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A scholar whose research has explored work-family policy, gender theory, and contingent workers' rights, Keith Cunningham-Parmeter focuses his writing on emerging theories of employment discrimination. Prior to joining the law faculty at Willamette University in 2006, he represented migrant farmworkers as a Skadden Fellow with the Oregon Law Center. While there, Professor Cunningham-Parmeter was lead counsel in a wage and hour class action brought on behalf of food processing employees, which resulted in the largest judgment to date for agricultural workers in Oregon.

Professor Cunningham-Parmeter graduated from Stanford Law School with distinction and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He was the first-place winner of two writing competitions in law school and was selected as a Stanford Law School Public Interest Fellow. During law school, he worked at the East Palo Alto Community Law Project and the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, providing focused legal services to immigrant communities and low-wage workers.

Upon graduation, Professor Cunningham-Parmeter served for two years as law clerk to Chief Judge Ancer Haggerty of the US District Court for the District of Oregon. Prior to law school, he worked as a high school teacher in the Mississippi Delta as a member of Teach for America.

Professor Cunningham-Parmeter received the Robert L. Misner Award for Excellence in Faculty Scholarship and the Jerry E. Hudson Award for Excellence in Teaching and Leadership. Willamette law students have previously selected Professor Cunningham-Parmeter as Professor of the Year. His publications have appeared in leading law journals and have been cited in the Yale Law Journal, the Stanford Law Review, the Harvard Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, and by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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  • JD, Stanford University, with distinction, Order of the Coif (top ten percent)
  • BA, University of Oregon, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Legal Academic Writing

  • The Sexual Harassment Loophole, 78 WASH. & LEE L. REV. (forthcoming 2021).
  • Gig-Dependence: Finding the Real Independent Contractors of Platform Work, 39 N. ILL. U. L. REV. 379 (2019) (invited symposium).
  • From Amazon to Uber: Defining Employment in the Modern Economy, 96 B.U. L. REV. 1673 (2016).
  • Marriage Equality, Workplace Inequality: The Next Gay Rights Battle, 67 FLA. L. REV. 1099 (2015).
  • (Un)Equal Protection: Why Gender Equality Depends on Discrimination, 109 NW. U. L. REV. 1 (2014).
  • Men at Work, Fathers at Home: Uncovering the Masculine Face of Caregiver Discrimination, 24 COLUM. J. GENDER & L. 253 (2013).
  • Forced Federalism: States as Laboratories of Immigration Reform, 62 HASTINGS L.J. 1673 (2011).
  • Alien Language: Immigration Metaphors and the Jurisprudence of Otherness, 79 FORDHAM L. REV. 1545 (2011).
  • Review of Illegal People: How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants, by David Bacon, 63 INDUS. & LAB. REL. REV. 357 (2010).
  • Redefining the Rights of Undocumented Workers, 58 AM. U. L. REV. 1361 (2009).
  • Fear of Discovery: Immigrant Workers and the Fifth Amendment, 41 CORNELL INT'L L.J. 27 (2008). (invited symposium).
  • A Poisoned Field: Farmworkers, Pesticide Exposure, and Tort Recovery in an Era of Regulatory Failure, 28 N.Y.U. REV. L. & SOC. CHANGE 431 (2004).
  • Dreaming of Effective Assistance: The Awakening of Cronic's Call to Presume Prejudice from Representational Absence, 76 TEMPLE L. REV. 827 (2003).
  • Note, Father Time: Flexible Work Arrangements and the Law Firm's Failure of the Family, 53 STAN L. REV. 967 (2001).

Essays and Other Writings

  • The Uber Problem Facing Workers, CLS (Columbia Law School) BLUE SKY BLOG (May 26, 2016).
  • Twenty Something, AM. LAW., Sept. 2000 (cover story).
  • The Defense Rests, AM. LAW., Aug. 2000.
  • Beside the Gate, a Revolving Door, AM. LAW., Aug. 2000.
  • 1990-1999: The Way We Were, AM. LAW., July 2000 (with John Turrettini).
  • Between Two Worlds - A Delta/Cambridge Diary, ENGLISH (University of Oregon), 1998-99.

Lectures and Presentations

  • Parenting, Family Leave, and Flexible Work: Retaining Legal Talent in the 21st Century, Multnomah Bar Association, May 31, 2019.
  • The ABCs of Gig Work: How a Novel Employment Test Could Transform the Platform Economy, Northern Illinois University College of Law, Apr. 12, 2019.
  • What is Sanctuary? History & Legal Context, Santa Clara University School of Law, Apr. 21, 2017.
  • Sick and Fired: The Limits of Leave Laws, Willamette University College of Law, Feb. 3, 2017.
  • Penalizing Parenting, Women’s Law Caucus, March 7, 2016.
  • Fathers, Mothers, and Family Responsibilities Discrimination, Mary Leonard Law Society, Oct. 20, 2015.
  • Workplace Secrets, Loyalty, and Poaching: Protecting Employer Interests and Employee Liberty (Commentator), Lewis & Clark Law School, Sept. 11, 2015.
  • Who Is the Caregiver? Men, Women, and Leave Differentials Based on Sex, Oregon Women Lawyers, May 9, 2014.
  • Constitutional Discrimination: Equal Protection and the Case for Favoring Fathers in Parental Leave, UNLV School of Law, Sept. 27, 2013.
  • Work, Family, and Microinequities, Society for Human Resource Management, Oregon State Council, Feb. 28, 2013.
  • Fathers at Home, Men at Work: The Function of Masculine Norms in Caregiving Discrimination Cases, Work and Family Researchers Network Conference, June 15, 2012.
  • The Elusive Grand Bargain: Why Immigration Reform Efforts Fail, League of Women Voters of Portland, Feb. 14, 2012.
  • Separate Spheres No More? How the New Economy Enables Fathers to Seek Workplace Accommodations (and the Reasons They Still Don’t), Lewis & Clark Law School, Sept. 30, 2011.
  • Building a Better Leave Policy, Multnomah Bar Association, Apr. 22, 2011.
  • State Immigration Experimentation, Mary Leonard Law Society, Apr. 12, 2011.
  • Reflections on Reshaping the Work-Family Debate: Why Men and Class Matter, UC Hastings College of Law, Oct. 28, 2010.
  • Floods, Crimes, and Aliens: Representations of Immigrant Workers in the Law, Washington University School of Law, Sept. 24, 2010.
  • Speaking of Immigrants, University of Connecticut School of Law, Mar. 26, 2010.
  • The Future Rights of Undocumented Workers, Seton Hall Law School, Sept. 25, 2009.
  • Reframing Undocumented Workers’ Rights, Northwest Junior Faculty Forum, Mar. 4, 2009.
  • Labor Rights and Workplace Raids, University of San Francisco School of Law, Feb. 27, 2009.
  • Immigration Status and Self-Incrimination, University of Denver College of Law, Sept. 28, 2007.
  • Farmworkers and Pesticides: Manufacturer Liability and Common Law Theories, University of Oregon School of Law, Mar. 2, 2007.
  • The Fifth Amendment’s Protective Function in Immigrant-Initiated Litigation, Cornell Law School, Feb. 23, 2007.
  • Firms, Fathers, and Flexible Work Arrangements, Lawyers Club of San Diego, Jan. 26, 2007.
  • Male Lawyers, Flexible Work Arrangements, and the Challenges of Implementation, Working Time Conference, University of San Francisco School of Law (sponsored by the Center for Worklife Law, UC Hastings College of Law), Mar. 10, 2006.
  • Rights Without Remedies: Enforcing Workplace Protections for Undocumented Migrant Farmworkers, Lewis & Clark Law School, Nov. 16, 2005.
  • Farmworkers and Environmental Justice, Washington State University Vancouver, Feb. 26, 2005.
  • From AWPA to FIFRA: Litigating Pesticide Cases, National Farmworker Law Conference, Dec. 3, 2004.
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