Texas Tech University

Jarod S. Gonzalez

Professor of Law

Email: jarod.gonzalez@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-8378

Admitted to practice in Texas.

Professor Gonzalez joined the faculty in 2004. Before entering teaching, he practiced law with the Dallas firm of Thompson & Knight and clerked for two federal judges - the late John H. Hannah, Jr., Chief Judge, Eastern District of Texas and Judge Robert M. Parker (retired), United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. His teaching and research interests include civil procedure and labor and employment law. Professor Gonzalez serves as a co-editor of the State Bar of Texas Labor and Employment Law Section Newsletter, which provides summaries of important Texas labor and employment law decisions. Gonzalez recently co-authored an Employment Discrimination casebook with Professor Sandra Sperino (Cincinnati) and Professor Susan Grover (William and Mary) entitled Employment Discrimination: A Context and Practice Casebook. The casebook combines traditional teaching methodologies with a focus on practical skills through an active learning approach. During the Spring 2011 semester, Gonzalez was a visiting law professor at the University Of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School Of Law where he taught Employment Law and Employment Discrimination Law. He became Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Texas Tech University School of Law on August 1, 2012.

Curriculum Vitae (June 2012)

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  • B.B.A., summa cum laude, University of Oklahoma, 1997
  • J.D., University of Oklahoma, 2000


  • Texas Pretrial Civil Procedure
  • Texas Civil Procedure: Trial and Appellate
  • Employment Discrimination Law
  • Employment Law
  • Conflict of Laws

Selected Publications

Whistleblower and Liability Protections for Scientific Laboratory Employees, 3 Journal of Biosecurity, Biosafety, and Biodefense Law Iss. 1, Article 2.(co-authored with Dr. Victoria Sutton)(2012)(provides guidance and commentary on the applications of whistleblower laws to scientific and laboratory workers with special attention devoted to select agent regulations).

A Custom Fit: Tailoring Texas Civil Jury Selection Procedures to Case Tiers,, 43 St. Mary's Law Journal 495-558 (2012) (proposes a modification to Texas Civil Jury Selections laws that provides for the use of expert juries and changes to the use and amount of peremptory challenges).

Employment Discrimination: A Context and Practice Casebook, Teacher's Manual, Carolina Academic Press, co-authored with Sandra Sperino (University of Cincinnati) and Susan Grover (William & Mary) (2011) (the Teacher's Manual that accompanies the casebook).

Employment Discrimination: A Context and Practice Casebook, Susan Grover, Sandra F. Sperino, and Jarod S. Gonzalez (2011) (Carolina Academic Press).

A Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow: An Economic-Incentives Based Approach to OSHA Whistleblowing, 14 Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal 325-353 (2010).

A Tale of Two Waivers: Waiver of the Jury Waiver Defense under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, 87 Nebraska Law Review 675-711 (2009) (proposing a novel solution under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure for the procedure and timing problems that are currently present with respect to raising a contractual jury waiver challenge to a jury demand in federal district court)

Employment Law Remedies for Illegal Immigrants, 40 Texas Tech Law Review 987-1000 (2008) (argues that providing full employment law rights to undocumented workers should be tied to the public policy goal of decreasing the number of people illegally working in this country)

State Antidiscrimination Statutes and Implied Preemption of Common Law Torts: Valuing the Common Law, 59 South Carolina Law Review 115-145 (2007) (develops a tailored legal test for determining whether the mere presence of a state antidiscrimination statute preempts common law tort claims based on discriminatory forms of workplace harassment)

SOX, Statutory Interpretation, and the Seventh Amendment: Sarbanes-Oxley Act Whistleblower Claims and Jury Trials, 9 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Labor and Employment Law 25-85 (2006) (article addresses whether the Seventh Amendment guarantees a jury trial for SOX whistleblower actions brought in federal court)

A Matter of Life and Death–Why the ADA Permits Mandatory Periodic Medical Examinations of "Remote-Location" Employees, 66 Louisiana Law Review 681 - 731 (2006) (article argues that the ADA should be interpreted to allow mandatory periodic medical examinations of current employees in some cases)

A Long Time Coming–United States Supreme Court adopts the 'Rule of Reason' Test for Vertical Maximum Price Fixing Cases in State Oil v. Khan, 52 Oklahoma Law Review 645-663 (1999) (note analyzes antitrust law cases involving vertical maximum price fixing)

You can access my papers on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) at http://ssrn.com/author=415781.