Professor Pam Karlan to serve as Special Counsel to Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center

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Professor Pam Karlan to serve as Special Counsel to Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center

The Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center is very pleased to announce that Professor Pam Karlan, one of the nation’s preeminent constitutional law experts, will serve as Special Counsel to the organization.

Ms. Karlan, an award-winning professor at Stanford Law School, is the current Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law. She also founded and is the co-director of the Stanford Law School Supreme Court Litigation Clinic.

“We are privileged that we will have the honor of working with Professor Karlan on the important issues facing our clients and their communities,” said LAS–ELC President Joan Graff. “I know that Professor Karlan will make significant contributions to the cases we litigate and we are very fortunate to have the gift of her wisdom and expertise.”

Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 1998, Ms. Karlan served as a law clerk to United States Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun. She has represented civil rights and civil liberties groups, associations of minority elected officials, reproductive rights groups and others in the US Supreme Court and other courts around the country as well as in the legislative process. In addition to constitutional law, her expertise includes voting rights, civil procedure, constitutional litigation, and employment discrimination.

“As her former student and her mentee, I am thrilled that Professor Karlan has decided to become special counsel to our organization,” said LAS–ELC Senior Staff Attorney Sharon Terman. “She is an extraordinary teacher, a brilliant scholar, and an experienced and successful Supreme Court litigator. Our clients and staff will benefit immensely from her wisdom, expertise, and longstanding commitment to civil rights.”

2007

Managing Attorney William C. McNeill receives the Kutak-Dodds Award from the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA), as well as the Oberlin Alumni Association’s Distinguished Achievement Award. Senior Staff Attorney Christopher Ho receives the Alumni Public Service Award from Stanford Law School.

2009

Senior Staff Attorney Claudia Center receives the Paul G. Hearne Award for Disability Rights from the ABA Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law.

2011

Senior Staff Attorney Sharon Terman receives the Stanford Law School Miles L. Rubin Public Interest Award.

2013

LAS-ELC launches a project to provide employment-related legal services to those who have served in the military and their families, called Jobs & Justice for Service Members, Veterans and Military Families.

2013

Senior Staff Attorney Christopher Ho is honored by Chinese for Affirmative Action for his litigation on behalf of immigrants.

2008

Participating in a broad coalition of civil rights leaders, LAS–ELC drafts portions of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, signed into law by President George W. Bush.

2013

Senate Bill 400, cosponsored by LAS-ELC, is signed into law. It prohibits employers from discriminating against employees because they are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. And it requires employers to provide reasonable safety accommodations to survivors at work.

2013

Senate Bill 770, sponsored by LAS–ELC, is signed into law. It expands Paid Family Leave to include caregiving for seriously ill siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, and parents-in-law.

2014

LAS-ELC helps ensure passage of the San Francisco Retail Workers Bill of Rights, which gives more predictable schedules and greater opportunities for full-time work to restaurant and retail workers. 

2007

Guo Jianmei, Nobel Peace Prize nominee and Director of the Peking University Women’s Legal Aid Center asks staff attorneys Patricia Shiu and Elizabeth Kristen to partner on a pioneering legal initiative to address workplace sexual harassment in China. This effort has the potential to affect as many as 10 million low-income women in the Chinese textile and garment industry.

2009

With the economy stagnant and unemployment high, calls to LAS–ELC’s free legal clinics spike. In 2009, the Workers Rights Clinics serve 2,800 low-wage individuals, and the work and family hotline responds to 1,000 calls.

2012

The Workers’ Rights Clinic adds locations in Fresno and Santa Ana (Orange County).

2014

LAS-ELC adds Workers' Rights Clinic location in Woodland to serve Davis/Sacramento area, in addition to San Francisco, Berkeley, Fresno and Santa Ana (Orange County).