Chai Feldblum

Chai Feldblum

Distinguished lawyer and civil rights champion Chai Feldblum will deliver a keynote address for the Midwest LGBTQ+ Law Conference at 1 p.m. Friday, March 3 in Anheuser-Busch Hall Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom.

Following her presentation, “Protecting LGBTQ+ Progress in Challenging Times,” Feldblum will be joined by a panel of WashU law faculty to continue exploring the problems and opportunities that may be present in the current and future political climates. They include Susan Appleton, Adrienne Davis, Pauline Kim, Greg Magarian, and Karen Tokarz. The panel is scheduled to conclude at 3 p.m.

Feldblum was appointed to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) by President Barack Obama in 2010. Now serving in her second term as Commissioner, Feldblum continues to focus on securing and upholding legal rights for society’s minorities and the marginalized, a commitment she has demonstrated throughout her long legal career.

Prior to joining the EEOC, Feldblum taught law at the Georgetown University Law Center, where she founded the center’s Federal Legislation and Administrative Clinic. She also founded Workplace Flexibility 2010, a policy forum that helps employers and employees find common ground on workplace flexibility issues.

Feldblum, a lesbian with a disability, was instrumental in drafting and negotiating the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. In addition, she helped draft the original Employment Nondiscrimination Act.

After earning her bachelor’s degree from Barnard College and her J.D. from Harvard University, Feldblum clerked for Judge Frank Coffin of the First Circuit Court of Appeals, then for Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun.

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