Profile for James Szymalak

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Veteran badge, Major, Judge Advocate, U.S. Army, 1996-2000; USAR 2000-04

Specialty area(s)

Public Law & Administration, Public Personnel Management, Ethics, Religion in Government, and Military Law & Administration

I also direct the Legal Studies Minor and serve as a pre-law advisor

Current courses at UWL

PUB 440: Recent Cases Impacting Public Law & Administration

PUB 346: Ethical Decision Making in Government

POL 221: American Legal System

I also serve as the faculty advisor to the following student groups:

UWL Pre-Law Society

UWL Habitat for Humanity



PhD in Public Policy, George Mason University School of Policy, Government & International Affairs
JD, Albany Law School of Union University
MBA in Management & Organizations, R.H. Smith School of Business, Univ. of Maryland
BS in Finance, Siena College

Admitted to practice in New York and before the U.S, Supreme Court

Teaching history

FYS 100: Campus Speech

FYS 100: Intellectual Property

PUB 210: Intro to Public Administration
PUB 340: Public Personnel Management
PUB 346: Ethics in Government
POL 221: American Legal System
POL 326: Mock Trial I
POL 329: Mock Trial II

PUB 453: Nonprofit Management

PUB 450:  Internships

POL 498:  Honors Research in Politics and Government

Professional history

Prior to joining UWL, I served as a senior Pentagon personnel policy legal advisor within the Department of the Army. During this tenure, I advised upon equal employment & civil rights policy, general civil service policy, and was responsible for civilian attorney management covering more than 1,400 attorneys. I have also served as an Army Judge Advocate focused upon civilian personnel management advising and litigation.

Research and publishing

James N. Szymalak, Expanding Public Employee Religious Accommodation and Its Threat to Administrative Legitimacy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)

—  Broadens the current post-Obergefell discussion of employee religious accommodation to consider the third-party impacts on public administration

—  Illuminates the myriad legal and supervisory challenges of implementing expanded religion accommodation obligations for public employees

—  Serves as a warning to legislators and policy advocates seeking to enlarge religious accommodation rights

Link to Book Page



James Szymalak, Political Science & Public Administration, presented "Public Employee Self-Censorship: An Ethical Analysis" at the annual conference for the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics on Feb. 20 in Atlanta, GA.

Submitted on: Mar. 2, 2020