Melissa Ader

Melissa Ader

Class of 2009, America Field
Staff Attorney, The Legal Aid Society
Melissa Ader

Thesis Title: “Walled In”: Race, Motherhood, and Labor in Ann Petry’s The Street

What Now: Staff Attorney, The Legal Aid Society, Employment Law Unit

As an attorney at The Legal Aid Society, I help low-income people with arrest and conviction records fight employment discrimination and find stable employment.  My clients confront enormous structural barriers—racism, sexism, classism, criminal records discrimination—that intersect to prevent them from obtaining good jobs.  My study of these structures in Hist & List created the intellectual foundation for the work that I do today.  The professors and advisers who pushed me to think more deeply and write more incisively about intersecting oppressions made me a more effective advocate for my clients. 

 

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