Michael Z. Green Named Incoming Director of Chicago-Kent College of Law Institute for Law and the Workplace

Green to join the law school in 2021; Chicago-Kent Assistant Professor Emily Aleisa to become assistant director

Monday, September 14, 2020

CHICAGO, September 14, 2020—Michael Z. Green has been named the next director of Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Institute for Law and the Workplace.

Green is currently professor of law and director of the Workplace Law Program at Texas A&M University School of Law. He will become the second director to lead the institute in fall 2021 following the retirement of ILW founder and director, Martin H. Malin.

Michael Z. Green
Michael Z. Green

“We’re excited to have Michael Green join us and carry on ILW’s long tradition of academic excellence,” says Chicago-Kent Dean Anita K. Krug. “He built a fantastic labor and employment program at his previous university, and our students will benefit from his scholarship and practical experience.”

Green’s research focuses on workplace disputes and the intersection of race and alternatives to the court resolution process. In a recent article for the Fordham Law Review, he addresses the selection process for arbitrators and suggests a new approach modeled after federal court selection of judges to remedy concerns about arbitrator racial diversity in workplace discrimination disputes.

Green, who is among a handful of African-American legal scholars focused on labor, employment discrimination, and dispute resolution issues, says he is “honored and humbled” to build upon ILW’s success. Malin has mentored countless students to become successful labor and employment lawyers, he says, and has left an enormous impact on the workplace law community.

“To have the opportunity to step into those gigantic shoes in taking the mantle as director represents one of the most exciting challenges I have faced in my entire work life,” Green says. “As a native Chicagoan who practiced workplace law in that great city for a number of years, I know how rewarding it is to represent both employers and employees as well as unions in that wonderful environment. I am excited to become part of a great Chicago law school with wonderful students, faculty, staff, and alumni.”

In 2015 he was honored with the Colloquium on Scholarship in Employment and Labor Law (COSELL) Paul S. Miller Memorial Award, which recognizes a scholar who has made outstanding academic and public contributions in the field of labor and employment law. He is co-author of ADR in the Workplace (West 4th ed. 2020), the leading law school casebook on labor and employment dispute resolution.

Green is a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a member of the American Law Institute, and a recent selection to join the National Academy of Arbitrators. He is a mediator and arbitrator who serves as a member of the American Arbitration Association’s National Labor Arbitration panel and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Labor Panel and as a hearing officer for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Trial Board and for the City of Houston Police Department.

Green is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago School of Law and also holds a master’s degree in human resources and industrial and labor relations from Loyola University Chicago. He earned his LL.M. degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School, a master’s degree in business administration from California Lutheran University, and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California.

Prior to his academic career, Green was an associate and of counsel with Franczek P.C. and an associate with Locke Lord LLP. He clerked with Dowd, Bloch, Bennett, Cervone, Auerbach & Yokich while in law school. He also worked as a front-line manager for a Fortune 500 company.

“Michael Green is amazing. He is a highly regarded scholar and a beloved teacher. He is heavily involved with the bar and very professionally active,” Malin says. “He bridges the two worlds between the academic world and the practicing professional world. He brings communities together. He is the perfect person to lead the program.”

In addition to Green, Chicago-Kent Assistant Professor of Legal Research and Writing Emily Aleisa has been named assistant director of ILW. Prior to joining the law school, she served as assistant counsel for the Illinois Bankers Association. She was also an associate focused on labor and employment law with Hodges, Loizzi, Eisenhammer, Rodick & Kohn LLP, a boutique law firm that represents public, private, and charter schools, higher education institutions, and local governments entities in Illinois. Aleisa earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of West Florida and her law degree from Chicago-Kent. She is a graduate of ILW’s labor and employment program.

“Emily Aleisa is brilliant. She has an incredible amount of energy and creativity, and is a fantastic teacher,” Malin says. “I just think it’s absolutely amazing to have a graduate of the program now be part of the leadership team.”

Established in 1996, ILW is a national center for research, training, dialogue, and reflection on the law that governs the workplace. ILW pools the resources of leading academic scholars and the practicing professional community to train students and professionals, monitor policies and trends, and reflect upon issues confronting the labor and employment law community in a neutral setting. In 2019 preLaw Magazine ranked ILW the number one employment law program in the country.