Stacy Hickox comes to KCNF after a fifteen-year career as a professor in the School of Human Resources & Labor Relations at Michigan State University, where she taught in both the Human Resources & Labor Relations master’s program and the Human Capital & Society undergraduate program. Most of her teaching focused on labor and employment law, and she taught numerous programs for labor unions. Her research, resulting in 25 published articles, focused on barriers to employment for people with disabilities and a criminal record, as well as ways to address harassment and bullying in the workplace. Stacy attended the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University and received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Stacy also has direct familiarity with federal employment practices and policies through her co-op with the Federal Labor Relations Authority in Washington, D.C. In this role, she investigated unfair labor practice charges and assisted with the conduct of union elections.
Prior to joining Michigan State, Stacy spent four years as a staff attorney for Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service (MPAS). In this position, Stacy represented clients in meetings hearings, and other proceedings on employment discrimination, special education, and juvenile justice, including students with disabilities in Michigan’s juvenile justice and prison systems. Stacy was the lead attorney in several federal lawsuits, including a claim against the Michigan Department of Corrections and a claim involving access to special education services for a student seeking to attend a school of choice. Stacy also delivered numerous trainings on special education to various service providers around the state.
Stacy served as President and Member of the Board of Directors for Haven House of East Lansing, a homeless shelter for families. She was also the Founder and a faculty advisor for Spartan Fair Chance, a collaboration with Northwest Initiative to promote employment among clients with criminal records, and in 2020, she founded the Michigan Employment Clinic, which addressed barriers to employment faced by people with disabilities or a criminal record. In addition, Stacy served as the President of Mid-Michigan Labor Employment Relations Association for several years.
Bar and Court Admissions
- District of Columbia
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Michigan Employment Clinic, Founder
- Denial of Jury Trials for Employees with Disabilities: The High Bar of Proving Discriminatory Intent, 39 Hofstra Lab. & employment Law Journal 1 (2021)
- Arbitrators’ Review of Bullying in the Workplace (with Michelle Kaminski), ABA LABOR & EMPLOYMENT JOURNAL (2021)
- Remote Work as an Accommodation for Employees with Disabilities (with Chenwei Liao) HOFSTRA LABOR & EMPLOYMENT LAW JOURNAL (2021)
- Risking Stigmatization to Gain Accommodation (with Keenan Case), 22 UNIV. OF PENN. BUSINESS L. J. 533 (2020)
- Measuring Arbitration’s Effectiveness in Addressing Workplace Harassment (with Michelle Kaminski), 36.2 HOFSTRA LABOR & EMPLOYMENT LAW JOURNAL 293 (2019)