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Anita Hill

Professor and lawyer, known for testimony at Clarence Thomas Supreme Court confirmation hearing - Panelist Blurb

Anita F. Hill, a professor of social policy, law, and women's studies, was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar in 1980, and began her law career as an associate with the Washington, D.C., firm of Wald, Harkrader & Ross. In 1981 she became special counsel to the assistant secretary of the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights. From 1982 to 1983, she served as adviser to the chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She began her teaching career as an assistant professor at Oral Roberts University, where she taught from 1983 to 1986. In 1986, she joined the faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Before coming to The Heller School she visited at The University of California's Institute for the Study of Social Change and Brandeis University's Women's Studies Program.

She is the author of numerous articles on international commercial law, bankruptcy, and civil rights-all areas in which she has taught. She has given numerous presentations on commercial law as well as race and gender equality. In addition, she has appeared on several television programs, such as Face the Nation and Meet the Press, and her commentary has been published by Newsweek, The New York Times, and The Boston Globe.

She has served on numerous boards of directors for nonprofit organizations and is the author of Speaking Truth to Power, which chronicles her experience as a witness in the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas.

NOTE: Bio is as it appeared in the Forum program from October 18, 2001.