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September 25, 2006

Press Contact: Jodi Bart, UT Law Communications, 512-232-1408.
Event Contact: Gretchen Ritter, Director of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, 512-471-5765 and Eden Harrington, Director of the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, 512-232-7068.

UT Law Hosts Gender and Labor Conference, Oct. 19-20

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AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas School of Law will host “Gender and Labor: What’s Working?,” a conference examining labor governance and its impact on women on Oct. 19-20. The keynote address and panels are free and open to the public.

The conference is co-organized by UT-Austin’s Center for Women’s and Gender Studies and UT Law’s William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law. It is co-sponsored by the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice and the Humanities Institute.

Judith Scott, general counsel of Service Employees International Union, which has a largely female membership and is one of the largest unions in the nation, will open the conference with a keynote address on Oct. 19 at 4 p.m. in the Law School’s Eidman Courtroom.

On Oct. 20, leading gender and law scholars and advocates for working women will examine legislation and other governance structures adopted at the federal level to address specific issues affecting women and work in the U.S. Panel topics include Women in the Labor Movement (NLRB); Workplace Discrimination (EEOC); Work and Family (FMLA); and Trade Governance as a Labor Issue (NAFTA). The panels will also consider emerging reforms, innovations, and alternatives to these federal governance structures.

Conference participants include Eileen Boris, UC, Santa Barbara; Karen Engle, UT Law; Cynthia Estlund, NYU School of Law; Netsy Firestein, Labor Project for Working Families; Dana Frank, UC, Santa Cruz; Julius Getman, UT Law; Laurie Green, UT-Austin; Joel Handler, UCLA School of Law; Irma Herrera, Equal Rights Advocates; Jaribu Hill, Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights; Kathie Lingle, Alliance for Work-Life Progress; Nancy MacLean, Northwestern University; Lisa McGowan, AFL-CIO Solidarity Center; Julie Nelson, Tufts University; Rhacel Salazar Parrenas, UC, Davis; Gretchen Ritter, UT-Austin; Vicki Schultz, Yale Law School; Scott; Brad Seligman, The Impact Fund; Natacha Thys, International Labor Rights Fund; and Christine Williams, UT-Austin.

“We are pleased and honored to be able to bring together such an accomplished group of scholars and advocates to talk about both the problems and opportunities facing working women today,” said Gretchen Ritter, director of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies.

Related Links:

Gender and Labor: What’s Working?:
http://www.utexas.edu/cola/centers/cwgs/events/6504

Center for Women’s and Gender Studies:
http://www.utexas.edu/cola/centers/cwgs/

William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law:
http://www.utlawjusticecenter.com

Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice:
http://www.utexas.edu/law/academics/centers/humanrights/

Humanities Institute:
http://www.humanitiesinstitute.utexas.edu/