Joan Williams Center for WorkLife LawJoan C. Williams has played a central role in reshaping the debates over women’s advancement for the past quarter-century. Described as having “something approaching rock star status” by The New York Times, Williams was awarded the Hastings Visionary Award (2013), the American Bar Foundation’s Outstanding Scholar Award (2012), the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award (2012), the ABA’s Margaret Brent Award for Women Lawyers of Achievement (2006), and the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award for Unbending Gender: Why Family and Work Conflict and What to Do About It (Oxford University Press, 2000). In recognition of her interdisciplinary work, Williams gave the 2008 Massey Lectures in American Civilization at Harvard University, delivered in prior years by (among others) Eudora Welty, Gore Vidal and Toni Morrison.

Williams, who is Distinguished Professor of Law and Hastings Foundation Chair at University of California, Hastings College of the Law, has authored or co-authored six books. She has written over ninety academic articles and book chapters, including one listed in 1996 as one of the most cited law review articles ever written. Her work has been excerpted in casebooks on six different topics.

As Founding Director of WorkLife Law (WLL), Williams has played a leading role in documenting workplace bias against mothers, leading to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s 2007 Guidance on Caregiver Discrimination.  Her article “Beyond the Maternal Wall: Relief for Family Caregivers Who Are Discriminated Against on the Job,” 26 Harvard Women’s Law Review 77 (2003)(co-authored with Nancy Segal), was prominently cited in the landmark case, Back v. Hastings on Hudson Union Free School District, 365 F.3d 107  (2d Cir. 2004). Williams has organized social scientists to document workplace bias against mothers, notably in a 2004 special issue of the Journal of Social Issues titled “The Maternal Wall” (co-edited with Monica Biernat and Faye Crosby), which received the Distinguished Publication Award of the Association for Women in Psychology.

Williams also has played a central role in documenting how work-family conflict affects working-class families, through reports such as “One Sick Child Away From Being Fired” (2006), “Three Faces of Work-Family Conflict” (2010) (co-authored by Heather Boushey of the Center for American Progress), and “Improving Work-Life Fit in Hourly Jobs” (2011). Williams’ current research focuses on how work-family conflict differs at different class locations; on the “culture wars” as class conflict; on how gender bias differs by race; and on the role of gender pressures on men in creating work-family conflict and gender inequality. Follow her work on her Huffington Post blog.

liz-morrisLiz Morris is the Deputy Director of the Center for WorkLife Law and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law at UC Hastings College of the Law. Liz advances workplace gender equality and promotes work-life balance for both men and women. Her advocacy and research focus on expanding protections for pregnant and breastfeeding employees and students, improving employer scheduling practices to increase work-life stability for hourly workers, and addressing employment discrimination against caregivers and women.

Liz’s writing has been featured in Slate Magazine, Harvard Business Review, and California Labor and Employment Law Review, among other publications. She speaks regularly at national conferences and has been quoted by media ranging from Bloomberg News and the ABA Journal to Elle. Liz co-teaches Advanced Employment Law, a course that focuses on caregiver discrimination, gender equity, and social change advocacy.

Prior to joining WorkLife Law, Liz practiced employment and labor law at Leonard Carder, where she represented working people in individual and class action lawsuits challenging unlawful employment practices. For the last six years, Liz has volunteered at Employment Law Center’s Workers’ Right Clinic, where she supervises law students in counseling low-income clients. Liz received her J.D. from Stanford Law School and is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College.

Jamie DolkasJamie Dolkas is the Center for WorkLife Law’s Director of Women’s Leadership and an Adjunct Law Professor at UC Hastings College of the Law. Jamie is an attorney specializing in employment and civil rights law, with a focus on sex discrimination in employment and education. She leads WorkLife Law’s women’s leadership initiatives, including Hastings Leadership Academy for Women and Women’s Leadership Edge. She also teaches a Leadership for Lawyers course at UC Hastings with Professor Joan Williams, a professional skills course that gives law students tools for career success.
Prior to joining WorkLife Law, Jamie was a Staff Attorney at Equal Rights Advocates (ERA), a national civil rights organization dedicated to advancing gender equity in education and employment, where her practice focused on sex discrimination litigation, best practices training, and legislative advocacy.
Jamie has written several publications, including Expecting A Baby, Not A Lay-Off: Why Federal Law Should Require the Reasonable Accommodation of Pregnant Workers (ERA 2012), and a chapter in the anthology, The Opt Out Revolution Revisited (WorkLife Law 2012), which she co-authored with Professor Joan Williams. Jamie graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, and cum laude from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She also completed the Women’s Policy Institute, a year-long legislative advocacy training program for women leaders.

Jessica LeeJessica Lee is a Legal Fellow at the Center for WorkLife Law.  She works to advance gender equality in educational opportunities and in the workplace, with a particular focus on discrimination faced by pregnant women. Jessica leads the Center’s work on developing and implementing best practices to ensure Title IX’s mandate prohibiting pregnancy discrimination in higher education. 

Prior to joining WLL, Jessica was a Bertha Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where her work focused on a range of human rights issues, including humanitarian law violations, discrimination, and freedom of speech and information.  Her previous work also includes research and advocacy in support of women in the criminal justice system and women facing discrimination and human rights violations internationally.

Jessica earned her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University.

Sarah-Adler-MilsteinSarah Adler-Milstein is the Project Manager for the Center for WorkLife Law’s Stable Schedules Study. Prior to joining WLL, Sarah served as a workers rights researcher, advocate, and consultant. Sarah has worked on strategic initiatives in over six countries to address labor rights issues in supply chains, including forced labor, unpaid wages, occupational health and safety, freedom of association, and sexual and physical harassment in a variety of industries from agriculture to apparel, nursing homes to auto-parts manufacturing. Sarah served as the Director for Latin America and the Caribbean for the Worker Rights Consortium, and oversaw the WRC’s investigative and advocacy work to improve working conditions and wages in the apparel industry. She was instrumental in establishing Alta Gracia, the first living wage unionized factory in the Global South with wages more than 300% of the minimum wage and exemplar labor rights compliance. Sarah collaborated with Stanford University and University of California, Berkeley researchers to evaluate the physical and mental health benefits of the Alta Gracia model. Sarah has also presented and published on making positive change in the apparel industry, including coauthoring a chapter in Lessons for Social Change in the Global Economy: Voices from the Field. Sarah is a graduate of Brown University.

Chelsey CrowleyChelsey Crowley is the Center for WorkLife Law’s Development Associate. Prior to joining WLL, she worked at the Center for the Study of Women at UCLA, an internationally recognized center for research on gender, sexuality, and women’s issues, where she assisted in areas of both research and publications. She has also interned at Home Street People’s Ministry, a small grassroots organization in Salt River, South Africa, focused on community youth and issues of hunger and poverty. A student of international human rights, Chelsey graduated Phi Theta Kappa from Chaffey College and magna cum laude from UCLA, with high honors and distinction.

Hagar MaimonHagar Maimon is the Program Associate for the Center for WorkLife Law. Prior to joining WLL, Hagar worked as a research assistant for the Hauser Center for Non-Profits, where she helped research and write about trends and debates in the non-profit space. She interned for the World Health Organization and the Clinton Foundation, focusing on maternal and child health in developing countries. Hagar received her Master’s degree in Public Policy with a focus on international political and economic development from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She graduated summa cum laude from Boston University with a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, minoring in History and Public Health.

Marina MulthaupMarina Multhaup is the Administrative Assistant for the Center for WorkLife Law. Prior to joining WLL she interned for Human Rights Watch, the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, and Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey. In between internships, she organized a campaign to end differential treatment of local residents in her college town. She graduated summa cum laude from Oberlin College with a BA in Politics and a minor in Middle East and North African Studies. Marina was chosen by her Oberlin professors to receive the annual Excellence in Politics Award. In her time off, Marina enjoys reading novels and swimming in the bay.

WorkLife Law Key Affiliates

Cynthia T. CalvertCynthia Thomas Calvert, a nationally-recognized employment lawyer, researcher, and writer, is a senior advisor to the Center on family responsibilities discrimination (FRD). She co-authored, with Joan Williams and Gary Phelan, the only legal treatise on FRD: FAMILY RESPONSIBILITIES DISCRIMINATION (Bloomberg BNA 2014). She was the Center’s deputy director until 2010, when she founded Workforce 21C to help employers manage today’s evolving workforce. Through consulting and training, she works with companies to prevent FRD, advance women, implement nonstigmatized flexible work programs, and create inclusive workplace cultures. Cynthia co-founded and co-directed the Project for Attorney Retention with Williams. She and Williams wrote Flex Success: The Lawyer’s Guide to Balanced Hours (WLL Press 2011) and Solving The Part-Time Puzzle: The Law Firm’s Guide to Balanced Hours (NALP 2004). She has been quoted in and written articles for numerous national publications, and speaks frequently about FRD, bias, flexible work arrangements, diversity and inclusion, and advancement of women. Cynthia practices employment law in the District of Columbia and Maryland. She was a partner with the D.C. litigation firm of Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin, LLP (now part of Baker Botts LLP). She later had her own employment law practice in which she counseled businesses on compliance. She is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and a former clerk for the Honorable Thomas Penfield Jackson (D.D.C.).