On Saturday, after Republicans delayed their confirmation votes for months, President Barack Obama announced the recess appointments of 15 4 nominees to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, including Georgetown University Law Center professor Chai Feldblum, shown right. The EEOC’s mission is to end workplace discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, or whistle-blowing.
Feldblum, who is openly lesbian, was nominated in September and confirmed by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on December 10, but Republicans, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said, placed a hold on the nominations, preventing them from reaching a full Senate vote.
She brings an impressive CV with her, including “a significant history with civil rights legislation in Washington, D.C., having worked closely with the Senate on drafting the Americans with Disabilities Act,” Metro Weekly reports. “[She] worked with Congress and LGBT organization in the crafting of and revisions to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, currently before Congress.”
At Georgetown Law, where Felblum has worked since 1991, she founded the Federal Legislation and Administrative Clinic, a program for students interested in legislative law.
Obama has also nominated visiting associate Law Professor Todd Edelman and Judge Judith Smith, a Georgetown Law graduate, to fill vacancies on the D.C. Superior Court, the Blog of Legal Times reports. Edelman, a professor at GU Law since 2004, is a career trial attorney, and Smith worked as an adviser to the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent and in family court before becoming a magistrate judge in 2008.
An earlier version of this post said that Harry Reid led Republicans in blocking a vote on Feldblum. Reid actually confirmed that Republicans had placed the hold on Feldblum. Vox feels stupid.