The Changing Civil Rights Landscape: Restoring Justice and Meanin

Monday, November 7, 2011 (All day)

The Hawai‘i Civil Rights Commission and the University of Hawai‘i William S. Richardson School of Law
A Dialog Featuring U.S. EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum and UH WSRSL Law Professor and HCRC Chair Linda Hamilton Krieger
Moderated by Dean Avi Soifer, UH Richardson School of Law
November 7, 2011
6 - 7 p.m., Reception to Follow
Moot Court Room
For additional information call the Hawai‘i Civil Rights Commission at 586-8636.

Chai Feldblum

Chai Feldblum was nominated by President Barrack Obama, and confirmed by the Senate, to serve as a Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), for a term to end July 1, 2013. Prior to her appointment to the EEOC, Commissioner Feldblum was a Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center where she has taught since 1991. At Georgetown, she founded the Law Center’s Federal Legislation and Administrative Clinic, which represented clients such as Catholic Charities USA, the National Disability Rights Network, and the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. As Legislative Counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union from 1988 to 1991, Commissioner Feldblum played a leading role in helping to draft and negotiate the ground-breaking Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Later, as a law professor representing the Epilepsy Foundation, she was equally instrumental in the drafting and negotiating of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008. Commissioner Feldblum has also worked to advance lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, has been one of the drafters of the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, and is the first openly lesbian Commissioner of the EEOC. She clerked for Judge Frank Coffin of the First Circuit Court of Appeals and for Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun after receiving her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She received her B.A. degree from Barnard College.

Linda Hamilton Krieger

Linda Hamilton Krieger grew up in Hawai‘i and returned home in 2007 to join the faculty at the William S. Richardson School of Law as a Professor of Law and Director of the Ulu Lehua Scholars Program. She came to Richardson from the law faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall). Prior to teaching, Professor Krieger worked for 13 years as a civil rights lawyer. From 1980-1986 she was a Staff Attorney and Director of Clinical Programs at the Employment Law Center of the Legal Aid Society of San Francisco, and from 1985-1991 she was a Senior Staff Attorney for the EEOC, San Francisco Regional Office. During that period, she litigated a number of significant state and federal sex and race discrimination cases in the areas of pregnancy discrimination and sexual harassment. Professor Krieger has also published numerous articles on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, disability discrimination, affirmative action, international comparative equality law and policy, and theories of law and social change. Professor Krieger received a BA degree from Stanford University and is a graduate of New York University Law School.