Professor of Law and Director, Labor and Employment Law Program
Professor Secunda teaches employee benefits law, labor law, employment discrimination law, employment law, education law, and civil procedure. He is the Director of Marquette Law School's Labor and Employment Law Program and faculty advisor for the student Labor and Employment Law Society. Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis appointed Professor Secunda to a three-year term on the Department of Labor's ERISA (employee benefits law) Advisory Council, effective January 2013, and he now serves as the Chairman of the Council for calendar year 2015.
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. He will be a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne Law School in Australia, teaching in their Masters of Law program, during the summer and fall of 2015.
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, discrimination,and education law topics. His research focuses on: the retirement and health benefit 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, and the rights of special education children. His recent law review articles on these topics have appeared, or will appear, in the UCLA, Notre Dame, Indiana, Illinois, Florida State, Fordham, Queen's (Canada), 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 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) (2014).
Professor Secunda is the past national Chair of three Sections of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS): 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 inducted into the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI). He is also a former 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. Professor Secunda has co-authored numerous amicus briefs in employee benefit, labor, and employment law cases, including the Lane and Dudenhoeffer cases this past Supreme Court term, and is a frequent commentator in the national and Wisconsin media on labor, employment, benefit, and education law issues. You can find him also on Twitter @psecundawrkprof, where he discusses, and links to, current developments in workplace and benefits law.
Special Recognitions: 2014 Paul Stephen Miller Memorial Award for academic and public contributions to the field of labor and employment law, Order of the Coif, Chairman of 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.
Extra Curricular: Running, Tweeting, Philly Sports, and Golden Retrievers