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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

Goodwin H. Liu Confirmed to California Supreme Court: A Lesson for the Country

Posted by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President | Posted on: September 01, 2011 at 11:52 am

Yesterday was a good day for all those who care about justice, and an object lesson for the U.S. Senate. The California state Commission on Judicial Appointments unanimously voted to confirm Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu as an Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court.

It is gratifying that an individual of soon-to-be Justice Liu's legal talent, insight, and wisdom will be on this important and influential court. Having had the great good fortune to work with him during his service on the National Women's Law Center's Board of Directors, I know him to be a person of the highest integrity and fairness, who is deeply committed to public service. The Center has benefitted from his extraordinary legal mind and analytical skills more times than I can count. Although we will miss him sorely as a Board member, we are more than consoled by the fact that he will bring his exceptional talents to one of the most respected state high courts in the country, whose decisions have been looked to by other courts nationwide.

When Governor Brown nominated Goodwin Liu this July, the enthusiastic support for the nomination was immediately apparent. A month later, the California Bar Association's Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation rated him "exceptionally well qualified" and observed that "Professor Liu possesses a brilliant intellect, along with exceptional gifts for research and writing which allow him to parse complex and obscure legal doctrines and present them in the form of viable and understandable concepts." The Commission concluded that Goodwin Liu will be "an ideal addition to the Supreme Court bench because his judicious consideration of all points of view will facilitate intellectual debate and consensus building."

Yesterday, a month and a half after Governor Brown nominated Goodwin Liu, the Commission on Judicial Appointments heard the testimony of ten witnesses in support of the nomination. Letters of support flooded the offices of the Commission on Judicial Appointments, from over 130 law professors — including former Bush Administration officials John Yoo and Richard Painter — legal organizations, members of Congress, and the public.  At the conclusion of the hearing, the Commission voted unanimously to confirm Goodwin Liu to the California Supreme Court. He will be sworn in today.


Support the Nomination of Professor Goodwin Liu to the California Supreme Court

Posted by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President | Posted on: August 16, 2011 at 09:49 am

Exceptional legal talent, a dedication to public service, integrity, and total commitment to the rule of law — this is what law professor Goodwin Liu will bring to California's highest court. 

Take action today — support the nomination of Professor Goodwin Liu to the California Supreme Court


Professor Goodwin Liu Nominated to California Supreme Court

Posted by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President | Posted on: August 05, 2011 at 10:15 am

Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown announced the nomination of Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu to the California Supreme Court.


National Women's Law Center Decries Senate’s Failure to Vote on Twenty Judicial Nominees

Posted by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President | Posted on: August 03, 2011 at 03:34 pm

Marcia Greenberger, Co-President of the National Women’s Law Center, issued the following statement after the Senate began its August recess:


At Last: Senate to Vote on Goodwin Liu

Posted by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President | Posted on: May 18, 2011 at 03:34 pm

Despite the fact that Professor Goodwin Liu was nominated over a year ago to a seat designated a "judicial emergency" on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, despite the fact that he has superb qualifications and a lifelong commitment to public service, despite the fact that he has support from leading Republican and Democratic lawyers alike, and despite the fact that he has the support of a maj