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Elizabeth Kennedy

Professor of Law and Social Responsibility
Elizabeth Kennedy

kennedyProfessor of Law and Social Responsibility


Sellinger Hall 410


Elizabeth J. Kennedy is a Professor of Law & Social Responsibility in the Sellinger School of Business. She received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, and her B.A. in Urban Studies from Smith College. Before joining Loyola University Maryland, Professor Kennedy practiced law with the New York firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, specializing in corporate finance, and served as labor and employment counsel to the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee. She also worked as a union organizer for AFSCME Local 3299 and UNITE! Professor Kennedy's research focuses on legal strategies for advancing equity and collective labor power within an increasingly global and decentralized American workplace. Her teaching interests include workers' rights, data ethics, sustainability, and climate justice.

Academic Degrees

JD, University of California, Berkeley
BA, Smith College

Representative Publications

Elizabeth J. Kennedy (forthcoming, 2023). Sustainable Labor Rights. BERKELEY JOURNAL OF EMPLOYMENT AND LABOR LAW
Elizabeth J. Kennedy (2022). Equitable, Sustainable, and Just: A Transition Framework.  ARIZONA LAW REVIEW
Elizabeth J. Kennedy (2021). Can Data Drive Racial Equity? MIT SLOAN MANAGEMENT REVIEW
Elizabeth J. Kennedy (2020). Deluge in the Desert: Advancing Racial Equity in Workforce Development. CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW.
Elizabeth J. Kennedy (2017). Employed by an Algorithm. SEATTLE LAW REVIEW
Elizabeth J. Kennedy (2016). Wage Theft as Public Larceny. BROOKLYN LAW REVIEW
Elizabeth J. Kennedy and Andrea Giampetro-Meyer (2015). Gearing Up for the Next Industrial Revolution: 3D Printing, Home-Based Factories and Modes of Social Control.  LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO LAW JOURNAL.
Elizabeth J. Kennedy and Michael B. Runnels (2013). Bringing New Governance Home: The Need for Regulation in the Domestic Workplace.  UMKC LAW REVIEW.
Elizabeth J. Kennedy (2012).  When the Shop Floor is in the Living Room: Toward a Domestic Employment Relationship Theory.  NYU ANNUAL SURVEY OF AMERICAN LAW 
Elizabeth J. Kennedy (2010).  The Invisible Corner: Expanding Workplace Rights for Female Day Laborers. BERKELEY JOURNAL OF EMPLOYMENT AND LABOR LAW 
Michael B. Runnels, Elizabeth J. Kennedy, and Rev. Timothy B. Brown, S.J. (2010). Corporate Social Responsibility and the New Governance: In Search of Epstein’s “Good Company” in the Employment Context.  AKRON LAW REVIEW 
Elizabeth J. Kennedy (2005).  Freedom from Independence: Collective Bargaining Rights for “Dependent Contractors.” BERKELEY JOURNAL OF EMPLOYMENT AND LABOR LAW 

Awards and Honors

ELMBA Most Valued Professor 
Harry W. Rodgers III Distinguished Teacher of the Year 
Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Publico Award 
NYC Bankruptcy Assistance Project Champion Award 
Thelen Marrin Prize for Law Journal Writing 
Prosser Awards for Corporations Law and Employment Law
Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Experience/Certification

Admitted to practice in New York and Maryland.
Associate, Corporate Finance, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP (2005 - 2008).
Labor Policy Advisor, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (2005).
Labor Organizer, American Fed. of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) (2000 - 2002).
Labor Organizer, Union of Needletrades, Industrial & Textile Employees (UNITE) (1999 - 2000).

Professional Memberships

New York County Lawyers Association
Bar Association of the City of New York