Douglas Ray

Douglas E Ray

Dean Emeritus



St. Thomas University College of Law
Faculty Suite (209)
16401 NW 37th Ave
Miami Gardens, FL 33054


B.A., University of Minnesota, with honors
J.D., Harvard Law School, with honors


Employment Discrimination
Labor Arbitration
Labor Law

Douglas E. Ray

Douglas E. Ray served as Dean of St. Thomas Law from 2010-2014. Before joining the St. Thomas Law faculty in October, 2010, he served as Dean of the University of Toledo College of Law (2006-2010) and Dean of the Widener University School of Law and Vice President of Widener University (1999-2005). Prior to his deanships, he taught at The University of Toledo College of Law where he served as Charles W. Fornoff Professor of Law and Values and as an associate dean. He previously taught at the University of Richmond School of Law. Professor Ray has also served as an economist with the U. S. Department of Labor and as an attorney with Dorsey & Whitney in Minneapolis. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army and a graduate of the Defense Language Institute.

He has been active in professional and civic organizations, including state and local bar associations and the Associations of American Law Schools, for which he served as chair of the Labor and Employment Section.

Professor Ray is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators and has been a frequent speaker on national programs concerning labor and employment law. He has appeared on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal and has given the Keynote Address at the Federal Administrative Law Judges Conference.

Since 1999, Professor Ray has chaired the annual four-day Course in Labor Law and Labor Arbitration sponsored by the Center for American and International Law (formerly the Southwestern Legal Foundation) in Plano, Texas.

He has taught and published in the fields of labor law, employment discrimination law, torts and labor arbitration. He is co-author of two labor law treatises Understanding Labor Law (LexisNexis) and Labor-Management Relations: Strikes, Lockouts, and Boycotts (Thomson/West) and over twenty law journal articles on labor and employment law, torts and law school administration.

Scholarship & Research



Douglas E. Ray, Calvin William Sharpe & Robert N. Strassfeld, Understanding Labor Law (3d Ed., 2011, LexisNexis Matthew Bender) (Previous editions: 2d ed. 2005, 1st ed. 1999).

Douglas E. Ray, William R. Corbett & Christopher David Ruiz Cameron, Labor-Management Relations: Strikes, Lockouts and Boycotts (3d Ed., 2012, Thomson/West) (Previous editions: 2d Ed. 2004, 1992).

Book Chapters:

Douglas E. Ray and Patricia Thomas Bittel, Fatal Error and Sparks of Genius in Labor Arbitration Advocacy, in AAA Handbook on Labor Arbitration (American Arbitration Association, 2010, Juris Publishing).

Douglas E. Ray, Judicial Review of Labor Arbitration Awards, in Labor and Employment Arbitration (Bornstein, Gosline & Greenbaum, 1997, Matthew Bender).

Douglas E. Ray, Collective Bargaining in the Public Sector, in Collective Bargaining in Ohio: The Public Sector (Daniel L. Merritt, Ed., 1985, The University of Toledo).


Douglas E. Ray, The Dean’s Role in Building a Positive Workplace Environment, 42 U. Tol. L. Rev. 657 (2011). HeinOnline

Douglas E. Ray and Heather S. Karns, Job search skills for the new economy. (Leadership in Legal Education Symposium IX), 40 U. Tol. L. Rev. 403 (2009). HeinOnline

Douglas E. Ray, The Care and Appreciation of Adjunct Faculty, 37 U. Tol. L. Rev. 135 (2005). HeinOnline

Douglas E. Ray & Patricia Thomas Bittel, Fatal Error & Sparks of Genius in Labor Arbitration Advocacy, 59 Disp. Resol. J. 18 (2004).

Douglas E. Ray, Minnesotan: A Language for Constructive Communication between Faculty and Dean, 34 U. Tol. L. Rev. 159 (2002). HeinOnline

Douglas E. Ray, The ABC’s of Law School Administration: A Guide for the New Dean, 31 U. Tol. L. Rev. 709 (2000). HeinOnline

Douglas E. Ray, Title VII Retaliation Cases: Creating a New Protected Class, 58 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 405 (1997). HeinOnline

Douglas E. Ray, Sexual Harassment, Labor Arbitration and National Labor Policy, 73 Neb. L. Rev. 812 (1994). HeinOnline

Douglas E. Ray, Some Overlooked Aspects of the Strike Replacement Issue, 41 U. Kan. L. Rev. 363 (1992). HeinOnline

Douglas E. Ray, On Writing the Post-Hearing Arbitration Brief, 47 Arb. J. 58 (1992) (Reprinted in Cooper & Nolan, Labor Arbitration: Coursebook, (West 1994) and Cooper, Nolan & Bales, ADR In the Workplace (West 2000, 2005)).

Douglas E. Ray, Withdrawal of Recognition after Curtin Matheson {NLRB v. Curtin Matheson Scientific, Inc., 110 S. Ct. 1542}: A House Built upon Sand, 25 U.S.F.L. Rev. 265 (1991). HeinOnline

Douglas E. Ray, Protecting the Parties’ Bargain after Misco: Court Review of Labor Arbitration Awards, 64 Ind. L.J. 1 (1988). HeinOnline

Douglas E. Ray, The Changing Face of Labor-Management Confrontation in the Late 1980s, 30 B.C. L. Rev. 101 (1988). HeinOnline

Daniel J. Steinbock, William M. Richman & Douglas E. Ray, Expert Testimony on Proximate Cause, 41 Vand. L. Rev. 261 (1988). HeinOnline

Douglas E. Ray, Court Review of Labor Arbitration Awards under the Federal Arbitration Act, 32 Vill. L. Rev. 57 (1987). HeinOnline

Douglas E. Ray, The 1986-1987 Labor Board: Has the Pendulum Slowed?, 29 B.C. L. Rev. 1 (1987). HeinOnline

Douglas E. Ray, Jennifer Gallagher & Nancy A. Butler, Regulating Union Representation Election Campaign Tactics: A Comparative Study of Private and Public Sector Approaches, 66 Neb. L. Rev. 532 (1987). HeinOnline

Douglas E. Ray, Jennifer Gallagher & Nancy A. Butler, The Ohio SERB and Representation Campaign Issues, 18 U. Tol. L. Rev. 339 (1987). HeinOnline

Douglas E. Ray, Individual Rights and NLRB Deferral to the Arbitration Process: A Proposal, 28 B.C. L. Rev. 1 (1986). HeinOnline

Douglas E. Ray, Industrial Stability and Decertification Elections: Need for Reform, 1984 Ariz. St. L.J. 257 (1984). HeinOnline

Douglas E. Ray, Withdrawal of Recognition from an Incumbent Union under the National Labor Relations Act: An Appraisal, 28 Vill. L. Rev. 869 (1983). HeinOnline

Douglas E. Ray, Buyer Liability under Section 2(f) of the Robinson-Patman Act, 15 U. Rich. L. Rev. 547 (1981). HeinOnline

Douglas E. Ray, R. Craig Evans and Jay H. Steele, Recovery for accidental injuries under the Virginia Workmen’s Compensation Act, 14 U. Rich. L. Rev. 659 (1980). HeinOnline

Book Reviews:

Douglas E. Ray, Values and Assumptions in American Labor Law by James B. Atleson, 6 Indus. Rel. L.J. 381 (1984) (book review).

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News & Activities

STU Law News

Tamara F. Lawson Appointed Dean of St. Thomas Law.
Tamara F. Lawson has been appointed Dean of St. Thomas University School of Law, University President David A. Armstrong, J.D. announced Tuesday. Lawson will assume the role immediately, succeeding Dean Alfredo Garcia who is now serving as Interim Provost of St. Thomas University. She is the first woman of color to serve in this role.