Thomas J. Freeman, MBA, MS, JD
Thomas J. Freeman, MBA, MS, JD

Thomas J. Freeman, MBA, MS, JD

Instructor
Heider College of Business

Expertise/Specializations

  • Data Science Ethics
  • Algorithmic Bias
  • Constitutional Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Litigation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Marketing and Management

Position

  • Instructor

Teaching Activity

  • Business Law (BUS 301)
  • Legal Environment of Business (BUS 201)
  • Mock Trial Lecture (BUS 321)
  • Mock Trial Practicum (BUS 322)
  • Negotiation (MGT 479)

Biography

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.
 
Tom also maintains a legal practice focused on civil litigation, advising corporate clients, and providing legal consulting related to emerging technology. His 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

Publications and Presentations

Articles

  • Janus and the Future of Collective Bargaining: Rhetorically Predicting a First Amendment Right to Negotiation (with Dr. Aaron McKain and Destynie J.L. Sewell), William & Mary Business Law Review, 11, 609-649, 2020
  • The Legal Implications of Algorithmic Decision-Making (with Dr. Aaron McKain), Nebraska Lawyer, May/June, 25-29, 2020
  • What About Cynthia? A Case Study Exploring Corporate Fiduciary Duties and Social Responsibility, Journal of the International Academy of Case Studies, 25, 1-6, 2019
  • As Technology Evolves, So Does the Practice of Law and So Must Attorneys (with Dr. Aaron McKain), Nebraska Lawyer, July/August, 9-14, 2019
  • Protecting Our Seniors: Emerging Issues in Elder Law and Resources for Prevention and Reporting, Nebraska Lawyer, May, 17-20, 2018
  • Justice Denied: How a Gaping Hole in Nebraska Law Deprives Those Appearing Before Administrative Boards of Justice, Nebraska Lawyer, May/June, 21-24, 2012
  • Discriminating Against Discrimination Cases, Nebraska Lawyer, Apr, 12-14, 2008

Publications

  • Let Them All Eat Cake: Rhetorically Mapping Religious Freedom, LGBTQIA Discrimination, and The First Amendment After Janus and Masterpiece (with Dr. Aaron McKain), Proceedings of the Joint Midwest Association of Legal Studies in Business and MBAA International Annual Conference, 1, 3-22, 2020

Presentations

  • Digital Discrimination: Understanding The Role of Algorithms in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Programs, presented to the Delta Sigma Pi chapter at 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 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

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Data Science Ethics
    Algorithmic Bias
    Constitutional Law
    Business Law

Current Research Projects

  • My research interests are focused on the intersection of law and emerging technology. I am working with Dr. Aaron McKain, Elizabeth Otto, and a group of students from Creighton University, North Central University, and Indiana University on a series of papers on the legal and ethical implications of algorithmic bias. Our team at the Institute for Digital Humanity is working with the ADL to develop a nationwide high school curriculum on algorithmic bias. We are also designing tools to educate our elected representatives and the general public about the legal and ethical issues posed by the use of algorithms.

    I also write about issues related to constitutional law, the practice of law, and legal education.

    More information about my research projects can be found on SSRN.

Awards and Honors

  • Master Teacher Award Finalist, Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business (MALSB), 2021
  • Elected to Executive Committee, Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business (MALSB), 2021
  • Outstanding Paper Award, Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business (MALSB), 2020
  • AV-Preeminent Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell