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William Gould

Stanford Law School

Stanford, CA, USA


William B. Gould IV is Charles A. Beardsley Professor of Law, Emeritus, at Stanford Law School. He is a former Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board (1994–98); a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators since 1970; and Independent Monitor on Freedom of Association Claims for First Group (U.K.) at American facilities since 2008. He has arbitrated and mediated more than 200 labor disputes, including the 1992 and 1993 salary disputes between the Major League Baseball Players Association and the Major League Baseball Player Relations Committee.

Professor Gould is the recipient of five honorary doctorates for his significant contributions in the fields of labor law and labor relations. Before joining the Stanford Law School Faculty in 1972, he was a professor of law at Wayne State Law School and was an attorney for the National Labor Relations Board, as well as for the United Auto Workers.

A critically acclaimed author of nine books and more than sixty law review articles, Professor Gould’s work includes his historical record of the experiences of his great-grandfather in Diary of a Contraband: The Civil War Passage of a Black Sailor, and his own Washington story, Labored Relations: Law, Politics and the NLRB: A Memoir.

His publications include Kissing Cousins?: The Federal Arbitration Act and Modern Labor Arbitration, 55 Emory Law Journal 609; Labor Issues in Professional Sports: Reflections on Baseball, Labor, and Antitrust Law (Symposium: Sports and the Law), 15 Stanford Law and Policy Review 61; The Idea of the Job as Property in Contemporary America: The Legal and Collective Bargaining Framework, 1986 Brigham Young University Law Review 895; Japan’s Reshaping of American Labor Law, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1984; On Labor Injunctions Pending Arbitration: Recasting Buffalo Forge, 30 Stanford Law Review 533; Black Workers in White Unions: Job Discrimination in the United States, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1977; Taft-Hartley Comes to Great Britain: Observations on the Industrial Relations Act of 1971, 81 Yale Law Journal 1421; Black Power in the Unions: The Impact Upon Collective Bargaining Relationships, 79 Yale Law Journal 46.

William Gould is associated with the following items:
Treatise Chapters  Treatise Chapters Labor and Employment Arbitration - American Arbitration: Principles and Practice, Friday, October 24, 2008
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