Sheinberg Lecture Program

Past Sheinberg Scholars


Ai-jen Poo

Founder Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and Co-Director of Caring Across Genereations, Presents "Waking Up the Caring Majority: Why We All Need to Care About the Aging of America"

Wednesday, April 8

Ai-jen Poo

Ai-jen Poo is the Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and Co-Director of Caring Across Generations. Founded by Ai-jen in 2010, NDWA is the leading organization working to build power, respect, and fair labor standards for the 2.5 million nannies, housekeepers, and elderly caregivers in the U.S. She began organizing immigrant women workers in 1996 as an organizer at CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities in New York City, and in 2000, she co-founded Domestic Workers United (DWU), a city-wide organization of domestic workers. DWU led the way to the passage of the nation’s first Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2010.

Realizing that the rapid aging of America — what she calls the Elder Boom — would require all of us to take action on care issues, Ai-jen helped launch Caring Across Generations in 2011. A movement to unite all caregivers and those they care for to create the systems and supports that allow all of us to live and age with dignity and independence, Caring Across Generations now counts more than 200 partners in their work to build the Caring Majority and support the Care Force.

Ai-jen is a 2014 MacArthur Foundation fellow, a 2013 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and was named to TIME’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2012. Among her early accolades are the 2000 Open Society Institute New York City Community Fellowship, the Ford Foundation Leadership for a Changing World Award, the Ernest de Maio Award from Labor Research Association, the Woman of Vision Award from Ms. Foundation for Women, Crain's "40 Under 40" list, and New York Moves Magazine "Power Women" Award. Other fellowships include the Alston Bannerman Fellowship for Organizers of Color, the Twink Frey Visiting Scholar Fellowship at University of Michigan Center for the Education of Women, and the Prime Movers Fellowship. In 2010, Feminist Press recognized her in their "40 Under 40" awards. In honor of the 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day, Ai-jen was recognized by Women Deliver as one of 100 women internationally who are "delivering" for other women. In 2011, she received Independent Sector’s American Express NGen Leadership Award. In 2012, Ai- jen was named in Newsweek’s 150 Fearless Women list. Ai-jen serves on the Board of Directors of Momsrising, National Jobs with Justice, Working America, and the National Council on Aging.

The Rose Sheinberg Program is endowed by Jill and Richard Sheinberg, Dale J. and Arthur Galston, and the estate of Joel Dolkart to honor the memory of Rose Sheinberg. Each year the Sheinberg Committee, a joint student-faculty committee, invites a scholar working on cutting-edge issues of gender, race, and class to participate in a day of informal discussion, classroom teaching, and formal lecture to expose the Law School community to a variety of ideas, insights, and initiatives.



Winona LaDuke
Founder and Co-Director, Honor the Earth

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Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe) is an internationally acclaimed author, orator and activist who has devoted her life to protecting the lands and life ways of Native communities. LaDuke is founder and Co-Director of Honor the Earth, a national advocacy group encouraging public support and funding for native environmental groups. With Honor the Earth, she works nationally and internationally on issues of climate change, renewable energy, sustainable development, food systems and environmental justice. In her own community in northern Minnesota, she is the founder and Executive Director of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, one of the largest reservation-based non-profit organizations in the country, and a leader on the issues of culturally-based sustainable development strategies, renewable energy and food systems. Her work includes efforts to protect Indigenous plants and heritage foods from patenting and genetic engineering. 

In 1994, Time magazine named LaDuke one of America’s fifty most promising leaders under forty years of age, and in 1997 she was named Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year. Other honors include the Reebok Human Rights Award, the Thomas Merton Award, the Ann Bancroft Award, the Global Green Award, and the prestigious International Slow Food Award for working to protect wild rice and local biodiversity. In 2007, LaDuke was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. LaDuke also served as Ralph Nader’s vice-presidential running mate on the Green Party ticket in the 1996 and 2000 presidential elections. 

LaDuke, a graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities with advanced degrees in rural economic development, has written extensively on Native American and environmental issues, and is the author of six books, including The Militarization of Indian Country (2011), Recovering the Sacred: the Power of Naming and Claiming (2005), All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life (1999), and Last Standing Woman (1997). 


Kathy Boudin
Director, Criminal Justice Initiative: Supporting Children, Families and Communities, Columbia University School of Social Work

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Debbie Almontaser
Founding Principal, Khalil Gibran International Academy


Dolores C. Huerta
Co-Founder and First Vice-President, United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO (UFW)
President, Dolores Huerta Foundation


Anthony "Van" Jones
Senior Fellow, American Center for Progress
Policy Advisor, Green For All


2008 (Fall)
Monica Roa
Programmes Director, Women's Link Worldwide


2008 (Spring)
Tracie L. Washington
President & CEO, Louisiana Justice Institute


Eva Jefferson Patterson
President and Co-Founder, Equal Justice Society


Ellen M. Barry '78
Founder, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children


2004 (Fall)
Esther Chavez Cano
Founder & Director, Casa Amiga in Juarez, Mexico


2004 (Spring)
Constance L. Rice '84
Co-Director, Adancement Project


Baroness Helena Kennedy
Queen's Counsel


Vivian Stromberg
Executive Director, MADRE


Judge La Doris Hazzard Cordell
Superior Court of Santa Clara County, California


Judge Constance Baker Motley
Senior Judge in the Southern District of New York


Dr. Julianne Malveaux
Economist and Journalist


Professor Dessima Williams
Brandeis University


Gay McDougall
Executive Director, International Human Rights Law Group


Bernardine Dohrn
Director, Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University School of Law


Antonia Hernandez
President, Mexican American Legal Defense Fund