Law Scholars Go to Washington, D.C.
UM Carey Law Associate Professor Deborah Eisenberg, JD, traveled
to Washington, D.C., on April 1 to testify
before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and
Pensions during a hearing on the Paycheck Fairness Act--a bill to reduce
the gender-based pay discrimination.
"Pay secrecy has allowed unlawful pay disparities between men and women
performing the same jobs to flourish, undetected and undeterred,"
Eisenberg said at the hearing "Access to Justice: Ensuring Equal
Pay with the Paycheck Fairness Act." Senator and UM School of Social Work alumna Barbara Mikulski, MSW '65,
chaired the hearing.
"Many women don't know that drastic pay disparities exist between them
and their male coworkers until they find out by accident," said
Eisenberg, who directs UM
Carey's Center for Dispute Resolution, (C-DRUM), a
nationally acclaimed program that helps Marylanders, from elementary
school students to landlords and tenants, resolve their differences.
"In some cases, women have discovered that men they have been
supervising make substantially more than they do when those men ask
them for raises, or when pay rates have appeared publicly in court
Eisenberg noted that using prior salaries as a defense for current pay
inequities makes it difficult for women to achieve pay parity with men
because, in most cases, women earn less than their male colleagues. She
reiterated the often-cited statistic that women who work full-time,
year-round, earn about 77 cents for every dollar earned by their male
According to Mikulski, the wage gap between women and men working
equivalent jobs costs women and their families $434,000 over their
The overall wage gap is only the "tip of the iceberg," said Eisenberg.
"Women at every wage level and in nearly every industry experience a
On April 8,
Robert Percival, JD, MA, the
Robert F. Stanton Professor of Law and director of the UM Carey Environmental Law Program
before the House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources
during a hearing on proposed amendments to the Endangered Species Act
"The ESA has been recognized as one of the most profound moral
accomplishments of the human race," Percival told the committee. "It
creates a presumption that humans should avoid activity that would harm
endangered species and that federal agencies should avoid actions
likely to jeopardize species' continued existence."
Percival is the principal author of Environmental
Regulation: Law, Science & Policy, the most widely used
environmental law casebook in U.S. law schools. He testified against
proposed amendments that would create new publication and disclosure
requirements for agencies implementing the ESA. He also opposed more
restrictive standards for paying legal fees.
"The ability of citizen groups and businesses to go to court to hold
agencies accountable is one of the most important features of our legal
system that makes it the envy of the world," said Percival.
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