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


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. 


  • 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

Las Vegas Review Journal
March 21, 2019
Dealers at four Las Vegas casinos have voted to join the United Auto Workers union after taking the “unprecedented” step of ending their affiliation with a smaller labor organization.
Las Vegas Sun
February 20, 2019
This month, lawmakers in Carson City introduced a bill that would extend collective bargaining rights to Nevada state workers.
Christian Science Monitor
January 18, 2019
Compelling people to work without pay is fast becoming more than a legal issue for the federal government. Viewed as a social compact, it raises serious ethical questions, too.
MPR News
December 14, 2018
When the Camp Fire hit California, there were more than 1,000 inmates on the frontlines trying to control the flames. Though they worked alongside thousands of other firefighters, their pay was significantly less. Inmates were paid $2 per day plus an additional $1 per hour while fighting the fire. But, low wages for inmates are not uncommon. Earlier this year, inmates organized a 19 day protest to bring attention low wages and poor work conditions.

Articles Featuring Ruben Garcia

workers at protest rally
Business and CommunityJune 28, 2018
Thanks to strong political engagement programs, Nevada's labor organizations succeed despite an adverse legal environment, according to law professor Ruben J. Garcia.
Ruben Garcia
Campus NewsJuly 22, 2015
Law professor Ruben Garcia is on the front lines of labor and employment law.