Ariana R. Levinson

Professor of Law

About

Professor Ariana Levinson's scholarship and teaching focus on labor and employment law issues and practical legal skills. 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 received a Corey Rosen Research Fellowship from the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations for the 2012-13 academic year, and a Michael W. Huber Fellowship for the 2013-14 academic year. In conjunction with the fellowships, she published Founding Worker Cooperatives: Social Movement Theory and the Law in the Nevada Law Journal and is working on a research project about the Cincinnati Union Co-op Initiative. Her article What the Awards Tell Us about Labor Arbitration of Employment Discrimination Claims, published in the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform was selected by blind review by Vanderbilt Law School faculty for presentation at the Branstetter New Voices in Civil Justice Workshop in May 2012.

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 the faculty liaison to the Peggy Browning Fund and a co-planner of the Warns-Render Labor and Employment Law Institute, an annual labor and employment law continuing legal education program. She coaches the mock arbitration team and advises the Wagner moot court team. She is a Reviewer for the American Business Law Journal. 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 also received a 2014-15 faculty favorite award from the University of Louisville Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning.

Advanced Issues in Labor and Employment Law

Arbitration Practice & Procedure

  • "Professor Levinson is one of the most amazing professors I have ever had the opportunity to experience. Having work continuously at a law firm for two years, I can say from experience that this class is one of the few law classes available that will actually teach real life skills that translate into actual practice … This class has given me the confidence to enter the legal world knowing that I can adequately and efficiently represent my clients … Professor Levinson's effort, patience, attention to detail, and knowledge have made an unparalleled impact on me in the law school."
  • "Every assignment I handed in was thoroughly reviewed and returned with very helpful comments that not only help me with this class but help me become a better legal writer for when I begin practicing law."

Basic Legal Skills

Decedents' Estates

Dispute Resolution

  • "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!"
  • "She is an absolute gem of a professor. She cares for her students and wants us to truly understand the material. She is passionate about ADR and that is contagious. She brought in wonderful, practicing lawyers to show students “pros” in action. It is apparent how she cares for her students and she strives to improve as an educator … I hope to be as proficient as litigator as she is an educator."

Employment Law

  • "You can tell that she really loves and understands this area of law. I didn't think I would like this class that much but it ended up being my favorite of the semester."
  • "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."
  • "Professor Levinson is the most effective Professor I've had in law school. I wish I had her for all of my bar classes."

Evidence

  • "She is excellent. She utilizes a plethora of teaching methods that are both effective and engaging. She also appears to truly care about our learning. She's always very prepared for class and does not ask of us anything that she herself would not adhere to. I would gladly take her for all future classes I can!"
  • "I think she was one of the greatest professors at the law school. She explained evidence concepts very clearly and always had us applying them. She has a very good method of teaching evidence, and I greatly enjoyed the class."

Labor Law

  • "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."
  • "She promotes lively discussions about what can be divisive topics. Realizing we all bring different perspectives on labor law, she always encouraged us to speak up."

Social Media and the National Labor Relations Board, in Research Handbook on Electronic Commerce Law 337 (John A. Rothchild ed., Edward Elgar Pub. 2016)

Solidarity on Social Media, 2016 Colum. Bus. L. Rev. 1303 (2016)

Founding Worker Cooperatives: Social Movement Theory and the Law, 14 Nev. L.J. 322 (2014).

Social Media, Privacy, and the Employment Relationship: The American Experience, 2 Spanish Labour Law & Employment Relations Journal (SLLERJ) 15, EISSN: 2255-2081 (2013).

Labor Arbitration of Discrimination Claims: Finding a Middle Ground?, Louisville Bar Association Bar Briefs, May 2013, at 18.

What the Awards Tell Us about Labor Arbitration of Employment Discrimination Claims, 46 U. Mich. J.L. Reform 789 (2013).

Toward a Cohesive Interpretation of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act for the Electronic Monitoring of Employees, 114 W. Va. L. Rev. 461 (2012).

Workplace Privacy and Monitoring: The Quest for Balanced Interests, 59 Clev. St. L. Rev. 377 (2011).

Student Attorney Collaboration: Investigating Alternative Dispute Resolution, Louisville Bar Association Bar Briefs, Aug. 2011, at 9.

Carpe Diem: Privacy Protection in Employment Act, 43 Akron L. Rev. 331 (2010) (lead article for issue two).

What Hath the Twenty First Century Wrought? Issues in the Workplace Arising from New Technologies & How Arbitrators Are Dealing with Them, 11 Transactions: Tenn. J. of Bus. L. 9 (2010) (lead article for issue two).

Legal Ethics in the Employment Law Context: Who is the Client?, 37 N. Ky. L. Rev. 1 (2010) (lead article) republished at 135 Jurnalul de Studii Juridice, Anul V., Nr. 3-4/2010.

Industrial Justice: Privacy Protection for the Employed, 18 Cornell J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 609 (2009) (lead article for issue three).

Co-authored, Drafting Effective PowerPoint Slides, Kentucky Bench & Bar, Jan. 2010, at 44.

Lawyers as Problem-Solvers One Meal at a Time: A Review of Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, 15 Widener L. Rev. 289 (2009).

A Potpourri of Technology, The Second Draft (Legal Writing Institute) Spring 2009, at 21.

Co-authored, Editorial, Employees Deserve Free Choice, The Courier-Journal, March 26, 2009, at A9.

Lawyering Skills, Principles and Methods Offer Insight as to Best Practices for Arbitration, 60 Baylor L. Rev. 1 (2008) (lead article).

Editing in the Legal Workplace, Suffolk University Law School's Transitioning from One-L to Summer Legal Writing Podcast Series (2008).

Editing Tips for the Busy Attorney, Kentucky Bench & Bar, Nov. 2007, at 31

Questioning the D.C. Circuit; Harmonizing Board Precedent: Why Mere Presence of an Organizer Should Not Invalidate a Board Election, Casenote, 7 U. Pa. J. Lab. & Emp. L. 463 (2005).

Neither Prophets of Doom nor Facile Optimism, Rev. Radical Pol. Econ., 25(2) June 1993, at 132 Contributing Editor, Developing Labor Law 2001, 2002, 2003 Cumulative Supplements.

Panelist; Collective Courage: Cooperative Economics, Diversity, and the Law; Louisville, Kentucky; March 6, 2017.

Participant, providing Q & A expertise on worker-owned cooperatives, The Louisville Food Cooperative Steering Committee Community Meeting, Louisville, Kentucky, August 2016.

Communication with Joan Rogers, quoted in DOL ‘Persuader’ Rule Injunction Gets Mixed Reactions, Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report, Issue No. 146, July 29, 2016.

Communication with Joan Rogers, quoted in Opinion Blocking DOL Rule Cites Clash with Ethics Rules, ABA BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct, Vol. 32, No.15, July 27, 2016.

Labor Law in the United States, Course Taught as Visiting Lecturer, University of Turku, Finland, April 2016.

Panelist, That’s Interesting! Dilemmas in Cooperative Research, The Cooperative Economy: Building a Sustainable Future, Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, April 2016.

Interview with Elliot T. Dube, quoted in Local Right-to-Work Laws Could Set Stage for NLRA Battle, Bloomberg BNA Construction Labor Report, April 14, 2016.

Interview, UofL Today with Mark Hebert, 93.9 The Ville, workplace legal issues including right-to-work and social media decisions, February 29, 2016.

Interview with Jackson French, quoted in Right-to-work ordinance struck down, appeal planned, Bowling Green Daily News, February 4, 2016.

Interview with Alissa Zhu, WBEZ 91.5 Chicago Public Media, comments regarding local right-to-work ordinances broadcast twice, December 19, 2015.

Interview with William Joy, Laws vary on when guns are allowed at businesses, broadcast on Wave 3 News, December 4, 2015

Panelist, “The Legal Environment for Workers and Their Unions: Issues, Cases and Consequences,” Kentucky State AFL-CIO 31st Biennial Convention, Louisville, Kentucky, October 2015.

“Solidarity on Social Media,” Colloquium on Scholarship in Employment and Labor Law, Indiana University Bloomington, Maurer School of Law, September 2015.

Panelist, UofL Today with Mark Hebert, 93.9 FM The Ville, Roanoke TV Murders, Discussion, August 31, 2015

Panelist, “Municipal Initiatives on Worker Ownership,” The Beyster Symposium, Rady School of Management, University of California, San Diego, June 2015.

Chair, “Investment Banking, Financial Transactions, and the Creation of Worker-Owned Firms: A Panel on New Ideas,” The Beyster Symposium, Rady School of Management, University of California, San Diego, June 2015.

Interview with Gina Clear, quoted in Motion for summary judgment filed in right-to-work suit, The News Enterprise, March 10, 2015

Interview with Katie Brandenburg, quoted in Hardin law gets another challenge, Bowling Green Daily News, March 10, 2015

Expert Author for WalletHub, Richie Bernardo, 2015’s Hardest Working Cities in America, March 2015

Interview with Tim Palmer, Research Director at the Democracy at Work Institute, for study of the ecosystems surrounding worker cooperatives, Feb. 2015.

Panelist, What Would It Take for Worker Cooperatives to Rapidly Develop in the United States and Are These Conditions Realistic? A Panel Discussion, Mid-year Fellows Workshop, Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, January 2015.

Discussant, Body of Work Presentation: A Jeffersonian Society by Hamiltonian Means: A Blueprint for American Revival, Robert Hockett, Cornell University School of Law, Mid-year Fellows Workshop, Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, January 2015.

Recorded Interview with Lisa Autry, quoted in As Kentucky Counties Pass Local Right-to-Work Laws, Opinions Differ on Their Legality, WKU Public Radio, Dec. 18, 2014.

Interview with Katie Brandenburg, quoted in Simpson joins other counties with approval, Bowling Green Daily News, Dec. 17, 2014.

National Labor Relations Act, Louisville Bar Association CLE Introduction to Employment and Labor Law, September 2014.

Communication with Cory Weinberg, quoted in A High-Tech New Way for Your Boss to Follow You Everywhere, Bloomberg Businessweek, Aug. 1, 2014.

Founding Worker Cooperatives: Social Movement Theory and the Law, 9th Annual Conference CUMU 2013, Transforming & Sustaining Communities through Partnerships, Concurrent Session V, Economic Development and Revitalization, Louisville, Kentucky, October 2013.

Panelist, The Merger of Workplace Privacy, Employer Policies, and Technological Innovation, Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference, Palm Beach, Florida, August 2013.

Panelist, Arbitration Law Update, ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Teleconference, June 2013.

A Midwestern Movement for Union Co-ops, The Beyster Symposium, LaJolla, California, June 2013.

Roundtable Facilitator, Teaching Labor Law in Law Schools, AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee Annual Union Lawyers Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 2013.

Social Media, Privacy and the Employment Relationship, Louisville Bar Association CLE with the Professors, May 2013.

Panelist, Arbitration Law Update, ABA 15th Annual Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference, Chicago, Illinois, April 2013.

Founding Worker Cooperatives, University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law Faculty Workshop Series, March 2013.

Privacy and Employment in the Digital Society, Seventh Law & Information Society Symposium, Center on Law and Information Policy at Fordham Law School, New York, New York, March 2013.

Founding Worker Cooperatives: Social Movement Theory and the Law, Mid-year Fellows Workshop, Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, January 2013.

Social Media, Privacy, and the Employment Relationship: The American Experience, Workshop: Electronic Challenges: Regulating Social Networking in the Modern Workplace, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, December 2012.

Participant, Democratic Employee Ownership Workshop, University of Wisconsin Department of Sociology, Madison, Wisconsin, December 2012.

Founding Worker Cooperatives: Social Movement Theory and the Law, Seventh Annual Labor and Employment Law Colloquium, Loyola University, Chicago School of Law, September 2012.

Co-chair, Political Metaphors and Workplace Governance, 2012 IAFEP Conference and Beyster Symposium, Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations, July 2012.

Founding Worker Cooperatives: Social Movement Theory and the Law, Seventh Annual Labor and Employment Law Colloquium, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, September 2012.

Founding Worker Cooperatives: Social Movement Theory and the Law, University of Leeds, United Kingdom, May 2012 What the Awards Tell Us about Labor Arbitration of Employment Discrimination Claims, 2012 New Voices in Civil Justice Scholarship Workshop, Vanderbilt Law School, May 2012

Communication with Andrew Wolfson, quoted in Ky. Church sued over youth minister's deadly mistake, The Courier-Journal, Monday, April 23, 2012, A1, at A4.

Movements of Consensus and Conflict: Founding Worker Cooperatives, Democracy and the Workplace, A Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution Symposium on Contemporary Issues in Labor and Employment Law, William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV, February 2012.

Workplace Privacy Laws, Professor Deanna Ferreira's Intensive English as a Second Language Class, University of Louisville, November 2011.

What the Awards Tell Us about Labor Arbitration of Employment Discrimination Claims, Seton Hall University School of Law's Sixth Annual Employment and Labor Law Scholar's Forum, October 2011.

What the Awards Tell Us about Labor Arbitration of Employment Discrimination Claims, University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law Faculty Workshop Series, October 2011

What the Awards Tell Us about Labor Arbitration of Employment Discrimination Claims, Sixth Annual Labor and Employment Law Colloquium, Southwestern Law School, September 2011.

Interview with Steve Ivey, quoted in Amid Louisville expansion, Ford begins contract talks with UAW, Louisville Business First, July 29, 2011, at 1.

Moderator and Discussant, "Should Employment Claims Continue to Be Arbitrated?" Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference, Hilton Head, South Carolina, July 2011.

Panelist, Objection! Evidentiary Issues in Employment Litigation — A Live Skills Workshop, 28th Annual Carl A. Warns Jr. Labor & Employment Law Institute, June 2011.

Guest Speaker, Professor Frank Kuzmits's Employment Discrimination Class, University of Louisville College of Business, April 2011

Littler Mendelson Employment and Labor Law Lecture, Workplace Privacy and Monitoring: The Quest for Balanced Interests, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, March 2011.

Toward a Cohesive Interpretation of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act for Electronic Monitoring of Employees, University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law Faculty Workshop Series, March 2011.

New Technology and Employee Privacy: Employer Electronic Monitoring in the Workplace, Privacy Scholars Seminar Series, Panelist, Berkeley Law School, February 2011.

Toward a Cohesive Interpretation of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act for Electronic Monitoring of Employees, Privacy Scholars Seminar Series, Berkeley Law School, February 2011.

Arbitration and New Technologies, FMCS Bi-annual Midwest Arbitrators' Symposium, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Institute for Law and the Workplace, November 2010.

The Art of ADR Advocacy and When to Ignore Your Basic Instincts, moderator, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference, Chicago, Illinois, November 2010.

Initiating a Project to Discern What Arbitration Cases Tell Us about Union Waivers of Employees' Statutory Rights, Fifth Annual Labor and Employment Law Colloquium, Washington University School of Law, September 2010”Towards a Cohesive Interpretation of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act for Electronic Monitoring of Employees, Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference, Palm Beach, Florida, August 2010.

Sharing What Works: Enhancing Our Teaching through Technology, co-presenter, LWI Biennial Conference, Marco Island, Florida, June 2010.

Using Visual Aids to Enhance Your Case, co-presenter, Kentucky Bar Association Convention, Lexington, June 2010.

Reconsidering the Electronic Communications Privacy Act as a Source of Employee Privacy from Electronic Monitoring, Privacy Law Scholars Conference, George Washington University School of Law, June 2010.

Labor Law in the United States, course taught as visiting lecturer, University of Turku, May 2010.

What Hath the Twenty-First Century Wrought? Issues in the Workplace Arising from New Technologies and How Arbitrators Are Dealing with Them, Scholar in Residence, ABA LEL Section ADR Committee Mid-Winter Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico, February 2010.

A Scholar's Guide to Lawyering Skills That Just Might Tip the Scales in Close Arbitration Cases, Scholar in Residence, ABA LEL Section ADR Committee Mid-Winter Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico, February 2010.

Commentator, Cost-Effective Dispute Resolution, A Conference on Conflict Resolution and the Economic Crisis, The Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution at the William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV, February 2010.

While We are Waiting: Court Protection of Employee Privacy, Central States Law School Association Annual Conference, Capital University School of Law, October 2009.

While We are Waiting: Court Protection of Employee Privacy, Fourth Annual Colloquium on Current Scholarship in Labor and Employment Law, Seton Hall University School of Law, September 2009.

Effective Strategies in Arbitration, Kentucky Legislative Research Commission Seminar, Capitol Building, Frankfort, June 2009.

Ex Parte Communication and Confidentiality Issues with Organizational Clients, Kentucky Legislative Research Commission Seminar, Capitol Building, Frankfort, June 2009.

Industrial Justice: Privacy Protection for the Employed, Central States Law School Association Annual Conference, SIU Law School, October 2009.

Legal Ethics in the Employment Law Context: Who is the Client?, 25th Annual Carl A. Warns Jr. Labor & Employment Law Institute, May 2008.

Lawyering Skills, Principles and Methods Offer Insight as to Best Practices for Arbitration, University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law Faculty Workshop Series, January 2008.

Faculty Favorites 2014-15, University of Louisville Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning

Faculty Advisor, Labor and Employment Society

Faculty Advisor, American Bar Association Arbitration Competition

Faculty Advisor, Wagner National Labor & Employment Law Moot Court Competition

Faculty Liaison, Peggy Browning Fund

Warns-Render Labor and Employment Law Institute, Planning Committee, Nov. 2007-present; co-chair, Nov. 2009-present

Member, Minors on Campus Work Group and Application Process Workgroup, 2012

Reviewer, American Business Law Journal, March 2010-present