October 22, 2012 -- The Public Interest Lawyer and the Quest for Immigrant Workers Rights
On October 22, 2012, Jennifer Gordon was a featured speaker at the Clason Lecture Series sponsored by Western New England University School of Law. Gordon is a leading legal advocate, activist, and organizer for immigrant workers in the United States. She is founder of the "Workplace Project", a nationally recognized grassroots workers center that organizes low-wage Latino immigrants to fight for just treatment on the job. Her work in the area of immigrant workers' rights resulted in her being named in 1998 as the Outstanding Public Interest Lawyer by the National Association For Public Interest Law and being chosen as a MacArthur Prize fellow.
Gordon is a professor at the Fordham Law School where she teaches courses in the field of immigration and labor law, and writes about the regulation of the low-wage workplace, building solidarity between immigrant and African American workers, enforcing the rights of global labor migrants, and the relationship between law and social change.