The Malin Institute at Chicago-Kent will present a one-day in-person symposium exploring how the Supreme Court’s monumental abortion decision (Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization) will affect the workplace and the law of the workplace. Please join us to hear talks by prominent scholars and advocates from around the country on topics such as:
This conference is in-person ONLY and will not be live-streamed. On-demand video will be available 14-28 days after the conference.
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Deborah Widiss is a Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Her research and teaching focuses on employment law, statutory interpretation, and family law. Professor Widiss has served as chair of the Association of American Law Schools’ (AALS) Employment Discrimination Section and as a member of the executive committee of the AALS Legislation Section. She has received several awards and grants for her research, including AALS Outstanding Scholarly Paper award. Professor Widiss has been quoted as an expert on issues relating to employment discrimination, same-sex marriage, and domestic violence by numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and Washington Post. Prior to transitioning to academia, Professor Widiss practiced employment and education law. She received a J.D. and B.A. from Yale University.
Ming-Qi Chu (she/her/hers) is the Deputy Director of the Women's Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union. The Women’s Rights Project engages in systemic legal reform to ensure that everyone has the freedom to live, work, and learn free from stereotypes, harassment, and violence based on sex. Its recent work includes challenging employment rules that penalize workers for their pregnancies or push them out of the paid workforce altogether, challenging sex-specific dress codes in schools and at work, and fighting the mass eviction crisis and other unfair housing practices that disproportionately lock out women, particularly Black women, from housing opportunities.
Before joining the ACLU, she served in the Biden Administration as Senior Counsel to the Solicitor of Labor, where she advised on a range of executive priorities, including the implementation of the Racial Equity and Gender Equity Executive Orders and the issuance of an Emergency Temporary Standard to protect the safety and health of workers during the Coronavirus pandemic. Prior to her work in the federal government, Ming was Chief of the Civil Enforcement Section in the Labor Bureau of the New York Attorney General's Office, where she oversaw strategic litigation and investigations across the state. Ming was additionally part of the New York Attorney General's litigation team challenging federal administrative action during the Trump Administration. She was one of the lead counsel for the State of New York in the Title X litigation, Oregon, New York, et al. v. Azar, and the Public Charge litigation, New York, et al. v. Department of Homeland Security.
Ming has also worked in private practice at labor and employment firm, Vladeck, Raskin, and Clark, P.C, and as a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School. She is a graduate of Columbia Law School and Yale College.
Phillis h. Rambsy is an attorney-owner at Rambsy Law PC, a law firm based in Nashville, Tennessee. She specializes in areas of employment law, including representing workers in matters of wrongful termination, discrimination, and harassment. She also represents workers in contract negotiations. Additionally, Ms. Rambsy represents entrepreneurs.
Ms. Rambsy is an active member of the National Employment Lawyers Association, and served as a board member for the organization for 3 years. Ms. Rambsy currently serves as a board member for the Institute for Workers’ Rights. She is a frequent presenter at legal programs, and many of her presentations focus on race and the law, bias in the legal profession, and workers’rights.
Ms. Rambsy earned her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, a Master’s degree from the University of Kentucky, and a Bachelor’s degree from Spelman College. She is a member of the state and federal bars of Tennessee, Kentucky, Maryland, and Virginia. She is also admitted to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
Rebecca L. Salawdeh received her Master’s in Industrial Relations and Juris Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin Madison and has practiced exclusively in the area of plaintiff’s employment litigation for the past twenty-seven years. Since 2007, she has been a solo attorney with Salawdeh Law Office, LLC. Rebecca has been a member of the Wisconsin Employment Lawyers Association and the National Employment Lawyers Association since 1996. She served on NELA’s Executive Board for twelve years and is a past Executive Secretary. Rebecca was the Executive Secretary of the National Institute for Workers’ Rights from its inception in 2008 until 2018 and was then its President until 2022. Rebecca was awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Service Award in 2010 by the Milwaukee NAACP. In 2000, Rebecca, in conjunction with others, helped to form the Milwaukee Unemployment Compensation Appeals Clinic and continues to volunteer with Legal Action of Wisconsin’s Unemployment Compensation Appeals Clinic, being named Pro Bono Attorney of the Year in 2020 by the Wisconsin State Bar Legal Assistance Committee. Since 2015, Rebecca has volunteered as a mentor for high school students competing in the We the People state and national competitions. In 2020, Rebecca also joined the civic organization Tosa Together in an effort to create a more inclusive community in the city where she lives and works.
Rebecca E. Zietlow is Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Charles W. Fornoff Professor of Law and Values and Distinguished University Professor at the University of Toledo College of Law, where she teaches Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, Civil Rights Litigation and Civil Procedure. She received her B.A. from Barnard College, and her J.D. from Yale Law School. She is a fellow at the American Bar Foundation, and has served as Chair of the American Association of Law Schools Sections on Constitutional Law and Women in Legal Education.
Professor Zietlow’s scholarly interest is in the study of the Reconstruction Era, including the meaning and history of the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments. Professor Zietlow is also an expert on constitutional theory, examining constitutional interpretation outside of the courts. Her most recent book, The Forgotten Emancipator: James Mitchell Ashley and the Ideological Origins of Reconstruction was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017. Her first book, Enforcing Equality: Congress, the Constitution and the Protection of Individual Rights (NYU Press 2006), studies the history of congressional protection of rights, and the implications of that history for constitutional theory. Her work has been published in the Columbia Law Review, Boston University Law Review, Ohio State Law Journal, Florida Law Review, the Wake Forest Law Journal, and the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, amongst other publications.
William Reynolds is assistant clinical professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law and director of the C-K Law Group’s Employee Benefits Clinic. The clinic’s practice focuses on individual employee welfare benefit claims brought under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). William is also a co-editor of Bloomberg BNA’s Employee Benefits Law textbook and regularly presents at bar association conferences on ERISA matters.
Ann C. McGinley is the William S. Boyd Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Workplace Law Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Boyd School of Law, where she has taught Employment Law, Employment Discrimination, Torts, Disability Law, and seminars on employment and gender since 1999. Professor McGinley is an internationally recognized scholar and a leader in Multidimensional Masculinities Theory, an emerging discipline that applies masculinities theory from social sciences to legal interpretation. She has published more than sixty-eight law review articles and book chapters. McGinley is the author of Masculinity at Work: Employment Discrimination Through a Different Lens (NYU Press 2016), Disability Law: Cases, Materials, Problems, Sixth Edition (Carolina Academic Press 2017), and Disability Law: Statutory Appendix: Federal Statutes and Regulations, Fifth Edition (LexisNexis) (with Laura Rothstein). She is the editor of Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Employment Discrimination Opinions (Cambridge Univ. Press 2020) (with Nicole Buonocore Porter) and Masculinities and the Law: A Multidimensional Approach (NYU Press 2012) (with Frank Rudy Cooper). Professor McGinley has lectured at universities nationwide and internationally, and she is a Visiting Foreign Professor at the University Adolfo Ibañez in Santiago, Chile.
Robin R. Runge, J.D. is a legal expert on gender-based violence and harassment in the world of work. Her career has included the successful advancement and enforcement of local, state, national and international law and policy solutions to end gender- and sex-based violence and harassment as barriers to economic security. Currently, Robin is a consultant and an Associate Professorial Lecturer in Law at The George Washington University Law School where she has taught Domestic Violence Law, Public Interest Law and in the clinical education program since 2004. She is the author of several law review articles and most recently co-author of the book Stopping Gender-Based Violence in the World of Work (Aspen Publishing 2022) describing the landmark global campaign that led to the adoption of International Labor Organization Convention 190 the first ever binding international treaty to eliminate violence and harassment in the world of work including gender-based violence.
From 2017 to March 2022, Robin was Co-Director, Acting Director, and Senior Gender Specialist in the Equality and Inclusion Department at the Solidarity Center where she led global strategic programming for Solidarity Center staff, union and workers' rights organization partners, and allies internationally on gender equality and inclusion. She also directed the implementation of the Solidarity Center’s global campaign to end gender-based violence and harassment in the world of work. As a part of this work, she served as a member of the workers' group technical drafting committee for negotiations at the International Labour Conference in 2018 and 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland which led to the adoption of the first ever global labor standard to address violence and harassment in the world of work including gender-based violence and harassment (ILO Convention 190).
Prior to joining the staff of the Solidarity Center, Robin was the Director of Enforcement Policy and Procedures in the Wage and Hour Division and a Senior Policy Advisor in the Civil Rights Center at the U.S. Department of Labor. From 2009-2013, Robin was an assistant professor at the University of North Dakota School of Law where she taught in the Housing and Employment Law Clinic and Domestic Violence Law. In 2012-2013, she lived in Beijing, China as a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar studying the legal system response to violence against women in China and assisting with the drafting of the national anti-domestic violence law that was adopted in 2015. From 2003 to 2009, Robin directed the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence where she led efforts to expand civil legal assistance for victims of domestic violence domestically and internationally. Previously, she was Deputy Director and Coordinator of the Program on Women’s Employment Rights (POWER) at the D.C. Employment Justice Center. Upon graduation from law school, Robin received an Equal Justice Works Fellowship and created the Domestic Violence and Employment Project at the Legal Aid Society of San Francisco, one of the first programs in the country devoted exclusively to advocating for the employment rights of domestic violence victims. She is a graduate of The George Washington University Law School and Wellesley College. Robin is from Collinsville, Illinois and currently resides in Washington, DC.
Marcia L. McCormick is a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Iowa College of Law and Professor of Law and Women’s and Gender Studies at Saint Louis University. She is also the Co-Director of the Wefel Center for Employment Law at SLU. She regularly teaches Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Employment Discrimination, and Sexuality and the Law. Professor McCormick’s research has related to gender discrimination, the law and social policy related to the workplace, federal courts, and sexual violence as a weapon of war. She speaks publicly, frequently on sexual harassment, LGBTQ issues, employment discrimination, the legal regulation of sexuality, public-sector employment, and criminal law. In addition, she engages in pro bono work, including consulting with local and national groups, and contributing to amicus briefs on issues related to her expertise. Professor McCormick has received awards for her scholarship, teaching, and service.
Jeffrey Hirsch, Geneva Yeargan Rand Distinguished Professor of Law, joined Carolina Law in 2011. He served as Associate Dean for Strategy from 2016-2018 and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2013-2016. Professor Hirsch’s teaching and research focuses on labor and employment law issues, and he has authored numerous books, book chapters, articles, and essays on topics including technology in the workplace, unions, and dismissal law.
Professor Hirsch earned his B.A. from the University of Virginia; Master of Public Policy from the College of William & Mary; and J.D. from the NYU School of Law. After law school, he clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; litigated in the National Labor Relations Board’s Appellate Court Branch; and taught for several years at the University of Tennessee College of Law.
Nicole Buonocore Porter is a Professor of Law and Director of the Martin H. Malin Institute for Law and the Workplace. Before joining Chicago-Kent in 2022, she was a Distinguished University Professor; Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development; and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Toledo College of Law. She has also taught at Saint Louis University School of Law, the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and the University of Iowa College of Law.
Porter is a nationally-known expert in employment discrimination and disability law. She is the author or co-author of four books and over 40 law review articles and essays. Her scholarship focuses primarily on the employment rights of women and people with disabilities.
Professor Porter earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Editor-in-Chief of the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform. After law school, Professor Porter was in-house counsel for a manufacturing company and practiced employment law in a large law firm in Detroit. She also clerked for the Honorable James L. Ryan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
This panel of speakers will address how the post-Dobbs lack of abortion rights in many states will affect the development and litigation of state and federal pregnancy discrimintation protections and laws related to leaves of absence.
This panel will discuss two issues surrounding an employer's rights and responsibilities after Dobbs. The first presentation will discuss an employer's right under ERISA to assist its employees in obtaining a legal abortion after Dobbs. The second presentation will focus on the attempt of many employers to use the ever-expanding protections for religiously affiliated employers (including for-profit employers) to escape liability under our employment discrimintation laws.
This panel will address the effect of Dobbs on laws that address harassment and sexual violence in the workplace.
These presentations will address two issues. The first will explore how the U.S. Constitution should (and arguably does) protect women's right to travel out of state to exercise their reproductive rights to an abortion, and how such a right is essential to women's ability to participate in the labor market and therefore achieve equal citizenship in the political and economic realm. The second presentation will explore how collective action (primarily through unions) can help provide more protections for workers who need access to abortion-related benefits.
This presentation will address how Dobbs will affect people with disabilities in the workplace and how disability law might protect workers in a post-Dobbs world.
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