Professor Abrams is a prolific author and leading authority on sports and labor law and legal education. He has served as a salary arbitrator for major league baseball and as a permanent arbitrator for the television, communications, electronics and coal industries, for the US Customs Service, Internal Revenue Service, Walt Disney World, the State of Florida and Lockheed-Martin Company.

Professor Abrams has published seven books on the business and history of sports: Legal Bases: Baseball and the Law (1998), The Money Pitch: Baseball Free Agency and Salary Arbitration (2000), The First World Series and the Baseball Fanatics of 1903 (2003), The Dark Side of the Diamond: Gambling, Violence, Drugs and Alcoholism in the National Pastime (2008), Sports Justice (2010) and Playing Tough: The World of Politics and Sports (2013). In addition, Professor Abrams is co-author of the leading Sports Law casebook published by West Publishing Company. His most recent project was a book on alternative dispute resolution entitled Inside Arbitration: Deciding a Labor and Employment Dispute, published by Bloomberg/BNA in 2013. Carolina Academic Press has asked Professor Abrams to write an experiential course book on the practice of Labor Arbitration and Bloomberg/BNA and Bloomberg/BNA will publish his next text on Labor Law for Sports Lawyers.

Professor Abrams was appointed to lead the law school in July 1999 and stepped down in 2002. He served as dean of both Rutgers University's law school in Newark, New Jersey, and Nova University Shepard Broad Law Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, before coming to Northeastern. He began his academic career on the faculty of Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio, where he became the youngest tenured full professor in the history of that university. After graduating from Harvard Law School cum laude in 1970, he clerked for Judge Frank M. Coffin of the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston, and then practiced with the Boston firm of Foley, Hoag & Eliot in the areas of labor law and civil rights litigation. Professor Abrams is an elected member of the American Law Institute, the American Bar Foundation, the National Academy of Arbitrators and the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Fields of Expertise

  • Administrative Law
  • Admission to Law School
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Antitrust
  • Careers in the Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Cooperative Legal Education
  • Employment Law
  • Labor Law
  • Legal Education
  • Products Liability
  • Race and Racism and the Law
  • Sports Law
  • Supreme Court
  • Torts
  • Tort Reform

Selected Works

Books

  • Inside Arbitration: How an Arbitrator Decides Labor and Employment Cases (Bloomberg BNA, 2013)
  • Playing Tough: The World of Sports and Politics (University Press of New England, 2013)
  • Sports Justice: The Law and Business of Sports (Northeastern University Press, 2010)
  • Sports and the Law (Fourth Edition, 2010) (co-edited)
  • The Dark Side of the Diamond: Gambling, Violence, Drugs and Alcoholism in the National Pastime (Rounder Books, 2008)
  • The First World Series and the Baseball Fanatics of 1903 (Northeastern University Press, 2003)
  • The Money Pitch: Baseball Free Agency and Salary Arbitration (Temple University Press, 2000)
  • Legal Bases: Baseball and the Law  (Temple University Press, 1998) Jitsuroku meja rigu no horitsu to bijinesu (Japanese revised edition: Taishukan Publishing Co., Ltd., 2006)

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