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Women and the Law Conference 2017

February 3, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

1155 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s 17th Annual Women and the Law Conference, Pursuing Inclusion: Diversity in the Workplace, will be held on Friday, February 3, 2017 at Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

This conference brings together leading experts and practitioners to examine the challenges to and strategies for achieving workplace diversity and inclusion. At a time of polarized public discourse on matters involving race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation and identity, disability, age, and socio-economic status, this event will highlight a number of critically important topics, including: developing cultural competency; the strengths and weaknesses in employment and civil rights law; identifying and overcoming unconscious bias; how strategic efforts can inform public policy; and how other countries confront diversity at a time when work is changing rapidly.

Professor Leticia Saucedo, Professor of Law at UC Davis School of Law, will deliver the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecture. A cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and member of the American Law Institute, Saucedo was previously Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, a Visiting Professor at Duke University School of Law, and a staff attorney at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund.  She is an expert in employment, labor, and immigration law. Saucedo continues in a long line of illustrious speakers who have been honored as the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecturer, a lecture series Justice Ginsburg generously established for Thomas Jefferson in 2003.

Other speakers include:  Mario Barnes, Associate Dean and Professor of Law, UC Irvine; Zahra Billoo, Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations, San Francisco Chapter; Susan Bisom-Rapp, Associate Dean and Professor of Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law; Julie Greenberg, Professor Emerita, Thomas Jefferson School of Law; Anne Koenig, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of San Diego; Rebecca Lee, Associate Professor of Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law; Doreen Mattingly, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies, San Diego State University; Miranda McGowan, Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law; Patti Perez, Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins; Camille Gear Rich, Associate Provost and Professor of Law and Sociology, University of Southern California; Malcolm Sargeant, Professor of Labour Law, Middlesex University Business School, London; Susan Tiefenbrun, Professor of Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

The event is co-sponsored by Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s Center for Law and Social Justice and Center for Global Legal Studies. 


8:00 – 9:00     Check In

9:00 – 9:30     Welcome & Introductory Remarks

  • Thomas Guernsey, Dean and President, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • Susan Bisom-Rapp, Associate Dean and Professor, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • Rebecca Lee, Associate Professor, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

9:30 – 11:00    Accounting for Biases and Developing Solutions

  • Anne Koenig, Associate Professor, Psychological Sciences, University of San Diego
    Descriptive and Prescriptive Gender Stereotypes and the Double Bind
  • Miranda McGowan, Professor of Law, University of San Diego
    The Partnership Problem and the Paradox of Parenthood
  • Zahra Billoo, Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations, San Francisco Chapter
    Protecting Religious Accommodation Rights in the Workplace
  • Patti Perez, Shareholder, Olgetree Deakins
    The Design and Execution of Effective Diversity and Inclusion Programs
  • Moderator: Kaimi Wenger, Associate Professor, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

11:00 – 11:15   Break

11:15 – 12:45   The Past as Prologue – Workplace Diversity After the Election

  • Doreen Mattingly, Associate Professor and Chair, Women’s Studies, San Diego State University
    March Fong and Yvonne Brathwaite: The Diverse Roots of Feminist Lawmaking in California
  • Camille Gear Rich, Professor of Law and Sociology, University of Southern California
    Marginal Whiteness Revisited: White Working Class Identity and Workplace Politics
  • Julie Greenberg, Professor Emeritus, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
    Considering the Gains for LGBT Rights in Light of the Election
  • Rebecca Lee, Associate Professor, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
    Furthering Workplace Diversity After Fisher I & II
  • Moderator: Mara Elliott, San Diego City Attorney

12:45 – 2:15    Lunch

2:15 – 3:15     Fifteenth Annual Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecture 
                       Protecting the Dependent Worker in a Free Society

  • Leticia Saucedo, Professor of Law, UC Davis; former Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; former Visiting Professor at Duke University School of Law; former research scholar with the Chief Justice Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity at U.C. Berkeley; and former staff attorney at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

3:15 – 4:45     Alternative Frameworks for Understanding

  • Mario Barnes, Associate Dean and Professor of Law, UC Irvine 
    A Hair Out of Place: Culture, Biology and Judicial Misunderstandings of Identity in the Workplace
  • Susan Bisom-Rapp. Associate Dean and Professor of Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
    Malcolm Sargeant, Professor of Labour Law, Middlesex University Business School, London, UK
    Modeling and Applying Theory to the Case of Working Women’s Lifetime Disadvantage
  • Susan Tiefenbrun, Professor of Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law 
    Employment Law in China and Its Impact on Women Working
  • Moderator: Orly Lobel, Don Weckstein Professor of Labor and Employment Law, University of San Diego

4:45 – 5:00     Closing

5:00 – 6:00     Reception


Please note: Advanced registration required. Fees are non-refundable and include the Reception. Registration deadline: Friday, January 27. The main conference classroom is at capacity. An adjacent classroom will be set up for overflow with a live simulcast of the conference throughout the day.

  • FREE   All students with valid photo ID, Thomas Jefferson School of Law faculty, Thomas Jefferson School of Law staff
  • $30     Thomas Jefferson School of Law Alumni (with or without MCLE credit)
  • $30     Lawyers Club Members and Attorneys in Practice less than 5 years (not seeking MCLE credit)
  • $40     General public (not seeking MCLE credit)
  • $45     All others (seeking MCLE credit)



5.5 hours Elimination of Bias MCLE Credit

Conference MCLE Materials

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Publications Authored/Developed by Conference Speakers

Mario L. Barnes, ‘The More Things Change . . .’: New Moves for Legitimizing Racial Discrimination in a ‘Post-Race’ World, 100 Minn. L. Rev. 2043 (2015). 

Mario L. Barnes, Judging Opportunity Lost: Race-Based Affirmative Action and Equality Jurisprudence After Fisher v. University of Texas (with Erwin Chemerinsky and Angela Onwuachi-Willig), 62 UCLA L. Rev. 272 (2015). 

Mario L. Barnes, The Obama Effect: Understanding Emerging Meanings of “Obama” in Anti-Discrimination Law, 87 Ind. L. J. (2012) (with Angela Onwuachi-Willig). 

Mario L. Barnes, A Post-Racial Equal Protection?, 98 Geo. L.J. 967 (2010) (with Trina Jones and Erwin Chemerinsky). 

Mario L. Barnes, The Disparate Treatment of Race and Class in Constitutional Jurisprudence, Law and Contemporary Problems, 72 Law & Contemp. Probs. 109 (2009). 

Mario L. Barnes, Reflection on a Dream World: Race, Post-Race and the Question of Making it Over, 11 Berkeley J. Afr.-Am. L. & Pol’y 6 (2009). 

Mario L. Barnes, “But Some of [Them] are Brave”: Identity Performance, the Military, and the Dangers of an Integration Success Story, 14 Duke J. Gender L. & Pol’y 693 (2007). 

Mario L. Barnes, By Any Other Name?: On Being “Regarded As” Black, and Why Title VII Should Apply Even If Lakisha and Jamal are White, 2005 Wis. L. Rev. 1283 (with Angela Onwuachi-Willig). 

Zahra Billoo, The Changing Face of the American Worker, 21 Asian Am. L.J. 209 (with Rachel Roberts and Fatima Iqbal) (2014). 

Susan Bisom-Rapp & Malcolm Sargeant, Cause, Effect, and Solution?: The Uneasy Relationship between Older Age Bias and Age Discrimination Law, in THE MULTI-GENERATIONAL AND AGING WORKFORCE: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES 97 (Ronald J. Burke, Cary L. Cooper & Alexander-Stamatios Antoniou, eds., Edward Elgar 2015). 

Susan Bisom-Rapp & Malcolm Sargeant, It’s Complicated: Age, Gender, and Lifetime Discrimination against Working Women – The United States and the U.K. as Examples, 22 Elder L.J. 1 (2014) (reprinted in WOMEN AND THE LAW (Tracy Thomas, ed., Thomson Reuters, 2015)). 

Susan Bisom-Rapp & Malcolm Sargeant, Diverging Doctrine, Converging Outcomes: Evaluating Age Discrimination Law in the United Kingdom and the United States, 44 Loy. U. Chi. L.J. 717 (2013). 

Susan Bisom-Rapp, Andrew Frazer, & Malcolm Sargeant, Decent Work, Older Workers, and Vulnerability in the Economic Recession: A Comparative Study of Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, 15 Emp. Rts. & Emp. Pol’y J. 43 (2011) (reprinted in AGE AND EQUALITY LAW (Michael Selmi, ed., Ashgate, 2013)). 

Susan Bisom-Rapp, Learning from Troubled Times: Pursuing Equality Outside an Anti-Discrimination Law Frame by Rethinking the Promotion of Safe Work During the Bush Administration, 45 U.S.F. L. Rev. 603 (2011). 

Susan Bisom-Rapp, Diversity, Equality and Integration: A Workplace Perspective from the U.S, in DIVERSITY, EQUALITY AND INTEGRATION: BEYOND THE LAW – A COMPARATIVE STUDY 331 (Roger Blanpain, ed., Vanden Broele Publishers 2008). 

Susan Bisom-Rapp, Globalization, Equality and Nondiscrimination: An Interdisciplinary Perspective from the U.S. on Diversity Programming, in Global Labour Market: From Globalization to Flexicurity, 65 Bull. Comp. Lab. Rels. 295 (Roger Blanpain & Michele Tiraboschi, eds., 2008). 

Susan Bisom-Rapp, Margaret S. Stockdale, & Faye J. Crosby, A Critical Look at Organizational Responses to and Remedies for Sex Discrimination, in SEX DISCRIMINATION IN THE WORKPLACE: MULTIDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVES 273 (Faye J. Crosby, Margaret S. Stockdale & S. Ann Ropp, eds., Blackwell 2007). 

Susan Bisom-Rapp, How Well Do Internal EEO Alternative Dispute Resolution and Litigation Prevention Measures Advance the Traditional Goal of Anti-Discrimination Law?, 11 Emp. Rts. & Emp. Pol’y J. 141 (2007). 

Susan Bisom-Rapp, Coming to Terms with Zero Tolerance Sexual Harassment Policies, 4 J. Forensic Psychol. Prac. 65 (with Margaret S. Stockdale, Maureen O’Connor & Barbara A. Gutek) (2004). 

Susan Bisom-Rapp, An Ounce of Prevention is a Poor Substitute for a Pound of Cure: Confronting the Developing Jurisprudence of Education and Prevention in Employment Discrimination Law, 22 Berkeley J. Emp. & Lab. L. 1 (2001). 

Susan Bisom-Rapp, Bulletproofing the Workplace: Symbol and Substance in Employment Discrimination Law Practice, 26 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 959 (1999). 

Julie Greenberg, Unequal Protection for Sex and Gender Nonconformists, in CONTROVERSIES IN EQUAL PROTECTION CASES IN AMERICA (Anne Richardson Oakes, ed., Ashgate 2015). Part 1 | Part 2

Julie Greenberg, Interacting with Individuals with an Intersex Condition in the Workplace, in GENDER IDENTITY AND SEXUAL ORIENTATION IN THE WORKPLACE (Christine Duffy, ed., BNA 2014). 

Julie Greenberg, Marybeth Herald, & Mark Strasser, Beyond the Binary: What Can Feminists Learn From Intersex and Transgender Jurisprudence?, 17 Mich. J. Gender & L. 13 (2010). 

Julie Greenberg, Intersex and Intrasex Debates: Building Alliances to Challenge Sex Discrimination, 12 Cardozo J. of L. & Gender 99 (2006). 

Julie Greenberg, The Road Less Traveled: The Problem with Binary Sex Categories, in TRANSGENDER RIGHTS (Paisley Currah, Richard M. Juang, & Shannon Minter, eds., University of Minnesota Press 2006). Part 1 | Part 2

Julie Greenberg & Marybeth Herald, You Can’t Take it With You: Constitutional Consequences of Interstate Gender Identity Rulings, 80 Wash. L. Rev. 819 (2005). 

Julie Greenberg, Gender Nonconformity: A Comprehensive Theoretical Approach to Break Down the Maternal Wall and End Discrimination Against Gender Benders – Commentary on Keynote Speaker Joan Williams’s “Beyond the Glass Ceiling,” 26 T. Jefferson L. Rev. 37 (2003). 

Julie Greenberg, Deconstructing Binary Race and Sex Categories: A Comparison of the Multiracial and Transgendered Experience, 39 San Diego L. Rev. 917 (2002). 

Julie Greenberg, When Is a Man a Man and When Is a Woman a Woman?, 52 Fla. L. Rev. 745 (2000). 

Julie Greenberg, Defining Male and Female: Intersexuality and the Collision Between Law and Biology, 41 Ariz. L. Rev. 265 (1999). 

Anne M. Koenig & Alice H. Eagly, Evidence from the social role theory of stereotype content: Observations of groups’ roles shape stereotypes, 107(3) J. Personality & Soc. Psychol. 371 (2014). 

Anne M. Koenig et al., Are leader stereotypes masculine? A meta-analysis of three research paradigms, 137(4) Psychol. Bull. 616 (2011). 

Rebecca K. Lee, The Future of Workplace Affirmative Action After Fisher, 89 St. John’s L. Rev. 597 (2015). 

Rebecca K. Lee, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin: Promoting Full Judicial Review and Process in Applying Strict Scrutiny, 4 Hous. L. Rev. HLRe 33 (2013). 

Rebecca K. Lee, Empathy as the Litmus Test for Impartiality, 82 U. Cin. L. Rev. 145 (2013). 

Rebecca K. Lee, Implementing Grutter’s Diversity Rationale: Diversity and Empathy in Leadership, 19 Duke J. Gender L. & Pol’y 133 (2011). 

Rebecca K. Lee, Core Diversity, 19 Temp. Pol. & Civ. Rts. L. Rev. 477 (2010). 

Rebecca K. Lee, Assimilation at the Cost of Authenticity, 15 Asian Am. Pol’y Rev. 59 (2006) (reviewing Kenji Yoshino, Covering: The Hidden Assault on our Civil Rights (2006)). 

Rebecca K. Lee, The Organization as a Gendered Entity, A Response to Professor Schultz’s the Sanitized Workplace, 15 Colum. J. Gender & L. 609 (2006). 

Rebecca K. Lee, Pink, White, and Blue: Class Assumptions in the Judicial Interpretations of Title VII Hostile Environment Sex Harassment, 70 Brook. L. Rev. 677 (2005). 

Doreen Mattingly & Jessica Nare, ’A Rainbow of Women’: Diversity and Unity at the 1977 U.S. International Women’s Year Conference, 26 J. of Women’s Hist. 88 (2014). 

Doreen Mattingly, Where are the women? 31 Antipode 1 (2003). 

Doreen Mattingly, Job search, social networks, and local labor market dynamics: The case of paid household work in San Diego, California, 20 Urban Geography 46-74 (1999). 

Doreen Mattingly, At home with the kids: Women’s lives, local geographies, and the effects of maternal breaks on women’s employment, 12 Mich. Feminist Stud. 1 (with Susan Hanson and Geraldine Pratt) (1998). 

Miranda Oshige McGowan, Can Citizenship Reinvigorate the Fight for Gender Equality?, 28 Const. Comment (2012). 

Miranda Oshige McGowan, Testing the ‘Model Minority Myth’ (with James Lindgren), 100 Nw. U. L. Rev. 331 (2006). 

Miranda Oshige McGowan, Certain Illusions about Speech: Why the Free-Speech Critique of Hostile Work Environment Harassment is Wrong, 19 Const. Comment. 391 (2002). 

Miranda Oshige McGowan, Reconsidering the Americans with Disabilities Act, 35 Ga. L. Rev. 27 (2000). 

Miranda Oshige McGowan, Diversity of What?, 55 Representations 129 (1996). 

Miranda Oshige McGowan, Affirmative Action for Whom?, 47 Stanford Law Review 855 (with Paul Brest) (1995). 

Miranda Oshige McGowan, What’s Sex Got To Do With It?, 47 Stanford Law Review 565 (1995). 

Camille Gear Rich, Zev Eigen, & Charlotte Alexander, Post-Racial Hydraulics: The Hidden Dangers of the Universal Turn, 91 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1 (2016). 

Camille Gear Rich, Making the Modern Family: Interracial Intimacy and the Production of Whiteness, 127 Harv. L. Rev. 1341 (2014). 

Camille Gear Rich, Angela Harris and the Racial Politics of Masculinity: Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman and the Dilemmas of Desiring Whiteness, 102 Cal. L. Rev. 1027 (2014). 

Camille Gear Rich, Elective Race: Recognizing Race Discrimination in the Era of Racial Self-Identification, 102 Geo. L.J. 1501 (2013). 

Camille Gear Rich, Affirmative Action in the Era of Elective Race: Racial Commodification and the Promise of the New Functionalism, 102 Geo. L.J. 179 (2013). 

Camille Gear Rich, Marginal Whiteness, 98 Cal. L. Rev. 1497 (2010). 

Camille Gear Rich, What Dignity Demands: The Challenges of Creating Sexual Harassment Protections for Non-Workplace Settings, 83 S. Cal. L. Rev. 1 (2009). 

Camille Gear Rich, Decline to State: Diversity Talk and the American Law Student, 18 S. Cal. Rev. L. & Soc. Just. 539 (2009). 

Camille Gear Rich, Performing Racial and Ethnic Identity: Discrimination by Proxy and the Future of Title VII, 79 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1134 (2004). Part 1 | Part 2

Malcolm Sargeant, Domestic Workers: Vulnerable Workers in Precarious Work, 3 E-J. Int’l & Comp. Lab. Stud. 1 (2014). 

Malcolm Sargeant, Distinguishing between justifiable treatment and prohibited discrimination in respect of age, J. Bus. L. (2013). 

Malcolm Sargeant, Young Workers and Age Discrimination, 2 E-J. Int’l & Comp. Lab. Stud. 1 (2013). 

Malcolm Sargeant & Susan Bisom-Rapp, Increasing the Employment Rate of Older Workers: European Objectives and US Lessons, 27 Int. J. Comp. L.L.I.R. 301 (2011). 

Malcolm Sargeant, The Default Retirement Age: Legitimate aims and disproportionate means, 39 Indus. L.J. 244 (2010). 

Malcolm Sargeant, Age discrimination, sexual orientation and gender identity: UK/US perspectives, 28 Equal Opportunities Int’l 634 (2009). 

Malcolm Sargeant, Older workers and the need for reasonable accommodation, 9 Int’l J. Discrimination & L. 163 (2007). 

Malcolm Sargeant, Age discrimination regulation: the legitimization of age discrimination, 35 Indus. L.J. 209 (2006). 

Malcolm Sargeant, For Diversity, against discrimination – the contradictory approach to age discrimination in employment, 21 Int’l J. Comp. Lab. L. & Indus. Rel. 629 (2005). 

Malcolm Sargeant, Age Discrimination: Equal Treatment with Exceptions, 6 Int’l J. Discrimination & L. 251 (2003). 

Leticia Saucedo, A New Understanding of Substantial Abuse: Evaluating Harm in U Visa Petitions for Immigrant Victims of Workplace Crime, 29 Geo. Immigr. L.J. 1 (2014). 

Leticia Saucedo, Everybody in the Tent: Lessons from the Grassroots About Labor Organizing, Immigrants, and Temporary Worker Policies, 17 Harv. Latino L. Rev. 65 (2014). 

Leticia Saucedo, National Origin, Immigrants, and the Workplace: The Employment Cases in Latinos and the Law and the Advocates’ Perspective, 12 Harv. Latino L. Rev. 53 (2009). 

Leticia Saucedo, A New ‘U’: Organizing Victims and Protecting Immigrant Workers, 42 U. Rich. L. Rev. 891 (2007). 

Leticia Saucedo, Addressing Segregation in the Brown Collar Workplace: Toward a Solution for the Inexorable 100%, 41 U. Mich. J.L. Reform 447 (2007). 

Leticia Saucedo, The Employer Preference for the Subservient Worker and the Making of the Brown Collar Workplace, 67 Ohio St. L.J. 961 (2006). 

Susan Tiefenbrun & Christie J. Edwards, Gendercide and the Cultural Context of Sex Trafficking in China, 32 Fordham Int’l L.J. 731 (2009). 

Susan Tiefenbrun, Child Soldiers, Slavery, and Human Trafficking , 31 Fordham Int’l L.J. 415 (2008). 

Susan Tiefenbrun, The Semiotics of Women’s Human Rights in Iran, 23 Conn. J. Int’s L. 1 (2007). 

Susan Tiefenbrun, Updating the Domestic and International Impact of the U.S. Victims of Trafficking Protection Act of 2000: Does Law Deter Crime?, 38(2) Case W. Res. J. Int’l L. 249 (2007). 

Susan Tiefenbrun, The Cultural, Political, and Legal Climate Behind the Fight to Stop Trafficking in Women: William J. Clinton’s Legacy to Women’s Rights, 12 Cardozo J. Law & Gender 855 (2006). 

Susan Tiefenbrun, Sex Slavery in the United States and Its Law to Stop it Here and Abroad, 11 (3) Wm. & Mary J. Women & L. 317 (2005). 

Susan Tiefenbrun, The Saga of Susannah: A U.S. Remedy for Sex Trafficking in Women: The Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, 1 Utah L. Rev. 107 (2002). 

Susan Tiefenbrun, Sex Sells But Drugs Don’t Talk: Trafficking of Women Sex Workers and an Economic Solution, 24 T. Jefferson L. Rev. 161 (2002), reprinted in WOMEN AND THE LAW (Carol H. Lefcourt, ed., Thomson-West 2003), updating Sex Sells But Drugs Don’t Talk: Trafficking of Women Sex Workers, 23 T. Jefferson L. Rev. 199 (2001). 

Thomas Jefferson School of Law is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This program qualifies for Minimum Continuing Legal Education Credit (MCLE) by the State Bar of California.


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