Interview with Clyde W. Summers

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Video Recording

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Clyde Summers taught at Penn Law from 1975 to 2005, after having taught at Yale, the University of Buffalo, and the University of Toledo. His pathbreaking work in important areas of labor law—including individual worker rights, union democracy, unjust discharge, and the rights of public employees and non-union employees—made him a towering figure in that field. In addition to his scholarly work, Summers was an arbitrator in over 1,000 cases over 50 years, was the umpire for the anthracite coal industry for 20 years, and served as an expert witness and advisor to courts and government agencies for decades. He died in 2010.