College of Law

Nicole B. Porter

Nicole Buonocore Porter

Distinguished University Professor

Office: LC 2007G
Campus Phone: 419.530.4785; Fax : 419.530.7911

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Nicole Buonocore Porter joined the College of Law faculty in 2007. She was the Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development from 2018-2019 and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2010-2012. Prior to Toledo, she was an Assistant Professor of Law at Saint Louis University School of Law, and she was a Visiting Professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2012-13.

Professor Porter earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Editor in Chief of the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform. After law school, Porter was in-house counsel for a manufacturing company and practiced employment law in a large law firm in Detroit. She also clerked for the Honorable James L. Ryan, on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

At Toledo Law, Professor Porter teaches Employment Discrimination, Disability Law, Higher Education, Criminal Law, Contracts, and Feminist Legal Theory. She is a member and on the Executive Committee of the Labor Law Group, an invitation-only organization of law professors dedicated to producing quality scholarship and teaching materials on labor and employment law. She is a nationally-known expert in Disability Law and her research interests focus on the employment rights of women and individuals with disabilities.

Representative Publications


Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Employment Discrimination Opinions (Cambridge Univ. Press forthcoming 2019), with Ann McGinley (UNLV).

Employment Discrimination Law: Cases and Materials on Equality in the Workplace (West Academic, 10th Edition, forthcoming 2019), with Maria L. Ontiveros, Roberto L. Corrada, Michael Selmi, and Marcia McCormick.

Executive Editor, ABA-BNA Employment Discrimination Treatise, 6th Ed. (forthcoming 2019).

Disability Law, Cases and Materials (West Academic, 2017), with Stephen Befort (Minnesota).


Symposium: Explaining "Not Disabled" Cases Ten Years After the ADAAA: A Story of Ignorance, Incompetence, and Possibly Animus, 26 Georgetown J. Poverty Law & Policy 383 (2019).

Disabling ADA Retaliation Claims, 19 Nevada L. J. 823 (2019).

A New Look at the ADA's Undue Hardship Provision, 84 Missouri L. Rev. 121 (2019).

Cumulative Hardship, George Mason L. Rev. (forthcoming 2019).

Symposium: Mixed Signals: What Can We Expect from the Supreme Court in this Post-ADA Amendments Act Era?, 35 Touro L. Rev. 435 (2019).

Ending Harassment by Starting with Retaliation, 71 Stan. L. Rev. Online 49 (2018).

Mothers with Disabilities, 33 Berkeley J. of Gender, Law & Justice 75 (2018).

Accommodating Everyone, 47 Seton Hall L. Rev. 85 (2016).

Special Treatment Stigma After the ADA Amendments Act, 43 Pepperdine L. Rev. 213 (2016).

Symposium: Withdrawn Accommodations, 63 Drake L. Rev. 885 (2015).

The New ADA Backlash, 82 Tennessee Law Review 1 (2015).

Symposium: Caregiver Conundrum Redux: The Entrenchment of Structural Norms, 91 Denv. L. Rev. 963 (2015).

Mutual Marginalization: Individuals with Disabilities and Workers with Caregiving Responsibilities, 66 Florida L. Rev. 1099 (2014).

Symposium: Finding a Fix for the FMLA: A New Perspective, A New Solution, 31 Hofstra Labor and Employment Law Journal 327 (2014).

Choices, Bias, and the Value of the Paycheck Fairness Act: A Response Essay, 29 ABA J. Lab. & Emp. L. 429 (2014) (solicited).

Women, Unions, and Negotiation, 14 Nevada L. J. 465 (2014).

Symposium: The Blame Game: How the Rhetoric of Choice Blames the Achievement Gap on Women, 8 Florida International University Law Review 447 (2013).

Martinizing Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 47 Georgia Law Review 527 (2013).

Debunking the Market Myth in Pay Discrimination Cases, 12 Georgetown Journal of Gender & the Law 159 (2011) (with Jessica Vartanian).

Why Care About Caregivers? Using Communitarian Theory to Justify Protection of “Real” Workers, 58 Kansas Law Review 355 (2010).

The Perfect Compromise: Bridging the Gap Between At-Will Employment and Just Cause, 87 Nebraska Law Review 62 (2008).

Reasonable Burdens: Resolving the Conflict Between Employees with Disabilities and Their Co-Workers, 34 Florida State Law Review 313 (2007).

Re-Defining Superwoman: An Essay on Overcoming the “Maternal Wall” in the Legal Workplace, 13 Duke Journal Gender Law & Policy 55 (2006) (solicited).

Victimizing the Abused? Is Termination the Solution When Domestic Violence Comes to Work?, 12 Michigan Journal Gender & Law 275 (2006).

Sex Plus Age Discrimination: Protecting Older Women Workers, 81 Denver University Law Review 79 (2003).

Marital Status Discrimination: A Proposal for Title VII Protection, 46 Wayne Law Review 1 (2000).

Last Updated: 9/21/21