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About The Institute
Board and Staff

Bruce A. Fredrickson, President

Mr. Frederickson is a partner in the Washington, DC based law firm, Webster, Fredrickson, Correia & Puth. The firm is perhaps most noted for its twenty-five year old sex discrimination class action, Hartman v. Powell, which settled for a record-breaking $508,000,000 plus more than $25 million for 48 claims tried and decided. A 1973 Summa Cum Laude graduate of Dartmouth College, Mr. Frederickson obtained his law degree from the National Law Center, George Washington University, in 1976 with high honors. He is also President of the National Employment Lawyers Association, a member of the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association's Board of Directors, the American Association for Justice, and the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington DC. Since 1986, Mr. Frederickson has taught trial practice as an adjunct Professor of law at the Washington College of Law of the American University.

Rebecca L. Salawdeh, Secretary

Ms. Salawdeh has devoted her legal career to the representation of individuals in employment litigation. She is the Secretary of the National Employment Lawyers Association, a Co-Chair of NELA's National Origin Discrimination Committee, as well as a member of NELA's Membership Committee and ADA Restoration Act Task Force. Ms. Salawdeh is a member of the Wisconsin Employment Lawyers Association (WELA) and is a former WELA Co-Chair. In 2000, Ms. Salawdeh, in conjunction with other WELA members, helped to form the Unemployment compensation Appeals Clinic. She serves as a volunteer attorney for Wisconsin's ACLU and the Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP Legal Redress Committee. Ms. Salawdeh received her law degree and her masters degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 1996.

Diane S. King, Treasurer

Throughout her career, Ms. King has been committed to community service and has performed substantial pro bono work as well as serving on numerous nonprofit boards. She began her legal career at Davis, Graham & Stubbs, working in the areas of employment, antitrust and securities litigation. Ms. King is currently a partner in the firm of King & Greisen, LLP, and Treasurer of the National Employment Lawyers Association. Her practice is focused in the areas of civil rights, employment, and anti-discrimination litigation, primarily in the federal courts. She lectures frequently on civil rights issues. Ms. King received her undergraduate degree from Colorado State University in 1983, and received her law degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1987.

Thomas J. Henderson

Thomas J. Henderson is the founder of the Washington, DC firm, Henderson Law Firm. Prior to that, Mr. Henderson was a partner at Sprenger & Lang, PLLC, a plaintiff's class action firm specializing in employment, civil rights, pension, benefits and other cases. He previously served as Chief Counsel for the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, was in private practice, worked for Neighborhood Legal Services Association, and taught constitutional civil rights litigation as Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Mr. Henderson has litigated numerous employment, education, housing, voting, environmental justice and other civil rights class actions, authored amicus curiae briefs on class action issues in the United States Supreme Court, presented invited testimony on class actions to the Senate and House and authored comments on proposed Rule 23 amendments to the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules. He has a great deal of experience in co-counseling cases with attorneys from communities across the country. Mr. Henderson is the chair of NELA's Fundraising Committee and was a member of NELA's 2007 and 2008 Annual Convention Committees.


Terisa E. Chaw
Executive Director

Carmen Comsti
Paul H. Tobias Attorney Fellow 

Colleen Goodin
Director of Donor Relations & Events

Leah Hofkin
Director of Development

Karen Maoki
Project Manager



Nareeya Nalivka
Finance Associate

Diana Sands
Administrative Assistant

Roberta L. Steele
Director of Programs  

Julie M. Strandlie
Director of Law & Policy

Pedro A. Valverde
Technology & Office Administrator



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