Eleanor Holmes Norton

Professor of Law

B.A., Antioch; M.A., LL.B., Yale

Areas of Expertise:

Dispute Resolution, Labor and Employment Law

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...

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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.

Recent 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).    [HEIN] [W]

Book Chapters and 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, Bargaining and the Ethics of Process, in What’s Fair: Ethics for Negotiators 270-298 (Carrie Menkel-Meadow & Michael Wheeler eds., San Francisco: Jossey-Bass 2004).    [BOOK]
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Books

  • Eleanor Holmes Norton & Joan Steinau Lester, Eleanor Holmes Norton: Fire in My Soul (New York: Atria Books trade pbk. ed. 2003).    [BOOK]

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).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton, Women Are the Natural Leaders, 7 Geo. J. on Poverty L. & Pol'y 225-230 (2000).    [HEIN] [W]

Book Chapters and 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, Bargaining and the Ethics of Process, in What’s Fair: Ethics for Negotiators 270-298 (Carrie Menkel-Meadow & Michael Wheeler eds., San Francisco: Jossey-Bass 2004).    [BOOK]
  • 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]
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton, Elected to Lead: A Challenge to Women in Public Office, in The Difference "Difference" Makes: Women and Leadership 109-120 (Deborah L. Rhode ed., Stanford, Cal.: Stanford Law & Politics 2003).    [BOOK]
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton, Notes of a Feminist Long Distance Runner, in Sisterhood Is Forever: The Women’s Anthology for a New Millennium 145-151 (Robin Morgan ed., New York: Washington Square Press 2003).   
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton, Restoring the Traditional Black Family, in Welfare: A Documentary History of U.S. Policy and Politics 475-481 (Gwendolyn Mink & Rickie Solinger eds., New York: New York University Press 2003).    [BOOK]

Congressional Testimony

  • 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.: Pending).   
  • 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 Aff., 113th Cong., Jan. 30, 2014 (Statement of Eleanor Holmes Norton) (CIS-No.: 2015-S481-13).    [WWW]
  • Civil Rights Act of 1990: Hearing on S. 2104 Before the S. Comm. on Labor & Human Res., 101st Cong., Feb. 27, 1990 (Statement of Eleanor Holmes Norton) (CIS-No.: 90-S541-32).   
  • Family and Medical Leave Act of 1987: Hearing on H.R. 925 Before the H. Subcomm. on Civil Serv. & the H. Subcomm. on Compensation & Emp. Benefits, 100th Cong., Apr. 2, 1987 (Statement of Eleanor Holmes Norton) (CIS-No.: 87-H621-27).   
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In the News

"Norton’s fiery side is loud and clear," coverage in The Washington Post, December 25, 2016, featuring Professor Eleanor Holmes Norton.

"Don’t judge D.C. Council members based on race," coverage in The Washington Post, December 23, 2016, featuring Professor Eleanor Holmes Norton and David Grosso.

"3 Law Professors Running for Congress in November," coverage in Law.com, August 29, 2016, mentioning Professor and Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC).

"US representative to get award from civil rights institute," coverage by Washington Times, August 21, 2016, featuring U.S. Rep. (D-DC) Eleanor Holmes Norton.

"Birmingham Civil Rights Institute to honor U.S. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton," coverage AL.com, August 18, 2016, featuring Professor and U.S. Rep. (D-DC) Eleanor Holmes Norton.

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"Norton’s fiery side is loud and clear," coverage in The Washington Post, December 25, 2016, featuring Professor Eleanor Holmes Norton.

"Don’t judge D.C. Council members based on race," coverage in The Washington Post, December 23, 2016, featuring Professor Eleanor Holmes Norton and David Grosso.

"3 Law Professors Running for Congress in November," coverage in Law.com, August 29, 2016, mentioning Professor and Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC).

"US representative to get award from civil rights institute," coverage by Washington Times, August 21, 2016, featuring U.S. Rep. (D-DC) Eleanor Holmes Norton.

"Birmingham Civil Rights Institute to honor U.S. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton," coverage AL.com, August 18, 2016, featuring Professor and U.S. Rep. (D-DC) Eleanor Holmes Norton.

"Opposition launched against privatizing air-traffic control," coverage in USA Today, January 26, 2016, featuring Professor Eleanor Holmes Norton.

Eleanor Holmes Norton seeks clemency powers for D.C. mayor,” coverage in The Washington Times, January 6, 2016, featuring Professor Eleanor Holmes Norton and quoting Professors Abbe Smith and Paul F. Rothstein.

"D.C. university students press Congress to vote on gun legislation," coverage in The Washington Post, October 6, 2015, featuring Professor Eleanor Holmes Norton, H'99, H'77.

"DC Braces for Possible Shutdown," The Hoya, September 27, 2013, featuring Professor Eleanor Holmes Norton.

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