Employment Discrimination Law Section Summer Workshop 3

Date: Thursday, August 17th from 12:30 – 1:45 pm EST


Discussion Description:

Please join us for the third session of the ED Law 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 Yvette Pappoe (on Misogyny as a Hazard – hazard pay, Black women, and hostile work environment) with comments from Shayak Sarkar and an incubator session for an early stage project by Margaret Zhang (on how employment statutes granting affirmative rights to employees also impose affirmative duties on those same employees). We hope you will join us to make the discussion for both projects as productive as possible!

*This Session was not Recorded


Yvette Pappoe, Assistant Professor of Law, The University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law
Yvette N. A. Pappoe is an interdisciplinary, anti-discrimination law and social equality scholar, professor, and litigator. She is an emerging expert on fair housing, intersectional feminism, and employment discrimination law. Her research sits at the intersection of law, history, and sociology and focuses primarily on the intersections of race and gender and how the legal system tackles those complexities in administering justice. Professor Pappoe’s scholarship examines the ways in which historically disadvantaged minority groups, particularly Black women, are impacted by existing social and legal structures.
She has received several awards and accolades for her commitment to excellence, scholarship, and the community, including “Top 40 Under 40” by the National Black Lawyers Association.
Professor Pappoe earned a B.A., magna cum laude, in Sociology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and a J.D. from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. She is admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Margaret Zhang, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Equity and Inclusion Fellow, Rutgers Law School

Margaret H. Zhang is a visiting assistant professor and an equity and inclusion fellow at Rutgers Law School, where she teaches Employment Discrimination. Her research examines issues related to pregnancy, lactation, and the workplace.

She previously served as the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School’s Interim Associate Director for Equity and Inclusion. Before that role, Margaret advocated for pregnant and parenting people with the Women’s Law Project in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she specialized in advancing and protecting pregnant and lactating people’s rights though individual client counseling and representation, policy advocacy, and community education. She also assisted with a variety of legal issues arising in the workplace, in schools, and in prisons and jails.

Margaret served as a law clerk to Judge Cheryl Ann Krause of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and as a law clerk to Judge Rudolph Contreras of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Margaret earned her J.D. cum laude from Penn Law, where she participated in the Supreme Court Clinic, served as Online Executive Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and served as Executive Director of the Custody And Support Assistance Clinic (CASAC). She also holds a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


Shayak Sarkar, Professor of Law, The University of California, Davis School of Law

Shayak Sarkar’s scholarship addresses the structure and legal regulation of inequality. His substantive interests lie in financial regulation, employment law, immigration, and taxation. He obtained his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard.

Professor Sarkar clerked for the Hon. Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Prior to his clerkship, he practiced as an employment attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services, where he focused on domestic workers’ rights. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was active in the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project and the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic. He also served as a Coker Fellow in Contracts and received the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. Before law school he studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, where he earned masters degrees, with distinction, in social work and development economics.

His research has appeared or is forthcoming in academic journals including the California Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, and the Review of Economics and Statistics.


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.