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Emily A. Spieler

Hadley Professor of Law
Radcliffe College/Harvard University, AB 1969
Yale University, JD 1973
Office: 116 Dockser Hall
Mail: 400 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: (617) 373-2346
Fax: (617) 373-8793
E-mail: e.spieler@neu.edu

Emily Spieler is the Edwin W. Hadley Professor of Law at Northeastern University School of Law. From 2002 until 2012, she served as dean of the School of Law. During 2012-2013, Professor Spieler was on sabbatical and she returns to teaching at Northeastern in 2013-2014.

Professor Spieler is an expert in labor and employment law. She currently serves as chair of the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee, a federal advisory committee to the Secretary of Labor, and as chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Institute for Work and Health in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. During the winter of 2008-2009, she served on President Obama's transition team for the Department of Labor. She has also served on the National Academy of Social Insurance Steering Committee on Workers' Compensation; on the National Academies Committee on Health and Safety Needs of Older Workers; and as chair of the US Department of Energy Worker Advocacy Advisory Committee regarding implementation of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000.

Professor Spieler is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and fellow and member of the board of governors of the College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers. Prior to coming to Northeastern School of Law, she practiced law in both Massachusetts and West Virginia, held several senior positions in West Virginia state government and was a member of the faculty at the West Virginia University College of Law.

Fields of Expertise

  • Benefits Law
  • Employment Law
  • Labor Law
  • Social Security

Selected Works

Selected Articles

  • "The Paradox of Access to Civil Justice: The 'Glut' of New Lawyers and the Persistence of Unmet Need," 44 Toledo Law Review, Winter 2013 Essays 365 (2013)
  • "The lack of correspondence between work-related disability and receipt of workers’ compensation benefits,"  American Journal of Industrial Medicine 55(6):487-505, June 2012 (with Burton)
  • “On the Road: Images of Truthtelling in Rural America,” 6 Michigan Journal of Gender & Law 377, 2000
  • "Recommendations to Guide the Revision of the American Medical Association’s Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment,"  JAMA 283: 519-523 (2000) (with Barth, Burton, Himmelstein & Rudolf)
  • "Perpetuating Risk?  Workers' Compensation and the Persistence of Occupational Injuries," 31 Houston Law Review 119  (1994).
  • "Social Welfare Policy in the Context of Economic Restructuring,” 30 Urban Studies 351, 1993
  • “Workers’ Compensation and Older Workers” (with Burton), Health and Income Security for An Aging Workforce, No.3, National Academy of Social Insurance, April 2001
  • On the Road: Images of Truthtelling in Rural America,” 6 Michigan Journal of Gender & Law 377, 2000
  • “Assessing Fairness in Workers’ Compensation Reform: A Commentary on the 1995 West Virginia Workers’ Compensation Legislation,” 98 West Virginia Law Review 23, 1995
  • “Social Welfare Policy in the Context of Economic Restructuring,” 30 Urban Studies 351, 1993
  • “Can Coal Miners Escape Black Lung? An Analysis of the Coal Miner Job Transfer Program and Its Implications for Occupational Medical Removal Protection Programs,”91 West Virginia Law Review 775, 1989
  • “Is the US Chest X-Ray Surveillance Program Succeeding in Controlling Lung Disease?” (with Wagner), Proceedings of the VII International Conference on Pneumoconioses, 1988

Selected Chapters

  • “Legal Remedies and Social Benefits for Occupationally and Environmentally Injured Workers” (with Boden and Leifer), Occupational Health: Recognizing and Preventing Work-Related Disease and Injury5th ed. Levy and Wegman, eds. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2006
  • “The Americans with Disabilities Act and Family Medical Leave Act,” Occupational Safety and Health Law. Rabinowitz, ed. American Bar Association treatise published by Bureau of National Affairs, 2002
  • "Solutions for the Problems of Special Populations at Risk. In Special Populations in Occupational Health," (monograph, Howard Frumpkin and Glenn Pransky, eds.), Occupational Medicine: State of the Art Review (1999)

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