Two Legal Aid Attorneys on The Fast Track
Tamika Butler and Rachael Langston honored in The Recorder's listing of emerging leaders in the legal community.
We are pleased to announce that Tamika L. Butler and Rachael Langston were selected by the editors of The Recorder as two among 50 Lawyers on the Fast Track. The list recognized attorneys who have practiced 10 years or less and who have demonstrated “substantial accomplishments as leaders, lawyers and community members.”
Tamika joined Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center as a Skadden Fellow in 2009 and spent her two year Fellowship creating sites for our Workers’ Rights Clinic in the underserved neighborhoods of Bayview Hunters’ Point and the Western Addition. Upon completion of her Fellowship Tamika was chosen to be the John and Terry Levin Fellow for Fair Play for Girls in Sports . This project, which is a part of our Gender Equity and LGBT Rights Program, advocates for the right of poor girls in low income neighborhoods to equality of opportunity in athletics—a right that is mandated by Title IX which next month will celebrate its 40th anniversary. It is the first project of its kind in the country.
In 2008 Rachael Langston came to Legal Aid as a Skadden Fellow with a project focused on representing disabled clients who were being denied reasonable accommodations at work in violation of state and federal civil rights laws. She also began to build a statewide effort expand the reach of reasonable accommodation provision of state law to cover individuals with caretaking responsibilities. In addition to being an attorney Rachael also became a plaintiff in a major disability rights class action against AC Transit for its failure to safely transport persons with wheelchairs and other mobility devices The lawsuit resulted in substantial injunctive relief designed to ensure that AC Transit complies with the law. Now a staff attorney, Rachael is working with both our Disability Rights and Gender Equity and LGBT Rights Programs. Included among her many responsibilities is leading Legal Aid’s support of Assembly Bill 1740, which provides employment protections to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.
Read more about Fair Play for Girls in Sports.
Read more about our Disability Rights Program.