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Law Prof Publishes Research on Biden’s VP Pick

July 14, 2020

  • Angelo State Norris-Vincent College of Business sign with inset portrait of Dr. Michael Conklin
Dr. Michael Conklin, the Powell Endowed Professor of Business Law at Angelo State University, recently published a provocative research paper regarding U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden’s vow to select a female running mate.

The paper is titled “Running up Against the Civil Rights Act: Does Joe Biden’s Promise of a Female Running Mate Violate Title VII?” The abstract of the paper states:

“On March 15, 2020, Joe Biden announced, ‘I commit that I will in fact pick a woman to be vice president.’ While widely praised for his decision, using gender as a qualification for the job raises questions concerning Title VII employment discrimination protections. This article examines the relevant case law to determine if Title VII is applicable to such a unique position.”

Dr. Michael Conklin Dr. Michael Conklin Conklin reports his findings that the employment protections in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 do apply to the relationship between a vice presidential candidate and the presidential campaign. And furthermore, the narrow exceptions in the statute do not apply.

The article will be published in the upcoming Cardozo Journal of Equal Rights and Social Justice and is currently available at

The Cardozo Journal of Equal Rights and Social Justice has been a pioneering publisher of social justice-related legal scholarship for over 20 years. It is one of the top-ranked journals in the nation in the category of gender, women and sexuality.

An ASU faculty member in the Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Conklin has published over 50 research papers in various legal journals. His ability to engage an audience and present information in an entertaining and concise manner was on display during a recent TedTalk on an unrelated issue.