Merton C. Bernstein
Walter D. Coles Professor of Law Emeritus
A.B., 1943, Oberlin College
LL.B., 1948, Columbia University
Phone / Email
Phone: (508) 896-8383
Professor Bernstein, although retired from teaching, continues to speak and write about Social Security, pension, and health care issues, and to arbitrate labor-management contract disputes. His articles have appeared in the Columbia, Harvard, Illinois, NYU, Ohio State, Pennsylvania, and UCLA Law Reviews, the Yale Law Journal, and the Industrial and Labor Relations Review. He is a frequent commentator in the news media and has published numerous articles in popular journals, such as Fortune, and op-eds in such media outlets as the Atlanta Journal, Chicago Tribune, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Des Moines Register, Milwaukee Journal, and Philadelphia Inquirer. Professor Bernstein founded and directed the law school’s Congressional Clinic (now the Congressional & Administrative Law Program), through which students work full time in a Congressional office or a federal administrative agency in Washington, D.C. Before joining the Washington University faculty, he had taught at Ohio State, Columbia and Yale Laws Schools. Prior to law school teaching, he served as counsel to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Labor, chaired by Hubert H. Humphrey, and to Senator Wayne Morse; he also was special counsel to Senator John F. Kennedy’s Subcommittee on Labor.