Rick Bales became Dean of the Law School effective July 1, 2013. He has published more than eighty scholarly articles and authored or co-authored five books, on employment arbitration, alternative dispute resolution in the workplace, employment law, labor law, and arbitration law. He has spoken widely on topics pertaining to innovative ways of teaching employment and labor law courses. Recent presentations have been in Berlin, Brisbane, Cartagena, Moscow, Paris, Phnom Penh, Prato (Italy), Saigon, and Siem Reap. He has twice been selected as a Fulbright Specialist, once each to Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta.
Before coming to ONU Law, Dean Bales was a faculty member at NKU Chase College of Law, where he was the Director of the Advocacy Center and he was Associate Dean of Faculty Development. Before that, he taught at the University of Montana Law School, Southern Methodist University Law School, and University of Houston Law School. Prior to his teaching career Dean Bales litigated employment cases for the Houston-based law firm of Baker & Botts and the Cleveland-based law firm of Baker & Hostetler.
J.D., Cornell University
B.A., Trinity University
Texas and Kentucky