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About Gillian Lester

Gillian Lester's principal subject areas include employment law and policy, and contracts. Her research has explored topics including distributive justice and the welfare state, workplace intellectual property, and paid family leave.
Lester holds a J.S.D. from Stanford Law School and LL.B. from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where she served as editor in chief of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review. Lester began her teaching career in 1994 at the UCLA School of Law, where she became full professor in 1999. She joined the Berkeley Law faculty in 2006, and since 2010, has served as Associate Dean for the JD Program and Curriculum Planning. She has also held appointments as Sidley Austin Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School (2008-09), and Sloan Fellow and Visiting Professor at Georgetown University Law Center (2000).
Lester's books include, Employment Law Cases And Materials, Fifth Ed. (Lexis-Nexis, 2012) (with Willborn, Schwab & Burton), and Family Security Insurance: A New Foundation for Economic Security (collaborative product of Workplace Flexibility 2010 and Berkeley Center for Health, Economic and Family Security, 2010), and Jumping The Queue: An Inquiry Into The Legal Treatment Of Students With Disabilities (Harvard Press, 1997) (with Mark Kelman). Articles and chapters include "Can Joe the Plumber Support Redistribution? Law, Social Preferences, and Sustainable Policy Design, in Tax Law Review (2011); Beyond Collective Bargaining: Modern Unions and Social Solidarity, in Brian Langille and Guy Davidov (eds.), The Idea of Labor Law pp. 329-343 (Cambridge University Press, 2011). "Restrictive Covenants and Choice of Laws: An American Perspective," in the Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal (2010); "A Defense of Paid Family Leave" in the Harvard Journal of Law & Gender (2005), and "Unemployment Insurance and Wealth Redistribution" in the UCLA Law Review (2001).



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Social Insurance (5)

Workplace Intellectual Property and Employee Mobility (3)

Antidiscrimination Law (2)

Collective Bargaining (2)

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Women (4)

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