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Gillian Lester

Gillian Lester

UC Berkeley School of Law
Acting Dean, Alexander F. and May T. Morrison Professor of Law
Berkeley , CA, USA

Gillian Lester is Acting Dean and Alexander F. and May T. Morrison Professor of Law at Berkeley Law School.  She teaches Contracts, Employment Law, and a seminar on social insurance. She obtained a B.Sc. from University of British Columbia (1986), LLB. from University of Toronto (1990), and J.S.D. from Stanford (1998).  From 1994 to 2006, she was on the faculty of the UCLA School of Law.  She has been a Visiting Professor at Georgetown, Chicago, and Harvard Law Schools. At Berkeley she has served as Senior Associate Dean (2010 -2013) and Acting Dean (2013).  Her scholarship focuses on workplace issues, particularly intellectual property in the workplace, distributive justice, and the design of social insurance programs. She is the co-author of one of the country’s leading casebooks on Employment Law and an Advisor to the American Law Institute Restatement of Employment Law.  Recent publications include, "Keep Government Out of My Medicare”:  The Elusive Search for Popular Support of Taxes and Social Spending, in Michael Sherraden & Marion Crain (eds.), Working and Living in the Shadow of Economic Fragility (Oxford U. Press, 2013, forthcoming); Can Joe the Plumber Support Redistribution? Law, Social Preferences, and Sustainable Policy Design, 64 TAX LAW REVIEW 201 (2011); Choice of Law and Employee Restrictive Covenants: An American Perspective, 30 COMPARATIVE LABOR LAW & POLICY JOURNAL 389-423 (2010); and A Defense of Paid Family Leave, 28 HARV. J. LAW & GENDER 1 (2005). She is co-author of JUMPING THE QUEUE: AN ENQUIRY INTO THE LEGAL TREATMENT OF STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES (Harvard University Press, 1997) (with Mark Kelman), and Employment Law, EMPLOYMENT LAW: CASES AND MATERIALS, FIFTH ED. (Lexis-Nexis, 2012) (with Willborn, Schwab & Burton).


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