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About Emily A. Spieler

Emily Spieler is Edwin W. Hadley Professor of Law at Northeastern University School of Law. From 2002 until 2012, she served as dean of the School of Law. During 2012-2013, Professor Spieler is on sabbatical and is a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Work and Employment Research, Sloan School of Management at MIT. She will return to teaching at Northeastern in 2013-2014.
Professor Spieler is an expert in labor and employment law. During the winter of 2008-2009, she served on President Obama's transition team for the Department of Labor. She currently serves as chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Institute for Work and Health in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She has also served on the National Academy of Social Insurance Steering Committee on Workers' Compensation; on the National Academies Committee on Health and Safety Needs of Older Workers; and as chair of the US Department of Energy Worker Advocacy Advisory Committee regarding implementation of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000. She is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, ex-officio member of the American Law Institute, and fellow and member of the board of governors of the College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers.
Prior to beginning her academic career, Professor Spieler practiced labor and employment law in Boston, Massachusetts and West Virginia. She held several senior positions in West Virginia state government, including commissioner of the Workers' Compensation Fund; deputy attorney general for civil rights; commissioner of the West Virginia Human Rights Commission; and public member of the finance board of the West Virginia Public Employees' Insurance Agency. She joined the faculty of West Virginia University College of Law in 1990, where she taught courses in labor, employment, social insurance and health law until she joined the Northeastern University community in Boston in 2002.


Present Hadley Professor of Law, Northeastern University

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Labor and employment law

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Honors and Awards

  • Dean of the School of Law, 2002-2012

Contact Information

Northeastern University
ATTN: Emily Spieler, 120 KN
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-5000
Phone: (617) 373-3307