Floyd D. Weatherspoon - Capital University Law School

Floyd D. Weatherspoon

Professor Emeritus

Floyd D. Weatherspoon


  • J.D., Howard University
  • B.S., cum laude, North Carolina A&T State University


  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Civil Rights
  • African-American Males & the Law


Professor Weatherspoon has taught at Capital University Law School for more than 25 years, and continues to teach labor and employment related courses, including arbitration and mediation. He has also served as the Associate Dean for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Programs, and Director of Minority ADR Initiatives at Capital University Law School. Professor Weatherspoon also serves as a neutral in complex commercial, labor, and employment disputes. He serves on several state and national arbitration rosters and panels, including the American Arbitration Association’s Labor and Employment Panels, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service’s (FMCS) Roster, and the National Mediation Board’s Arbitration Panel. He is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators, and has served on the Board of the American Arbitration Association. He has published various law review articles on topics related to labor and employment including a topic in the leading arbitration treatise HOW ARBITRATION WORKS? (BNA). His most recent book is entitled LABOR & EMPLOYMENT ARBITRATION, LEADING CASES & DECISIONS: A PRACTICAL APPROACH TO THE STUDY OF ARBITRATION (Vandeplas Publishing, 2016).

Professor Weatherspoon’s research, writings, and advocacy have centered on the plight of African-American males in the justice and educational systems. His writings are often cited by law journals and in court decisions. He developed and taught the first course at an American law school on “African-American Males and the Law,” which examines legal issues facing African-American males in employment, education, health, and the justice system. His book, AFRICAN-AMERICAN MALES AND THE LAW: CASES AND MATERIAL, was published by University Press of America (1998). His more recent book, AFRICAN- AMERICAN MEN AND THE U.S. JUSTICE SYSTEM OF MARGINALIZATION: A NATIONAL TRAGEDY is published by Palgrave Macmillan (Spring 2014). In this book he discusses such issues as employment discrimination, racial profiling, disparities in sentencing, selective enforcement, the death penalty, and mass incarceration.

A sample of his other writings on African-American males and the justice system includes: The Status of African American Males in the Legal Profession: A Pipeline of Institutional Roadblocks and Barriers, (Mississippi Law Journal, Fall 2010); Racial Justice and Equity for African-American Males in the American Educational System: A Dream Forever Deferred, (North Carolina Central Law School 2006); The Mass Incarceration of African-American Males: a Return to Institutionalized Slavery, Oppression, and Disenfranchisement of Constitutional Rights, (Texas Wesleyan Law Review 2007); Racial Profiling of African-American Males: Stopped, Searched, and Stripped of Constitutional Protection (John Marshall Law Review 2004); Remedying Employment Discrimination Against African-American Males: Stereotypical Biases Engender a Case of Race Plus Sex Discrimination (Washburn Law Journal 1996); and The Devastating Impact of the Justice System on the Status of African-American Males: An Overview Perspective (Capital University Law Review 1994).

Professor Weatherspoon has received several honors for his research on African-American males, including recognition from the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate.

Professor Weatherspoon graduated from Howard Law School and North Carolina A&T State University. He has previously been a Commissioner and Vice-Chairman of the Ohio Commission on African-American Males. He is a member of the National Bar Association, American Bar Association.