Professor of Law
Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor for President Obama
Seth Harris left his post as Counselor to Alexis Herman, U.S. Secretary
of Labor in the Clinton Administration, to join New York Law
School’s faculty in 2000. He is currently on leave working as the
Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor with President Obama.
Drawing from his experiences in the world of policy making, Professor Harris relishes enriching his teaching and legal scholarship with an understanding of politics, economics and public policy. For nearly seven years, he served two U.S. Secretaries of Labor as senior advisor on policy, legal, management, and strategy issues. He also served as an ex officio member of the 21st Century Workforce Commission. He worked closely with the White House and members of Congress during the Clinton Administration and maintains close contacts in Washington, D.C.
Professor Harris’ scholarship focuses on the economics of labor and employment law, with a particular focus on the employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. He has also written about the National Labor Relations Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, worker organizing, and employment discrimination laws in general. He also produces policy related programs for students, alumni, and the public, including the Tony Coelho Lecture in Disability Employment Law & Policy.
Cornell University, School of Industrial & Labor Relations, B.S.
New York University, J.D. 1990 cum laude (Review of Law and Social Change, Editor in Chief).
Law Clerk, Hon. William Canby, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; Law Clerk, Hon. Gene Carter, Chief Judge U.S. District Court, District of Maine.
Seven years’ service at United States Department of Labor as a senior advisor to two Secretaries of Labor on policy, legal, management, and strategy issues. Played leading role in many of Labor Department’s highest priority policy initiatives. Served on Clinton-Gore Transition Team and Transition Planning Team.