Ariana R. Levinson

Professor of Law


Professor Ariana Levinson's scholarship and teaching focus on labor and employment law issues and practical legal skills. She was awarded a University Distinguished Teaching Award in Recognition of Exemplary Teaching in 2019. Students have made the following observations about Professor Levinson’s teaching:

  • "Professor Levinson is one of the most amazing professors I have ever had the opportunity to experience ... Professor Levinson's effort, patience, attention to detail, and knowledge have made an unparalleled impact on me in the law school."
  • "Professor Levinson is an amazing professor! I recommend her to everyone as one of the teachers you should always take in law school at least once!"
  • "Professor Levinson is fun, interesting, and kind. She carefully makes sure we learn what we need to learn by laying out elements, giving us practical projects in class, and practical projects outside of class."
  • "She is excellent. She utilizes a plethora of teaching methods that are both effective and engaging."
  • "I love Professor Levinson. She is always one of my favorite professors. Not only is she clear, passionate, and knowledgeable, but I love how she doesn't take crap from anyone. She is really an inspiration to me as a female student, and I just admire her assertiveness and confidence."

Professor Levinson is a fellow in the Rutgers School of Management & Labor Relations Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership & Profit Sharing, and the Principal Investigator of a Transdisciplinary UofL Research Team focused on cooperative economics.  She has published three law review articles, and several news and policy briefs, about cooperatives.  Her latest co-op article, co-authored with one of the Law School’s amazing students, is forthcoming in the Michigan State Law Review

Professor Levinson has also published three law review articles about labor arbitration and is a co-author of the West handbook Principles of Arbitration Law.  She is working on a series of articles about arbitrators’ use of precedent, drawing on a newly created data set of over 500 labor arbitration awards.

In addition to writing about worker ownership and arbitration, Professor Levinson has also written a number of articles about workplace technology and privacy. Professor Levinson is a member of the Scholars Strategy Network, KEJC’s Workers’ Rights Task Force, the Louisville Advisory Board for the Shared Equity in Economic Development 2019-20 Fellowship, and the Louisville Association for Community Economics, and is the faculty liaison to the Peggy Browning Fund. She is the faculty advisor for the mock arbitration team and the Wagner moot court team.   Professor Levinson is admitted to practice in Indiana and California.

Prior to teaching at Brandeis School of Law, Professor Levinson taught at USC Gould School of Law and at UCLA School of Law. She clerked for the Honorable John G. Davies (United States District Court, Central District of California) and for the Honorable Myra C. Selby (Supreme Court of Indiana) and practiced labor law, including serving as a fellow for the AFL-CIO's Legal Department.

She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School. During law school, she served as a contributing editor on the Michigan Law Review and was awarded the Robert S. Feldman Labor Law Award for the most outstanding work in that field. She has also received a faculty favorite award from the University of Louisville Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning multiple times.