Sharon Terman Selected for Miles L. Rubin Public Interest Award
We are very pleased to announce that Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center Senior Staff Attorney Sharon Terman is the recipient of this year’s Stanford Law School Miles L. Rubin Public Interest Award. The Award “recognizes an alumnus/a whose outstanding work has advanced justice and social change in the lives of vulnerable populations.”
Sharon’s entire career has been focused on advancing social justice. She worked at an array of public interest organizations as a law student; she accepted a Skadden Fellowship in 2005 to work in the LAS–ELC Gender Equity Program; and remained as a Staff Attorney where she now directs the LAS–ELC Work and Family Project.
Sharon is a forceful advocate for the rights of low-wage working women who are frequently victims of employment discrimination. Her clients are often immigrants and single mothers who are the sole source of income for their families. As Project Director, Sharon also provides and oversees direct services to the more than 1,000 people who call the LAS–ELC Work and Family helpline each year.
Sharon also has a deep expertise in the complicated and nuanced laws surrounding family medical leave and pregnancy discrimination and is recognized statewide and nationally for her knowledge in these areas. She has also helped shape important legislation to enhance employment rights for low-income families. These include a San Francisco ordinance affirming worker’s right to paid sick days and the recently signed California Bill 299 which protects employer-provided health coverage for pregnant women and new mothers.
“Sharon possesses a powerful intellect, sharp analytical skills and can guide a broad spectrum of clients through complex questions and processes,” said LAS–ELC President Joan Graff. “Her depth of passion and commitment to her clients and their cause is unparalleled We are very proud of her.”
“I am so fortunate to have Sharon on my team,” said Elizabeth Kristen, LAS–ELC Senior Staff Attorney and Director of Gender Equity Program. “She is not only a brilliant lawyer but a wonderful colleague. We are all so happy to see her recognized with this honor.”
The Miles L. Rubin Public Interest Award was presented to Sharon at the annual Stanford Law School Public Service Awards dinner on October 19, 2011.