Michael Maslanka


Assoc Professor

College of Law

Associate Professor Michael P. Maslanka joined the College of Law faculty in July 2015 after a 42-year career as an active litigator and trial lawyer, including a stint as a Field Attorney for the National Labor Relations Board and tours of duty as the Managing Partner of the Dallas office of two national law firms. Professor

Maslanka is the co-author of Learning Employment Law (West Academic 2021); Experiencing Employment Discrimination (West Academic 2022); and most recently of Experiencing Professional Responsibility (West Academic, July 2023). His newest book, The Short and Happy Guide to Professional Responsibility is scheduled for publication in September 2024.  While in practice and continuing in his academic career, Professor Maslanka authored a treatise, The Maslanka Field Guide to Texas Employment Law and Its Updates (Full Court Press).

His monthly newsletter, the Texas Employment Law Letter, commenced publication in January 1990 and he serves as its Editor-in-Chief. His monthly Work Matters column has appeared in Texas Lawyer since April 2001. His scholarly interests also include publishing law review articles on improving legal education: The War Story as Essential Pedagogy, 10 Lincoln Mem’l L. Rev. 1 (2022), and Thinking Like a Lawyer: A Back to the Future Proposal for a Practitioner Based and Taught Pedagogy, University of Detroit Mercy Law Review, Vol. 97, Fall 2020.

He is active in the Bar and is an instructor in the Deposition Skills course offered by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, a member of the Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Section of the Dallas Bar Association, and creator and Program Director of The Adaptable Lawyer CLE at the Annual Meeting of the Texas Bar Association.