EEOC Commissioner Feldblum to Celebrate International Women's Day, 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Commissioner Chai Feldblum will make several appearances at Washington University School of Law March 17-18 to celebrate International Women's Day and the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. 

Chai Feldblum

On March 17, Feldblum will participate in a panel discussion on “Career Opportunities and New Directions in Employment and Labor Practice” at 3:30 p.m. in the Trial Courtroom (AB Hall, No. 309). Joining her will be Rochelle Skolnik, JD ’06, attorney at Schuchat, Cook & Werner; Andrew Metcalf, JD ’13, associate at Ogletree Deakins; Jerry Deikemper, experienced employment/labor mediator/arbitrator; and Professor Peggie Smith, the Charles F. Nagel Professor of Employment & Labor Law, moderator. Immediately following the panel, Feldblum will provide keynote remarks at a reception in celebration of International Women’s Day in the Knight Center Dining Room at 5 p.m. The event will recognize Washington University School of Law alumnae who graduated more than 50 years ago. This event is co-sponsored by the Washington University Woman’s Club and the law school’s Women’s Law Caucus.   

Then, on March 18, Feldblum will present “The 50th Anniversary of Title VII and the 1964 Civil Rights Act: How Law, Policies, and Social Norms Create Social Change” at noon in the Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom (AB Hall, No. 310). This event is co-sponsored by the Washington University Assembly Series, Woman’s Club, and Gephardt Institute for Public Service; and the law school’s Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Work & Social Capital, Women’s Law Caucus, Labor & Employment Society, Public Service Advisory Board, Law & Social Work Society, Black Law Students Association, and OUTLaw. The talk is free and open to the public.    

Former law clerk for United States Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun and former professor of law at Georgetown University, Feldblum is a brilliant, charismatic speaker. As legislative counsel to the AIDS Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, she was the lead attorney on the team that drafted the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which became law in 1990. In 1993, she was the legal director for the Campaign for Military Service, a group that lobbied to overturn policies forbidding gay and bisexual people from serving openly in the United States armed forces. More recently, she was the lead drafter of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would prohibit employment discrimination based on someone’s real or perceived sexual orientation. She also worked on passage of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 and has testified before Congress on numerous occasions. She was appointed to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by President Obama in March 2010 and was recently reappointed and confirmed by Congress in fall 2013. Feldblum last spoke at the law school to a standing-room only crowd in October 2012, when she presented "Disability and LGBT Rights: How Law, Policies in Practice, and Social Norms Create Social Change." 

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