EO Office Wecomes New Staff Member
The EO Office is pleased to welcome Laura K. Langley, who joined us as an Equal Opportunity/Employment Diversity Associate in October 2011.
Laura previously practiced employment, appellate and complex commercial litigation at Bingham McCutchen LLP in Boston, Massachusetts and served on the firm’s Diversity Committee. Since coming to Western, among other things Laura has advised search committees in the process of hiring for approximately 30 tenure track faculty and 12 professional staff positions, provided briefings about equal opportunity and affirmative action best practices to over 240 search committee members, and trained more than 80 employees in the prevention of sexual harassment.
Laura’s primary expertise is in working with employers and organizations to develop and implement best practices for the inclusion of transgender people. In Boston, Laura was a member of the board of directors of the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association, the founding chair of the Mass LGBTQ Bar’s Committee on Transgender Inclusion, and a member of the Legislative Committee of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition. In these roles, Laura worked with a coalition of organizations to draft and educate diverse stakeholders about transgender-inclusive non-discrimination legislation and developed an outreach program for transgender and genderqueer law students and lawyers. In recognition of this and other work on behalf of the transgender community, Laura has been named one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association and awarded the Mass LGBTQ Bar’s Kevin Larkin Memorial Award for Public Service.
Laura received a BA in International Relations with distinction in Women’s Studies from Boston University and a JD from Northeastern University School of Law, where Laura was a Public Interest Law Scholar. After graduating from law school, Laura clerked for the Honorable David A. Mills of the Massachusetts Appeals Court. Laura’s publications about transgender law and policy include “Self Determination in a Gender Fundamentalist State: Towards Legal Liberation of Transgender Identities,” Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights, Vol. 12 (2006) and “Legal Protections for Transgender People,” Massachusetts Bar Association Section Review, Vol. 9, No. 3 (2007) (co-author).
Please join us in welcoming Laura to Western and Bellingham.