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Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President

Described as "guiding the battles of the women's rights movement" by the New York Times, Marcia Greenberger is the founder and Co-President of the National Women's Law Center. The creation of the Center forty years ago established her as the first full-time women's rights legal advocate in Washington, D.C.

A recognized expert on women and the law, particularly in the areas of education and employment, health and reproductive rights, and family economic security, Ms. Greenberger has been a leader in securing the passage of major legislation, counsel in landmark litigation establishing new legal protections for women, and the author of numerous published articles. Examples include the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1991 providing critical protections against sexual harassment on the job, and Supreme Court victories strengthening protections for students and teachers against sex discrimination in schools.

Her leadership and contributions are reflected in the professional honors she has received and the numerous boards on which she has served. She has been given the James Wilson Award and the Alumni Award of Merit from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Trustees’ Council of Penn Women "Beacon" Leadership Award, the American Bar Association Margaret Brent Award for 2012, the National Association of Women Lawyers' Arabella Babb Mansfield Award, and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Lafayette College as well as the Woman Lawyer of the Year Award by the D.C. Women's Bar Association and the William J. Brennan, Jr. Award by the District of Columbia Bar. Additionally, she has been recognized by Working Woman Magazine as one of the 25 heroines whose activities over 25 years have helped women in the workplace, by Washingtonian Magazine as one of Washington, D.C.'s most powerful women, by Legal Times as a "Top Lawyer" and one of its "30 Champions", and by Legal Times and The National Law Journal as one of "Washington's Most Influential Women Lawyers." She has received the Dr. Jane Evans Pursuit of Justice Award from Women of Reform Judaism, A Woman of Genius Award from Trinity College, the "21 Leaders of the 21st Century" Award from Womens eNews, and the Woman of Distinction Award from Soroptimist International of the Americas. She was elected to the Court of Honor of the Philadelphia High School for Girls, received the Hope Award from Calvary Women's Shelter and awards from the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association and the Center for Law and Social Policy. She received a Presidential appointment to the National Skill Standards Board, and currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights.

Ms. Greenberger received her B.A. with honors and J.D. cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania. She practiced law with the Washington, D.C., firm of Caplin and Drysdale before she started and became Director of the Women's Rights Project of the Center for Law and Social Policy, which became the National Women's Law Center in 1981.

My Take

Obstruction in Senate Leaves Millions of Americans Waiting for Justice

Posted by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President | Posted on: September 21, 2012 at 10:18 am

In a move that should outrage even the hardest-hearted cynic, yesterday Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to allow votes on 17 district court nominees, even though almost all were reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee without objection, and 12 of them have been nominated to courts that are so overwhelmed that the vacant seats have been designated “judicial emergencies.” Many have been waiting for months for a vote on the Senate floor. And confirming these nominees would have reduced the number of judicial vacancies by over one-fifth.


Caitlin Halligan Renominated to D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals

Posted by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President | Posted on: June 13, 2012 at 09:45 am

Support the Nomination of Caitlin Halligan

Caitlin Halligan
Tell your Senators to support the nomination of Caitlin Halligan to the D.C. Circuit.
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This week, Caitlin Halligan, one of the most respected appellate lawyers in the country, was renominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. She was originally nominated in September 2010 and her nomination expired after a filibuster in December 2011. Upon her confirmation, she would become only the sixth female judge in this court's 119-year history.

Women shouldn't have to wait for justice because some senators are determined to obstruct: Tell your Senators to support the nomination of Caitlin Halligan, a highly-qualified nominee for the D.C. Circuit.

Ms. Halligan has a broad range of legal experience, including government service, private practice, and academia. She has honed her practice in state and federal appellate courts, and has argued five cases before the Supreme Court. Her many accomplishments are reflected by the unanimous "Well-Qualified" rating she received from the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary. She has earned the respect and support of her peers and has been endorsed by a long list of organizations. The National Women's Law Center is proud to support her nomination.


Tell Your Senators: More Needs to Be Done on Judges

Posted by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President | Posted on: April 26, 2012 at 11:33 am

The Judicial Crisis Must End

Take Action Now!
Tell your Senators to vote on all
judicial nominees and help end
judicial crisis now.
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It's been six weeks since Senate leadership reached a deal to move forward on judicial nominations, and the deal has almost played itself out. And where do we stand? Exactly where we were in March: one in nine federal judgeships sits empty, and nearly half of those vacancies are in courts so overburdened that they have been deemed judicial emergencies. Right now there are 22 nominees ready for a vote on the Senate floor, of whom 6 are women.

We're right back where we were six weeks ago. Tell your Senators to vote on all judicial nominees and help end the judicial crisis now.

Some have argued that we can't expect the Senate to get anything done with partisan gridlock. Some have argued that the confirmation process shuts down as the November elections approach, even though November is months away. But there's too much at stake to give up that easily to such excuses. While judicial seats remain vacant, trial courts' caseloads have increased. When judicial seats remain vacant, it takes longer for civil cases to be resolved. When judicial seats remain vacant, justice is not served for all Americans.


Senate Leadership Reaches Partial Deal on Judicial Nominations

Posted by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President | Posted on: March 14, 2012 at 02:55 pm

Today, after three months of slow-walking votes on judicial nominations, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell agreed to move forward on 14 judicial nominations. Earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took the dramatic step of filing cloture petitions on 17 district court nominees. Instead of requiring filibuster votes on these 17 nominations, Senate leadership agreed to schedule yes-or-no votes on 12 district court nominations and 2 circuit court nominations by early May.


Take Action to Move 17 Judicial Nominees Forward

Posted by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President | Posted on: March 13, 2012 at 01:13 pm

We just recently updated you about how a minority of Senators have continued to block yes-or-no votes for judicial nominees, some who have been waiting for months. Yesterday, in a bold move for justice, Senate Majority Leader Reid filed cloture on 17 nominations, in order to move them one step closer to a yes-or-no vote on the Senate floor. Your Senators need to hear from you to ensure that these nominees receive a yes-or-no vote.

CALL YOUR SENATORS AT 1-866-338-5720 TODAY! Tell them:

  • I am your constituent and I live...
  • I am calling to urge the Senator to allow yes-or-no votes on all 17 judicial nominees for whom Senate Majority Leader Reid filed cloture petitions.
  • With 83 judgeships sitting empty, 35 of which are considered judicial emergencies, the Senate's continued failure to act is unconscionable.
  • Americans deserve to have a federal judiciary that is functioning at full capacity.