Paul Secunda

Professor of Law and Director, Labor and Employment Law Program
Areas of Law:

Areas of Law::

Professional Memberships: 
Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Wisconsin, U.S. Supreme Court
Other Courses Taught: 
Employment Law, Employment Discrimination, Civil Procedure, Education Law, and Disability Law


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.В  He is also the faculty advisor to the Marquette Benefits and Social Welfare Law Review, which he helped to establish in 2015.

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.В  Current Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez appointed him to serve as the Chairman of the Council for calendar year 2015.

Professor Secunda received the Senior Fulbright Scholar Award for 2015-2016 to study Australian workplace pension law (superannuation) at Melboure University Law School.В  He will also be a Senior Fellow at Melbourne Law School, teaching in their Masters of Law program, during the summer and fall of 2015 while he is on sabbatical from Marquette Law School.В  Professor Secunda's previous international research and teaching experiences have included: visiting professor at the Universite de Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defense during June 2011, 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, and 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.

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, Washington University, 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.В  His articles have been cited and discussed in many top law reviews, including the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Columbia Law Review, and NYU Law Review, among others.

Professor Secunda 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, a Research Fellow at the New York University Center for Labor and Employment Law, and an advisory board member of the Tax and Employee Benefit Law Center at John Marshall Law School. Professor Secunda has co-authored numerous amicus briefs in employee benefit, labor, and employment law cases, including the Tibble, Lane and Dudenhoeffer cases, and is a frequent presenter and commentator internationally and domestically on labor, employment, benefits, pension, and education law issues. You can find him also on Twitter @psecundawrkprof, where he discusses, and links to, current developments in workplace, employee benefits, and education law.

Special Recognitions: 2015-2016 Senior Fulbright Scholar Research Award for Australia; 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: Procuring the best possible employment outcomes for my students; running, Tweeting, Philly Sports, and Golden Retrievers