Ruben Garcia

Professor of Law William S. Boyd School of Law University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV


University of Wisconsin Law School, William H. Hastie Fellow, LL.M., 2002
UCLA School of Law, J.D., 1996
Stanford University, A.B. 1992

Professional Affiliations

State Bar of California; Supreme Court of the United States; United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; United States District Court, Central District of California ; American Association of University Professors (Committee on College University Governance), American Bar Association (Council for Diversity in the Educational Pipeline), American Constitution Society (Executive Committee, Board of Directors and Board of Academic Advisors), American Law Institute (Elected Member), Association of American Law Schools (Membership Review Committee), College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (Ethics & Civility Committee), International Labor and Employment Relations Association, International Society of Labor and Social Security Law, Labor Research Advisory Network (Advisory Board), The Labor Law Group (Treasurer, Executive Committee), Labor and Employment Relations Association, Law and Society Association (past member of Program Committee, Diversity Committee, co-chair of Labor Rights Collaborative Research Network), Nevada Faculty Alliance AAUP/AFT, Nevada Latino Bar Association, Peggy Browning Fund (Advisory Board), Public Justice (Fundraising and Membership Committees), Society of American Law Teachers (Co-President, 2014-2016, Legal Education, Academic Freedom Committees)

Community Service

Member, Working Group on A Clean Slate for the Future of Labor Law Project, Harvard Law School; Co-President, Society of American Law Teachers, 2014-2016; Guest Editor, Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal, Special Issue on the Workplace Law; Agenda of the Obama Administration (2012); Co-Chair, Planning Committee, Eighth Annual Colloquium on Scholarship in Labor and Employment Law, Las Vegas NV, Fall 2013; Chair, Planning Committee, Association of American Law Schools 2009 Mid-Year Meeting on Work Law, June 10-12, 2009; Co-Chair, Planning Committee, Third Annual Colloquium on Labor and Employment Scholarship, Spring 2008, San Diego, CA

Professional Honors and Achievements

Elected Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, 2019-
Executive Committee Member, Treasurer, The Labor Law Group 2018

Elected Member, The American Law Institute

Books: Critical Wage Theory: Why Wage Justice is Racial Justice (forthcoming 2024, University of California Press) Marginal Workers: How Legal Fault Lines Divide Workers and Leave Them Without Protection (New York University Press, 2012)Legal Protection for the Individual Employee (6th ed. 2021) (with Kenneth G. Dau-Schmidt, Matthew Finkin & Jason Bent)Politically Engaged Unionism: The Culinary Workers Union in Las Vegas in REVIVING AMERICAN LABOR: LABOR LAW FOR A TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY ECONOMY (Richard Bales & Charlotte Garden, eds.) (2019) Commentary on Hoffman Plastic Compounds v. NLRB, FEMINIST JUDGMENTS: IMMIGRATION (Cambridge Univ. Press 2022); The FAA and the LMRA at the Margins: Workers of Color Caught Between Collectivism and Individualism (edited collection with 20 other prominent labor and arbitration scholars, Cambridge University Press, Richard Bales & Jill Gros, eds., forthcoming 2025).

Articles in more than twenty leading law reviews, peer-reviewed journals, and media publications, including the Hastings Law Journal, the Loyola Law Review, the University of Chicago Legal Forum, the Florida Law Review, the Florida State University Law Review, the Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal, the Annual Reviews of Law and Social Science, the Washington Monthly, and the Conversation.