Professor Chai Feldblum Confirmed to Second Term as EEOC Commissioner
December 12, 2013 —
Professor Chai Feldblum has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to a second term serving on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Currently on leave from Georgetown University Law Center, Feldblum was first nominated to the post of EEOC commissioner by President Barack Obama in September 2009. The president renominated her in May 2013.
"I am delighted that Chai has been confirmed for a second term. She is carrying on Georgetown Law's strong tradition of public service, and we are all tremendously proud of her," said Georgetown Law Dean William M. Treanor.
As one of five members of the bipartisan commission, Feldblum is tasked with enforcing federal laws against workplace discrimination — a job for which she is uniquely qualified, given that she has devoted much of her career to advocacy and scholarship in the areas of disability rights, health and welfare rights, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, as well as workplace issues. She also played a leading role in drafting and negotiating the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.
A professor at Georgetown Law since 1991, Feldblum is the founder and director of the Federal Legislation and Administrative Clinic, a program designed to train law students to become legislative lawyers. She graduated from Barnard College and Harvard Law School, and served as law clerk to 1st Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Frank M. Coffin and to Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun.