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    February 9, 2009  

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We caught up with one of the biggest stars of Obama’s first three weeks on Thursday at a National Women’s Law Center event honoring Lilly Ledbetter. Who’s Lilly, you ask? The woman behind the first bill signed into law by the new president, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.


Lilly, front and center, with the NWLC’s VP for education and employment Jocelyn Samuels and co-president Nancy Duff Campbell. The Fair Pay Act overturns the result in Ledbetter v. Goodyear (2007), the Supreme Court’s 5-4 rejection of her wage discrimination suit, by clarifying that a 180-day statute of limitations is triggered anew with each paycheck. Special Bisnow factoid: At inauguration night’s Neighborhood Ball, Lilly scored the second dance with the Prez.


Among the NWLC staffers who helped with the push for the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was senior counsel Fatima Goss Graves, who graduated from Yale Law School, clerked for Judge Diane Wood (7th Circuit) and did a stint at Mayer Brown before landing at the NWLC’s Dupont Circle office. The bill stalled in the Senate last Congress (Bush threatened a veto), but Fatima’s fact sheets and “a lot of other resources” got it to the front of the legislative queue. With her, Tracy Sherman, the American Association of University Women’s government relations manager.


Tiffany Boiman of Women Work!, Kris Robinson of NWLC (send contributions her way), Katten Muchin’s Rori Malech, and NWLC co-prez Marcia Greenberger. Despite the celebratory mood Thursday night, Marcia tells us there’s work to be done—next up on their agenda is the Paycheck Fairness Act. The poster of Rosie The Riveter (“We Can Do It!”) behind these women seems appropriate.


We spotted a token man in the crowd: Eric Hirschhorn of Winston & Strawn, here with wife Leah Wortham, who teaches professional responsibility and criminal law at Catholic. Eric’s presence wasn’t cosmetic—he’s a longtime supporter of the women’s movement who once served on the Hill staff of NY Rep. Bella Abzug. Not to be outdone, Leah tells us she worked for another champion of the cause, four-term Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman.

Spa Time for Sprinters

Mark June 13 on your calendar for the Lawyers Have Heart 10K. Sponsors Huron Consulting and SomaFit Fitness Spa prepped us for the race with an ultra-relaxing event on Thursday, with hand and neck massages available for the 150 mostly female guests. Somehow, Chris Davis of Greenberg Traurig slipped in, framed here by Maureen Dwyer, DC managing partner at Pillsbury, and Kathy Barlow of Marsh & McLennan. We know why Chris was there, and it’s not because he does several half-marathons a year: He’s on the race’s Leadership Committee that Maureen co-chairs.


The race benefits the American Heart Association, which got behind the February 6th Wear Red Day to support the fight against heart disease in women. Here are race director Kelly McAuley, Red Cross senior director of legal operations Susanne Farmer, Spiegel & McDiarmid’s Janice James, and AHA special events guru Hilary Sama, getting into the spirit. Note to law students: The Red Cross’s legal department runs a summer program, and Susanne tells us they’re getting an early wave of applications this year, so get those resumes in ASAP.


Arent Fox recruiter Karyn Thomas and Weil Gotshal partner Holly Loiseau lined up for this snap with Huron’s Tamika Tremaglio and SomaFit’s Roxana Mendes. If Tamika is glowing a little more than usual, it could be because she was just coming from a massage.

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