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Christopher David Ruiz Cameron

Christopher David Ruiz Cameron

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

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Christopher David Ruiz Cameron is a leading authority on the intersection between the law of the workplace and the laws regulating bankruptcy, immigration, and entertainment and sports. He is author or co-author of two books, seven book chapters, and 23 law review articles published by the California Law Review, UCLA Law Review, and other leading journals. According to Westlaw, Professor Cameron's body of scholarship has earned over 300 reported citations, including several published appellate decisions.

"In teaching legal analysis, I try to show that law is about the questions, not the answers; it offers solutions, not absolutions; it is an art, not a science."

Professor Cameron is an Elected Member of the American Law Institute and a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He is also 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. Active as a labor arbitrator, he has served as a neutral on panels for the Writers Guild of America, West, Inc.; the City of Santa Monica; the City of Los Angeles; the County of Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles Community College District. As a director of the Mexican American Bar Foundation, Professor Cameron has helped raise and award over $1 million, mostly in the form of 266 scholarships given to 224 individual students of Latino heritage.

After law school, where he was Articles Editor of the Harvard Law Review, Professor 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.

Professor 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. Professor 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 and the Irwin R. Buchalter Professor of Law in 2009. "In teaching legal analysis," Professor Cameron says, "I try to show that law is about the questions, not the answers; it offers solutions, not absolutions; it is an art, not a science."

Publications

Books and Chapters

LABOR LAW IN THE CONTEMPORARY WORKPLACE (with K. Dau-Schmidt, M. Malin, R. Corrada, and C. Fisk; West Academic Publishing, 2009)

LABOR-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS: STRIKES, LOCKOUTS AND BOYCOTTS, 2nd ed. (with D. Ray and W. Corbett; West Group, 2009 & Supp. 2011-2012, 2013-2014)

The Rakes of Wrath: Urban Agricultural Workers and the Struggle Against Los Angeles' Ban in 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, and Handouts - 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, 1998)

Articles

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)

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)

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)

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)

Mediaocracy and Mistrust: Extending New York Times Defamation Protection and Non Media Defendants, 95 HARVARD LAW REVIEW 1876 (1982)

Selected Achievements

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

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, since 2010

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