William B. Gould IV

A prolific scholar of labor and employment discrimination law and Charles A. Beardsley Professor of Law, Emeritus at Stanford Law School, William B. Gould IV has been an influential voice on worker-management relations for over forty years and served as Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board (1994-’98). Professor Gould has been a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators since 1970. He was Independent Monitor for FirstGroup America from 2008-2010.

A critically acclaimed author of ten books and more than sixty law review articles, Professor Gould’s work includes his historical record of the experiences of his great-grandfather in Diary of a Contraband: The Civil War Passage of a Black Sailor, and his own Washington story, Labored Relations: Law, Politics and the NLRB: A Memoir. A tenth book, Bargaining with Baseball: Labor Relations in an Age of Prosperous Turmoil appeared in 2011. In 2013, the 5th edition of his A Primer on American Labor Law was published by Cambridge University Press.

Professor Gould is the recipient of five honorary doctorates for his significant contributions in the fields of labor law and labor relations.