Stephen Plass

Stephen A. Plass

Professor of Law


Phone: 305.623.2314


St. Thomas University College of Law
Suite 204
16401 NW 37th Ave
Miami Gardens, FL 33054


B.A., Fairleigh Dickinson University
J.D., Howard University School of Law
LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center


Employment Discrimination
Labor Law

Stephen A. Plass

Professor Plass teaches Contracts, Labor Law, Employment Discrimination Law, and Collective Bargaining. His research interests are in the areas of labor and employment law, civil rights, and contracts, and he publishes regularly on these subjects.

Prior to joining the law school, Professor Plass worked as corporate counsel and vice president of a company that provides infrastructure services to foreign countries. And before that, he served as a corporate labor lawyer for a public utility. Professor Plass has also served as a Lemon Law arbitrator for the State of Florida, and on the Board of Directors of Legal Services Corporation of Greater Miami. While at St. Thomas, Professor Plass founded the Law Wednesday program that provides free legal services to the poor.

Scholarship & Research



Stephen Plass, “Police Arbitration and the Public Interest” Harvard Blackletter Law Journal (Forthcoming, 2021)

Stephen Plass, Federalizing Contract Law, 24 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 191 (2020)

Stephen A. Plass, Using Pyett To Counter The Fall Of Contract-Based Unionism In A Global Economy, 34(2) Berkeley J. Emp. & Lab. L. 219 (2013).

Stephen A. Plass, Mandatory Arbitration as an Employer’s Contractual Prerogative: The Efficiency Challenge to Equal Employment Opportunity, 33 Cardozo L. Rev. 195 (2011). HeinOnline

Stephen Plass, Private Dispute Resolution and the Future of Institutional Workplace Discrimination, 54 How. L.J. 45 (2010). HeinOnline

Stephen A. Plass, Exploring Animal Rights as an Imperative for Human Welfare, 112 W. Va. L. Rev. 403 (2010). HeinOnline

Stephen Plass, Exploring the Limits of Executive Civil Rights Policymaking, 61 Okla. L. Rev. 155 (2008). HeinOnline

Stephen Plass, Reconciling the Public Policy Exception to Enforcing Contracts with Title VII’s Public Policy On Disciplining Harassers, 19 St. Thomas L. Rev. 407 (2007). HeinOnline

Stephen A. Plass, Privatizing Antidiscrimination Law with Arbitration: The Title VII Proof Problem, 68 Mont. L. Rev. 151 (2007). HeinOnline

Stephen Plass, Reinforcing Title VII with Zero Tolerance Rules, 39 Suffolk U.L. Rev. 127 (2005). HeinOnline

Stephen A. Plass, Public Opinion and the Demise of Affirmative Action, 19 Ga. St. U. L. Rev. 495 (2002). HeinOnline

Stephen A. Plass, Bargain Avoidance in a Competitive Bargain Market: The Car Sales Conundrum, 2 Wyoming L. Rev. 1 (2002). HeinOnline

Stephen A. Plass, Dualism and Overlooked Class Consciousness in American Labor Laws, 37 Hous. L. Rev. 823 (2000). HeinOnline

Stephen A. Plass, Truth: The Lost Virtue in Title VII Litigation, 29 Seton Hall L. Rev. 599 (1999). HeinOnline

Stephen A. Plass, The Illusion and Allure of Textualism, 40 Vill. L. Rev. 93 (1995). HeinOnline

Stephen A. Plass, The Foreign Amici Dilemma, 1995 BYU L. Rev. 1189 (1995). HeinOnline

Stephen A. Plass, Arbitrating, Waiving and Deferring Title VII Claims, 58 Brook. L. Rev. 779 (1992). HeinOnline

Stephen A. Plass, Bedrock Principles, Elusive Construction, and the Future of Equal Employment Laws, 21 Hofstra L. Rev. 313 (1992). HeinOnline

Stephen A. Plass, Testing Hair Follicles for Drugs: In Search of Privacy, Accuracy, and Reliability, 42 Labor L.J. 111 (1992).

Stephen A. Plass & Donald Lively, Equal Protection: The Jurisprudence of Denial and Evasion, 40 Am. U. L. Rev. 1307 (1991). HeinOnline

Stephen A. Plass, Judicial Versus Legislative Charting of National Economic Policy: Plotting a Democratic Course for Minority Entrepreneurs, 24 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 655 (1991). HeinOnline

Stephen A. Plass & Donald Lively, Equal Protection and the Rehnquist Court: Compounding a Legacy of Constitutional Vagrancy, 22 U. Tol. L. Rev. 717 (1991). HeinOnline

Stephen A. Plass, A Comprehensive Assessment of Employment Drug Testing: Legal Battles Over Delicate Interests, 27 San Diego L. Rev. 29 (1990). HeinOnline

Stephen A. Plass, The Status of Labor Arbitration Today: A Look at the Development of Labor Arbitration and the Labor Arbitrator’s Authority in the Collective Bargaining Contract – Federal Statute Context, 28 How. L.J. 795 (1985). HeinOnline

  • Contracts
  • Employment Discrimination Seminar
  • Labor Law
  • Sales