College of Law

Patrick Hardin

Professor Emeritus, W. Allen Separk Distinguished Professor of Law


BA, 1962, University of Alabama

JD, 1965, University of Chicago Law School


Professor Hardin is a highly-regarded expert in the field of labor law. He is editor-in-chief of The Developing Labor Law (3rd ed.) and co-editor-in-chief of the fourth edition, published in 2001. Prof. Hardin has been published in Proceedings of Annual Institutes on Labor Law, The Labor Lawyer, and The Tennessee Law Review. In October 2002 President Bush appointed him to serve as one of three members of the Board of Inquiry, under the Taft-Hartley National Emergency procedure, concerning the work stoppage in the West Coast ports.

Prior to joining the UT faculty in 1975, Professor Hardin was Chief Counsel to the Chairman and Associate General Counsel in charge of the Division of Enforcement Litigation of the National Labor Relations Board. He was also a trial attorney with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and a practicing attorney with the Chicago firm of Pope, Ballard, Shepherd & Fowle. Professor Hardin has received the Harold C. Warner Outstanding Teacher Award, the Carden Award for Outstanding Service to the College of Law, andthe Carden Award for Outstanding Achievement in Scholarship. He served as the College of Law’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs during 1986-87.