Steering Committee Member
Dean Hubbard is the Chair of the National Lawyers Guild Labor and Employment Committee. In that capacity, he conceived and has coordinated the committee’s annual research delegations to Cuba since their inception in 2000. He has also organized L&E solidarity delegations to Bolivia, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, and has represented the Guild at international gatherings of progressive lawyers in Geneva and Paris. He is the Labor Director for the Sierra Club. Click here for a bit more information. He is the Vice-President of the World Organization for the Right of the People to Health Care, a transnational network of labor and community advocates for universal public health care.
Previously, Dean was Of Counsel to the union-side labor law firm Gorlick, Kravitz & Listhaus, and before then was Senior Counsel to the Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO. From 2002-2008, he held the Joanne Woodward Chair in Public Policy and was the founding Director of the Institute for Policy Alternatives (IPA) at Sarah Lawrence College. As Director of the IPA, Dean initiated a day labor organizing project supporting the struggles of Westchester County day laborers for human rights and dignity, a Katrina Recovery Project advocating for a just rebuilding of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, and a public health project in the Dominican Republic. He also taught graduate international labor rights and public policy courses at CUNY's Murphy Labor Institute. From 1993-2002, he was a founding partner of Eisner & Hubbard, a prominent New York City firm advocating for workers’ rights in all aspects of labor and employment law. Dean has been fighting for workers as an attorney and organizer since 1982.
As a scholar, he has written and taught on domestic and international impacts of neoliberal policy, human rights as a discursive frame for social change organizing, the normative functions of and relationships between labor and employment law, and social policy and the arts. He is also a singer, actor, playwright and director. Dean obtained his J.D. from Northeastern University in 1987, and his B.A. from Hampshire College in 1982.
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