Lea Vaughn

  • Professor of Law


Phone: (206) 543-4927
Email: lvaughn@u.washington.edu

Lea Vaughn


A.B. 1975, Princeton University J.D. 1978, University of Michigan

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Administrative Law — Civil Litigation and Procedure — Labor and Employment Law — Legislative Process

Recent Courses

LAW A 500 Introduction to Perspectives on the Law
LAW A 502 Civil Procedure I
LAW A 554 Labor Relations And The Law
LAW A 562 Employment Law

Selected Papers

— See the expanded list below or visit this faculty member's SSRN Author Page for more publications.

Professor Vaughn, a native of Seattle, came to the University of Washington in 1984. Her teaching and research focuses on employment relations (labor law, employment discrimination, employment law) and procedural courses such as civil procedure, administrative law and legislation.

In recent years, she has also developed a growing expertise in law and neuroscience, and particularly how recent scientific developments relate to the abusive workplace as well as forms of decision-making. Prior to her career in education, she practiced labor law representing unions.

In Michigan, she was chair of the Michigan Teacher Tenure Commission. Professor Vaughn was awarded the Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellowship at the end of her third year of law school.

At UW, she was appointed by the university president to serve as Secretary of the Faculty for all three UW campuses from 1999-2005. In that position, she had oversight of the university-wide faculty governance structure, the faculty grievance procedures and the University Handbook. She is a member of the Michigan bar.

Peer Reviewed Journals & Law Reviews

Books or Treatises

  • Lea B. Vaughn, Book Proposal The Abusive Workplace (2007).

Book Chapters

  • Lea Vaughn, "Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress in the Workplace," (currently working on).

  • Lea B. Vaughn, Washington, in 2 Civil Rights in the United States 781-83 (Waldo E. Martin, Jr. & Patricia Sullivan eds., Macmillan Reference USA 2000).

Professional Publications

  • Lea B. Vaughn, Employer Liability for Customer and Client Harassment: Unremedied No Longer, Trial News (Wash. St. Trial Lawyers Assn), June 2000, at 17.

  • Speaker, "In Denial: "Brain Rules," Legal Norms and the Abusive Workplace", Eleventh Annual Colloquium on Current Scholarship in Labor and Employment Law, (September 23, 2016)

  • Moderator, "Hot Topics in Labor Law", Pacific Coast Labor & Employment Law Conference, (May 19, 2016)

  • Speaker, "Fail Forward", Resiliency Lab, University of Washington College of Undergraduate Education (May 4, 2016)

  • Speaker, "Cannabis and Employment Law", University of Washington School of Law (April 26, 2016)

  • Discussant, "Conference on Narrative and Metaphor in the Law", Symposia on the Role of Metaphor in Academic Disciplines, Stanford University Law School (January 1, 2016)

  • Speaker, "The Abusive Workplace and Chronic Stress", Annual Meeting, Employers’ Counsel Network (May 1, 2015)

  • Speaker, "The Abusive Workplace and Chronic Stress", Annual Meeting, Employers Counsel Network (April 1, 2015)

  • Speaker, "Psychological Science and Appellate Practice", King County Bar Association, Appellate Section (February 11, 2013)

  • Speaker, "Feeling at Home: Narrative, Law, Cognition and Evolution", 13th Annual Conference, Society for Evolutionary Analysis in the Law (April 20, 2012)

  • Speaker, "In Denial: “Brain Rules,” Legal Norms and the Abusive Workplace", 13th Annual Conference, Society for Evolutionary Analysis and the Law (April 20, 2012)

  • Moderator, "Get Off My Land! The Conflict Between Property Rights and Protected Activities under the National Labor Relations Act", 5th Annual Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference, American Bar Association (November 3, 2011)

  • Speaker, "Difficult Issues in the Classroom", Pre-tenure Faculty of Color Workshop, Association of American Law Schools (June 26, 2011)

  • Panelist, Pretenure Faculty of Color Workshop, Association of American Law Schools (June 25, 2011)

  • "Looking Forward--Looking Backward: Employment  Law Trends", 9th Annual CLE Conference, Washington State Bar Association, Section on Labor & Employment Law (April 30, 2010)

  • "In Denial: “Brain Rules,” Legal Norms and the Abusive Workplace", Workplace Bullying and Protection against Discrimination in the Employer-Employee Relationship: Chances and Risks in an International Comparison, University of Augsburg (April 17, 2010)