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July 21, 2011 6:28 PM

Anita Hill Returns to Private Practice in Washington, D.C.

Posted by Hannah D'Apice

Anita Hill, who gained national exposure through her testimony at the confirmation hearings of U.S. Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas, returns to Washington, D.C., to join the plaintiffs firm Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll.

Cohen Milstein announced today that Hill would be of counsel in its civil rights and employment practice group. Hill says she wants to use her academic experience in the practice of civil rights litigation, according to an interview with The National Law Journal.

Cohen Milstein name partner Joseph Sellers, who heads the firm’s civil rights and employment practice group, told the NLJ that he expects Hill to be a part of litigation strategy and will help inform legal teams on nonmonetary remedies in civil rights actions.

“She brings a new dimension to the way we will practice law at the firm,” Sellers said. “Rather than looking specifically at issues of employment discrimination or housing, she looks at discrimination as a broader phenomenon.”

Hill, 54, is a professor of social policy, law, and women’s studies at The Heller School for Public Policy and Management at Brandeis University, where she will continue to teach. She began her career as an associate with the Washington law firm Wald, Harkrader & Ross. She then served as special counsel to the assistant secretary of the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. She also served as an adviser to the chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Hill made headlines in 1991 after testifying at Thomas's Senate Judiciary Hearing, in which she accused him of sexually harassing her when the two were colleagues in the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.

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