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Kohl, Rachael

Clinical Assistant Professor of Law
Workers' Rights Clinic

539 Legal Research

Professor Rachael Kohl directs the Law School's Workers' Rights Clinic (formerly the Unemployment Insurance Clinic). Prior to joining the Law School faculty, Professor Kohl was an attorney with the civil rights and employment law firm of Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers, PC. She worked on a variety of cases, including the firm's ongoing class action lawsuits against Michigan's Unemployment Insurance Agency. As part of her role managing the class actions, she interviewed and reviewed hundreds of individual claimants' cases. She also represented many claimants individually to protest and appeal the agency's determinations. Additionally, Professor Kohl's practice included handling individual discrimination and retaliation lawsuits based on age, national origin, sex, race, disability, and sexual harassment, as well as violations of the Whistleblower Protection Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act. Prior to joining the firm, Professor Kohl maintained her own practice, which included representing claimants in unemployment hearings alongside the Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice in Detroit.  

Professor Kohl earned her JD from Wayne State University Law School and her BA with distinction from the University of Michigan. 

Recent Publications

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Unemployment Insurance in Michigan. Nancy E. Vettorello, Samir Hanna, and Steven Gray, co-authors. Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2021.

"Michigan Unemployment Insurance Drags Behind: Fair Treatment for Survivors of Interpersonal Violence and Their Employers." Rebecca Shiemke and Kara Naseef, co-authors. Mich. B.J. 99, no. 12 (2020): 18-22.
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"Lawmakers Must Act to Protect Unemployed Michiganders into 2021." Bella Book, co-author. Bridge Magazine (December 18, 2020).
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"Urgent Need for Federal Loans to State Unemployment Agencies." Michele Evermore and Dillon Roseen, co-authors. National Employment Law Project Policy Brief, June 2020.
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​"Pleadings, Discovery, and Settlement: Checklists and Form." In Employment Termination: Procedures, Grounds, and Challenges. 2018 ed., 2-1 to 2-76. Springfield: Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2018.



Speaker and Moderator, "Convening on Permanent Unemployment Insurance Reform,"Washington Center for Equitable Growth, Employ America, NELP, The Center for Popular Democracy, Center on Poverty and Inequality, October 14-15, 2020.

Speaker, 'How to Fix our Unemployment System," Michigan United COVID-19 Taskforce, June 2020.

Testified before the Michigan Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Response: UIA Review,"How Did We Get Here? Statutory and Regulatory Barriers to an Effective UI System," Lansing,May 27 and June 2, 2020.

Presenter, "Unemployment and the Coronavirus Pandemic," Fawley, University of Michigan LawSchool, May 2020.

Testified before the Michigan Senate Oversight Committee:  Auditor General 2020 UIA Report,"Workers’ Rights Clinic Response to OAG Follow-Up Report and the Lingering Impacts of theFalse Fraud Scandal," Lansing, March 2020.

Moderator, "Inspiring Paths," Public Interest Law Students, University of Michigan Law School, February 2020.

Moderator, "Peggy Browning Fund Regional Panel Program," University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, October 2019.

Plenary co-presenter, "Collaborations between Clinical and Legal Faculty," 2019 Midwest ClinicalLegal Education Conference, University of Michigan Law School, October 2019.

Moderator, "Peggy Browning Fund Regional Panel Program," Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, October 2019.

Co-presenter, "Preparing Students to be Interdisciplinary Collaborators for Change," American Association of Law Schools Annual Conference on Clinical Legal Education, San Francisco, May 2019.

Co-facilitator, "Civil Rights Working Group," American Association of Law Schools Annual Conference on Clinical Legal Education, San Francisco, May 2019.

Discussant, "Family and Health Law Access," American Association of Law Schools Annual Conference on Clinical Legal Education, San Francisco, May 2019.

Co-presenter, "Faculty Briefs," Good with Words with Patrick Barry, Ann Arbor, March 2019.