Labor Law Practicum

Ave Maria School of Law, in conjunction with the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, sponsors the Reed Larson Professorship of Labor Law. The position is held by John Raudabaugh, a former member of the National Labor Relations Board (1990-1993) and an experienced labor and employee relations attorney.

The Foundation provides Professor Raudabaugh's services to Ave Maria School of Law. He teaches courses related to labor law and employee rights. As part of his teaching duties, Professor Raudabaugh supervises a labor law litigation course (practicum or clinic) involving students in significant Foundation-supported cases each academic term, thereby giving high level litigation experience and education to Ave Maria School of Law students. Specific details of Professor Raudabaugh's courses are available and distributed prior to each semester. In addition to his teaching duties, Professor Raudabaugh, as a Foundation Staff Attorney, works in the Foundation's legal aid program and litigates Foundation-supported cases brought on behalf of individual workers (described at

Professor John Raudabaugh has served many legal clients in policy, litigation, and regulatory compliance counseling. He also served as an adjunct professor of labor law at Northwestern University, University of Chicago, and Emory University law schools. He has represented U.S. businesses at the International Labour Conference, co-chaired a study for the United Nations Development Program Office of the Global Defender of the Poor addressing the elimination of the worst forms of child labor, forced labor, and discrimination through access to justice, remediation, and employment and labor rights. Professor Raudabaugh has testified before Congress, represented senators in amicus filings, drafted proposed federal legislation, assisted foreign governments on labor and employment law matters and implementing labor provisions of international trade agreements. He is a frequent speaker and commentator regarding U.S. and comparative labor law developments.