Stanford Professor William B. Gould IV, former NLRB chairman, to join Willamette faculty
William B. Gould IV, the Charles A. Beardsley Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and former chair of the National Labor Relations Board, will join Willamette University College of Law in the fall of 2002 as the William M. Ramsey Distinguished Professor of Law. One of the country's most prominent and influential experts in labor law, Gould has taught at Stanford since 1972. In 1994, he was appointed by President Clinton and confirmed by the Senate to a four-year term as chairman of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), one of only three academics to ever serve in that position.
Gould is a prolific author of books and articles on labor law and discrimination law, as well as shorter essays on sports law and baseball. One of his books, A Primer on American Labor Law, (MIT Press 3rd ed. 1993), has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, German, and Spanish. His latest book, entitled Diary of a Contraband: The Civil War Passage of a Black Sailor, is a story about Gould's great-grandfather, William Benjamin Gould, an escaped black slave who served in the United States Navy during the Civil War. In the book's Foreword, Willamette alumnus, former U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield '43, writes "William B. Gould IV has delivered something both inspirational and of real consequence to the world of American history." Gould is currently at work on a book about baseball and how the sport has changed over the last sixty years.
Gould is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and Cornell Law School. He studied comparative labor law with Professor Otto Kahn Freund at the London School of Economics. He began his legal career as Assistant General Counsel of the United Auto Workers in Detroit in 1961. He continued on to the staff of the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C., and then joined the law firm of Battle, Fowler, Stokes & Kheel in New York City, where he represented management in labor law disputes.
Gould has arbitrated or mediated more than 200 labor disputes. Prominent cases include the 1989 wage dispute between the Detroit Federation of Teachers and the city's Board of Education, as well as the 1992 and 1993 salary disputes between the Major League Baseball Players Association and the Major League Baseball Player Relations Committee. Gould also was lead counsel in Stamps v. Detroit Edison Co., a class action involving racial discrimination in connection with hiring and promotion, which resulted in a settlement of $5,350,000, the largest per capita settlement in the history of employment discrimination litigation. In 1966-67, as Consultant to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Gould wrote a position paper on seniority and discrimination that became the framework for both the EEOC and subsequent federal court decisions. In 1998, he was the Commission's expert witness in EEOC v. Pan Am, which resulted in a $17.2 million settlement, the largest award or settlement under the Age Discrimination Act at that time.
Gould is the holder of five honorary Doctor of Laws Degrees. Ebony Magazine named Gould one of the "100+ Most Influential Black Americans" in 1996, 1997 and 1998. At Willamette University College of Law, Gould will teach Labor Law, Employment Discrimination, and Sports Law.