Los Angeles, CA, May 8, 2012 – Chai Feldblum, commissioner of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), will deliver the commencement address at UCLA School of Law’s 61st commencement ceremony on May 11, 2012, at 3:30 p.m. in Dickson Court North on the UCLA campus.
Feldblum was nominated to serve as a commissioner of the EEOC by President Barack Obama and was confirmed by the Senate for a term ending on July 1, 2013.
Prior to her appointment to the EEOC, 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. She also founded and co-directed Workplace Flexibility 2010, a policy enterprise focused on finding common ground between employers and employees on workplace flexibility issues.
As legislative counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union from 1988 to 1991, 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 ADA Amendments Act of 2008.
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.
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