Alfred W. Blumrosen
Thomas A. Cowan Professor of Law Emeritus
1928 - 2015
Professor Blumrosen taught at Rutgers Law School from 1955 to 2002, specializing in labor and employment law. He served as Acting Dean in 1974-75.
Professor Blumrosen was a labor arbitrator, primarily in New Jersey, from 1957-1965. As consultant to the New Jersey Civil Rights Commission in 1963-64, he reported on enforcement of the New Jersey Civil Rights Law, “Anti-Discrimination Laws in Action in New Jersey: A Law-Sociology Study” (19 Rutgers Law Review 187, 1965). He assisted in organizing the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 1965 and served as its first chief of conciliations and director of federal-state relations, 1965-67. He was a special attorney in the Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 1968; consultant to Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment Standards Arthur Fletcher (OFCCP) 1969-71, where he advised OFCCP on regulations and procedures including OFCCP-Order No. 4 and national program concerning the construction trades; acting director, Michigan Civil Rights Commission, 1972; organizer of programs on the 10th and 20th anniversaries of the Civil Rights Act, 1975 and 1984; consultant to EEOC chair Eleanor Holmes Norton, 1977-79 concerning guidelines on Employee selection procedures, affirmative action guidelines, as well as agency procedures and organization. In 1995, he advised the U.S. Department of Labor concerning the affirmative action-reverse discrimination controversy, and in 1996 and ’97, reviewed programs of the EEOC for the Citizens Commission on Civil Rights.
Professor Blumrosen was of counsel to Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler (New York) from 1979-1982, advising employers on equal opportunity matters. He was counsel to NAACP in Wards Cove Packing Co. v. Atonio, 109 S.Ct. 2115 (1989) [concerning the interpretation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act] and in NAACP v. Meese, 615 F. Supp. 200 (D.D.C) 1985) [seeking injunction against recission of consent decrees involving affirmative action]. He was of counsel to mainly white female employees challenging a discriminatory layoff in Chrapliwy v. Uniroyal, 670 F.2d 760 (7th Cir. 1982) cert. denied, 103 S. Ct.2428 (1983), and counsel to the mainly white male employees seeking equal pay in Klask v. Northwest Airlines, 57 FEP Cases 1147, 1152 (D. Minn. 1989, 91).
Professor Blumrosen has written Modern Law: The Law Transmission System and Equal Employment Opportunity (1993, University of Wisconsin Press); Black Employment and the Law (1971, Rutgers University Press), and numerous law review articles, including “Strangers in Paradise: Griggs v. Duke Power Co. and the Concept of Employment Discrimination” (71 Michigan Law Review 59, 1972), which has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in two decisions. His essay “Six Conditions for Meaningful Self Regulation” was awarded the Ross Prize by the American Bar Association in 1983. In 1993, he was a Fulbright Scholar in South Africa, where he examined whether U.S. equal employment experience would be useful in the post-apartheid period, and drafted a statute based on U.S. experience. In 1995, he was a resident scholar at the Rockefeller Institute Conference and Study Center in Bellagio, Italy.
In 1998 he received a grant from the Ford Foundation to investigate the extent of intentional employment discrimination. With his late wife Ruth, he published The Realities of Intentional Job Discrimination in Metropolitan America —1999 in 2002. It is available on the web at EEO1.com. Continuing his interest in statistical analysis to establish job discrimination, with his son Alex he presented a paper to a meeting of the International Labor Organization in July 2009, in Geneva, entitled “Using Statistics to Measure Diversity Compliance by Establishing Deviations from Labor Market Practices — A Model for Effective and Economic Regulation in the Global Computer Age.”
In 2005, he and his late wife Ruth published Slave Nation: How Slavery United the Colonies and Sparked the American Revolution, Sourcebooks. With his son Steven, he has published an article in Rutgers Law Review, Vol. 63, Winter 2011, pp. 407-519, titled “Restoring the Congressional Duty to Declare War.”