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About Paul M. Secunda

Professor Secunda, in his 12th year of law teaching and in his 6th year at Marquette, teaches employee benefits law, labor law, employment discrimination law, employment law, education law, and civil procedure. He is the faculty advisor for the Marquette Law School Labor and Employment Law Society. U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis recently appointed Professor Secunda to a three-year term on the Department of Labor's ERISA Advisory Council, effective January 2013.
Professor Secunda has been a visiting professor at the Universite de Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defense during June 2011, a visiting professor of law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School during the summer and fall 2011 semesters, the 2012 Hicks Morley Visiting Professor of International Labour Law at The Western Ontario Faculty of Law in London, Ontario, and a visiting professor of law for the part-time LLM Comparative Law Program and visiting scholar at the Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto.
Prior to teaching, Professor Secunda was a labor and employment associate at two different Philadelphia law firms. He also served as a judicial clerk for Judge Murray M. Schwartz on the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware.
Professor Secunda writes extensively on employee benefits, labor, employment, and education law. His research focuses on: the pension and health insurance rights of U.S. employees in comparison to other countries, the constitutional rights of public employees, the organizational and collective bargaining rights of public and private sector employees (especially in light of the Wisconsin moment in public sector labor law), and the rights of special education children. His recent law review articles on these topics have appeared in the UCLA, Notre Dame, Indiana, Florida State, Fordham, San Diego, Colorado, Hastings, and Wisconsin Law Reviews; his essays have been published in the online journals at Yale, Penn and Northwestern.
He is also the author of a number of current and forthcoming books, including: Understanding Employment Law (with Rick Bales and Jeff Hirsch); Global Issues in Employee Benefits Law (with Samuel Estreicher and Rosalind Connor); Mastering Employment Discrimination Law (with Jeff Hirsch); Labor Law: A Problem-Based Approach (with Jeff Hirsch); and Mastering Labor Law (with Jeff Hirsch, Joseph Slater and Anne Lofaso) (forthcoming 2014).
Professor Secunda is the past national Chair of the Association of American Law Schools Sections on Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, Labor Relations and Employment Law, and Employment Discrimination Law. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute (ALI), serving on the Members Consultative Group for the Restatement of Employment Law, and was recently inducted into the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI). He is also a contributing editor of the Workplace Prof Blog, a member of the executive board of the U.S. Branch of the International Society for Labor and Social Security Law, and a Research Fellow at the New York University Center for Labor and Employment Law. He is also the co-author of numerous amicus briefs in labor, employment, and benefit law cases, and a frequent commentator in the national and Wisconsin media and press on labor, employment, benefit, and education law issues.
Special Recognitions: Order of the Coif, Appointed to DOL's ERISA Advisory Council, Elected Member of the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI), Elected Member of the American Law Institute (ALI), Distinguished Service Award for Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS), and Honorary Lifetime Member of SEALS


Present Professor of Law, Marquette University

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

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  • Employment Discrimination
  • Special Education Law Seminar
  • Labor Law
  • Employee Benefits
  • Employer-Employee Relations
  • Civil Procedure I
  • School Law Seminar
  • Higher Education and the Law

Contact Information

Marquette University Law School
Eckstein Hall, Room 453A
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201


Education Law (2)

Employment Practice (12)

Constitutional Law (7)

Civil Rights (7)