Staff and Key Affiliates

Staff

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  • Chelsey Crowley

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    Development & Communications Specialist

    Chelsey 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.

  • Jamie Dolkas

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    Director of Women’s Leadership

    Jamie 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.

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    Program Associate

    Anna Garfink is a Program Associate at the Center for WorkLife Law. Anna manages the office, conducts research and edits articles, and helps plan events and do outreach. Before joining WorkLife Law, Anna was a City Hall Fellow at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA). At the SFMTA, she worked on the Vision Zero Initiative and contract administration and analysis. She has a passion for community-building and was an intern for multiple public agencies and an advocate for community service and engagement among undergraduates at UCLA. Now, she’s excited to be advancing social justice and gender equity at WorkLife Law. Anna graduated summa cum laude from UCLA with a BA in Political Science.

  • Rachel Korn

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    Director of Research on Organization Bias

    Rachel Korn is the Director of Research on Organization Bias at the Center for WorkLife Law. Rachel is a Social Psychologist with a background in quantitative research methods and survey design. Her research interests include motivation and goals, particularly within the field of stereotypes and discrimination. She has published her psychological research collaboratively in peer-review journals such as Frontiers in Psychology and book chapters.

    Prior to joining WorkLife Law, Rachel was a Research Consultant at Circadia Labs, where she conducted research on empirical projects examining motivation in dreams using natural language processing. She also worked as Research Director for a city council campaign in Rochester, New York.

    Rachel holds a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Rochester. She received her Bachelor’s degree at Virginia Tech.

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    Jessica LeeView

    Staff Attorney

    Jessica Lee is a Staff Attorney 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.

  • Lisa McCorkell

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    Public Policy Fellow

    Lisa McCorkell is a Public Policy Fellow for the Center for WorkLife Law. She manages operations for the Stable Scheduling Study, a randomized controlled experiment at Gap aimed at providing more stable schedules for hourly retail workers.

    Her writing has appeared in Harvard Business Review and Slate, and she is a co-author of Stable Scheduling Increases Productivity and Sales: The Stable Scheduling Study.

    Prior to joining WLL, Lisa worked as a counselor at a financial counseling agency where she provided free advice to the public on budgeting, credit reports and scores, home-buying, reverse mortgages, and more through workshops and one-on-one sessions. She has also worked at UCLA Recreation and the UCLA Store and has interned at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and SONGS Music Publishing. Lisa graduated from UCLA with a BA in Political Science.

  • Liz Morris

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    Deputy Director

    Liz Morris is the deputy director of the Center for WorkLife Law and an adjunct law professor at the University of California Hastings. Liz works to advance gender equity and workers’ rights nationwide. Her advocacy focuses on expanding legal protections for pregnant, parenting, and breastfeeding employees and students, improving employer practices to promote stability and economic security for low-wage workers, and addressing employment discrimination against women and family caregivers of all genders.

    In service of WorkLife Law’s mission to advance gender and racial equity at work and school, Liz collaborates with working people, employers, labor unions, students, government officials, and health care providers. She creates know-your-rights resources and trainings to educate family caregivers on their workplace rights. She also drafts regulatory comments and amicus legal briefs for federal court. Liz’s writing has been featured in Harvard Business Review, Slate, Huffington Post, and scholarly journals. She speaks regularly at national conferences and has been quoted by media ranging from The New York Times, NPR, Bloomberg News, and The Washington Post, to Elle.

    Liz co-teaches Advanced Employment Law at University of California Hastings, a course that focuses on caregiver discrimination, gender equity, and social change advocacy.

    Prior to joining WorkLife Law, Liz represented working people in lawsuits challenging unlawful employment practices, often litigating complex class actions on behalf of thousands of employees. She is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College and received her J.D. from Stanford Law School.

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    Marina MulthaupView

    Research & Policy Fellow

    Marina Multhaup is the Research & Policy Fellow for the Center for WorkLife Law. She conducts research on implicit gender and racial bias in the workplace and helps distill the research into bias interrupters: straight-forward tools that organizations and companies can use to seamlessly interrupt bias in basic business systems.

    Her writing has appeared in the Harvard Business Review, the Atlantic, and the National Law Journal and she is a co-author of What Works for Women at Work: A Workbook, with Joan C. Williams and Rachel Dempsey, published by NYU Press.

    Prior to joining WLL Marina interned for Human Rights Watch, the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, and former Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey. She graduated magna 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.

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    Joan C. WilliamsView

    Founding Director

    Described as having “something approaching rock star status” in her field by The New York Times Magazine, Joan C. Williams has played a central role in reshaping the conversation about work, gender, and class over the past quarter century. Williams is a Distinguished Professor of Law, Hastings Foundation Chair, and Founding Director of the Center for WorkLife Law. Williams’ path-breaking work helped create the field of work-family studies and modern workplace flexibility policies.

    Williams’ 2014 book What Works for Women at Work (co-written with daughter Rachel Dempsey) was praised by The New York Times Book Review: “Deftly combining sociological research with a more casual narrative style, What Works for Women at Work offers unabashedly straightforward advice in a how-to primer for ambitious women.” Following its success, Sheryl Sandberg and LeanIn.org asked Joan to create short videos sharing the strategies discussed in the book. The videos have been downloaded over 975,000 times and are featured by Virgin Airlines as in-flight entertainment, seen literally around the world. Most recently, Williams co-authored a workbook companion to What Works for Women at Work, available now from NYU Press.

    Williams founded Gender Bias Bingo, a web-based project aimed at providing information and tools on gender bias to professors. Williams has explored the parallels and differences between gender and racial bias in two reports. The first, “Double Jeopardy? Gender Bias Against Women in Science” has been shared over 40,000 times in the media, and the second, “Climate Control? Gender and Racial Bias in Engineering” was co-authored by the Society for Women Engineers and surveyed over 3,000 engineers.

    Williams is one of the 10 most cited scholars in her field. She has authored 11 books, over 90 academic articles, and her work has been covered in publications from Oprah Magazine to The Atlantic. Her awards include the Families and Work Institute’s Work Life Legacy Award (2014), the American Bar Foundation’s Outstanding Scholar Award (2012), the ABA’s Margaret Brent Women Award for Lawyers of Achievement (2006), and the Distinguished Publication Award of the Association for Women in Psychology (2004) (with Monica Biernat and Faye Crosby). In 2008, she gave the Massey Lectures in the History of American Civilization at Harvard. Her Harvard Business Review article, “What So Many People Don’t Get About the U.S. Working Class” has been read over 3.7 million times and is now the most read article in HBR’s 90-plus year history. She is the author of White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America.

Key Affiliates

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  • Cynthia Thomas Calvert

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    Cynthia 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 & supplement 2016). 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.).

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