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

The Nevada Independent
March 31, 2020
Rogelio Garcia, a Reno-based real estate agent, is used to uncertainty. In normal times, business might boom one month, only to slow the next.
March 30, 2020
Hundreds of thousands of Nevadans could lose their jobs due to the business stoppage caused by the new coronavirus.
March 24, 2020
Tens — perhaps hundreds (by some estimates) — of thousands of Nevadans have gotten, or will soon get, the bad news: They’ve been laid off due to the coronavirus crisis business stoppage. It’s an emotional, frightening time.
The Nevada Independent
March 23, 2020
Earlier this month, the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation issued a press release with a jubilant headline: “Nevada’s Unemployment Rate Hits an All-Time Low.”

Articles Featuring Ruben Garcia

Representatives from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians wrap UNLV Marta Meana in a blanket as part of the tribe's gift announcement to the university.
Campus NewsMarch 5, 2020
A collection of news stories from February highlighting the people and research of UNLV.
Campus NewsFebruary 18, 2020
A collection of news stories capturing the excitement and accomplishments of UNLV at the start of a new decade.
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.