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

September 21, 2021
A second-floor meeting hall in the aging downtown Las Vegas headquarters of Culinary Workers Local 226 has long attracted local, state and national candidates seeking support from the influential labor group’s membership.
August 17, 2021
MGM Resorts International will soon require COVID-19 vaccines for all new hires and current salaried employees across the U.S.
August 17, 2021
Workers' rights are facing a slew of different challenges, from a hostile U.S. Supreme Court to corporations actively undermining their workers' right to organize.
August 9, 2021
Amazon faces a more formal review of its actions leading up to a postal ballot election this spring over whether workers at its Bessemer, Alabama plant could join a union.

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