Douglas L. Leslie

  • Charles O. Gregory Professor of Law

Douglas Leslie teaches employment and labor law, property, contracts, sports law and health law. He is the author of several books and articles in these fields. Leslie served as the director of the John M. Olin Program in Law and Economics from 1987-95.

Before his appointment to the Virginia law faculty in 1978, Leslie practiced law at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey in Cleveland, served as an appellate branch attorney in the Office of the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, practiced labor law with O'Donoghue & O'Donoghue in Washington, D.C., and taught at Arizona State University Law School. He has been a visiting professor at the law schools of the University of Michigan and Stanford, where, as a Guggenheim fellow, he conducted research on the application of economic theory to labor law.

Leslie served as editor-in-chief of the "Railway Labor Act Treatise" for the American Bar Association's labor and employment law section. He also served as secretary of that section in 1987-88.

Leslie is the author of sets of teaching materials for Contracts, Property, Employment Law and Labor Law. The materials can be found at


  • J.D.
    University of Michigan
  • B.A.
    University of Iowa


Labor Law in a Nutshell (West, 3d ed. 1992; 4th ed. 2000). 

The Railway Labor Act (editor) (Bureau of National Affairs, 1995). 

Contract Law and Theory (with Robert E. Scott) (Michie, 1988; 2d ed. 1993). 

Cases and Materials on Labor Law: Process and Policy (Little, Brown, 1979; 2d ed. 1985; 3d ed. 1992). 

Cases and Materials on Labor Law: Process and Policy, 1987 Statutory and Case Supplement (Little, Brown, 2d ed. 1985). 

Labor Law in a Nutshell (West, 1979; 2d ed. 1986). 

Cases and Materials on Labor Law: Process and Policy, 1981 Supplement (Little, Brown, 1981). 

Statutory Supplement to Cases and Materials on Labor Law: Process and Policy (Little, Brown, 1979).

Book Chapter:

“The Impact of Right to Control and Connell on Construction Industry Secondary Boycott Law,” in Construction Industry Labor Relations 1979 (Practising Law Institute, 1979).


“Sports Liability Waivers and Transactional Unconscionability,” 14 Seton Hall J. Sports & Ent. L. 341 (2004).
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“Accommodating the Employment Disabled,” 17 Lab. Law. 143 (2001).
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"How Not to Teach Contracts, and Any Other Course: Powerpoint, Laptops, and the CaseFile Method," 44 St. Louis Univ. L.J. 1289 (2000).
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"Accommodating the Disabled" 

"Essay on Brown v. Pro Football," 82 Va. L. Rev. 629 (1996).
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“An Interview with Judge Richard Posner,” Va. L. Wkly., Apr. 22, 1994, at 1, 3.

“Retelling the International Paper Story,” 102 Yale L. J. 1897 (1993). 
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“Symposium on Law and Economics of Local Government” (editor) 67 Chi-Kent L. Rev.707 (1991). 

“An Academic Perspective: Selected Recent Supreme Court Decisions,” 5 Lab. Law 125 (1989).
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“Multiemployer Bargaining Rules,” 75 Va. L. Rev. 241 (1989). 
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“Labor Bargaining Units,” 70 Va. L. Rev. 353 (1984). 
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“Principles of Labor Antitrust,” 66 Va. L. Rev. 1183 (1980). 
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