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As a student in our online graduate programs, you will benefit from being taught by world-class legal experts.
Your instructors will be:
- Attorneys who have extensive experience in the field as counsel to HR and executive teams as well as top human resource professionals at the highest levels of this nation’s most recognized corporations
- Experts who have built standout careers on their thorough knowledge of the complex bodies of energy and environmental law and have developed the ability to adapt to regulations where change is constant
Joel Wm. Friedman
Davis spent 14 years as executive director of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, where he helped shape programs and policies at the state and federal level to improve the stewardship of the wetlands and waters of coastal Louisiana. He has practiced law in Indianapolis, the District of Columbia and Chicago and has taught at the Indiana University (Indianapolis) School of Business and the IIT-Chicago Kent School of Law in Chicago.
Elizabeth Townsend Gard
With grounding in continental and analytic philosophy and women’s studies as well as law, she takes an interdisciplinary approach to exploring legal personhood, animal rights, legal education and laws related to pregnancy. She joined the Tulane Law faculty in 2010 after receiving a PhD in women’s studies from UCLA. In 2014-15, she was Tulane Law’s inaugural Gordon Gamm Faculty Scholar, an award to support the work of early-career professors.
Matambanadzo has taught seminars and courses in gender and legal studies at UCLA; California State University, Long Beach; and the University of Oregon. She is the author of the newest edition of West’s Sex Discrimination in a Nutshell (forthcoming). She has also published on legal sex for transgender persons, philosophy of legal education, legal personhood and feminist legal theory. Her article "Reconstructing Pregnancy," focusing on the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, was published in the SMU Law Review in 2016.
Matambanadzo holds a BA summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh, an MA and PhD from UCLA and a JD from Harvard University.
Hon. Joseph H.L. Perez-Montes
Judge Perez-Montes earned his JD summa cum laude from Tulane Law School, where he studied labor and employment law with Professor Friedman. After graduating, he clerked for Senior U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell, a position in which he routinely researched and helped decide federal employment cases. Judge Perez-Montes then practiced law at the Gold Law Firm in Alexandria, Louisiana, where he specialized in labor and employment law. Representing both public and private employers, he consulted on and litigated all manner of employee benefits, discrimination and harassment issues before state and federal courts and administrative agencies.
Judge Perez-Montes was appointed to the bench in 2015. As a federal trial court judge, he regularly presides over labor and employment cases. He has also taught undergraduate courses in labor and employment law since 2011, and has given dozens of professional and academic lectures and workshops in the field.
In her litigation practice, Robertson defends employers in all phases of litigation with an emphasis on harassment, discrimination and retaliation issues. Because she was in practice when the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) became law, she has had a ringside seat to the development of these laws and has litigated employee leave issues extensively. Robertson also counsels employers on employee discipline and termination issues, wage and hour law compliance, harassment investigations, corporate reorganizations, unfair competition, and workplace safety and privacy issues. She has particular expertise in advising clients regarding employee medical and family leave issues and often speaks on those topics to human resource and attorney groups.
“This is a field that our students are shaping.”
Watch online Master of Jurisprudence in Labor & Employment Law Professor Saru Matambanadzo discuss how Tulane's faculty of legal experts and prestigious history make the online MJ-LEL a uniquely powerful program.
From coursework designed to be convenient for working professionals to an opportunity to enjoy the unique culture of New Orleans during Immersion Weekend, the online MJ-LEL offers an unmatched educational experience for HR professionals.