Christopher David Ruiz Cameron

Justice Marshall F. McComb Professor of Law

Professor Christopher Cameron

B.A., summa cum laude, Political Science and Communication Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, 1980,
J.D., Harvard University, 1983


Phi Beta Kappa

Member, California State Bar


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."

From 2011 to 2016, Dean Cameron served as 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 2015-2016, 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 300 cases posing a wide variety of workplace disputes in the public and private sectors throughout California.

As a director and trustee 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.

Selected Achievements

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

Member, Los Angeles Employee Relations Board, 2011-2016 (Vice Chair 2015-2016)

Gala Director, Mexican America Bar Foundation, 2008-2016

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, 2016-present

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