"Gender Equity: 50 Years After Passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964"

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Max L. Rowe Auditorium, College of Law Building
12:00 PM–1:00 PM

Join us for the Vacketta-DLA Piper Lecture on the Role of Government and the Law, featuring Commissioner Chai R. Feldblum of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Lecture is free and open to the public. Reception to follow for lecture attendees. 

This lecture has been approved for one hour of Illinois CLE credit.

Talk Description

In 1964, Congress enacted the landmark Civil Rights Act, which included provisions that prohibited employers from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion and sex. In this lecture, EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum traces the remarkable developments in the understanding of the sex discrimination prohibition over the past fifty years, leading up to various cutting edge issues affecting gender equity today, including pay disparity, pregnancy discrimination and the coverage of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

Speaker Bio

Chai R. Feldblum
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Chai Feldblum has served as a Commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission since 2010. Prior to her appointment to the EEOC, Commissioner Feldblum was a professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center. At Georgetown, she founded the Law Center’s Federal Legislation and Administrative Clinic. 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, 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 drafting and negotiating the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.

Commissioner Feldblum has also worked to advance lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, was 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.

Lecture Details

Vacketta-DLA Piper Lecture on the Role of Government and the Law was made possible through the generosity of Carl Vacketta (’65) and DLA Piper, a global law firm with 4,200 lawyers in the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. 

The Vacketta-DLA Piper Lecture Series is a component of The Marbury Institute, named for William L. Marbury, Jr. (1901-1988), who was instrumental in the development of the firm and devoted his career to public and community service. The Institute serves as DLA Piper’s initiative to promote the highest ideals of the legal profession.

Carl Vacketta (’65)

A Senior Counsel at DLA Piper, Carl Vacketta is a distinguished 1965 alumnus of the University of Illinois College of Law and a 1963 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Illinois College of Business. 

The roots of Carl Vacketta’s generosity and commitment to the University of Illinois and the College of Law run deep. At the College of Law, he is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board; he is a founding member of the John E. Cribbet Society; he partnered with the Class of 1996 for the first class endowment gift; he established the Carl L. Vacketta Scholarship in Law and the Carl L. Vacketta Professor of Law; and he was the co-chair of the College’s successful $50 million Brilliant Futures capital campaign that ended in 2012.  In addition, Mr. Vacketta serves on the Board of Directors of the University of Illinois Foundation.

Mr. Vacketta is a fellow of the Section of Public Contract Law of the ABA, and Editor-in-Chief emeritus of The Public Contracts Law Journal. Since 1972, he has taught Government Contracts Law as an adjunct professor at the Georgetown Law Center. He is also an adjunct professor at the College of Law, teaching Introduction to Government Contracts.