Catherine Fisk
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Show BioHide BioCatherine Fisk is the Barbara Nachtrieb Armstrong Professor of Law at UC Berkeley Law, where she teaches and writes on the law of the workplace, legal history, civil rights and the legal profession. She is the author of dozens of articles and four books, including the prize-winning Working Knowledge: Employee Innovation and the Rise of the Corporate Intellectual Property, 1800-1930, and Labor Law in the Contemporary Workplace. Her research focuses on workers at both the high end and the low end of the wage spectrum.  She has written on union organizing among low-wage and immigrant workers as well as on labor issues in the entertainment industry, employee mobility in technology sectors, employer-employee disputes over attribution and ownership of intellectual property, the rights of employees and unions to engage in political activity, and labor law reform.  She is the co-author, with UCI Law Professor Ann Southworth, of an innovative interdisciplinary casebook, The Legal Profession. Her current public service includes membership on the SEIU Ethics Review Board, the Board of Directors of the Wage Justice Center, and committees of the Law & Society Association.  Prior to joining the founding faculty of UC Irvine School of Law, Fisk was a chaired professor at Duke Law School, and was on the faculty of the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.  She practiced law at a boutique Washington, D.C. firm and at the U.S. Department of Justice.  She received her J.D. at UC Berkeley, and an A.B., summa cum laude, from Princeton University.

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The VW Chattanooga Union Win is Democracy at Work

Published December 9th, 2015 -

The 71 percent majority vote of the skilled maintenance workers at VW’s Chattanooga plant to elect the United Auto Workers is an important test of whether critics of the labor law model of exclusive representation really believe that those workers who want a u... More »

 

Guest Post: A RFRA Right to Collective Action?

Published November 10th, 2014 -

On October 28, David Rosenfeld filed a charge with the NLRB against Hobby Lobby on behalf of The Committee to Preserve the Religious Right to Organize. The charge alleges that “Within the last six months the above named employer has maintained policies i... More »