Law Professor Gould appointed to state labor board


William B. Gould IV
William B. Gould IV (Credit: Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News)

WILLIAM B. GOULD IV, professor emeritus at Stanford Law School, has been appointed as a member and chair of California’s Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB). The appointment, made this week by Gov. JERRY BROWN, is effective March 18.

“I welcome the challenge of the governor’s appointment,” Gould said. “In the coming weeks and months, I look forward to meeting other board members, the general counsel, ALRB staff throughout our state, stakeholders and elected officials, and members of the public. I shall do the best that I can to give back to California, which has given so much to my family and to me.”

A prolific scholar of labor and discrimination law, Gould has been a highly influential voice on worker-management relations for more than 40 years. Before arriving at Stanford Law School in 1972, Gould was an attorney for the National Labor Relations Board and the United Auto Workers. He served as chairman of the National Labor Relations Board from 1994 to 1998.

A member of the National Academy of Arbitrators since 1970, Gould has arbitrated and mediated more than 200 labor disputes, including the 1992 and 1993 salary disputes between the Major League Baseball Players Association and the Major League Baseball Player Relations Committee.

Gould is a critically acclaimed author of 10 books and more than 60 law review articles. His work includes a 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 story, Labored Relations: Law, Politics and the NLRB: A Memoir. Gould’s most recent book is Bargaining with Baseball: Labor Relations in an Age of Prosperous Turmoil.

—ANJALI ABRAHAM, Stanford Law School