Kenneth G. Dau-Schmidt

Kenneth G. Dau-Schmidt

Willard and Margaret Carr Professor of Labor and Employment Law

  • B.A., University of Wisconsin 1978
  • M.A., University of Michigan 1981
  • J.D., University of Michigan 1981
  • Ph.D., University of Michigan 1984
  • Associate Dean of Faculty Research (2005-2007)
  • Co-chair, IU Center for Law, Society, and Culture (2003-2007)
  • Secretary, ABA Section on Labor and Employment Law (2008-Present); Chair of the Labor Law Group (2005-2010); Chair AALS Section on Law and Economics (2006-2007); AAUP Nat'l Council (1993-96)
  • AALS Scholarly Paper Award (1990)
  • Excellence in Education Award of the Industrial Relations Research Association (2004); Leon H. Wallace and Cynthia Bowman Teaching Awards (2003)
  • Associate at Previant, Goldberg and Uelmen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (1985-86)
  • Counsel for the Labor-Management Relations Committee, Minnesota House of Representatives, Minneapolis (1982-85)
  • Clerk, UAW Legal Department, Solidarity House, Detroit
  • Humphrey and Sharfman Fellow at the University of Michigan; Parker Award for Best Dissertation; Elected to the Order of the Coif

Professor Dau-Schmidt is a nationally recognized teacher and scholar on the subjects of labor and employment law and the economic analysis of legal problems.

His innovative teaching methods using classroom simulations have been widely featured in publications including the Christian Science Monitor, Chronicle of Higher Education, the Chicago Sun-Times, the National Jurist, and the Indiana Daily Student. In 2003 he was awarded the Leon H. Wallace Award, Indiana Law's top teaching prize, and IU's Sylvia Bowman Award for Teaching Excellence. He received the Excellence in Education Award of the Industrial Relations Research Association in 2004.

He is author of seven books and numerous articles on labor and employment law and the economic analysis of law, and he frequently presents papers at academic conferences and law schools across the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. In 1990 he received the Scholarly Paper Award from the Association of American Law Schools for his work on the economic analysis of the criminal law as a preference-shaping policy.

Dau-Schmidt is active in law school administration, most recently serving as the Associate Dean of Faculty Research. He was also the Chair or Co-Chair of the law school's Center for Law, Society and Culture from 2003-2007 and has been an active participant in the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) and IU leadership programs.

Involved in several national academic associations, Dau-Schmidt was elected to the National Council of the American Association of University Professors and appointed to serve on the executive and litigation committees of that organization. He is the past chair of the Labor Law Group and has chaired the Association of American Law School sections on the Economic Analysis of Law and Socio-Economics. In addition, he has served in various capacities on the executive committee of the AALS section on Labor and Employment Law and the Industrial Relations Research Association's section on Labor and Employment Law. He is also a founder of the Midwest Law and Economics Association.

Professor Dau-Schmidt has been fortunate enough to be invited to teach at various European and Asian universities, including Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Kiel, Germany; Friedrich-Alexander-Universität in Erlangen, Germany; and Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) in Paris. He is also an affiliated faculty member with Peking University's School of Transnational Law in Shenzen, China.

In the media
Selected Works
  • The Impact of Emerging Information Technologies on the Employment Relationship: New Gigs for Labor and Employment Law, U. CHI. LEGAL F. (forthcoming 2017).
  • Labor Law 2.0: The Impact of New Information Technology on the Employment Relationship and the Relevance of the NLRA, 64 EMORY L. J. 1583 (2015).
  • Undermining or Promoting Democratic Government? An Economic and Empirical Analysis of Public Sector Collective Bargaining, 14 NEV. L. J. 414-443 (2014)(with Mohammad Khan).
  • Promises to Keep: Ensuring the Payment of Americans’ Pension Benefits in the Wake of the Great Recession, 52 WASHBURN L. REV. 393-428 (2013).
  • Promoting Employee Voice in the American Economy: A Call for Comprehensive Reform, 94 MARQUETTE L. REV. 765 (2011).
  • Review of Labor and Employment Decisions from the Supreme Court's 2008-2009 Term, 25 ABA J. LAB. & EMP. LAW 107 (2010) (with Todd Dvorak).
  • LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW AND ECONOMICS, Elgar Publishing Co. (with S. HARRIS and O. LOBEL) (2009).
  • Men and Women of the Bar: An Empirical Study of the Impact on Gender on Legal Careers, 16 MICH. J OF GENDER & L. 49 (2009) (with M. Galanter, K. Mukhopadhaya, and K. Hull)
  • Income and Career Satisfaction in the Legal Profession: Survey Data from Indiana Law Graduates, 4 J. OF EMP. LEG. STUD. 939 (2007)(with J. Stake and K. Mukhopadhaya).
  • The Changing Face of Collective Representation: The Future of Collective Bargaining, 29th Annual Piper Lecture, Chicago-Kent University, School of Law, U. CHI-KENT L. REV 903 (2007).
  • Labor law (unions, collective bargaining, NLRB processes, public sector unions, etc.)
  • Employment law (employment contracts, FLSA (min wage law), OSHA (safety), Workers? comp, unemplloyment compensation, ERISA (pensions) etc., but NOT employment discrimination)
  • The legal profession (income, job satisfaction, hours worked, gender)