Rick Bales

Rick Bales

Rick Bales Professor is a faculty member at Ohio Northern University College of Law, where he teaches a variety of labor/employment and ADR courses. He has published more than 100 scholarly articles and authored or co-authored eight books on a variety of topics related to labor/employment/ADR. Rick also is a part-time labor arbitrator and a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators.

He has spoken widely on topics pertaining to innovative ways of teaching employment and labor law courses.  Recent presentations have been in Berlin, Brisbane, Cartagena, Moscow, Paris, Phnom Penh, Prato (Italy), Saigon, and Siem Reap. He has twice been selected as a Fulbright Specialist, once each to Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta.

Before coming to ONU Law, Dean Bales was a faculty member at NKU Chase College of Law, where he was the Director of the Advocacy Center and he was Associate Dean of Faculty Development.  Before that, he taught at the University of Montana Law School, Southern Methodist University Law School, and University of Houston Law School.  Prior to his teaching career Dean Bales litigated employment cases for the Houston-based law firm of Baker & Botts and the Cleveland-based law firm of Baker & Hostetler.




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Articles and Video:

The Current Status of [Online?] Labor Arbitration (06/12/20)
Online arbitration hearings may be a permanent or merely a temporary response to what we hope will be a short-lived pandemic. Most arbitrators and advocates still seem to strongly prefer in-person hearings. However, as arbitrators and advocates become more proficient with the technology, and experience firsthand the cost savings (especially in reduced travel) and convenience of online hearings, such hearings likely will become much more common.