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William L. Corbett

William L. Corbett

Professor of Law

Professor Corbett teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution, Administrative Law, Employment Law, and Negotiations.

To his students, Professor Corbett brings a wealth of practice experience.  He is an arbitrator and mediator and formerly a trial attorney with the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C. (Appellate Court Division of General Counsel) and Legal Counsel to a U.S. Senator.  He is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators.

A native of Wyoming, Professor Corbett obtained a J.D. with honors degree from the University of Wyoming School of Law and LL.M. from Harvard University School of Law. He joined The University of Montana School of Law in 1976.  He is the recipient of two Fulbright fellowships to teach US style dispute resolution emphasizing alternatives to trial, in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Professor Corbett and his wife have three adult children (a daughter and her husband are graduates of the UM Law School).  Professor Corbett is a former member of the 17th world’s greatest blues band, “Treated & Released,” and a current member of the 9th world’s greatest rock-a-billy band “Hot Rod Fords.”  You can hear the “Hot Rod Fords” at any number of Montana’s most sophisticated venues.


Montana Administrative Law Practice: 41 Years After the Enactment of the Montana Administrative Procedure Act, 73 Montana Law Review 339 (2012).

Arbitrating Employment Law Disputes, 68 Mont. L. Rev. 415 (2007).

Resolving Employee Discharge Disputes Under the Montana Wrongful Discharge Act (MWDA), Discharge Claims Arising Apart From the MWDA, and Practice and Procedure Issues in the Context of a Discharge Case, 65 Mont. L. Rev. 100 (2005).


Professor Corbett regularly presents on the following topics: labor, employment, administrative law, negotiation, mediation, and arbitration.