Employment Discrimination Law Section Summer Workshop 2

Date: Wednesday, August 2nd from 12:30 – 1:45 pm EST


Discussion Description:

Please join us for the second session of the ED Section’s Summer workshops, which help Section members workshop research projects at stages from incubator sessions to discussions of drafts. This session will feature discussion of a draft written by Daiquiri Steele (on the Interference Theory of Retaliation) with comments from Katie Eyer and an incubator session for an early stage project by Katie Eyer (on anti-transgender constitutional law claims). We hope you will join us to make the discussion for both projects as productive as possible!

*This Session was not Recorded


Daiquiri Steele, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Alabama School of Law

Daiquiri Steele, J.D., Ph.D. serves as an Assistant Professor of Law. She teaches Employment Discrimination, Employment Law, Labor Law, Education Law, Torts, Civil Rights, and Legislation & Regulation. Her research examines whether and how anti-discrimination laws help ensure equal access to employment and education, both of which are crucial determinants of socioeconomic mobility. Her work focuses specifically on anti-retaliation and whistleblower law. Her scholarship has been published or is forthcoming in the Michigan Law Review, Northwestern Law Review, UC Irvine Law Review, Washington Law Review, Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, and Boston University Law Review.

Professor Steele originally joined The University of Alabama School of Law in a hybrid administrative/faculty role as Director of Diversity & Inclusion and Assistant Professor of Law in Residence in 2016. From 2019-2021, she served as a Forrester Fellow at Tulane University Law School before rejoining the Alabama Law faculty.

Professor Steele formerly served as a Civil Rights Attorney with the U.S. Department of Education, where she provided legal counsel relating to federal investigations of discrimination involving the nation’s school districts, colleges, universities, and state educational agencies. She also served as a mediator for civil rights claims. She previously worked for the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, where she assessed federal contractors’ compliance with employment discrimination laws.

Professor Steele serves as Chair of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Labor Relations and Employment Law, Immediate Past Chair of the AALS Section on Employment Discrimination Law, and a Council member of the ABA Section of State Local Government Law. She previously served as a Commissioner on the ABA Commission on Racial & Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Public Education, Diversity Director for the ABA Young Lawyers Division (YLD), Assembly Speaker/Chief Policy Officer for the ABA YLD, Director of ABA Involvement for the State Bar of Georgia YLD, and a member of the Alabama State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

She is an American Bar Foundation Fellow, a graduate of the Georgia Young Lawyers Division Leadership Academy, a recipient of the National Bar Association 40 Under 40 Best Advocates Award, a recipient of the Award of Achievement for Outstanding Service to the Profession by the State Bar of Georgia YLD, and an ABA On The Rise Top 40 Young Lawyers Award recipient.

She graduated with Bachelors of Arts degrees in both Economics and Political Science from Spelman College where she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law, her Masters degree in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University, and her Ph.D. in Business Administration from Hampton University. She is actively engaged in multiple charitable and civic organizations, including Girls Inc. of Central Alabama, Heart Gallery Alabama, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, and Kids Play Alabama.


Katie Eyer, Professor of Law, Rutgers Law School

Katie Eyer is an anti-discrimination law scholar, teacher and litigator.  She is a leading expert on LGBTQ employment rights and on social movements and constitutional change.  Her 2019 article, Statutory Originalism and LGBT Rights, has been credited with originating the textualist argument that the Supreme Court adopted in the landmark case of Bostock v. Clayton County, 590 U.S. __ (2020) (holding that anti-LGBT discrimination is discrimination “because of…sex” under Title VII).

Professor Eyer is a member of the American Law Institute and has been recognized at the national, university and local level for her scholarship, teaching, service, and work as a litigator. Her work has been published in numerous top law journals, including the Yale Law Journal, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, and many others.

Prior to coming to Rutgers, Professor Eyer was a lawyer doing cutting-edge work in the area of LGBTQ employment rights. In 2005, she founded the Employment Rights Project at Equality Advocates Pennsylvania, one of the first projects in the country to focus on the employment rights of LGBTQ workers. Professor Eyer later joined the private firm of Salmanson Goldshaw, PC, where she continued to represent LGBTQ clients, as well as litigate race, sex, disability, and other discrimination and ERISA claims. Professor Eyer’s work resulted in several precedent-setting decisions expanding the rights of LGBTQ and disabled employees, including one of the first appellate decisions in the country allowing a gay plaintiff’s Title VII claims to go to trial.

Professor Eyer clerked for the Hon. Guido Calabresi in 2004-2005, and was a Research Scholar and Lecturer in Law at the University of Pennsylvania from 2009-2012.


David Simson, Associate Professor of Law, New York Law School

David Simson joined New York Law School as an Associate Professor of Law in 2022. He teaches courses on constitutional law, race and the law, and civil rights law.

Professor Simson’s scholarship analyzes the role of law in the production, maintenance, and dismantling of social hierarchies, with a focus on race and racial hierarchy. His work relies on both social science research as well as critical race approaches to law. His scholarship has been published or is forthcoming in the UCLA Law Review, Houston Law Review, Denver Law Review, William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, Michigan Law Review, and the edited book volume, Critical Race Judgments. His article, “Whiteness as Innocence,” was selected as the Denver Law Review’s 2018 Emerging Scholar Award winner.

Professor Simson joins NYLS after three years as an Acting Associate Professor at New York University School of Law. At NYU, he taught Lawyering, a full-year simulation-based course introducing first-year students to legal analysis, research, writing, client counseling, negotiation, and oral advocacy. Before joining NYU, he was the Greenberg Law Review Fellow at UCLA School of Law where he taught employment discrimination law and a self-designed seminar titled “Race, Social Psychology, and the Legal Process.” After law school and before entering academia, he was a litigation associate in the Los Angeles and London offices of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

Professor Simson graduated from UCLA School of Law with a specialization in Critical Race Studies and received a B.S.B.A. in International Business from the University of Denver, where he was also a four-year letter winner and captain of the university’s Men’s Tennis Team.