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Thomas J . Freeman, MBA, MS, JD

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Thomas Freeman

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Heider College of Business
Marketing & Management - Business
HARP - Harper Center for Student Life & Learn

Thomas J . Freeman, MBA, MS, JD

Instructor

Thomas Freeman is a practicing attorney and former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Nebraska. His clients have included individuals, small businesses, Fortune 500 corporations, county governments, the State of Nebraska, and Native American tribes and businesses. He has advised clients on all manner of legal and ethical issues and tried and won cases in federal, state, and tribal courts across the Midwest.
 
Tom graduated from law school at Creighton University and then completed a Master of Science degree in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution and a Master of Business Administration degree, also at Creighton University. After completing his MBA, Tom began teaching at Creighton, first in the law school and more recently in the College of Business.
 
While in graduate school, Tom worked with a team that developed the eBay/PayPal Community Court, a revolutionary online dispute resolution system that won PayPal’s LabRats Award.
 
During his time at the Attorney General's Office, he directed the Investigation of Goodwill Omaha and drafted the report of the Office’s official findings as well as legal guidance for the State’s nonprofit organizations. He led multi state investigations, involving the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and other state governments. He also served on the teaching faculty for the National Attorneys General Research and Training Institute (NAGTRI).
 
Tom has maintained an AV-Preeminent Rating from his peers since 2012, been listed as a Super Lawyers Rising Star, and is a member of the Bar Association of the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a graduate of the Nebraska State Bar Association Leadership Academy.
 
He serves on the Board of Directors of Keep Omaha Beautiful, was elected to serve on the Executive Committee of the Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business (MALSB), and is a member of Suburban Rotary of Omaha, where he serves on the Scholarship Committee.
 
Tom is a Senior Researcher and Policy Analyst for the Institute for Digital Humanity. He is an Educational Consultant on Algorithmic Bias and Machine Learning for the ADL, where his team is in the final stages of developing a high school civics curriculum on algorithmic bias. He is also working with the Coded Bias team to develop additional educational materials related to algorithmic bias and data science ethics.
 
Tom also maintains a legal practice focused on civil litigation, advising corporate clients, and providing legal consulting related to emerging technology.

Tom has published articles in the William and Mary Business Law Review, Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies, Nebraska Lawyer, and Interchange Magazine. His paper "Let Them All Eat Cake: Rhetorically Mapping Religious Freedom, LGBTQIA Discrimination, and The First Amendment After Janus and Masterpiece" won the Outstanding Paper Award at the Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business (MALSB) conference in 2020. 

Tom's research interests center on Big Data, artificial intelligence, business analytics, fintech, algorithmic bias, and other emerging technologies.
 
http://www.linkedin.com/in/thomasfreeman/
http://www.thomasfreeman.com

Teaching Interests

  • Data Science Ethics

Research Focus

Data Science Ethics
Algorithmic Bias
Constitutional Law
Business Law

Department

Marketing and Management

Position

Instructor

Articles

  • Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy
    The Roberts Court and Compulsory Collective Bargaining (with Aaron McKain, Amy Parrish, and Christopher Chochon) (forthcoming) 2022
  • William & Mary Business Law Review
    Janus and the Future of Collective Bargaining: Rhetorically Predicting a First Amendment Right to Negotiation (with Dr. Aaron McKain and Destynie J.L. Sewell)
    11, p. 609-649 2020
  • Nebraska Lawyer
    The Legal Implications of Algorithmic Decision-Making (with Dr. Aaron McKain)
    May/June, p. 25-29 2020
  • Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies
    What About Cynthia? A Case Study Exploring Corporate Fiduciary Duties and Social Responsibility
    25, Issue 4, p. 1-6 2019
  • Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies
    A Legal And Ethical Audit of Continental Bank and Trust
    25, Issue 2, p. 1-7 2019
  • Nebraska Lawyer
    As Technology Evolves, So Does the Practice of Law and So Must Attorneys (with Dr. Aaron McKain)
    July/August, p. 9-14 2019
  • Nebraska Attorney General's Office
    Best Practices for a Nonprofit Organization
    1, p. 1-10 2018
  • Nebraska Attorney General's Office
    Report on Investigation of Goodwill Omaha
    1, p. 1-49 2018
  • Nebraska Lawyer
    Protecting Our Seniors: Emerging Issues in Elder Law and Resources for Prevention and Reporting
    May, p. 17-20 2018
  • Nebraska Lawyer
    Justice Denied: How a Gaping Hole in Nebraska Law Deprives Those Appearing Before Administrative Boards of Justice
    May/June, p. 21-24 2012
  • Nebraska Lawyer
    Discriminating Against Discrimination Cases
    Apr, p. 12-14 2008

Publications

  • Proceedings of the Joint Midwest Association of Legal Studies in Business and MBAA International Annual Conference
    Let Them All Eat Cake: Rhetorically Mapping Religious Freedom, LGBTQIA Discrimination, and The First Amendment After Janus and Masterpiece (with Dr. Aaron McKain)
    1, p. 3-22 2020
  • Proceedings of the Joint Midwest Association of Legal Studies in Business and MBAA International Annual Conference
    Janus and the Future of Collective Bargaining: Rhetorically Predicting a First Amendment Right to Negotiation (with Dr. Aaron McKain and Destynie J.L. Sewell), MALSB/MBAA Annual Conference Proceedings (March 2019).
    March 2019 2019

Editing and Reviews

  • Omaha World Herald
    Midlands Voices: Criminal convictions by algorithm are ruining innocent lives 2021
  • Interchange Magazine
    Lessons from Timbs v. Indiana: New Guidance for Civil Asset Forfeitures. 2019

Presentations

  • Privacy 3.0: Using Narrative Theory to Forgive, Forget, and Re-Program Digital Dignity (with Dr. Aaron McKain), at the Data Law & AI Ethics Research Colloquium 2022
  • Algorithmic Unreliability: Narrative Theory, Digital Ethics, and The Constitutionality of Employment AI, at the MBAA International/MALSB Joint Annual Conference, Chicago 2022
  • Be That Lawyer Podcast with Steve Fretzin 2022
  • Redefining Digital Literacy: Algorithms & You; SXSW EDU 2022
  • LinkedIn, Networking, and Building a Personal Brand; University of Rhode Island 2022
  • Privacy 3.0: Using Narrative Theory to Forgive, Forget, and Re-Program Digital Dignity (with Dr. Aaron McKain) at the International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference (IVBEC) at DePaul University 2021
  • Algorithmic Discrimination: How Algorithms Affect Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts; presented at Jacksonville State University 2021
  • Algorithmic Discrimination: How Algorithms Affect Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts; presented at the University of Nevada-Reno 2021
  • The Human Lawyer Podcast with Kevin Pratt; discussing legal technology, data science ethics, and algorithmic bias 2021
  • Reckoning with Robots: The Constitutional Implications of Using Algorithms to Make Human Decisions, MALSB Master Teacher Competition, MBAA International/MALSB Joint Annual Conference, Chicago 2021
  • Let Them All Eat Cake: Rhetorically Mapping Religious Freedom, LGBTQIA Discrimination, and The First Amendment After Janus and Masterpiece (with Dr. Aaron McKain), MBAA International/MALSB Annual Conference, Chicago 2021
  • NET Nebraska and Inclusive Communities expert panel discussing the Netflix film 'Coded Bias' as well as the legal and ethical implications of algorithmic bias 2021
  • Billable Hours, Legal Tech, and Law School, a Goodlawyer Show podcast 2021
  • The Right to Speak, Bake, or Film or Not; Which Activities are Protected Expression Under the First Amendment?, Huber Hurst Research Seminar in Business Law and Ethics at the University of Florida 2020
  • Effective Negotiations: Patience, Persuasion, and a Positive Outcome; Nebraska Intergovernmental Risk Management Association, Self-Defense for County Officials Conference 2019
  • Public Sector Hot Topics: Whats Here Now and on the Horizon, Nebraska Intergovernmental Risk Management Association, Self-Defense for County Officials Conference 2019
  • The Psychology of Fraud: Understanding the Human Element, Eastern Nebraska Anti-Fraud Association 2019
  • Best Form of the Argument: How Debate in the Classroom Enriches the Classroom Experience and Enhances Students' Critical Thinking Skills, MBAA International/MALSB Annual Conference, Chicago 2019
  • Janus and the Future of Collective Bargaining, Rhetorically Predicting a First Amendment Right to Negotiation, MBAA International/MALSB Annual Conference, Chicago 2019
  • The Importance of Diversity and Inclusion: Maximizing an Organization’s Potential, Board of Directors of Keep Omaha Beautiful 2018
  • Fiduciary Duties for Nonprofit Directors and Officers; Best Practices for Building an Excellent Organization, Nebraska Society of Association Executives 2018
  • Fiduciary Responsibilities for Nonprofit Directors and Officers: How to Do Good Without Getting in Trouble, Nebraska Rural Electric Association 2017
  • Targeting Nebraskans for False Financial Gain, Omaha Southwest Kiwanis 2017
  • Investigative Techniques; Best Practices for Conducting an Effective Investigation, State of Nebraska, Auditor of Public Accounts, All Staff Training 2017

Foundation/Association

  • Arthur N. Rupe Foundation Grant for research paper “Compelled Speech, the First Amendment, and Collective Bargaining: A Legal Map of the Post-Janus World."

Awards

  • Creighton Atta Billy Award for Outstanding Scholarship, 2022
    Heider College of Business
  • Cahill Award for Excellence, 2022
    Heider College of Business
  • Master Teacher Award Finalist
    Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business (MALSB)
  • Elected to Executive Committee
    Secretary
    Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business (MALSB)
    Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business
  • Outstanding Paper Award
    Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business (MALSB)
  • Nominee
    Faculty Member of the Year, Heider College of Business
  • Leadership Academy
    Nebraska State Bar Association
    Nebraska State Bar Association
  • Rising Star
    This award recognizes no more than 2.5% of lawyers in any state
    SuperLawyers
  • AV-Preeminent Peer Review Rating
    An AV-Preeminent ranking is the highest peer rating standard. This is given to attorneys who are ranked at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal expertise, communication skills, and ethical standards by their peers.
    Martindale-Hubbell