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EEOC commissioner speaks at UH health law forum

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Chai Feldblum
April 25, 2011 -- EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum will speak and lead a panel discussion on “The Future of Civil Rights in the Workplace” Friday at a policy forum co-sponsored by the Law Center’s Health Law & Policy Institute. The commissioner will address challenges facing employers as they deal with dramatic changes in the makeup of the workforce and ever-evolving laws affecting the workplace.

Feldblum, a law professor on leave from the Georgetown University Law Center, joined the five-member Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in April 2010. Long active in anti-discrimination and AIDS efforts, Feldblum played a leading role in drafting the ground-breaking Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as well as working in behalf of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. She also has long been active in efforts to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

After her presentation, Feldblum will participate in a panel discussion with U.S. District Judge Vanessa D. Gilmore and Beth Sufian of Sufian & Passamano, LLP.  Opening remarks for the morning’s presentation will be made by Law Center Dean Raymond T. Nimmer, Dr. William J. Winslade, director of the Health Law & Policy Institute, and Lex Frieden, professor of Health Informatics at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston.

Co-sponsor of the policy forum is the DBTAC Southwest ADA Center. The Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center located at TIRR Memorial Hermann promotes voluntary compliance with the ADA.  The center is funded by a grant from the Department of Education.

The Policy Forum is Friday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Hyatt Regency Houston, 1200 Louisiana. There is no cost to attend and free CLE credit will be offered. Please RSVP to Tajauna Arnold at 800-949-4232 x112 or

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