Ariana R. Levinson

Associate Professor of Law

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Professor Ariana Levinson's scholarship and teaching focus on labor and employment law issues and practical legal skills. Professor Levinson joined the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law as a visiting assistant professor in 2007. At the close of 2008, she was invited to join the faculty as an assistant professor of law.  Professor Levinson received a Corey Rosen Research Fellowship from the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations for the 2012-13 academic year, and a Michael W. Huber Fellowship for the 2013-14 academic year.  In conjunction with the fellowships, she published Founding Worker Cooperatives: Social Movement Theory and the Law in the Nevada Law Journal and is working on a research project about the Cincinnati Union Co-op Initiative.  Her article What the Awards Tell Us about Labor Arbitration of Employment Discrimination Claims, published in the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform was selected by blind review by Vanderbilt Law School faculty for presentation at the Branstetter New Voices in Civil Justice Workshop in May 2012.  In addition to writing about worker ownership and arbitration, Professor Levinson has also written a number of articles about workplace technology and privacy. Professor Levinson is the faculty liaison to the Peggy Browning Fund and a co-planner of the Carl A. Warns Jr. Labor and Employment Law Institute, an annual labor and employment law continuing legal education program. She coaches the mock arbitration team and advises the Wagner moot court team. She is a Reviewer for the American Business Law Journal.

Prior to teaching at Louisville Law, Professor Levinson taught at USC Gould School of Law and at UCLA School of Law. She clerked for the Honorable John G. Davies (United States District Court, Central District of California) and for the Honorable Myra C. Selby (Supreme Court of Indiana) and practiced labor law, including serving as a fellow for the AFL-CIO's Legal Department. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School. During law school, she served as a contributing editor on the Michigan Law Review and was awarded the Robert S. Feldman Labor Law Award for the most outstanding work in that field. Professor Levinson is admitted to practice in Indiana and California.



 

Courses Taught

Labor Law, Employment Law, Dispute Resolution, Advanced Issues in Labor and Employment Law, Evidence, Decedents' Estates, Basic Legal Skills

Publications

 

Founding Worker Cooperatives: Social Movement Theory and the Law, 14 Nev. L.J. (forthcoming)

Social Media, Privacy, and the Employment Relationship: The American Experience, 2 Spanish Labour Law & Employment Relations Journal (SLLERJ) 15, EISSN: 2255-2081 (2013)

Labor Arbitration of Discrimination Claims:  Finding a Middle Ground?, Louisville Bar Association Bar Briefs, May 2013, at 18 

What the Awards Tell Us about Labor Arbitration of Employment Discrimination Claims, 46 U. Mich. J.L. Reform 789 (2013)

Toward a Cohesive Interpretation of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act for the Electronic Monitoring of Employees, 114 W. Va. L. Rev. 461 (2012)

Workplace Privacy and Monitoring: The Quest for Balanced Interests, 59 Clev. St. L. Rev. 377 (2011)

Student Attorney Collaboration: Investigating Alternative Dispute Resolution, Louisville Bar Association Bar Briefs, Aug. 2011, at 9

Carpe Diem:  Privacy Protection in Employment Act, 43 Akron L. Rev. 331 (2010) (lead article for issue two)

What Hath the Twenty First Century Wrought? Issues in the Workplace Arising from New Technologies & How Arbitrators Are Dealing with Them, 11 Transactions: Tenn. J. of Bus .L. 9 (2010) (lead article for issue two)

Legal Ethics in the Employment Law Context:  Who is the Client?, 37 N. Ky. L. Rev. 1 (2010) (lead article) republished at 135 Jurnalul de Studii Juridice, Anul V., Nr. 3-4/2010

Industrial Justice:  Privacy Protection for the Employed, 18 Cornell J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 609 (2009) (lead article for issue three)

Co-authored, Drafting Effective PowerPoint Slides, Kentucky Bench & Bar, Jan. 2010, at 44

Lawyers as Problem-Solvers One Meal at a Time: A Review of Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, 15 Widener L. Rev. 289 (2009)

A Potpourri of Technology, The Second Draft (Legal Writing Institute) Spring 2009, at 21.

Co-authored, Editorial, Employees Deserve Free Choice, The Courier-Journal, March 26, 2009, at A9.

Lawyering Skills, Principles and Methods Offer Insight as to Best Practices for Arbitration, 60 Baylor L. Rev. 1 (2008) (lead article)

Editing in the Legal Workplace, Suffolk University Law School's Transitioning from One-L to Summer Legal Writing Podcast Series (2008)

Editing Tips for the Busy Attorney, Kentucky Bench & Bar, Nov. 2007, at 31

Questioning the D.C. Circuit; Harmonizing Board Precedent:  Why Mere  Presence of an Organizer Should Not Invalidate a Board Election, Casenote, 7 U. Pa. J. Lab. & Emp. L. 463 (2005)

Neither Prophets of Doom nor Facile Optimism, Rev. Radical Pol. Econ., 25(2) June 1993, at 132 Contributing Editor, Developing Labor Law 2001, 2002, 2003 Cumulative Supplements

Presentations


 

"Founding Worker Cooperatives:  Social Movement Theory and the Law," 9th Annual Conference CUMU 2013, Transforming & Sustaining Communities through Partnerships, Concurrent Session V, Economic Development and Revitalization, Louisville, Kentucky, October 2013

 

Panelist, “The Merger of Workplace Privacy, Employer Policies, and

Technological Innovation,” Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference, Palm Beach, Florida, August 2013 

 

Panelist, “Arbitration Law Update,” ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Teleconference, June 2013

 

“A Midwestern Movement for Union Coops,” The Beyster Symposium, LaJolla, California, June 2013


Roundtable Facilitator, “Teaching Labor Law in Law Schools,” AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee Annual Union Lawyers Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 2013


“Social Media, Privacy and the Employment Relationship,” Louisville Bar Association CLE with the Professors, May 2013


Panelist, “Arbitration Law Update,” ABA 15th Annual Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference, Chicago, Illinois, April 2013

Founding Worker Cooperatives:  University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law Faculty Workshop Series, March 2013


Seventh Law & Information Society Symposium:  Privacy and Employment in the Digital Society, Center on Law and Information Policy at Fordham Law School, New York, New York, March 2013, broadcast by C-SPAN and available at http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/Fordham

“Founding Worker Cooperatives:  Social Movement Theory and the Law,” Mid-year Fellows Workshop, Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, January 2013

 

“Social Media, Privacy, and the Employment Relationship:  The American Experience,” Workshop: Electronic

 Challenges: Regulating Social Networking in the Modern Workplace, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, December 2012

 

Participant, Democratic Employee Ownership Workshop, University of Wisconsin Department of Sociology, Madison, Wisconsin, December 2012


“Founding Worker Cooperatives:  Social Movement Theory and the Law,”

Seventh Annual Labor and Employment Law Colloquium, Loyola University

Chicago School of Law, September 2012

 

Co-chair, "Political Metaphors and Workplace Governance," 2012 IAFEP Conference and Beyster Symposium, Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations, July 2012

"Founding Worker Cooperatives:  Social Movement Theory and the Law," Seventh Annual Labor and Employment Law Colloquium, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, September 2012

"Founding Worker Cooperatives:  Social Movement Theory and the Law," University of Leeds, United Kingdom, May 2012     

"What the Awards Tell Us about Labor Arbitration of Employment Discrimination Claims," 2012 New Voices in Civil Justice Scholarship Workshop, Vanderbilt Law School, May 2012

Communication with Andrew Wolfson, quoted in "Ky. Church sued over youth minister's deadly mistake," The Courier-Journal, Monday, April 23, 2012, A1, at A4

"Movements of Consensus and Conflict: Founding Worker Cooperatives," Democracy and the Workplace, A Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution Symposium on Contemporary Issues in Labor and Employment Law, William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV, February 2012

"Workplace Privacy Laws," Professor Deanna Ferreira's Intensive English as a Second Language Class, University of Louisville, November 2011

"What the Awards Tell Us about Labor Arbitration of Employment Discrimination Claims," Seton Hall University School of Law's Sixth Annual Employment and Labor Law Scholar's Forum, October 2011

"What the Awards Tell Us about Labor Arbitration of Employment Discrimination Claims," University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law Faculty Workshop Series, October 2011

"What the Awards Tell Us about Labor Arbitration of Employment Discrimination Claims," Sixth Annual Labor and Employment Law Colloquium, Southwestern Law School, September 2011 

Interview with Steve Ivey, quoted in "Amid Louisville expansion, Ford begins contract talks with UAW," Louisville Business First, July 29, 2011, at 1.

Moderator and Discussant, "Should Employment Claims Continue to Be Arbitrated?" Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference, Hilton Head, South Carolina, July 2011

Panelist, "Objection! Evidentiary Issues in Employment Litigation - A Live Skills Workshop," 28th Annual Carl A. Warns Jr. Labor & Employment Law Institute, June 2011

Guest Speaker, Professor Frank Kuzmits's Employment Discrimination Class, University of Louisville College of Business, April 2011

Littler Mendelson Employment and Labor Law Lecture, "Workplace Privacy and Monitoring: The Quest for Balanced Interests," Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, March 2011

"Toward a Cohesive Interpretation of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act for Electronic Monitoring of Employees," University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law Faculty Workshop Series, March 2011

"New Technology and Employee Privacy: Employer Electronic Monitoring in the Workplace," Privacy Scholars Seminar Series, Panelist, Berkeley Law School, February 2011

"Toward a Cohesive Interpretation of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act for Electronic Monitoring of Employees," Privacy Scholars Seminar Series, Berkeley Law School, February 2011

"Arbitration and New Technologies," FMCS Bi-annual Midwest Arbitrators' Symposium, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Institute for Law and the Workplace, November 2010

"The Art of ADR Advocacy and When to Ignore Your Basic Instincts," Moderator, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference, Chicago, Illinois, November 2010

"Initiating a Project to Discern What Arbitration Cases Tell Us about Union Waivers of Employees' Statutory Rights,"  Fifth Annual Labor and Employment Law Colloquium, Washington University School of Law, September 2010 

"Towards a Cohesive Interpretation of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act for Electronic Monitoring of Employees," Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference, Palm Beach, Florida, August 2010

"Sharing What Works:  Enhancing Our Teaching through Technology," Co-presenter, LWI Biennial Conference, Marco Island, Florida, June 2010

"Using Visual Aids to Enhance Your Case," Co-presenter, Kentucky Bar Association Convention, Lexington, June 2010

"Reconsidering the Electronic Communications Privacy Act as a Source of Employee Privacy from Electronic Monitoring," Privacy Law Scholars Conference, George Washington University School of Law, June 2010

"Labor Law in the United States," Course Taught as Visiting Lecturer, University of Turku, May 2010

"What Hath the Twenty-First Century Wrought? Issues in the Workplace Arising from New Technologies and How Arbitrators Are Dealing with Them," Scholar in Residence, ABA LEL Section ADR Committee Mid-Winter Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico, February 2010

"A Scholar's Guide to Lawyering Skills That Just Might Tip the Scales in Close Arbitration Cases," Scholar in Residence, ABA LEL Section ADR Committee Mid-Winter Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico, February 2010

Commentator, "Cost-Effective Dispute Resolution," A Conference on Conflict Resolution and the Economic Crisis, The Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution at the William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV, February 2010

"While We are Waiting:  Court Protection of Employee Privacy," Central States Law School Association Annual Conference, Capital University School of Law, October 2009

"While We are Waiting:  Court Protection of Employee Privacy," Fourth Annual Colloquium on Current Scholarship in Labor and Employment Law," Seton Hall University School of Law, September 2009

"Effective Strategies in Arbitration," Kentucky Legislative Research Commission Seminar, Capitol Building, Frankfort, June 2009

"Ex Parte Communication and Confidentiality Issues with Organizational Clients," Kentucky Legislative Research Commission Seminar, Capitol Building, Frankfort, June 2009

"Industrial Justice:  Privacy Protection for the Employed,"  Central States Law School Association Annual Conference, SIU Law School, October 2009 

"Legal Ethics in the Employment Law Context:  Who is the Client?"  25th Annual Carl A. Warns Jr. Labor & Employment Law Institute, May 2008

"Lawyering Skills, Principles and Methods Offer Insight as to Best Practices for Arbitration,"  University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law Faculty Workshop Series, January 2008

University and Community Service

Faculty Advisor, Labor and Employment Society

Faculty Advisor, American Bar Association Arbitration Competition

Faculty Advisor, Wagner National Labor & Employment Law Moot Court Competition

Faculty Liaison, Peggy Browning Fund

Carl A. Warns Labor and Employment Law Institute, Planning Committee, Nov. 2007 -- present, co-chair, Nov. 2009 -- present

Member, Minors on Campus Work Group & Application Process Workgroup, 2012

Reviewer, American Business Law Journal, March 2010 -- present