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Risa Lieberwitz : Biography

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Risa L. Lieberwitz


Risa L. Lieberwitz is a Professor of Labor and Employment Law in the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR), where she has been a professor since 1982.  She received a J.D. degree from University of Florida Law School in 1979, where she was Senior Executive Editor of the University of Florida Law Review.  From 1979 - 1982, she was an attorney for the National Labor Relations Board in the regional office in Atlanta, Georgia.

In addition to her faculty position at the ILR School, Professor Lieberwitz is a co-director of the Cornell University Law and Society concentration.  She is also an associated faculty member in the Cornell Law School, including teaching for two summers in the Cornell Law School/Université de Paris I, Comparative Law Institute, Paris, France.  Professor Lieberwitz has also been a lecturer in the International Seminar on Comparative Labour Law, Industrial Relations and Social Security, organized by the Centre de Droit Comparé du Travail et de la Sécurité Sociale de l'Université Montesquieu Bordeaux IV, France.  Professor Lieberwitz has been an active participant in workshops of the Feminism and Legal Theory Project (Professor Martha Fineman, founder and director), both at Cornell Law School and at the Emory University School of Law.  She was a Visiting Fellow in May 2004, at the Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster in Belfast, Northern Ireland, through the Gender, Sexuality and Family project developed by Professor Martha Fineman.

Professor Lieberwitz's publications include articles on academic freedom in the university, as well as articles on labor law and on constitutional issues of freedom of speech, due process, and search and seizure in the employment setting.  Professor Lieberwitz is co-author of two editions of the casebook, "Employment Discrimination Law: Cases and Materials" (with Mack A. Player and Elaine W. Shoben) (1990 and 1995).  She is a contributing author to the Bulletin de Droit Comparé du Travail et de la Sécurité Sociale (Université Montesquieu-Bordeaux IV). 

Professor Lieberwitz's current research focuses on the "corporatization" of the university and the implications of these developments on academic freedom and the role of higher education in a democratic society.  Her recent or forthcoming publications on these issues include: 

University Science Research Funding: Privatizing Policy and Practice, in Science and the University (Ronald G. Ehrenberg and Paula E. Stephan, eds.) (forthcoming).

Confronting the Privatization and Commercialization of Academic Research: An Analysis of Social Implications at the Local, National, and Global Levels, 12 Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 109 (2005).

The Corporatization Of Academic Research:  Whose Interests Are Served?, 38 Akron Law Review 759 (2005).

The Marketing of Higher Education: The Price of the University's Soul, Book Review of Universities in the Marketplace: The Commercialization of Higher Education by Derek Bok, 89 Cornell Law Review 763-800 (2004).