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Our History: Former Faculty [Fall 2020 - this site is under construction as we update this list]: Gregory, Charles Oscar (1949-1967)

Tenured faculty at the University of Virginia School of Law through its history.

Charles Oscar Gregory, 1949-1967


A native of Derby, Connecticut, Charles Oscar Gregory received a B.A. and LL.B. from Yale University in 1924 and 1926, respectively. After practicing law in New York for two years, he accepted an Assistant Professorship at the University of Wisconsin Law School and from 1930 until 1936 served as Associate Professor of Law at the University of Chicago. He came to Virginia in 1949 from the University of Chicago and became the John B. Minor Professor of Law in 1958. Gregory was considered a pioneer in the field of labor law, and his treatise, Labor and the Law, was described by Emerson Spies as “the bible for both college and law students throughout the country.” First published in 1946, the third edition came out in 1974. Gregory was extremely well liked by his students. At UVA, his courses included Labor Law, Labor Arbitration and Collective Bargaining, Torts, and Labor Relations. When he retired in 1967, the third year law class established a professorship in his name, departing from the usual tradition of establishing a chair in the name of a deceased faculty member.  As a law student asked on learning of Gregory’s retirement, “Why can’t the law school get more Charlie Gregorys?”  The Law Weekly’s response was “There just aren’t any more.”  Gregory is described in the 1967 Barrister as follows: “A probing and incisive mind, a genially compelling personality, an ardent bird watcher.” After retiring from UVA, he taught a course in Advanced Torts at the University of Connecticut School of Law for eight years. A former student and later a colleague, H.C. Macgill, described Gregory’s approach to teaching: “His optimism, and the egalitarianism that was inseparable from it, made Charlie an irresistible classroom teacher.”



Labor and the Law (Norton, 2d rev. ed. 1958).

Cases and Materials on Torts (with Harry Kalven, Jr.) (Little, Brown, 1959; 2d ed. 1969).

Cases and Materials on Torts (with Harry Kalven, Jr. and Richard A. Epstein) (Little, Brown, 3d ed. 1977; 4th ed. 1984).

Labor and the Law (with Harold A. Katz) (Norton, 3d ed. 1979).

Articles and Book Chapters

The Collective Bargaining Agreement: Its Nature and Scope, 1 Lab. L.J. 451-460 (1950) (reprinted from 1949 Wash. U. L.Q. 3-23).

Constitutional Limitations on Regulation of Union and Employer Conduct, 49 Mich. L. Rev. 191-212 (1950), reprinted in 2 Lab. L.J. 355-366 (1951).

The Enforcement of Labor Arbitration Agreements (with Richard M. Orlikoff), 17 U. Chi. L. Rev. 233-269 (1950).

Absolute Liability for Consequences of Non-Negligent Blasting, 5 Ark. L. Rev. 460-462 (1951); reprinted in 25 Conn. B.J. 140-147 (1951).

Breach of Criminal Licensing Statutes in Civil Litigation, 36 Cornell L. Q. 622-642 (1951).

Gratuitous Undertakings and the Duty of Care, 1 DePaul L. Rev. 30-68 (1951).

Justice Maltbie’s Dissent in Mahoney v. Beatman, 24 Conn. B.J. 78-91 (1951).

Trespass to Negligence to Absolute Liability, 37 Va. L. Rev. 359-397 (1951).

Injunctions, Seizures and Compulsory Arbitration, 26 Temp. L.Q. 397-405 (1953).

Interest in Freedom from Mental Disturbance: A Discussion of the Urban Case; Physical Consequences of Emotional Disturbance, 27 Conn. B.J. 65-73 (1953).

Labor Relations Law in the United States, 27 Austl. L.J. 137-144 (1953).

Picketing and Coercion: A Jurisprudence of Epithets; A Defense; A Conclusion, 39 Va. L. Rev. 1023-1069 (1953).

Unprotected Activity and the NLRA, 39 Va. L. Rev. 421-436 (1953).

Fiduciary Standards and the Bargaining and Grievance Process, 8 Lab. L.J. 843-849 (1957).

Collective Labor Agreements and Their Enforcement, 30 Clev. B. Ass’n J. 83, 92-96 (1959).

Law of the Collective Agreement, 57 Mich. L. Rev. 635-654 (1959).

Loss Distribution in Torts, 45 Va. L. Rev. 63-72 (1959).

Federal or State Control of Concerted Union Activities, 46 Va. L. Rev. 539-562 (1960).

Enforcement of Collective Agreements by Arbitration, 48 Va. L. Rev. 883-897 (1962).

Arbitration of Grievances under Collective Labor Agreements, 1 Ga L. Rev. 20-37 (1966).

The Good Samaritan and the Bad, in The Good Samaritan and the Law 23-41 (James M. Ratcliffe ed., Anchor Books, 1966).


Labor Law’s Background: Common Law to N.L.R.A, Va. L. Wkly., Sept. 28, 1950, at 1, 4; The Statute Law Grows; A Survey from 1935-1950, Va. L. Wkly., Oct. 5, 1950, at 1, 3-4; reprinted in 3 Va. L. Wkly. Dicta 3-13 (1950-51).

Review of Riesman, The Lonely Crowd, 6 Reading Guide 49-50 (1951).

T-H Act Seen Workable in a Wartime Economy, Va. L. Wkly., Feb. 22, 1951, at 1, 4; Strike Curbs Proposed for Use in Wartime, Va. L. Wkly., Mar. 1, 1951, at 1, 4; reprinted in 3 Va. L. Wkly. Dicta 102-112 (1950-51).

Labor Law: A Bibliography, 7 Reading Guide 51-52 (1952).

Review of Knowles, Strikes: A Study in Industrial Conflict, 46 Law Libr. J. 252-254 (1953).

Review of Taylor, Labor Relations Series, 39 Va. L. Rev. 278-282 (1953).

Review of Seavey, Cogitations on Torts, 9 Reading Guide 100-102 (1954).

Review of Torff, Collective Bargaining, 40 Va. L. Rev. 239-240 (1954); reprinted in 9 Reading Guide 26-27 (1954).

A General Summary of Automobile Negligence, Va. L. Wkly., Sept. 29, 1955, at 1, 3-4; reprinted in 7 Va. L. Wkly. Dicta 1-5 (1955-56).

Review of McNaughton & Lazar, Industrial Relations and the Government, 2 UCLA L. Rev. 604-605 (1955).

Compulsory Insurance; Remedy for Negligence, Va. L. Wkly., June 11, 1956, at 1, 4-6; reprinted in 7 Va. L. Wkly. Dicta 121-126 (1955-56).

Review of Braun, Labor Disputes and Their Settlement, 11 Reading Guide 13-14 (1956).

Review of Petro, Labor Policy of the Free Society, 32 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1021-1023 (1957).

Introduction: Labor Union Power and the Public Interest: A Symposium, 35 Notre Dame Law 591-594 (1960).

Review of Fleming, The Labor Arbitration Process, 21 Reading Guide 30-32 (1966).

William Winslow Crosskey – As I Remember Him, 35 U. Chi. L. Rev. 243-247 (1968).

Labour Law: I. United States, in 13 Encyclopaedia Britannica 534-545 (Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1970).

Harry Kalven, Scholar and Friend, 43 U. Chi. L. Rev. 8-12 (1975).