President Obama designated Wilma B. Liebman to be chairman of the NLRB on January 20, 2009. She served in that position until August 27, 2011, when her third term expired. Since then she has served as a visiting professor at the College of Law and the School of Labor and Employment Relations, both at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, and as professorial lecturer in law at George Washington University Law School. She is presently serving as visiting professor at Cornell University’s Law School and Industrial and Labor Relations School.
Liebman was first appointed to be a member of the NLRB by President Clinton and was twice reappointed by President Bush. She was the third longest serving member of the NLRB in its 77-year history. Prior to joining the NLRB, Liebman served for two years as deputy director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) and for two years as special assistant to the director. Prior to joining FMCS in January 1994, Liebman held positions as labor counsel for the Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen, and legal counsel to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. She holds an A.B. degree from Barnard College, and a J.D. from George Washington University Law School. She is a member of the board of directors of the Economic Policy Institute and a fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the American Law Institute.