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Thomas Brierton, JD

Associate Professor of Business Law

Contact

Phone: 209.946.2632
Email: tbrierton@pacific.edu

Education

Northern Illinois University, J.D.

University of Wisconsin, BBA

Curriculum Vitae 

Thomas Brierton is an Associate Professor of Business Law in the Eberhardt School of Business at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. He specializes in Employment Law and Entertainment Law.

Thomas has been involved in both the academic and legal environments for the past twenty-five years. He has taught a variety of courses on the graduate level, executive programs for the Westgate Center for Management Development in the Eberhardt School of Business, the Graziadio Graduate School of Management at Pepperdine University, the Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University, and the College of Business at Northern Illinois University. In addition, he teaches Entertainment Law at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California.

Thomas, as an attorney, has litigated a wide variety of cases in private practice and served as a consultant to many organization throughout the western half of the United States. He has testified as an expert before the California Legislature on employment bills. He has written and published journal articles in the employment and entertainment law areas and consistently presents papers at national and regional meeting of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, the Rocky Mountain Academy of Legal Studies in Business, and the Music and Entertainment Industries Educators Association.

AWARDS & PUBLICATIONS

  • The Right of Publicity: Challenging the Underlying Rationale of a Limited Postmortem Term, published in the Arizona State University Sports and Entertainment Law Journal, vol 4:1 (2015) with Peter Bowal and Ashley Lavon Leak.
  • The Law of Infant Waivers: Wong v. Lok's Martal Arts Centre INC, published in the University of British Columbia Law Review, vol. 44:2 with Peter Bowal and John Rollett.
  • Paper Presentation: California Sexual Harassment Law, Pacific Southwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Palm Springs, CA 
  • Invited Guest Panelist: An Academic Perspective on Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property Week McGeorge School of Law Sacramento, CA 
 

EBERHARDT SCHOOL OF BUSINESS,
UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC
Employment Law (Undergraduate/Graduate)
Commercial Law 
The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business
Ethics for the Professional Accountant (Graduate)
Legal Aspects of Real Estate
Entertainment Law (Conservatory of Music/Music Management)

MCGEORGE SCHOOL OF LAW,
UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC
Entertainment Law

WESTGATE CENTER FOR LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT,
UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC
Legal Issues in Employee Relations Seminar (Graziadio Graduate School of Managment, Pepperdine University, Executive Development Center, Willamette University)

SCHOOL OF BUSINESS,
NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business 
Commercial Law
CPA Intensive Review
Business Ethics

 

PUBLICATIONS     

  • Stinchcombe: Crown Disclosure of Criminal Evidence 2.0," (2018) 42:3 LawNow with Peter Bowal.
  • Harassment as a New Workplace Safety Issue," (2018) 42:3 LawNow with Peter Bowal.
  • Stinchcombe and Crown Disclosure of Criminal Evidence, LawNow, Vol.42:2 (2017) with Peter Bowal.
  • The Exemption Approach Toward Rights: A Review of the Boeing Australia Decision, with Peter Bowal Accepted Canadian Bar Review (2017).
  • The Right of Publicity: Challenging the Underlying Rationale of a Limited Postmortem Term, Arizona State University Sports and Entertainment Law Journal, vol 4:1 (2015) with Peter Bowal and Ashley Lavon Leak.
  • The Law of Infant Waivers: Wong v. Lok's Martal Arts Centre INC, U.B.C Law Review, vol. 44:2 (2011) with Peter Bowal and John Rollett.   
  • Jobs as Social Welfare Programs: The Case of H1N1, LawNow, Vol. 34 (2010) with Peter Bowal.
  • What's in a Word: Olympic, LawNow Vol. 34 (2010) with Peter Bowal.
  • Aunt Laura's Promise: A Case Analysis, LawNow Vol. 33:6(2009) with Peter Bowal.   
  • Does Human Rights Law Discriminate, LawNow Vol. 32;3 (2008) with Peter Bowal.  
  • California Sexual Harassment Law, Free Speech and the Creative Necessity Defense, Hofstra Labor and Employment Law Journal with Peter Bowal Vol. 25 (2008).
  • The Whistle Blower Defense to Employment Dismissal, LawNow Vol. 32:2 (2007) with Peter Bowal.         
  • Reasonable Accommodation Under Title VII: Catholic Lawyer, St. John's University Law Review,Vol. 42, No 2, 2003.
  • Study Guide to: The Legal, Ethical and International Environment of Business published by West Educational Publishing Sixth Edition 2005. 
  • Religious Harassment Under Title VII, Labor Law Journal, Vol. 46, 1995.                                      
  • An Examination of the ADA's Direct Threat Defense, Labor Law Journal, Vol. 45, No. 10, 1994.     
  • Employer's New Age Training Program Fail to Alter the Consciousness of the EEOC Labor Law Journal.  Vol. 43 No. 7, July 1992.   
  • An Unjustified Hostility Toward Religion in the Workplace, The Catholic Lawyer, of St. John's University Law Review, Vol. 34 No. 3.   
  • Fetal Protection Policies: Balancing the Interests of the Employee, Employer, and the Unborn under Title VII, Labor Law Journal, Vol. 41, No. 10, October 1990, with Laurie Lichter-Heath.   
  • Statutory Construction of Title VII and 42 USC 1983 in Employment Discrimination Actions, Labor Law Journal, Vol. 40 No. 3, March 1989. 
  • The Inside on Insider on Trading, Midwest Business Law Proceedings, March 1988, refereed discussant tract.
  • Insider Trading Regulation: Attitudes of Securities Experts, Midwest Law Review, Vol. 7, Fall 1988.                        
  • Who's Accommodating Who? - Religious Discrimination in the Workplace, Labor Law Journal, and Vol. 39, No. 5 May 1988.     

PRESENTATIONS

  • Paper Presentation: The Exemption Approach Toward Rights: A Review of the Boeing Australia Decision, Rocky Mountain Academy Legal Studies in Business, Vail, CO (Sept. 2017).   
  • Paper  Presentation: Enhancing the Burden of Proof in Hostile Work Environment Cases, Rocky Mountain Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Vail, CO  (Sept. 2016).   
  • Invited Guest Speaker: New Legislation, Retaliation and Social Media, CalAct Annual Conference, Yosemite, CA (April 2015)   
  • Paper Presentation: Hostile Work Environments According to the California Supreme Court. Rocky Mountain Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Vail, CO (Sept. 2015).       
  • Paper Presentation: California Sexual Harassment Law, Pacific Southwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Palm Springs, CA (Feb. 2014).
  • Invited Guest Speaker: Human Resources Hot Topics, California's Public and Community Transportation Conference, California Transit Association, Anaheim, CA (Oct. 2013) .      
  • Invited Guest Panelist: An Academic Perspective on IP, Intellectual Property Week McGeorge School of Law Sacramento, CA (Feb. 2013).   
  • Paper Presentation: Reasonable Accommodation and the Religious Employee under Title VII with Peter Bowal, Rocky Mountain Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Vail, CO  (Sept. 2013).   
  • Invited Panelist: An Academic Perspective on Intellectual Property, McGeorge School of Law Intellectual Property Week, Feb. (2012).     
  • Paper Presentation: Coogan Laws of California and New York, with Joseph Theusen, Rocky Mountain Academy of Legal Studies in Business Conference, Vail, CO Sept. (2012).   
  • Paper Presentation: Protecting the Children from the Parents: Looking Forward to the Next 70 Years Under Coogan's Law with Joseph Theusen,  Academy of Legal Studies In Business National Conference, August (2009).   
  • Paper Presentation: Protecting the Child Performer's Pocketbook from the Parents with Joseph Theusen, Rocky Mountain Academy of Legal Studies in Business Conference, Oct. (2009).    
  • Panel Discussant: The Law School Option, Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association International Conference, March (2008) Long Island, New York.   
  • Paper Presentation: Free Speech in the Entertainment Workplace and Sexual Harassment Law with Peter Bowal, Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association International Conference, March (2008) Long Island, New York.   
  • Paper Presentation: The California Supreme Court Befriends Warner Brothers in Sexual Harassment Case with Peter Bowal, Academy of Legal Studies in Business Annual Conference, St Petersburg, Florida August (2006).   
  • Paper Presentation:  Copyright Protection in an Era of Digital Conversion with Peter Bowal,  Rocky Mountain Academy of Legal Studies in Business Annual Conference, Vail, Colorado September, (2005).   
  • Paper Presentation: Title IX Collegiate Athletics and the Commission's Recommendations  Rocky Mountain Academy of Legal Studies in Business Annual Conference, Vail, Colorado September (2004).   
  • Paper Presentation: The Business of Title IX Collegiate Athletics Rocky Mountain Academy of Legal Studies in Business Annual Conference, Vail, Colorado September (2003).   
  • Paper Presentation: Reasonable Accommodation Under Title VII: Is It Reasonable to the Religious Employee with Peter Bowal, Rocky Mountain Academy of Legal Studies in Business Annual Conference, Vail, Colorado  September (2002).     
  • Paper Presentation:  The Remaking of the Reasonable Accommodation Provision Under Title VII Rocky Mountain Academy of Legal Studies in Business, September 13-15, (2001) CONFERENCE CANCELED.   
  • Paper Presentation: U.S. Supreme Court Cases that Have Impacted Business Rocky Mountain Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Vail, Colorado September (2000).   
  • Paper Presentation: Revisiting Title VII's Reasonable Accommodation Provision  Rocky Mountain Academy of Legal Studies ion Business, Vail, Colorado September (1999).   
  • Paper Presentation: How the U. S. Supreme Court Has Impacted the Business Environment  Rocky Mountain Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Vail, Colorado September (1998).   
  • Paper Presentation: Examining the ADA's Definition of Disability  Rocky Mountain Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Sept. (1997), Vail, Colorado.   
  • Paper Presentation: The Employer's Free Exercise Rights in the Workplace Western Academy of Legal Studies in Business, April (1996), Pacific Grove, California.   
  • Paper Presentation: Religious Harassment and the Free Exercise of Religion Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Aug. (1995), Milwaukee, Wisconsin.   
  • Paper Presentation: The Effects of Reasonable Accommodation on the Employer's Freedom of Religion Pacific Northwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, April (1995), Seattle, Washington.   
  • Paper Presentation: Religious Harassment in the Workplace  Rocky Mountain Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Sept. (1994), Jackson, Wyoming.     
  • Paper Presentation: The Employer's Undue Burden Under the Americans with Disabilities Act  Western Academy of Legal Studies in Business Conference, April (1994), Pacific Grove, California.   
  • Paper Presentation: The Otherwise Qualified Provision Under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 American Academy of Legal Studies in Business Conference, August (1993), Colorado Springs, Colorado.   
  • Paper Presentation: AIDS in the Workplace Western Academy of Legal Studies in Business Conference, April (1993), Pacific Grove, California. 
  • Paper Presentation: New Age Training Programs in Violation of Title VII Western Business Law Association Conference, March (1992), Pacific Grove, California.   
  • Paper Presentation: A Study of Growth Limitations in California American Business Law Association Conference, August (1991), Portland, Maine.   
  • Paper Presentation: Recent Developments in Land Use Regulation Western Business Law Association Conference, March (1991), Pacific Grove, California.     
  • Paper Presentation: The Unreasonable Effects of the Reasonable Accommodation Mandate American Business Law Association Conference, August (1990), Toronto, Ontario, Canada.     
  • Paper Presentation: Workplace Fetal Protection Policies: Protection of the Unborn Under Federal Law with Laurie Lichter-Heath, Western Business Law Association Conference, April (1990), Pacific Grove, California.   
  • Paper Presentation: Recent Developments in Religious Discrimination Under Title VII American Business Law Association Conference, August (1989), Los Angeles, California.                                
  • Paper Presentation: 42 U.S.C. 1983: Preemption Considerations Midwest Business Law Association Conference, March (1989), Chicago, Illinois.   
  • Paper Presentation: Business Ethics: A New Perspective American Business Law Association Conference, August (1988), New Orleans, Louisiana.   
  • Discussion Leader: Topic, Social Responsibility of the Tobacco Industry, Midwest Business Law Conference, March (1988), Chicago, Illinois. 
  • Paper Presentation: The Inside on Insider Trading Midwest Business Law Association Conference, March (1988), Chicago, Illinois.