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Nancy Duff Campbell

National Women's Law Center

Nancy Duff Campbell is a founder and Co-President of the
National Women’s Law
Center, one of the
nation’s pre-eminent women’s rights organizations. A recognized expert on
women’s law and public policy issues, for over thirty-five years Ms. Campbell
has participated in the development and implementation of key legislative
initiatives and litigation protecting women’s rights, with a particular
emphasis on issues affecting low income women and their families.

Ms. Campbell’s accomplishments include participation in
successful Supreme Court litigation establishing that two-parent families with
unemployed mothers are entitled to AFDC benefits, in Califano v. Westcott;
organization and leadership of the Coalition on Women and Taxes, whose analyses
and advocacy led to expanded tax assistance for single heads of household and
the removal of six million low income families from the tax rolls in the Tax
Reform Act of 1986; the establishment of a uniform right to child support
enforcement services for all custodial parents without regard to income, in Parents
Without Partners v. Massinga
; a central role in drafting and pressing a
national agenda on child care, which culminated in passage in 1990 of the first
comprehensive child care legislation since World War II and several
improvements in the succeeding years; and expansion of the rights and remedies
of military women facing sexual harassment, unfair family policies, and
stereotyped limitations on their jobs and ability to serve in combat, through
congressional legislation and Department of Defense policies. She is also the
author of numerous articles on women’s legal issues.

Ms. Campbell has been named by Working Woman magazine as one of the top 25 heroines whose
actions over the last 25 years have advanced women in the workplace, and a
Woman of Genius by Trinity
College. She has been
selected for inclusion in Who’s Who in America
(2006) and Who’s Who of American Women
(2006-2007). She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services for her work to improve child support enforcement
and was appointed by Congress to the U.S. Commission on Child and Family
Welfare, to study and make recommendations on a range of issues, including
child support, custody and visitation; family services; and family and juvenile
court systems. She is the recipient of the District of Columbia Bar’s William
J. Brennan Award, in recognition of her exemplary legal career dedicated to
service in the public interest, was honored by the Center for Law and Social
Policy at its 25th Anniversary Dinner, and has been recognized by her law
school as an "NYU Alumnus/Alumna of the Month." She has served on the
District of Columbia Bar Board of Governors, including its Executive Committee,
and currently is a member of the Princeton University Center for Research on
Child Wellbeing Advisory Board, Low-Income Investment Fund Board of Directors,
Alliance for National Defense Board of Advisors, ALI-ABA Advisory Panel on
Employee Benefits, Community Tax Law Report Board of Advisors, Institute for
Women’s Policy Research Board of Advisors, National Conference of State
Legislatures Child Care Advisory Committee and Campaign for Family Leave Income
Advisory Committee. She is also a Fellow of the American Bar Association.

Ms. Campbell received her undergraduate degree from Barnard
College of Columbia University in 1965 and her law degree from New York
University School of Law in 1968. Prior to her work with the National Women’s Law Center,
she was a law professor at Georgetown University Law
Center and Catholic University School
of Law in Washington, D.C.,
and an attorney with the Center on Social Welfare Policy and Law (now the
Center for Law and Economic Justice) in New
York.


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