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J. H. Verkerke

Professor of Law
Director, Program for Employment and Labor Law Studies

J.D., Yale Law School, 1990
M.Phil., Yale University, 1988
B.A., Loyola College, 1983

Before he received his law degree in 1990, J. H. (Rip) Verkerke earned a master's of philosophy in economics. Verkerke joined the Law School faculty in 1991 and teaches employment law, employment discrimination law, contracts and a seminar on law and economics.

While at Yale, Verkerke was articles editor and articles administrator for
the Yale Law Journal and held a number of fellowships, including the John M. Olin Fellowship in Law, Economics, and Public Policy. After graduation, he clerked for Judge Ralph K. Winter Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

In June 1996 Verkerke received a three-year grant from the University's Academic Enhancement Program to establish the Program for Employment and Labor Law Studies at the Law School. He served as visiting professor of law at the University of Texas at Austin in the fall of 1997. Verkerke also participated in an ABA project to draft a new labor code for the transitional government of Afghanistan.
In 2007, Verkerke received an All-University Teaching Award from UVA.

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Working Paper:

"Legal Ignorance & Information-Forcing Rules"


Collaborative Teaching Materials for Contracts (3 vols., CALI eLangdell Press, 2012).

Book Chapters/Excerpts:

“Discharge,” in Kenneth G. Dau-Schmidt et al., eds., Labor and Employment Law and Economics 447 (Edward Elgar, 2009).

"The Story of Woolley v. Hoffman-La Roche: Finding a Way to Enforce Employee Handbook Promises, in Samuel Estreicher & Gillian Lester eds., Employment Law Stories 23 (Foundation Press, 2007).

"Towards an Economic Theory of Disability Discrimination Law," in Michael Yelnosky, ed., New York University Working Papers on Labor and Employment Law: 1998-1999 (2001).

"The Triumph of Formalism in the Supreme Court's Recent Employer Liability Decisions," in Samuel Estreicher, ed., Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Proceedings of New York University 51st Annual Conference on Labor (1999).

"Employment Contract Law," in The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics and the Law (1998).


Is the ADA Efficient?,” 50 UCLA L. Rev. 903 (2003).
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"Disaggregating Antidiscrimination and accommodation," 44 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1385 (2003).
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"Legal Regulation of Employment Reference Practices," 65 Chi. L. Rev. 115 (1998).
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"Un Approccio di Law and Economics alla Questione della Libertá di Licenziamento Negli Stati Uniti," 17 Revista Italiana di Diritto del Lavoro 293 (1998) (Italian translation of "Employment Contract Law" essay).

"An Empirical Perspective on Indefinite Term Employment Contracts: Resolving the Just Cause Debate,"
Wis. L. Rev. 837 (1995).
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"Notice Liability in Employment Discrimination Law," 81 Va. L. Rev. 273 (1995).
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"Racial Disparity and Employment Discrimination Law: An Economic Perspective" (with James Heckman), 8 Yale L. & Pol'y Rev. 276 (1990).
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"Compensating Victims of Preferential Employment Discrimination Remedies," 98 Yale L.J. 1479 (1989).
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"Open Questions in Defense Economics and Economic Warfare" (with Martin Shubik), 33 J. Conflict Resolution 480 (1989).

Book Review

"Free to Search" (reviewing Epstein, Forbidden Grounds), 105 Harv. L. Rev. 2080 (1992).

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