Barbara Lawless Receives Joe Posner Award as CELA’s Attorney of the Year (2021)
The California Employment Lawyer’s Association (CELA) awarded Barbara Lawless their highest honor, the Joe Posner Award. This award was established in honor of Joe Posner and is awarded to the individual who best demonstrates one or more of Joe’s inspiring qualities.
In the words of one of those who nominated her this year: “Barbara Lawless exemplifies the qualities that we should all aspire to as plaintiff employment lawyers as did Joe: committed to the cause of working people, humble, generous of time with aggrieved employees whether or not she takes their cases and mentor to many as a highly successful trial attorney.”
CELA is a statewide organization of over 1,200 California attorneys who devote the major portion of their practices to representing employees in individual employment cases and class actions, including cases involving unpaid wages, discrimination, harassment, retaliation and whistleblowing.
The work our firm is doing is recognized by nationally acclaimed publications:
Broadly Website, November 30, 2017: How Arbitration Clauses Silence Women Speaking Out About Harassment
The New Yorker, November 20, 2017: The Tech Industry’s Gender-Discrimination Problem
Therese Lawless and Barbara Lawless were recently featured in an article, The Guardian, regarding “Taking on Silicon Valley sexism: It’s far worse than people know”
On June 21, 2017, the Kapor Center for Social Impact held its inaugural Impact Awards event. Categories included building an inclusive tech ecosystem in Oakland, promoting access to quality STEM education, and gap-closing entrepreneurship. Therese Lawless, one of five distinguished awardees, was recognized for fostering diversity and inclusion in the tech workforce. The Ellen Pao v. Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers matter, in which Ms. Lawless co-counseled, inspired many women in tech nationally and internationally to speak up against gender discrimination and fight for equality in the workplace.
See the Kapor Center for Social Impact’s tweet on this momentous occasion here: