Dr. Elizabeth J. Kennedy

kennedyProfessor of Law and Social Responsibility


Sellinger Hall 410


Elizabeth J. Kennedy is an Associate Professor of Law & Social Responsibility in the Sellinger School of Business. She received her J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. Her research focuses primarily on the evolution and application of legal protections for workers in an increasingly global and decentralized American workplace. Her current teaching interests are in the areas of labor and employment law, urban politics and development, and executive and legislative policymaking. Prior to arriving at Loyola in 2008, 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.

Academic Degrees

JD, University of California, Berkeley
BA, Smith College

Representative Publications

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 (forthcoming).  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, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY ANNUAL SURVEY OF AMERICAN LAW 67, 643-690.   

Elizabeth J. Kennedy (2010).  The Invisible Corner: Expanding Workplace Rights for Female Day Laborers, BERKELEY JOURNAL OF EMPLOYMENT AND LABOR LAW 31, 126-159.

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 43, 501-535.

Elizabeth J. Kennedy (2005).  Freedom from Independence: Collective Bargaining Rights for “Dependent Contractors,” BERKELEY JOURNAL OF EMPLOYMENT AND LABOR LAW 26, 144-168.

Awards and Honors

Harry W. Rodgers III Distinguished Teacher of the Year (2012)
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

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