fronton, School of Law Faculty Publications (2005)

This article introduces the reader to the world sport of jai-alai and the adjudication of...

 

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Constructing baseball: Boston and the first World Series, School of Law Faculty Publications (2002)
 

Books

Popular Press

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'Whatever They Need, We Will Get Them', The Huffington Post (2014)
 

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When Men Were Men, The Huffington Post (2014)
 

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Change the Rules of the Games, The Huffington Post (2014)
 

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A-Rod is Unrepentant and Vows Appeal, The Huffington Post (2014)
 

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A Red Sox spring training scene setter (with Edgar B. Herwick), WGBH: Boston Public Radio (2013)