Elon University School of Law

201 North Greene Street

Greensboro, North Carolina 27401




Eric M. Fink

Elon University School of Law

Associate Professor of Law, 2007-present

  • Tenure awarded 2012
  • Jennings Professor and Emerging Scholar, 2010-2012

Teaching: 2020-21

Other Courses Taught

Law School Service

  • Curriculum Committee
  • Elon Law Review, Faculty Co-Advisor


Journal Articles

“Just When I Thought I was Out …”: Post-Employment Repayment Obligations, with Stuart Lichten, 25 Washington & Lee Journal of Civil Rights & Social Justice 51 (2018)

Union Organizing & Collective Bargaining for Incarcerated Workers, 52 Idaho Law Review 953 (2016)

Sewer Syndicalism: Worker Control in Public Services, 14 Nevada Law Journal 444 (2014)

No Money, Mo’ Problems: Why Unpaid Law Firm Internships Are Illegal and Unethical, 47 University of San Francisco Law Review 435 (2013)

The Virtual Construction of Legality: “Griefing” and Normative Order in Second Life, 21 Journal of Law, Information, and Science 89 (2011)

Law School and The Web of Group Affiliation: Socializing, Socialization, and Social Network Site Use Among Law Students, 27 John Marshall Journal of Computer and Information Law 325 (2010)

Liars and Terrorists and Judges, Oh My: Moral Panic and the Symbolic Politics of Appellate Review in Asylum Cases, 83 Notre Dame Law Review 2019 (2008); reprinted in 29 Immigration and Nationality Law Review 45 (2008); cited in Djadjou v. Holder, 662 F.3d 265 (4th Cir. 2011) and Zuh v. Mukasey, 547 F.3d 504, 513 (4th Cir. 2008)

Post-Realism, or the Jurisprudential Logic of Late Capitalism: A Socio-Legal Analysis of the Rise and Diffusion of Law and Economics, 55 Hastings Law Journal 931 (2004)

Book Note, The Caribbean: New Dynamics in Trade and Political Economy,28 NYU Journal of International Law and Politics 644 (1996)

Chapters, Reports, & Other Publications

Federal Student Loan Servicing: Contract Problems and Public Solutions, with Roland Zullo, Jobs With Justice Education Fund (2014)

Union and Employee Access to Employer E-mail Systems Under Federal Labor Law, with Stuart W. Davidson, in The CyberUnion Handbook: Transforming Labor Through Computer Technology (A. Shostak, ed., 2002)

Contributing Editor, The Developing Labor Law (P. Hardin, ed., 4th ed. 2001)

Conference Presentations

Annual Conference

  • The Economic & Social Impact of North Carolina HB2 (November 2016)

Stony Brook University

Center for Study of Working Class Life—How Class Works

  • Police Union Contracts & Police Violence Against Civilians (June 2016)

University of Idaho School of Law

Idaho Law Review Annual Symposium

  • Union Organizing & Collective Bargaining for Incarcerated Workers (April 2016)

ABA Section of International Law

Spring Meeting

  • Unpaid Law Student Internships: Legal & Ethical Issues (April 2014)

UNLV Boyd School of Law

Nevada Law Journal Workplace & Democracy Symposium

  • Worker Self-Management in Public Services (February 2012)

International Institute for the Sociology of Law

Social Economy Conference

  • Worker Self-Management in Public Services (July 2011)

Southeastern Association of Law Schools

Annual Meeting

  • Panel on Internet Culture and the Law (July 2011)
  • Legal Consciousness in the Second Life Virtual World (August 2010)
  • Panel on Academic Legal Blogs in Scholarship and Teaching (August 2009)

Law and Society Association

Annual Meeting

  • Legal Consciousness in the Second Life Virtual World (May 2010)

Public Talks & Workshops

National Society for Experiential Education

National & Regional Workshops

  • Legal Issues in Experiential Learning (2010-2018)


Alpha Kappa Delta (Sociology Honors Society),

  • Sociology in Legal Practice and Legal Scholarship (April 21, 2017)

Gamma Theta Upsilon (Geography Honors Society)

  • The Place of Place in Law: Law and Geography (April 24, 2008)

Elon Law School

National Lawyers Guild

  • Mass Incarceration & Prison Labor (February 21, 2017)
  • Harris, Friedrichs, and the Implications for Union Organizing November 23, 2015)
  • Corporations and Campaign Finance (September 20, 2012)
  • Citizens United, Corporations, and Democracy (July 18, 2012)

Federalist Society

  • Pros and Cons of a Minimum Wage Increase (November 16, 2016)

Rockingham County Democratic Party

Annual Convention

  • Keynote Address: Taking Democracy Seriously (April 8, 2017)

African-American Caucus

  • Voting Rights in North Carolina (February 18, 2017)

Open Government Coalition/Sunshine Center

  • NC Open Government Law: A Guide for Public Officials (October 22, 2009)
  • Forum on NC Public Records Law (March 20, 2008)

State Employees Association of North Carolina

  • Public Employee Unions and Collective Bargaining (October 17, 2009)

Mitchell Community College

  • The Labor Movement and Labor Law in 2009 (September 8, 2009)

NC/SC Labor and Employment Law Annual Meeting

  • Family Responsibility Accommodation and Discrimination (October, 18, 2008)

Past Teaching Experience

Stanford Law School, Palo Alto, CA

Lecturer in Law, 2004-2006

  • Legal Research and Writing

St. Joseph’s University/Comey Institute, Philadelphia, PA

Instructor, 1997-2003

  • Labor Law; History and Sociology of the U.S. Labor Movement

Anglo-American College, Prague, Czech Republic

Lecturer, February- October 1992

  • Introduction to Sociology; Economic Sociology; Sociology of Law

Legal Practice

Leonard Carder, LLP, Oakland and San Francisco, CA

Associate, 2006-2007

  • Labor and employment law, representing unions and workers

The Weinstein Firm, Philadelphia, PA

Of Counsel, 2004-2006

  • Employment law compliance and workplace diversity counseling

Eckert Seamans Cherin and Mellott, Philadelphia, PA

Associate, 2002-2004

  • Civil litigation

Willig, Williams and Davidson, Philadelphia, PA

Associate, 1997-2002

  • Labor and employment law, representing unions and workers


New York University School of Law, New York, NY

J.D., magna cum laude, 1997

  • Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellow

  • Journal of International Law and Politics, Symposium Editor

  • Order of the Coif

University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Doctoral Student in Sociology (ABD), 1987-1992

  • Special Fields: Organizations (honors); Economic Sociology

London School of Economics, London, England

M.Sc., Sociology, 1985

  • Thesis: Policing and Riots in the U.S. and U.K.

The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

B.A., Sociology, 1984

Professional Associations

Working Class Studies Association
Labor & Working Class History Association
Labor Research & Action Network
Law and Society Association
National Lawyers Guild
North Carolina Bar Association
NC State Bar Ethics Committee, Advisory Member (2011-2013)

Bar Admissions

State: California (Active), Pennsylvania (Retired Status)

Federal: Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Middle District of Pennsylvania