- B.A., Government, Oberlin College
- J.D., Northeastern University School of Law
Ellen Dichner is a Distinguished Lecturer in Labor Studies at CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies. She has practiced labor and employment law for more than 25 years. During the Obama administration, she served as Chief Counsel to the Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board. Before her appointment at the NLRB, she was a partner at a New York City law firm where she handled a wide range of matters on behalf of unions, including collective bargaining negotiations, arbitrations, union organizing campaigns, litigation in federal and state courts as well as in proceedings before government agencies. Professor Dichner also represented individuals and groups of workers in wage and hour cases, employment discrimination and other litigation.
As a co-teacher of CSTEP Project L.A.W., she uses court decisions from real-life labor law cases to prepare students for the kinds of cases they can be expected to read and analyze as law students and as practicing lawyers.