M. Gerhardt Joins Advisory Committee to EEOC

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UNC law professor Michael Gerhardt has been appointed to join the North Carolina Advisory Committee to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Gerhardt, Samuel Ashe Distinguished Professor in Constitutional Law and director of the Center for Law and Government, has dedicated his career to the study of constitutional law.

"We're referred to as the eyes and ears of the EEOC so we try to identify issues in the state that may be worth looking into," explains Gerhardt. During the two-year appointment, Gerhardt will participate in eight meetings with the committee. As a team, the committee will analyze situations that come to their attention, and will pass recommendations along to the EEOC.

Every state has an advisory committee that is intended to be diverse and broadly representative of the state for which it serves. Each committee makes recommendations to the EEOC about civil rights violations that require further examination.

"The end result is that the committee tends to be careful about the issues it identifies and how it addresses them so that it doesn't take on too much," he says. "There's always a fairly significant range of possible issues. It would be difficult to look at everything and I think that's what the chair and the rest of the committees help us to prioritize."

In 2009, Gerhardt served as special counsel to Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and his staff in preparation for the hearings related to the Supreme Court nominations of Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

Gerhardt is the author of several books, including The Power of Precedent (Oxford University Press, 2008) and the second editions of The Federal Impeachment Process: A Constitutional and Historical Analysis (University of Chicago Press, 2000) and The Federal Appointments Process (Duke University Press, 2003). He is also the co-author of each of the three editions of a reader on constitutional theory, and has written more than fifty law review publications on a diverse range of topics in constitutional law, federal jurisdiction and the legislative process.

-April 12, 2011

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