Julius G. Getman

  • Earl E. Sheffield Regents Chair Emeritus


  • LLM Harvard
  • LLB Harvard
  • BA City College of New York

Areas of Specialty

Professor Getman is a preeminent scholar in the field of labor law, where he pioneered empirical studies and continues to do extensive field work. He came to Texas in 1986 from Yale Law School, where he was the William K. Townsend Professor of Law. He has also taught at Stanford Law School, University of Chicago Law School, and Georgetown University Law Center.

His most recent book, The Supreme Court on Unions: Why Labor Law is Failing American Workers, was published in 2016 by Cornell University Press. He is also author of Restoring the Power of Unions: It Takes a Movement (Yale University Press, 2010), The Betrayal of Local 14: Paperworkers, Politics and Permanent Replacements (Cornell, 1998) and In the Company of Scholars: The Struggle for the Soul of Higher Education (Texas, 1992); and co-author of both Union Representation Elections: Law and Reality (Russell Sage Foundation, 1976) and Labor Relations: The Basic Processes, Law and Practice (Foundation, 1988). He edited a book of essays in 2004 with former Secretary of Labor Ray Marshall (a faculty member at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT), The Future of Labor Unions: Organized Labor in the 21st Century. He is a former President of the American Association of University Professors.

In 2007, Professor Getman's first novel, Strike!, was published by Plainview Press.

Recent Publications

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Recent Activities

  • Walmart and Unions

    October 9, 2012 – November 28, 2012

    Quoted in articles about Walmart and unions in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Nation, and Business Week.

  • "Arbeitsrecht und Beschaftigung in den USA" ("Labour and Employment in the U.S.")

    October 25, 2012

    Passau University Law School, Munich, Germany

    Provided opening address at annual German conference on U.S. labor law.

  • Public Affairs forum

    September 10, 2012

    First Unitarian Universalist Church, Austin, TX

    Spoke about book Restoring the Power of Unions at the first Public Affairs forum of the year at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, Austin. The talk was videotaped for later broadcast on ChannelAustin TV (Public Access Community Television) Channel 10.

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