Ruben Garcia

Professor of Law
Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Research, Boyd School of Law
Co-Director, UNLV Workplace Law Program
Expertise: Labor Law, Employment Law, Constitutional Law

Biography

Ruben J. Garcia is a professor of law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas' William S. Boyd School of Law. Before joining the UNLV faculty in 2011, he was a professor and director of the Labor and Employment Law Program at California Western School of Law in San Diego, where he taught for eight years. He also has held academic appointments at the University of California, Davis School of Law; the University of Wisconsin Law School; and at the University of California, San Diego.

Before beginning his teaching career in 2000, Garcia worked as an attorney for public and private sector labor unions and employees in the Los Angeles area. His scholarship has appeared in a number of leading law reviews, including the Hastings Law Journal, the University of Chicago Legal Forum and the Florida State University Law Review. His first book, published by New York University Press in 2012, is titled Marginal Workers: How Legal Fault Lines Divide Workers and Leave Them Without Protection.

From January 2014 to January 2016, he served as co-president of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT), and has served on the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Nevada. In Fall 2015, he was selected as a UNLV Leadership Development Academy fellow.  He is a member of the board of directors of the American Constitution Society (ACS), a national nonprofit organization, and an advisor to the Boyd Law Student and Las Vegas Lawyer Chapters of the ACS. 

Education

  • L.L.M., University of Wisconsin
  • J.D., UCLA School of Law
  • A.B., Political Science, Stanford University

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Ruben Garcia In The News

Marketplace
The Trump administration issued rules and legal guidance that made it more difficult for unions to organize workers, and for workers to bring complaints and lawsuits against employers for alleged labor-law violations.
C.B.S. News
Workers are gaining ground in efforts to unionize. Employees at Chipotle and Trader Joe's voted to unionize for the first time in recent weeks.
The Nevada Independent
Red Rock Resorts is the only publicly traded casino operator headquartered in Nevada without a female or minority board member, leading Culinary Workers Union Local 226 to question the five-person board’s make-up to the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Nevada Current
Station Casinos, the owner of nine casinos and one of the largest employers in the state, has resorted to an assortment of tactics to avoid collective bargaining with the Culinary Union, the largest union in the state. Now, the Culinary wants Nevada gaming regulators to use the biggest hammer of all – the threat of license revocation – to gain the casino company’s compliance with federal labor law.

Articles Featuring Ruben Garcia

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Campus News | September 1, 2022

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Campus News | April 1, 2022

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Campus News | December 8, 2021

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Campus News | May 11, 2021

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