Catherine Lhamon ’96 to Give Gruber Lecture

Catherine E. Lhamon ’96, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, will deliver the Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Women’s Rights on November 9, 2015, at 4:30 pm. The lecture is open to the Yale community.

Lhamon’s lecture, titled “Women’s Civil Rights and Education: Building on Legacy, Delivering for Our Future,” will be followed by a conversation with Judge Nancy Gertner ’71, Senior Lecturer on Law at Harvard, and Michelle Anderson ’94, Dean of CUNY School of Law. Drew S. Days III ’66, Alfred M. Rankin Professor Emeritus of Law and Professorial Lecturer in Law, will moderate the discussion.

WATCH the video of the lecture.

Before joining the Department of Education, Catherine Lhamon was director of impact litigation at Public Counsel, the nation’s largest pro bono law firm. Before that, she practiced for a decade at the ACLU of Southern California, ultimately as assistant legal director. Earlier in her career, Lhamon was a teaching fellow and supervising attorney in the Appellate Litigation Program at Georgetown University Law Center, after clerking for William A. Norris on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In 2004, California Lawyer named Lhamon Attorney of the Year for Civil Rights. The Daily Journal listed her as one of the Top 20 California Lawyers Under 40 in 2007 and as one of the state’s Top Women Litigators in 2010 and 2007. Lhamon received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was the Outstanding Woman Law Graduate, and she graduated summa cum laude from Amherst College.

The Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women's Rights is a Yale University Program administered by Yale Law School. It was established in 2011 by philanthropists Peter and Patricia Gruber as part of The Gruber Foundation.