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Carolyn Plump, J.D.

Carolyn Plump, J.D.

Associate Professor of Business Law


Carolyn Plump joined the La Salle University Management and Leadership Department in 2012. She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Duke University and her law degree from Boston University Law School. Before joining La Salle University, she worked in private practice as a labor and employment attorney at several international and regional law firms. During her law career, she also served in two government positions: Assistant District Attorney in the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and Assistant Chief Counsel at the Office of Chief Counsel for Employment in the United States Senate.

Areas of Expertise

  • Labor and Employment
  • Wellness Programs
  • Business Law
  • Leadership and Ethics
  • Corporate and Government Compliance Issues


  • B.A., Duke University
  • J.D., Boston University School of Law


  • Frameworks for Socially Responsible Decision Making
  • Legal and Ethical Environment of Business
  • Management and Leadership
  • Contracts
  • Sports Law

Select Publications


Hirth, R. & Plump, C. (2020). A student’s guide to business law (3rd ed.). Charleston, SC: Kendall Hunt.

Plump, C. (2018). Voicing values in the legal profession: Effective advocacy with integrity. New York, NY: Routledge.

Journal Articles

Aquino, K., Cahill, S., & Plump, C. (alphabetical listing) (2020). Intersectionality of student disabilities and Lasallian mission: Utilizing distinctive Lasallian pedagogy to foster student inclusivity. AXIS: Journal of Lasallian Higher Education, 10(1).

Plump, C. (2019). How Giving Voice to Values can transform a toxic workplace culture. People & Strategy Journal, 42(3), 40-45.

Plump, C. & Meisel, S. (2019). Escape the traditional classroom: Using live‑action games to engage students and strengthen concept retention. Management Teaching Review.

Buskirk, W., London, M., & Plump, C. (2018). The poetic workspace. Journal of Management Education, 42(3), 398-419.

Plump, C., & LaRosa, J. (2017). Using Kahoot! in the classroom to create engagement and active learning. Management Teaching Review, 2(2), 151-158.

Plump, C., & Ketchen, D. (2016). New legal pitfalls surrounding wellness programs and their implications for financial risk. Business Horizons, 59(3), 267-272.

Plump, C., & Ketchen, D. (2014). Navigating new legal demands for franchisor accountability. Journal of Organization Design, 3(2), 43-47.

Plump, C., & Ketchen, D. (2013). Navigating the legal pitfalls of organization design: The case of virtual teams. Journal of Organization Design, 2(3), 51-55.

Plump, C., & Ketchen, D. (2013). Paving a road to well? How the legal pitfalls of wellness programs can harm organizational performance. Business Horizons, 56(3), 261-269. 

Select Presentations

Diener, K., Lorde Martin, S., McAvoy, S., Paul, J., Plump, C., & Wiener, R. (alphabetical listing) (2019, May). Diversity, inclusion, & elimination of bias. Northeast Academy of Legal Studies in Business Conference, Cape May, NJ.

Brattini, S., Corts, C., Plump, C., & Priesemuth, M. (alphabetical listing) (2019, March). Ethics in action: Giving voice to values in the law – Broadening the Lens. David F. & Constance B. Girard diCario Center for Ethics, Integrity, and Compliance at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, Villanova, PA.

Plump, C. (2018, November). Time’s up for unpaid family leave. Symposium on Federalism in U.S. Work Regulations co-sponsored by the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations and the Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations, New Brunswick, NJ.

Plump, C. (2018, July). The intersection of public health and healthcare: Emerging trends in wellness & prevention programs. American Health Lawyers Association and Centers for Disease Control’s Public Health Law Program (web conference), Atlanta, GA.

Van Buskirk, W., London, M., & Plump, C. (2017, June). Crafting the aesthetic workspace: An experiential arts-based exercise. Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference, Providence, RI.

Plump, C. (2017, March). Implicit bias: How to identify and address it in the classroom. Mid-Atlantic Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Plump, C., & LaRosa, J. (2016, March). Closing the circuit – Creating energy, resistance, and learning with Kahoot. Mid-Atlantic Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Plump, C. (2015, August). The intersection of employee rights and employer benefits: Corporate wellness programs. Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Philadelphia, PA.

Plump, C. (2014, June). Ethics for transactional lawyers in a global marketplace. Teaching Transactional Law and Skills, Atlanta, GA.

Representative Interviews

Print Periodicals: U.S. News & World Report, Fortune Small Businesses, San Francisco Chronicle, Society for Human Resource Management, The National Law Journal, Forward, Employment Law Report, The Network Journal, ABA Journal, Law News Now, The Street, The New Lawyer, Human Resource Executive, SMB Human Resources, and WalletHub.

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