Law Dean Emily Spieler has been named to President-​​elect Barack Obama’s tran­si­tion team.

Spieler, dean of the School of Law since 2002, will serve on the team reviewing the Depart­ment of Labor, until shortly before the Jan. 20 inauguration.

According to Obama’s Web site, www​.change​.gov, the teams will ensure that senior appointees have the infor­ma­tion nec­es­sary to com­plete the con­fir­ma­tion process, lead their depart­ments, and begin imple­menting sig­na­ture policy ini­tia­tives imme­di­ately after they are sworn in.

Spieler, a leading authority on employ­ment law and social insur­ance sys­tems, for­merly taught at West Vir­ginia University’s Col­lege of Law. She had served as com­mis­sioner of the West Vir­ginia Workers Com­pen­sa­tion Fund and was West Virginia’s first deputy attorney gen­eral for civil rights, also serving on the state’s Human Rights Commission.

In the 1970s, she was a member of the Women’s Law Col­lec­tive prac­tice in Cam­bridge, Mass., and was a spe­cial assis­tant attorney gen­eral for the Mass­a­chu­setts Depart­ment of Public Health.

She spent a semester in Ire­land as a Ful­bright Scholar in 2001, and was hon­ored with the West Vir­ginia Martin Luther King Jr. Advo­cacy of Jus­tice Award.

Spieler grad­u­ated from Har­vard Uni­ver­sity and Yale Law School.