Before joining the Law Center faculty in 1982, Professor Norton served for four years as chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She has taught EEO Law, Labor Law, and Negotiations at the Law Center. She also served as Assistant Legal Director of the ACLU for five years and then chaired the New York City Commission on Human Rights from 1970-77. She published “Justice and Efficiency in Dispute Systems” in 1990 (Ohio State Journal of Dispute Resolution), “Bargaining and the Ethic of Process” in 1989 (New York University Law Review), “Equal Employment Law: Crisis in Interpretation, Survival Against the Odds” in 1988 (Tulane Law Review), “Commentary” in American Labor Policy: A Critical Appraisal of the NLRA in 1987, and three articles in 1984: “Public Assistance, Post-New Deal Bureaucracy and the Law” (Yale Law Journal), “The Private Bar and Public Confusion: A New Civil Rights Challenge” (Howard Law Journal) and “Minority Workers of Tomorrow” (Work in the 21st Century). Her numerous leadership positions include service as chair of the ACLU National Advisory Council, the Workplace Health Fund, and the Women’s Law and Policy Fellowship. In addition, she serves on the Boards of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Center for Social Change, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Community Foundation of Greater Washington, and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. She serves on the Boards of the Pitney Bowes, Metropolitan Life, and Stanley Works corporations. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Endowment for Democracy, and the U.S. Citizens’ Committee to Monitor the Helsinki Accords, and on the Advisory Board of the Carter Center in Atlanta, GA. and the National Women’s Political Caucus. She held the O’Neill Visiting Chair at Boston College in 1989, was the Ralph E. Shikes Bicentennial Fellow at Harvard Law School in 1988, was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in the spring of 1984, and a Visiting Phi Beta Kappa Scholar in 1985. She is a member of the National Academy of Science’s Committees on the Status of Black Americans and on Technological Changes in Employment. She is also a -member of the Ford Foundation Study on the Future of the Welfare State. Professor Norton is currently on leave from the Law Center. In November 1990, she was elected as the District of Columbia delegate to the United States House of Representatives.

Scholarship

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

Eleanor Holmes Norton, Keynote Address, Edited Proceedings from the Symposium on District of Columbia Democracy and the Third Branch of Government, 11 UDC/DCSL L. Rev. 55-59 (2008).
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Congressional Testimony

Shutdown: Examining Federal Government Closure Impacts on the District of Columbia: Hearing Before the Subcomm. on Emergency Mgmt., Intergovernmental Rel. & the District of Columbia of the S. Comm. on Homeland Sec. & Governmental Affairs, 113th Cong., Jan. 30, 2014 (Statement of Eleanor Holmes Norton) (CIS-No.: 2015-S481-13).
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Equality for the District of Columbia: Discussing the Implications of S. 132, the New Columbia Admission Act of 2013: Hearing Before the S. Comm. on Homeland Sec. & Governmental Affairs, 113th Cong., Sept. 15, 2014 (Statement of Eleanor Holmes Norton) (CIS-No.: 2015-S481-26).

Book Chapters & Collected Works

Eleanor Holmes Norton, Introduction to Alfred W. Blumrosen & Ruth G. Blumrosen, in Slave Nation: How Slavery United the Colonies & Sparked the American Revolution xi-xv (Alfred W. Blumrosen & Ruth G. Blumrosen eds., Naperville, Ill.: Sourcebooks 2005).
Eleanor Holmes Norton, Commentary on Prejudice Through Generations, in Toward Humanity and Justice: The Writings of Kenneth B. Clark, Scholar of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Decision 3-12 (Woody Klein ed., Westport, Conn.: Praeger 2004). [BOOK]