In 1982, Wisconsin became the first state in the nation to ban employment discrimination statewide on the basis of sexual orientation when it amended the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act (WFEA).
On January 27, 2023, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced proposed changes to the regulations which govern who is eligible to donate blood.
June is Pride Month for the LGBTQ+ Community. June was selected because it is the month when the Stonewall Uprising occurred in Greenwich Village in New York City in 1969. The Stonewall Uprising was a watershed moment and responded to long-standing harassment, discrimination, and brutality from the New York City police and state government
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson Makes History As the First Black Woman to Serve on the United States Supreme Court
In 232 years and 115 prior appointments, not one Black woman has been selected to serve on the United States Supreme Court. Until now. On April 7, 2022, the U.S. Senate confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as the nation’s next Supreme Court justice. Justice Jackson will be not only the first Black woman to sit on the Supreme Court, but also the first former public defender.
March is Women’s History Month, making now an especially appropriate time for Wisconsin lawyers and legal professionals to reflect on the contributions that women lawyers have made. Women lawyers have been advancing justice in Wisconsin for years—especially in our state judiciary. For example, women currently occupy 6 of the 7 seats on our state supreme court, making it home to the highest percentage of women on a state supreme court in the United States. Likewise, women have held a majority of seats on our supreme court for the past 15 years.
Each February, we recognize and celebrate the contributions and achievements of Black Americans to the fabric of our national story cloth. The tapestry of American history, its challenges and progress are interwoven with Black history and its resilience and triumphs. As we honor the legacies of current and past Black Americans in the law, this year, we remember and celebrate a monumental leader, activist, and jurist, Velvalea “Vel” Hortense Rodgers Phillips (1924-2018).
The UW Law School Office of Career and Professional Development in partnership with Boardman Clark is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2022 Boardman Clark Public Interest Summer Fellowship.
At the federal level, gender equity recently took two important strides forward: Michigan’s Solicitor General became the first Arab-American Muslim woman to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court, and the U.S. Government has issued its first passport with a non-binary gender designation.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has the highest percentage of female Justices, with 86% of seats filled by women. This demographic trend within the Wisconsin Supreme Court is representative of a growing number of women-held judgeships across the state and national level.
Wisconsin parents now have the choice to identify themselves with a gender-neutral option on their children’s birth certificates. This new change was announced by Governor Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services on July 1, 2021.
Rounding out its virtual panel series during the 2020-2021 school year, Boardman Clark hosted a third panel for law students on April 16, 2021 as part of its continuing diversity initiative. This event was virtual and featured the women of Boardman Clark.
Following its first virtual panel discussion with attorneys of color in Wisconsin, Boardman Clark hosted a second panel for law students on January 26th, 2021. Judge Mario White and attorneys Abby Churchill, Tamara Packard, Angela Harden, and Adraea Brown shared their stories about what it’s like to be LGBTQ+ legal professionals in Wisconsin.
Boardman Clark is proud to announce our partnership with the Latino Academy of Workforce Development. We are excited about this relationship and what the future may hold. The press release released by the Latino Academy can be found below.
On October 27, 2020 Boardman Clark hosted a panel discussion for law students as part of our recent diversity initiative.