Anita Hill

University Professor of Law, Public Policy and Women’s Studies; Heller Graduate School of Policy and Management – Brandeis University; Of Counsel at Cohen, Milstein, Sellers and Toll – Washington, D.C.

The youngest of 13 children from a farm in Oklahoma, Hill received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1980. She began her career in private practice in Washington, D.C. There she also worked at the U. S. Education Department and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In 1989, Hill became the first African American to be tenured at the University of Oklahoma, College of Law, where she taught contracts and commercial law. Currently, at Brandeis University, she teaches courses on gender, race, social policy and legal history and has served as Senior Advisor to the Provost. As counsel to Cohen Milstein, she advises on class action workplace discrimination cases.  Anita Hill is the recipient of numerous awards, grants and honorary degrees.

Hill’s latest book is Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race and Finding Home (Beacon Press, 2011), an analysis of the housing market collapse of 2008 and its impact on gender and racial equality. Hill adds this work to numerous other publications including books and articles on subjects ranging from bankruptcy to equal educational opportunity. In addition, she has made presentations to hundreds of business, professional, academic and civic organizations in the United States and abroad.

Professor Hill continues to push the envelope in pursuit of women’s and civil rights, teaming up with MacArthur Genius Award-winning artist Mark Branford as he creates an exhibit for the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. The painting will display publicly for the first time in art form the text of women civil rights activists and their various contributions to the iconic 1963 “March on the Mall.” Hill’s research, writing and public talks in connection with the exhibit will focus on the contemporary importance of restoring women’s civil rights movement experiences through art, public engagement and scholarship.

On the front of women’s rights, Professor Hill is engaging prominent academics and business professionals all over the country to spearhead “Restoring the Vision”, a project to revive awareness of the broad agenda of Title IX, the crucial law mandating equal education opportunities for women. “Restoring the Vision” will kick start inquiry as well as legal and policy reforms that empower girls and women for success in schools and workplaces.

Time, Inc., Newsweek, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and Ms. Magazine have published Professor Hill’s commentary and she has made numerous appearances on national television programs and is the subject of Freida Lee Mock’s documentary, ANITA, which premiered in January of 2013 at the Sundance Film festival.