Carin Clauss

Professor Emerita; Nathan P. Feinsinger Professor of Labor Law Emerita


A.B., Vassar College
LL.B. Columbia University School of Law;


Carin Clauss is a Professor of Law at the UW Law School, where she holds the Nathan P. Feinsinger Chair in Labor Law. Her areas of specialization are labor and employment law, administrative law and civil procedure.

As U.S. Solicitor of Labor from 1977 to 1981, Ms. Clauss was responsible for enforcing the nation's labor laws. She writes extensively on employment law issues, engages in a pro bono law practice specializing in sex discrimination cases, and is a frequent speaker to business, labor and legal groups.

Ms. Clauss has served as a consultant or member to a number of private and public organizations on a variety of labor and health and safety topics, including comparable worth, health care, safety and health in the workplace, collective bargaining and union democracy.

She was for many years Chairperson of Wisconsin's Worker Compensation Study Commission and was ViceChairperson of the Wisconsin Task Force on Comparable Worth. She is a former member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the Group Health Cooperative of Wisconsin; was a member of the Litigation Committee for the ACLU's National Women's Rights Project; is a member of the Board of Directors for the School for Workers at the University of Wisconsin; and was past secretary for the American Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Section and the former cochair of both the Federal Bar Association's Labor Committee and Wage and Hour Subcommittee.

Ms. Clauss participated in some of the U.S./Mexican discussions on labor standards as part of the NAFTA agreement, and she chaired an intergovernmental committee charged with examining the possible adoption by the United States of specific ILO conventions on labor standards. Ms. Clauss was also a member of a U.S. delegation to the 1980 OECD High Level Conference on the Employment of Women. She has been a member of the Joyce Foundation's Board of Directors since 1994.

Scholarship & Publications

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Teaching Areas

  • Administrative Law
  • Labor Law
  • Legislation
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