Christopher David Ruiz Cameron
Vice Dean and Justice Marshall F. McComb Professor of Law
B.A., summa cum laude, Political Science and Communication Studies, 1980, University of California, Los Angeles; J.D., 1983, Harvard University; Phi Beta Kappa; Member, California State Bar
Phone: (213) 738-6749
Christopher David Ruiz Cameron is a recognized expert in the law of the workplace, with a special emphasis on its intersection with the laws regulating bankruptcy, immigration, and entertainment and sports. He is author or co-author of two books, nine book chapters or supplements, and 27 law review articles published by the California Law Review, UCLA Law Review, and other leading journals. According to Westlaw, Dean Cameron's body of scholarship has earned over 300 reported citations, including several published appellate decisions.
Dean Cameron is an Elected Member or Fellow of three learned societies: the American Law Institute, the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and The Labor Law Group. He is also Secretary Elect of the American Bar Association's Section of Labor & Employment Law for 2016-2017. And he is past chair of the Labor Relations and Employment Law Sections of both the Association of American Law Schools and the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
"In teaching legal analysis, I try to show that the law is as much about the questions as it is about the answers; it offers solutions rather than absolutions; it is more art than science."
Since 2011, Dean Cameron has been a Member of the Los Angeles Employee Relations Board, the local agency having jurisdiction to regulate labor relations involving some 48,000 employees working in 60 separate bargaining units of the nation's second-largest city. In 2015, he was elected Vice Chair of the LAERB.
As a labor relations neutral, Dean Cameron has served as an arbitrator or hearing officer in over 250 cases posing a wide variety of workplace disputes in the public and private sectors throughout California.
As a director of the Mexican American Bar Foundation, Dean Cameron has helped raise and award over $2.3 million, mostly in the form of 404 scholarships given to 336 individual students of Latino heritage.
After law school, where he was Articles Editor of the Harvard Law Review, Dean Cameron served as a law clerk to Judge Harry Pregerson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He then spent six years in private practice representing labor organizations and employee benefit funds.
Dean Cameron has been a member of the Southwestern faculty since 1991 and served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for ten years. He also served as Director of Externships for more than a decade, and as Director of the London Summer Program in Entertainment and Media Law. He was named Vice Dean in 2016. Dean Cameron was honored with Southwestern's inaugural Excellence in Teaching Award and was named the Irving D. and Florence Rosenberg Professor of Law in 1998, the Irwin R. Buchalter Professor of Law in 2009, and the Justice Marshall F. McComb Professor of Law in 2015 to the present. "In teaching legal analysis," Dean Cameron says, "I try to show that the law is as much about the questions as it is about the answers; it offers solutions rather than absolutions; it is more art than science."
Books and Chapters
LABOR-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS: STRIKES, LOCKOUTS AND BOYCOTTS (with D. Ray and W. Corbett; West Academic Publishing, 2nd ed. 2009 & Reissued annual eds. 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-2017)
LABOR LAW IN THE CONTEMPORARY WORKPLACE (with K. Dau-Schmidt, M. Malin, R. Corrada, and C. Fisk; West Academic Publishing, 2009 & 2nd ed. 2014)
STATUTORY SUPPLEMENT to LABOR LAW IN THE CONTEMPORARY WORKPLACE (with K. Dau-Schmidt, M. Malin, R. Corrada and C. Fisk; West Academic Publishing, 2009 & 2nd ed. 2014)
TEACHER'S MANUAL to LABOR LAW IN THE CONTEMPORARY WORKPLACE (with K. Dau-Schmidt, M. Malin and C. Fisk; West Academic Publishing, 2009 & 2nd ed. 2014)
The Rakes of Wrath: Urban Agricultural Workers and the Struggle Against Los Angeles' Ban on Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers in LATINOS AND THE LAW: CASES AND MATERIALS 679 (R. Delgado, J. Perea and J. Stefancic, eds.; 2008)
Alexander v. Sandoval in 1 THE OXFORD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF LATINOS AND LATINAS IN THE UNITED STATES (S. Oboler and D. González, eds.; Oxford University Press, USA, 2005)
Agricultural Labor Relations Act, Farmworkers Movement, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Mexican American Political Association, and Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund in 1-4 ENCYCLOPEDIA LATINA: HISTORY, CULTURE, AND SOCIETY IN THE UNITED STATE (I. Stavans, ed.; Scholastic Library Publishing, 2005)
Approach: The Two-Course Approach, Materials -- Film Clips, Handouts, and Prior Exam Packet and PowerPoint Slides in CIVIL PROCEDURE, TEACHING THE LAW SCHOOL CURRICULUM 20, 30, 35 (S. Friedland and G. Hess, eds.; Carolina Academic Press, 2004)
How the García Cousins Lost Their Accents: Understanding the Language of Title VII Decisions Applying English-Only Rules in A READER ON RACE, CIVIL RIGHTS AND AMERICAN LAW: A MULTI-RACIAL APPROACH 159 (T. Davis, K. Johnson and G. Martínez, eds.; Carolina Academic Press, 2001)
One Hundred Fifty Years of Solitude: Reflections on the End of the History Academy's Dominance of Scholarship on the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in THE LEGACY OF THE MEXICAN AND SPANISH-AMERICAN WARS: LEGAL, LITERARY, AND HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES 1 (G. Keller and C. Candelaria, eds.; Bilingual Review/Press, 1999)
How the García Cousins Lost Their Accents in THE LATINO/A CONDITION: A CRITICAL READER 579 (R. Delgado and J. Stefanic, eds.; NYU Press/Critical America Series, 2nd ed. 2011)
Revisiting the Offensive Bargaining Lockout on the Fiftieth Anniversary of America Ship Building Company v. NLRB, 31 ABA J. LAB. & EMP. L. 325 (with D. Ray; 2016)
The Rule of Law Goes to Work: How Collective Bargaining May Promote Access to Justice in the United States, Canada, and the Rest of the World, 20 UC DAVIS JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW & POLICY 211 (2014)
You Can't Win If You Don't Play: The Surprising Absence of Latinos from College Sports, 2 WAKE FOREST JOURNAL OF LAW & POLICY 227 (2011)
What's Prologue is Past: How the Present of International Labor Law Predicts the Past of U.S. Labor Law, 18 SOUTHWESTERN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW 145 (2011)
Panel Four: Consumer Bankruptcies -- Symposium on Bankruptcy in the New Millennium, 39 SOUTHWESTERN LAW REVIEW 713 (2010)
The Borders of Collective Representation: Comparing the Rights of Undocumented Workers to Organize Under United States and International Labor Standards, 44 UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO LAW REVIEW 431 (2009)
Harry Pregerson, the Real Mayor of Los Angeles, 36 SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 311 (2007)
All Over But the Shouting? Some Thoughts on Amending the Wagner Act by Adjudication Rather Than Retirement, 26 BERKELEY JOURNAL OF EMPLOYMENT & LABOR LAW 275 (2005)
At Age Seventy, Should the National Labor Relations Act be Retired: Proceedings of the 2005 Annual Meeting, Association of American Law Schools Section on Labor Relations and Employment Law, 9 EMPLOYEE RIGHTS AND EMPLOYMENT POLICY JOURNAL 121 (2005)
Tributes Honoring Senior Law Professors: A Tribute Honoring Joseph R. Grodin, Proceedings of the 2005 Annual Meeting, Association of American Law Schools, Section on Labor Relations and Employment Law, 9 EMPLOYEE RIGHTS AND EMPLOYMENT POLICY JOURNAL 535 (2005)
Borderline Decisions: Hoffman Plastic Compounds, the New Bracero Program, and the Supreme Court's Role in Making Federal Labor Policy, 51 UCLA LAW REVIEW 1 (2003)
Remembering Stanley Mosk, 31 SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 5 (2002)
No Ordinary Joe: Joseph R. Grodin and His Influence on California's Law of the Workplace, 52 HASTINGS LAW JOURNAL 253 (2001)
Forming More Perfect Unions: What Organizing Success Among Latino Workers in Southern California Means for the Future of the Labor Movement, 25 LABOR STUDIES JOURNAL 45 (2000)
The Rakes of Wrath: Urban Agricultural Workers and the Struggle Against Los Angeles' Ban on Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers, 33 UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA DAVIS LAW REVIEW 1087 (2000)
The Labyrinth of Solidarity: Why the Future of the American Labor Movement Depends on Latino Workers, 53 UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI LAW REVIEW 1089 (1999)
Foreword: 'Friends' or 'Enemies'? The Status of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in the United States on the Sesquicentennial of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, 5 SOUTHWESTERN JOURNAL OF LAW AND TRADE IN THE AMERICAS 5 (1998)
One Hundred Fifty Years of Solitude: Some Thoughts About the End of Dominance by the History Academy of Scholarship Concerning The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, 5 SOUTHWESTERN JOURNAL OF LAW AND TRADE IN THE AMERICAS 83 (1998)
The Wages of Syntax: Why the Cost of Organizing a Union Firm's Non-Union Competition Should Be Charged to 'Financial Core' Employees, 47 CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 979 (1998)
Unchained Maladies: The Proper Treatment of Asymptomatic Diseases as "Disabilities" Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, 12 CALIFORNIA LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW QUARTERLY 3 (with M. Wagener; 1998)
How the García Cousins Lost Their Accents: Understanding the Language of Title VII Decisions Approving Speak-English-Only Rules as the Product of Racial Dualism, Latino Invisibility, and Legal Indeterminacy, 85 CALIFORNIA LAW REVIEW 1347 (1997)
Forewarned and Forearmed: Employees' Rights and Employers' Responsibilities Under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, 10 CALIFORNIA LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW QUARTERLY 9 (with B. Colston; 1996)
Death of a Salesman? From Shopping and Outcome Determination Under International Shoe, 28 UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA DAVIS LAW REVIEW 769 (with K. Johnson; 1995)
The Ploys of Summer: Antitrust, Industrial Distrust, and the Case Against a Salary Cap for Major League Baseball, 22 FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 827 (with J. M. Echevarria; 1995)
How 'Necessary' Became the Mother of Rejection: An Empirical Look at the Fate of Collective Bargaining Agreements on the Tenth Anniversary of Bankruptcy Code Section 1113, 34 SANTA CLARA LAW REVIEW 841 (1994)
Book Review, How the "Language of the Law" Limited the American Labor Movement, 25 UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA DAVIS LAW REVIEW 1141 (1992)
Mediaocracy and Mistrust: Extending New York Times Defamation Protection and Non Media Defendants, 95 HARVARD LAW REVIEW 1876 (1982)
Secretary Elect, ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law,
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Southwestern Law School, 1998-2008
Director, London Summer Program in International Entertainment and Media Law 2008-2009
Director of Externships, Southwestern Law School, 1994-2005
Chair, Association of American Law Schools Section on Labor Relations and Employment Law, 2004-05
Chair, Labor and Employment Law Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2001-2002
Vice Chair, Los Angeles Employee Relations Board, 2015-present
Gala Director, Mexican America Bar Foundation, since 2008
Elected Member, American Law Institute, since 2008
Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, since 2010
Member, Local Rules Advisory Committee, Central District of California, 2009-2014
Member, Board of Trustees, Mexican American Bar Foundation, 1997-2008
Member, Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Judge Merit Selection Panel, Central District of California, 2006
Member, The Labor Law Group, since 2001
Member, Senator Boxer's Central District Advisory Committee on Judicial Nominees, 1998-2000