Judith Vladeck, pioneering labor lawyer, dies

Jan 22, 2007


The week before last, Judith Vladeck died at age 83. The New York Times obituary emphasizes her indubitable commitment to women's rights, but we'd like to emphasize that the field in which she made those advances was labor law. According to the website for Columbia Law School, of which Vladeck was a graduate, she specialized in the areas of union labor and civil liberties law, which "expanded as the late 1960s and 70s brought groundbreaking suits involving race and sex discrimination. As one of only a few female labor lawyers, she was lead counsel for a series of lawsuits seeking access and equal opportunity for women." We admire Vladeck not only for her dedication to protecting workers' rights, but for the trails she blazed while doing so.