Session Type(s): Panel, Streamed Session
Starts: Friday, Jul. 14 1:30 PM (Central)
Ends: Friday, Jul. 14 2:30 PM (Central)
Room: Continental A
After a tumultuous 2021 term which saw the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade and take away a fundamental right for the first time in history, the 2022 term will again have the high court deciding cases at the heart of our democracy and rights. From voting rights and environmental justice to affirmative action and student loan debt forgiveness, our rights, opportunities and way of life continue to be significantly impacted by the only branch of government we cannot directly elect. Join us for a review of the Supreme Court’s 2022 term, its implications for the current state and future of civil rights and gender justice and what we can do to reform and take back Our Court.
Erinn D. Martin is the Director of Nominations & Cross-Cutting Policies at the National Women’s Law Center, where she leads the Law Center’s advocacy on judicial nominations and cross-cutting policy work.
Prior to joining the Law Center, she served as Senior Policy Counsel for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. She has also served at the U.S. Department of Justice, where her work focused on consumer protection and appellate civil rights matters. She began her legal career as a legal fellow for the National Center for Law and Economic Justice.
Erinn received her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was a Frank J. Guarini Leaders in Government Service Scholar and a student advocate in the Brennan Center for Justice Public Policy Advocacy Clinic. She holds a B.A. from the University of Maryland and a M.S. Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania. She previously served as President of the Greater Washington Area Chapter, Women Lawyers Division of the National Bar Association (GWAC). She is licensed to practice in the District of Columbia and New York.
Bayliss Fiddiman is the Director of Educational Equity and Senior Counsel on the Education & Workplace Justice team at the National Women’s Law Center. In her role she advocates for policies that keep girls of color from being pushed out of school, for the rights of pregnant and parenting students, and for equal access to education for women and girls. She previously worked as Associate Director on the K-12 Education team at the Center for American Progress where she advocated for state and federal policies that increase access to a high-quality education for all children. Prior to that she worked at the Education Law Center in Newark, NJ where she advocated to protect and increase funding for public education, and for the rights of students under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. She also worked as Legal Fellow for the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project which investigates cold cases of anti-civil rights violence and seeks restorative justice on behalf of families and communities.
She received her B.A. in Legal Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with Commonwealth Honors College distinction, and her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.
Brielle Green is a senior legislative counsel with the Policy & Legislation team. She covers access to courts, judicial nominations and regulatory (APA) issues.
Prior to Earthjustice, Brielle worked at Advocates for Environmental Human Rights based in New Orleans, where she coordinated and participated in advocacy of the UN Human Rights Council for the Universal Periodic Review on Environmental and Climate Change Justice in Geneva, Switzerland. Brielle previously was a Legal Fellow for the Campaign for Community Change where she researched campaign finance, housing and health care issues. She has also worked as a contract lawyer for Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C.
Brielle is a 2011 graduate of William and Mary School of Law and received a B.A. in Political Science from Spelman College in Atlanta. Brielle has a long-standing passion for environmental justice that was in no small way spurred by her attending an environmental magnet elementary school in Minneapolis, MN.
Jennifer Nwachukwu serves as Counsel in the Voting Rights Project. Her work focuses on advancing racial justice through voting rights litigation and election protection efforts, as well as community-based advocacy and policy work.
Before joining the Lawyers’ Committee, Jennifer worked as a law clerk in the Federal Coordination and Compliance and Coordination Section at the Department of Justice. While at DOJ, she trained federal employees and federal financial assistance recipients on Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and assisted in compliance reviews and investigations of recipients. Prior to that, she served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Pamela J. White in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City.
Jennifer received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she was a student attorney in the Civil Advocacy Clinic. She also served as the Community Service Chair and Vice President of the campus Black Law Students Association chapter, and received a Dean’s Citation for her service to the campus community. She holds a B.A. in Public Policy and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
She is the author of “Community Development vs: Economic Development: Residential Segregation, Tax Credits, and the Lack of Economic Development in Baltimore’s Black Neighborhoods” in the University of Baltimore Journal of Land and Development.