Professor Spieler, an expert in labor and employment law, 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. 

Professor Spieler 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 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

  • Employment & Labor Law
  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Whistleblower Law
  • Social Security and Workers' Compensation

Selected Works

Selected Articles

Selected Chapters

  • “The Roles of Government in Protecting and Promoting Occupational and Environmental Health,” in Occupational and Environmental Health, eds. B. Levy et al. (Oxford University Press, 2017) (co-author).
  • “Workers Compensation,” in The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Social Policy (Oxford University Press2014) (co-author).
  • “Legal Remedies and Social Benefits for Occupationally and Environmentally Injured Workers,” in Occupational Health: Recognizing and Preventing Work-Related Disease and Injury5th ed. ed. B. Levy et al. (Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2006) (co-author).
  • “The Americans with Disabilities Act and Family Medical Leave Act,” in Occupational Safety and Health Law, ed. R. Rabinowitz (Bureau of National Affairs, 2002).
  • “Solutions for the Problems of Special Populations at Risk. In Special Populations in Occupational Health,” in Occupational Medicine: State of the Art Review, ed. H. Frumpkin et al. (1999).

Selected Commentary