Douglas E. Ray
Emeritus Professor of Law
B.A., University of Minnesota, with honors
J.D., Harvard Law School, with honors

Curriculum Vitae

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 (Lexis Nexis) 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.



  • 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).

Professor Douglas Ray was recently named to the Diversity Committee of the Law School Admissions Committee (LSAC.) In June, he was elected to the LSAC Board of Directors.

He is also the lead author of new editions of two labor law treatises: Understanding Labor Law, Fourth Edition (LexisNexis 2015) and Labor Management Relations: Strikes, Lockouts, and Boycotts, 2015 edition (Thomson/West).


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