Rhonda Reaves

Rhonda M Reaves

College Of Law - Instruction


Office Hours

Employment Discrimination
Tuesday/Thursday • 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

LAW 6935 Advanced Topics in Law C: Advanced Torts -- Defamation and Privacy
Tuesday/Thursday • 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm via Zoom or by appointment

Program Assistant is Puja Bhatavdekar, Phone:  (407) 254-3270, puja.bhatavdekar@famu.edu

Current Semester Schedule

LAW 5400 Property • Tu. We. Fr. — 8:50 am - 10:10 am
LAW 6545 Employment Law • Tu. Fr. — 1:15 pm - 2:45 pm

About Me

Professor Reaves joined FAMU College of Law after teaching for six years at Loyola University School of Law in Los Angeles. Professor Reaves has written several articles focusing on race and gender discrimination in employment. At FAMU College of Law, she teaches employment law, employment discrimination, and property. She has a J.D. degree from Stanford Law School and a B.A. degree from Yale University.



  • J.D.
    Stanford Law School Stanford, CA
  • B.A. Economics and Political Science
    Yale University New Haven, CT

Work History

  • Professor of Law • 2005 - Present
    Florida A&M University College of Law, Orlando, FL

  • Associate Professor of Law • 1998 - 2005
    Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA

  • Visiting Professor of Law • Academic Year 2016 - 17
    University of La Verne College of Law, Ontario, CA

  • Visiting Professor of Law • Spring 2012
    University of Oregon School of Law, Eugene, OR

  • Visiting Professor of Law • Spring 2009
    University of Miami Law School, Coral Gables, FL

Academic Accomplishments

  • Publications
    Journal Articles
    Performing Identity in the Workplace: A Property Law Perspective(in progress).
    The Help: African-American Women and Low-Wage Work in a “Post-Racial” Society (in progress)
    Adverse Employment Action: A Victim’s Perspective (in progress).
    Retaliatory Harassment: Race, Sex and the Hostile coworker as the enforcer of Workplace Norms,
    2007 MICH ST. OL. REV. 403(2007).
    Sprint/United Management Co. v. Mendelsohn: Is “Me, Too” Evidence Relevant and Admissible to
    Prove Illegal Bias in Age Discrimination Cases, 35 PREVIEW OF UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT
    CASES, 134-137 (ABA 2007).
    One of these Things Isn’t Like the Other: Analogizing Ageism to Racism in Employment
    Discrimination Cases, 38 UNIV. RICHMOND L. REV. 101-63 (2004).
    “There’s No Crying in Baseball”: Sports and the Legal Construction of Gender, 4 THE JOURNAL OF
    GENDER RACE & JUSTICE 283-319 (2001).

    Essays, Books, Book Contributions, and Collected Works
    ESSAY: Anti-Black Bias and the Allue of “Whiteness,”Balkinization Blog, December 2022
    5TH ED. 2014)(revised and updated with new questions).
    SPORTS AND INEQUALITY (Michael J. Cozzillio& Robert L. Hayman, Jr. eds.)(Carolina Academic Press
    2005)(edited excerpt of “There’s No Crying in Baseball:…” article)
    (includes “There’s No Crying in Baseball: …” article).

    Academic Presentations
    University of La Verne College of Law, November 2016. Presented work-in-progress.
    Association for Law, Property, and Society Annual Meeting, May 20-21, 2016, Queen’s University
    Belfast. Presented work-in-progress.
    9th Annual Lutie Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Writing Workshop, Vanderbilt Law School, Nashville,
    Tennessee, July 2015. Presented work-in-progress.
    Association of Law, Property, and Society 2015 Annual Meeting, University of Georgia School of Law,
    April 2015. Presented work-in-progress.
    9th Annual Labor & Employment Colloquium, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO, September
    2014. Presented work-in-progress.
    “Whiteness Defined,” Southeast/Southwest People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, William H.
    Bowen School of Law, Little Rock, AR, April 2013. (Moderator)
    Gender Equity and Capitalism Symposium, University of Oregon School of Law, March 2012.
    Presented work-in-progress.
    3rd Annual Colloquium on Current Scholarship in Labor & Employment Law, University of San Diego,
    San Diego, California, October 2008. Presented work-in-progress.
    On the Job: The Challenges of Work and the Workplace, Northeast People of Color Legal Scholarship
    Conference, Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts, September 12-14, 2008.
    Presented work-in-progress.
    The Impact of Retaliation in the Workplace After Burlington v. White, Southeast Association of Law
    Schools (SEALS) Annual Meeting, Palm Beach, Florida, August 1, 2008. Presented work-in-progress.
    Lutie Lytle Black Female Faculty Writing Workshop, University of Denver, Strum College of Law, June
    2008. Presented work-in-progress.
    Florida Junior Faculty Forum, Stetson University School of Law, Gulfport, Florida, November 2-3, 2007.
    Presented work-in-progress.
    LatCrit XII: Critical Localities: Epistemic Communities, Rooted Cosmopolitans, New Hegemonies, and
    Knowledge Processes, Miami Beach, FL, October 4-6, 2007. Presented work-in-progress.
    Second Annual Colloquium on Current Scholarship in Labor & Employment Law, University of Denver,
    Strum College of Law, September 2007. Presented work-in-progress.
    First Annual Colloquium on Current Scholarship in Labor & Employment Law, Marquette University,
    Milwaukee, WI, October 26-28, 2006. Presented work-in-progress.


  • Honors, Awards & Recognition
  • Outstanding Law Professor, Loyola Black Law Students Association • 2001

Courses Taught At FAMU

  • LAW 5400 Property
  •  LAW 6545 Employment Law