Diary of a Black Sailor Topic of Inaugural Lecture

Willamette University College of Law presents William B. Gould IV in his inaugural William M. Ramsey Distinguished Professorship Lecture, "Diary of a Contraband: The Civil War Passage of a Black Sailor," Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m., in Paulus Hall at the law school. The event is free and open to the public.

The lecture will focus on Gould's great-grandfather, William Benjamin Gould, an escaped black slave who served in the United States Navy during the Civil War. Gould's latest book, "Diary of a Contraband: The Civil War Passage of a Black Sailor," will be released by Stanford University Press next month.

Gould is a prolific author of books and articles on labor law, and employment discrimination law, as well as shorter essays on sports law and baseball. His award-winning book, "A Primer on American Labor Law," has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, German and Spanish.

One of the country's most prominent and influential experts in labor law, Gould taught at Stanford for 30 years where he served as the Charles A. Beardsley Professor of Law. He joined the law faculty at Willamette in September as the William M. Ramsey Distinguished Professor of Law.

In 1994, Gould was appointed by President Bill Clinton to a four-year term as chairman of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), one of only three academics to ever serve in that position. During his tenure as NLRB chairman, he fought vigorously for fairer labor practices in the United States.

The holder of five honorary doctor of laws degrees, Gould was thrice included in Ebony magazine's list of "100+Most Influential Black Americans." He has arbitrated or mediated more than 200 labor disputes, including the 1989 Detroit teachers wage dispute and the 1992 and 1993 Major League Baseball salary disputes.

William M. Ramsey, for whom this lecture is named, was the first dean of Willamette University College of Law, from 1884-88. Ramsey's distinguished and unselfish public service had also earned him the title of the "Dean of the Northwest Bar." His 60-year stellar career included service as a county judge, circuit judge, Oregon Supreme Court justice and mayor of Salem and McMinnville, Ore.

Established at Willamette in 1883, Willamette University College of Law is the oldest law school in the Pacific Northwest.