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Western New England University, School of Law

Clason Speaker Series


Jennifer Gordon

The Public Interest Lawyer and the Quest for Immigrant Workers Rights

October 22, 2012




Gordon is a leading legal advocate, activist, and organizer for immigrant workers in the United States. She is founder of the "Workplace Project", a nationally recognized grassroots workers center that organizes low-wage Latino immigrants to fight for just treatment on the job. Her work in the area of immigrant workers' rights resulted in her being named in 1998 as the Outstanding Public Interest Lawyer by the National Association For Public Interest Law and being chosen as a MacArthur Prize fellow.

Gordon is a professor at the Fordham Law School where she teaches courses in the field of immigration and labor law, and writes about the regulation of the low-wage workplace, building solidarity between immigrant and African American workers, enforcing the rights of global labor migrants, and the relationship between law and social change. Her scholarship has appeared in the California, Northwestern and UCLA Law Reviews. Professor Gordon was included in the National Law Journal's "40 under 40" award for top lawyers in the U.S. under age 40. Professor Gordon is a graduate of Harvard//Radcliffe College and Harvard Law School.