David L. Gregory is the Dorothy Day Professor of Law and the Executive Director of the Center for Labor and Employment Law. Prior to joining the St. John’s Law faculty in 1982, Professor Gregory was an equal employment opportunity counselor with the Postal Service, a labor relations representative with Ford Motor Company, and an attorney with a prominent management labor and employment law firm in Detroit.
He brings major speakers to the School of Law every year, ranging from Cesar Chavez in 1987 to three Chairs of the National Labor Relations Board (William B. Gould IV) in 1996, Peter Hurtgen in 2001, and Wilma Liebman in 2010 and again in 2011). He hosts the annual management lawyers’ colloquium at the School of Law, now in its 16th year. He often serves as a media commentator on labor, employment, and constitutional law issues, regularly appears on television, and is frequently quoted in the New York Times and other major newspapers. He is the co-author of the forthcoming Modern Labor Law in the Public and Private Sectors (Lexis, 2012), and a contributing author for the American Bar Association treatises How Arbitration Works and Discipline and Discharge in Arbitration. He has over two hundred academic and professional publications, including more than one hundred articles and book reviews in leading law reviews. His research has been supported twice by the AFL-CIO Fund for Labor Studies at the University of Michigan Law School.
In 1998, his was a prize-winning paper for the St. John’s Vincentian Center for Church and Society. In 1999, he received the St. John’s University Founder’s Day Award. In 2004 (Inaugural Award) and 2006, he received the Student Bar Association’s Faculty Advisor and Mentor of the Year Award. In 2008, he received the Faculty Outstanding Achievement Award, conferred by the President of St. John’s University. Professor Gregory has been faculty advisor to the St. John’s Labor Relations and Employment Law Society since 1982.
He has presented lectures and papers at many law schools, including Yale, Harvard, George Washington, Notre Dame, Illinois, Villanova, University College, Dublin, Ireland, the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome, the Jesuit Curia, Rome, Queen Mary University of London, and at New York University, Fordham, Marquette, College of the Holy Cross, Mount Sinai Medical School, the NYC Police Academy, and the Catholic Worker. He was a visiting adjunct professor at the University of Colorado, Brooklyn, Hofstra, and New York Law Schools, 1992-1998. In 1997, he was a Visiting Fellow at the European University Institute Department of Law in Florence, Italy.
Professor Gregory is a member of the American Bar Foundation (limited to one-third of one percent of the lawyers in the United States), American Law Institute, Who’s Who in American Law, the Society of Policy Scientists, the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, the Society of Catholic Social Scientists, Catholic Scholars for Worker Justice, the Michigan, New York, and American Bar Associations, and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Labor and Employment Law, Arbitration, Civil Rights, and Employee Benefits Committees). He has been the Chairperson of the Labor and Employment Law (1996) and Employment Discrimination Sections (2000) of the Association of American Law Schools, and Chair of the Law School Liaisons Committee of the Executive Committee of the Labor Law Section of the New York State Bar Association (1994-2001). He most recently has been appointed by the President of the Association of American Law Schools to a three year term on the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee of the AALS, 2011-2014. He is General Counsel pro bono, The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.
He authored the first comprehensive law review articles ever published on Catholic social teaching on labor, and on Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker movement: Catholic Labor Theory and the Transformation of Work, 45 Washington and Lee Law Review 119-157 (1988); Catholic Social Teaching on Work, 49 Labor Law Journal 912 (1998); Dorothy Day’s Lessons for the Transformation of Work, 14 Hofstra Labor Law Journal 57 (1996);Dorothy Day, Workers’ Rights and Catholic Authenticity, 26 Fordham Urban Law Journal 1371 (1999).
Professor Gregory has chaired several major international conferences, including: the Transatlantic Perspectives on Labor, University College Dublin Law School, July, 2000 (14 New York International Law Review 1 (2001); the national conference of the Religiously-Affiliated Law Schools at St. John’s in July, 2000 (74 St. John’s Law Review 565 (2000);Transatlantic Perspectives on Alternative Dispute Resolution, July 26-28, 2006, Queen Mary University of London campus, in London’s Charterhouse Square (81 St. John’s Law Review 1 (2007);. Fifteenth Annual Conference of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists at St. John’s, October 26-28, 2007 (47 Journal of Catholic Legal Studies 1 (2008). In 2011, he is chairing The Theology of Work and the Dignity of Workers at St. John’s, March 18-19; and, Worlds of Work: Employment Dispute Resolution Systems Across the Globe at Cambridge University, July 20-23.
Professor Gregory is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators, and was a 2010 nominee for election to the Board of Governors of the NAA. He is on the Labor and Employment Arbitrator Panels of the American Arbitration Association, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, the New York State Public Employment Relations Board, the New York City Office of Collective Bargaining, and Nassau County, New York and the Civil Service Employees Association. He is also a designated arbitrator on many private and public sector labor contracts.
Professor Gregory received his B.A. cum laude from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in 1973, where he was a Basselin Scholar in the Honors Program of the School of Philosophy. His M.B.A. in labor relations is from the Wayne State University Graduate School of Business, 1977, and his J.D. magna cum laude is from the University of Detroit School of Law, 1980. He did his graduate work in law at the Yale University Law School, where he earned his LL.M. in 1982 and the Doctorate in the Science of Jurisprudence, the highest degree in law, J.S.D., in 1987.