Professor Christine Neylon O'Brien has a special interest in labor and employment law issues as she interned at Region 1 of the National Labor Relations Board and specialized in this practice area at a Boston law firm prior to embarking on an academic career. In addition to her research on labor and employment law topics, Professor O’Brien has published articles on many business law topics involving statutory conflicts, Constitutional issues, technology and trade secrets, accountants’ liability, and on pedagogical issues. Professor O’Brien’s research on Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act was cited in four opinions of the National Labor Relations Board 2014-2017. Her writing on after-acquired evidence in employment discrimination cases has been cited in three decisions by the Courts of Appeal for the Eighth and Tenth Circuits as well as by federal district courts. Her work on pregnancy discrimination was cited in a New Jersey Supreme Court opinion and her article on employees’ ‘Weingarten’ right to representation in a disciplinary setting has been cited by numerous state courts and employment relations boards. Her research is frequently cited in leading law journals, in business and law news outlets such as Bloomberg BNA, and is a constant top ten download on the Social Science Research Network, with several of her articles designated all-time top ten in Labor & Employment. Her 2016 St. John’s Law Review article on workplace profanity was featured in the Sunday New York Times, Feb. 14, 2016 by Phyllis Korkki, Fired for Cursing on the Job, Testing the Limits of Labor Law.
Professor O'Brien is a member of the Massachusetts and federal bars. She is a member of the board of editors of the Business Law Review and a reviewer for the American Business Law Journal and the Journal of Legal Studies Education
Professor O'Brien served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Legal Studies Education and staff editor of the American Business Law Journal, both refereed journals of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business. She served as a voting member of the Executive Committee of the ALSB, and on its Research Committee. She is past president of the North Atlantic Regional Business Law Association, and serves on its Executive Committee. She served as Associate Dean for the undergraduate division of the Carroll School of Management, Boston College, and as Chair of the Business Law Department. She was named Scholar of the Year during her tenure at Bentley University, and inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, Boston College, 2001. Her co-authored paper on “Exceeding Authorized Access in the Workplace: Prosecuting Disloyal Conduct under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act” (with S. Greene) received the Outstanding Employment Law Paper award sponsored by workplace law firm Jackson Lewis, Distinguished Proceedings Paper and Holmes-Cardozo Finalist Awards at the Academy of Legal Studies in Business Conference, 2012.