2022 Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Women’s Rights

Jocelyn Samuels delivered the Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Women’s Rights entitled, “Fighting Workplace Discrimination: Lessons Learned, Challenges Ahead” on Monday, March 7, at 4:30 PM EST.  She will be in conversation with Doug NeJaime, Anne Urowsky Professor of Law, and Vicki Schultz, Ford Foundation Professor of Law. 

Jocelyn Samuels is Vice Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). She joined the EEOC as a Commissioner on October 14, 2020, and on July 14, 2021, was confirmed for a second term ending in 2026.

Immediately prior to joining the Commission, Vice Chair Samuels served as the Executive Director and Roberta A. Conroy Scholar of Law at the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, focusing on legal and social science research on issues related to sexual and gender minorities.  She has a long history of civil service as Director of the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, where she oversaw civil rights enforcement with respect to hospitals, healthcare providers, insurers, and human services agencies.  Vice Chair Samuels served as Acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Justice and held other positions as a political appointee within the DOJ Civil Rights Division.  Among other accomplishments there, she spearheaded the campaign that led to enactment of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the first bill signed into law by President Obama. 

Vice Chair Samuels earned her bachelor’s degree magna cum laude with Phi Beta Kappa honors from Middlebury College, and her law degree from Columbia University Law School.   

Information on the Gruber Distinguished Lectures in Justice and Women’s Rights is available here.