Maria O’Brien Hylton

Professor of Law, School of Law

Noted labor and benefits law specialist Maria O’Brien Hylton began her teaching career at Boston University School of Law in 1988. She taught at De Paul University College of Law from 1989 until rejoining the Boston University faculty in 1995, and was a visiting professor at the University of Chicago Law School in 1993.

While in law school, Professor Hylton was editor of the Yale Law & Policy Review. After graduation, she served as a law clerk for Judge Gilbert S. Merritt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and then as an associate at the Boston law firm of Hale and Dorr. She has numerous publications to her credit, most recently, “ERISA in the Larger EEO Context” for the Employment Rights and Employment Policy Journal. She also is the co-author of “Cases and Materials on Employee Benefits Law” and “Using Civil Remedies for Criminal Behavior: Rationale, Case Studies, and Constitutional Issues.” Her most recent lectures include “Arbitration in the New Millennium” at the annual meeting of the Industrial Relations Research Association (2000), “Notes on the Class Action Device at the End of the Century” at the annual meeting of the American Bar Association (1999) and “Microsoft and the Illusion of Lost Employer Control” at the annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (1999).

Professor Hylton teaches courses on labor issues, ERISA, employee benefits and insurance law. She has long been active in a number of professional organizations. She is a member of the American Law Institute (ALI) and an editor of the Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal.