Michael Oswalt

Michael Oswalt gets down to business. As an associate professor, Oswalt teaches Torts, Labor Law, Employment Law, and Workers’ Compensation at NIU’s College of Law. His expertise on current issues like the minimum wage, strikes, the employee status of Uber drivers and the future of organized labor have made him a sought after speaker and contributor.

Oswalt’s research focuses on the relationship between law and activism in the workplace, and his work has been published in the California Law Review, the Cardozo Law Review, the NYU Review of Law and Social Change Harbinger, the UC Irvine Law Review, the Minnesota Law Review, the Duke Law Journal, and the Journal of Catholic Legal Studies. He has also been a featured expert in the Huffington Post, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Rockford Register Star and on WGN Radio.

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Oswalt graduated from Haverford College before earning degrees in law and theology from Duke University. After law school he was a clerk in the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals for Judge Sonia Sotomayor. Oswalt was most recently a law fellow for the Services Employees International Union where he provided counsel to a variety of low wage worker organizing campaigns.

Subject areas:
Labor law, employment law, private and public sector unions, law and the sharing economy


Twitter: @MichaelMOswalt

Contact information:

Michael Oswalt
Office: 815-753-2066
Cell: 610-420-6505

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