The William R. Stewart Lecture was established in 2007 and is supported by the William R. Stewart Memorial Fund for Labor and Employment Law. Stewart, a native of Terre Haute, Indiana, was awarded a BA degree in Government, from Indiana University in 1954. He started law school at IU in the fall of that year, on a full scholarship, but was called to active duty in October 1955. After serving three years and rising to the rank of First Lieutenant in the army, Stewart returned to Indiana University and was granted a JD with distinction in 1959. During law school, he was invited to join the staff of the Indiana Law Journal and was selected to be Note Editor. He was also elected to the Order of the Coif. In 1963, Stewart began his legal career with the National Labor Relations Board, where would rise to become the first African American to serve as the Board’s chief counsel. He retired in 1997.


Submissions from 2022

Movement Lawyers: The Tension Between Solidarity and Independence, Catherine Fisk
(97 Indiana Law Journal 755 (2022))

Submissions from 2007

Independent Adjudication, Political Process, and the State of Labor-Management Relations: The Role of the National Labor Relations Board, William B. Gould IV
(82 Indiana Law Journal 461 (2007))