Introducing the Panelists for Ms. JD’s Miss Representation Screening

Ms. JD is pleased to announce the panelists for our discussion of Miss Representation following the screening at O'Melveny & Myers this Friday.  This event is sold out but if you would like to join the waitlist in case someone is unable to attend, please click here.  More importantly, read on about our incredible panelists including Dr. Bernice Sandler "The Godmother of Title IX," Heather Traeger, Partner at O'Melveny & Myers, and Judge Judith Macaluso of the DC Superior Court. 

We are excited to hear reflections from these incredible women on the ideas presented in Miss Representation!  Read more about them below.

 Dr. Bernice Sandler

Dr. Bernice R. Sandler is a Senior Scholar at the Women’s Research and Education Institute in Washington, DC, where she consults with institutions and others about achieving equity for women and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Drexel University College of Medicine. She formerly wrote a quarterly newsletter, About Women on Campus. She has given over 2500 presentations, has written more than 100 articles and is well-known for her expertise in women’s educational equity in general as well as in sexual harassment, the chilly classroom climate, and her knowledge of policies, programs and strategies concerning women on campus. She also serves as an expert witness in discrimination and sexual harassment cases.

She previously directed the Project on the Status and Education of Women at the Association of American Colleges where she published more that one hundred reports. She has a long list of firsts such as the first reports on campus sexual harassment, gang rape, campus peer harassment, and the chilly climate for women, including the first report on how men and women are treated differently in the classroom. She was the first person appointed to a Congressional committee staff to work specifically on women’s issues and the first person to testify before a Congressional committee about discrimination against women in education. Back in the 1970’s she filed the first charges of sex discrimination against more than 250 institutions at a time when there were no laws prohibiting sex discrimination in education.

She played a major role in the development and passage of Title IX and other laws prohibiting sex discrimination in education, and has been associated with Title IX longer than any other person. The New York Times has referred to her as the “godmother of Title IX.”

Sandler holds a degree in counseling from the University of Maryland . She was the first Chair of the now-defunct National Advisory Council on Women’s Educational Programs, having been appointed by Presidents Ford and Carter. She has taught counseling, and has worked as a psychologist, a research assistant, a nursery school teacher, a guitar instructor, and like many women, a secretary.

She has served on more than thirty boards, has ten honorary doctorates and numerous other awards. She has been quoted in major media such as the New York Times, Time, Newsweek and Sports Illustrated, and has appeared on many talk shows including The Today Show, Larry King Live, and Good Morning America. In 1994 she received a Century of Women Special Achievement Award from Turner Broadcasting System. Her books include: The Chilly Classroom Climate: A Guide to Improve the Education of Women with Lisa A. Silverberg and Roberta M. Hall, and Sexual Harassment on Campus: A Guide for Administrators, Faculty and Students with Robert J. Shoop. A new book, Peer Sexual Harassment, K-12, with Harriett Stonehill, will be published shortly by Scarecrow Press.

She also consulted with The Citadel on their “female assimilation plan,” and is currently working on a book involving student-to-student harassment from kindergarten to 12th grade, and served on the Women’s Health Initiative Advisory Board of the Bayer Corporation.

 Heather Traeger

Heather Traeger is a partner in O’Melveny’s Washington, DC office and a member of the Financial Services Practice. Heather advises financial institutions on their regulatory and compliance obligations under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, the Investment Company Act of 1940, and other federal and state laws and regulations affecting investment companies, advisers, and broker-dealers.

Prior to joining O’Melveny, Heather was Associate Counsel at the Investment Company Institute (ICI), where her work focused on regulation and legislation, including Dodd-Frank and other initiatives, that are transforming the oversight and operation of investment companies, advisers, and broker-dealers. She also coordinated ICI’s activity on “pay-to-play” regulatory initiatives concerning management of public plan assets. Previously, during nearly a decade at the Securities and Exchange Commission, Heather served in several positions, including Senior Counsel to Commissioner Roel Campos, Counsel to Commissioner Isaac Hunt, and Senior Counsel in the Division of Market Regulation (now Trading and Markets).

 The Honorable Judith N. Macaluso

Judge Judith N. Macaluso was appointed to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in 2003 by President George W. Bush.

Judge Macaluso was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and has resided in the District of Columbia for over 40 years.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland in 1972 and her law degree, magna cum laude, from Howard University School of Law in 1975.  After law school, she clerked with the Honorable David L. Cahoon, Chief Judge, Circuit Court of Montgomery County, Maryland.

Judge Macaluso briefly pursued private practice after her clerkship and in 1977 began a career as a trial and appellate attorney with the United States government.  She specialized in appellate practice at the Department of Labor, defending OSHA’s regulations and civil prosecutions by the Mine Safety and Health Administration and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in the United States Courts of Appeals.  In 1986, she joined the Civil Division, Torts Branch, of the U.S. Department of Justice.  Judge Macaluso received 18 awards for excellent professional performance at the Department of Justice.

In 1997, she was appointed Hearing Commissioner (now Magistrate Judge) of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.  In her five and a half years in this position, she served in the Civil, Criminal and Family (now Family Court) Divisions.

In July 2003, Judge Macaluso was appointed an Associate Judge within the Family Court of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.  She maintained this assignment until December 2008, presiding over abuse and neglect, juvenile delinquency, and domestic relations proceedings.  Since January 2009, she has been assigned to the Civil Division.

 Judge Macaluso’s active professional affiliations include the National Association of Women Judges, American Bar Association, and William B. Bryant American Inn of Court.  She is married to Vincent G. Macaluso and is the proud parent of a son, three stepchildren, and four grandchildren.

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