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Jennifer Reisch Is Named Legal Director at Equal Rights Advocates

September 4, 2012 | by
San Francisco, CA, September 4, 2012 — Equal Rights Advocates, a national non-profit law firm dedicated to representing the rights of women and girls, is pleased to announce that Jennifer Reisch will become Legal Director on September 4, 2012, assuming responsibility for managing ERA’s litigation and legal programs.

“ERA is thrilled to have Jennifer as our new Legal Director,” said Noreen Farrell, Executive Director of ERA. “She has spent her career advocating for under-represented individuals and communities in class and individual cases. She is a well-respected leader in the legal community on issues of social justice and economic justice for workers. Jennifer will no doubt bring that same passion and dedication to ERA’s mission on behalf of women and girls.”

Jennifer comes to ERA after more than seven years with the law firm of Talamantes Villegas Carrera, LLP, where her work made a significant positive impact on the lives of thousands of marginalized workers, including many women facing sexual harassment and other unfair treatment on the job in a variety of industries across the state. In addition to her litigation work, Jennifer serves as an Adjunct Professor at U.C. Hastings College of the Law, where she has been teaching since 2009. Jennifer is a graduate of Yale University and the University of California at Berkeley School of Law. She is fluent in both Spanish and French.

“I look forward to channeling the skills and substantive knowledge that I have acquired my career towards maintaining and expanding ERA’s leadership role in the struggle to ensure that all women and girls can participate as full equals at all levels of society,” said Jennifer. “I am honored to join the dedicated, hard-working staff of this amazing organization, which has been at the forefront of the fight to eradicate institutional barriers to women’s and girls’ success since its inception.”

Jennifer has extensive class and individual case experience, representing monolingual Spanish speakers, low-wage immigrant workers, and other marginalized workers in a variety of industries. She has focused on issues of discrimination, wage theft, and other institutionalized forms of inequality and exploitation, obtaining many significant settlements as well as important victories at trial.

Most recently as a member of Talamantes Villegas Carrera, Jennifer served as co-counsel to ERA in Bojorquez v. ABM, a case brought on behalf of a monolingual Latina janitorial worker who was sexually harassed and assaulted on the job, and then retaliated against after she complained. The team achieved an $812,000 jury verdict in the client’s favor in May of 2012.

Jennifer is a founding member of the CELA Immigrant Rights Committee and is currently the co-chair of the CELA Wage and Hour Committee. She has also volunteered for years as a supervising attorney with the Workers’ Rights Clinic of the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center. She is a member of the Diversity Committee of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association and on the Advisory Board of the East Bay Community Law Center. Jennifer is a frequent speaker and has authored and edited several litigation manuals, articles, and other materials concerning the employment-related civil rights of immigrants and low-wage workers.

Media Contact:
Noreen Farrell, Equal Rights Advocates
nfarrell@equalrights.org 415-621-0672 (office)
ERA has been championing the rights of women and girls across the country for nearly 40 years through its hallmark precedent-setting litigation, its legislative advocacy for women’s rights, and its operation of a national toll-free Advice & Counseling hotline, which receives thousands of calls annually from women and girls seeking legal assistance.

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