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Professor of Law Nancy M. Modesitt
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 507

Administrative Assistant: Gloria Joy
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 518


J.D., University of Virginia
B.A., Drew University

Curriculum Vitae

On July 18, 2012, Modesitt participated as an invited guest in a roundtable discussion at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Video of the discussion, which focused on how the EEOC should prioritize enforcement over the next three years to best fight discrimination in the workplace, is now available online.

Areas of Expertise

Employment Law
Lawyering Skills

Modesitt joined the faculty in fall 2007 as an assistant professor. From 2003 to 2007 she worked at the American University, Washington College of Law, teaching Contracts, Labor and Employment Law, and Legal Rhetoric. Modesitt was the academic coordinator of the Legal Rhetoric Program in 2005-06, and an adjunct professor in that program in 2002-03. While in practice, Modesitt worked for several large law firms as well as for the U.S. Department of Justice. Her practice focused on employment litigation and counseling, including handling matters ranging from defending employers in employment discrimination lawsuits to negotiating and drafting employee intellectual property agreements.

Selected Publications

Books and Book Chapters

Whistleblowing: The Law of Retaliatory Discharge , Nancy Modesitt, Janie Schulmann, and Daniel Westman (3d Ed. Bloomberg 2015) .

Articles and Essays

Causation in Whistleblowing Claims, 50 U. Rich. L. Rev. 1193 (2016)

Why Whistleblowers Lose: An Empirical and Qualitative Analysis of State Court Cases, 62 U. Kan. L. Rev. 165 (2013).

The Garcetti Virus, 80 U.Cinn. L. Rev. 137 (2011).

Wrongful Discharge: The Use of Federal Law as a Source of Public Policy, 8 U. Pa. J. Lab. & Empl. L. 623 (2006).

The Hundred-Years War: The Ongoing Battle Between Courts and Agencies over the Right to Interpret Federal Law, 74 Mo. L. Rev. 949 (2009).

Reinventing the EEOC, 63 S.M.U.L. Rev. 1237 (2010).

Articles on Social Science Research Network