MSU College of Law News

June 28, 2006

MSU Law Professor Elected a Fellow of Honorary Labor and Employment Lawyers Association

East Lansing, MI—Robert A. McCormick, a labor and employment law professor at Michigan State University College of Law, has been elected a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, based in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit professional association honoring the leading labor and employment lawyers nationwide. Fellows must have at least 20 years in the field, adhere to high professional and ethical standards, exhibit exceptional expertise and leadership, provide quality legal services, and demonstrate significant scholarship, teaching and published writing. Approximately 800 lawyers, judges and law professors are Fellows.

Professor McCormick gained recent acclaim as co-counsel to former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett, who sued the National Football League over its draft eligibility rules. He has served as Michigan regional chairman of the National Academy of Arbitrators and is a frequent author of articles on labor law and sports law. Before joining the law college’s faculty in 1979, he was an attorney with the National Labor Relations Board and counsel to the Honorable Howard Jenkins, Jr., an NLRB member. A former chairperson of the Labor & Employment Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, McCormick also co-wrote and co-produced a video documenting the contributions of Michigan lawyers to the development of labor and employment law.

MSU College of Law was founded as the Detroit College of Law in 1891. The college affiliated with MSU in 1995 and moved to MSU’s East Lansing campus in 1997. MSU College of Law strengthened its affiliation with Michigan State University in 2004, becoming more closely aligned academically. Today, the law college is one of only a few private law schools to be affiliated with a research university and one of the oldest continuously operating independent law colleges in the nation.