Ebonee Avery-Washington

Ebonee Avery-Washington

Program Manager, Legal Advocacy Fund

A leader of one of AAUW’s landmark programs, Ebonee oversees LAF programming while working in close collaboration with LAF-supported plaintiffs and their attorneys. She also makes recommendations for LAF committee and board action on matters concerning gender discrimination, workplace equity, sexual harassment, and sexual violence. Ebonee comes to AAUW from AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly, where she facilitated the self-help office program, advocated for more than 200 seniors annually, and managed the daily operations of a grassroots pro bono service program. She received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, and a law degree from Western Michigan University’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan.
 

Work by Ebonee Avery-Washington

The main quad, also called "The Yard," is Howard University’s symbolic heart and center of campus life.

Jane Doe, et al v. Howard University

Jane Doe, et al v. Howard University is a case involving six current and former Howard University female students (Jane Does) who reported sexual assaults in 2014, 2015, and 2016.  They allege that these assaults were committed by male employees and students at the university. Read more »

Resource   |   February 19, 2019
Virginia State University campus

Spencer v. Virginia State University: A Case on Gender Equity in Academia

As the Gender Equity Task Force chair at Virginia State University (VSU), Zoe Spencer, Ph.D., was charged with identifying deficits in gender equity, but when she did she was met with resistance. Read more »

Resource   |   November 20, 2017
St. Cloud State University campus

Portz v. St. Cloud State University

Portz v. St. Cloud State University et al. is a case involving 10 female student athletes who filed a lawsuit against St. Cloud State University (SCSU) and Minnesota State College and University Systems. Read more »

Resource   |   November 20, 2017
Lock Haven University campus

Robb v. Lock Haven

Emily Robb and seven other courageous student athletes filed a class action lawsuit on June 6, 2017, against Lock Haven University (LHU) of Pennsylvania alleging a number of Title IX claims. Read more »

Resource   |   November 16, 2017

AAUW Remembers Betty Dukes, An Everyday Hero

A former Walmart employee, an ordained minister, and a gender equity titan, Betty Dukes was an everyday hero. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   July 14, 2017

Take the Lead with Legal Advocacy

You can play a crucial part in teaching young people, educators, and communities about their rights as workers and students. Take a look at these four steps to bring legal advocacy to your branch. Read more »

Resource   |   April 26, 2016
AAUW Title IX Champion logo

AAUW’s Title IX Champions!

The Title IX Champions award celebrates the vital contributions of AAUW members and branches across the country to Title IX advocacy. Read more »

Resource   |   November 23, 2015

Kurz et al. v. Trustees of Indiana University et al.

Kurz et al. v. Trustees of Indiana University et al. brings attention not only to the sexual harassment of students by university staff, but also to the serious retaliation those students may face if they speak out. Read more »

Resource   |   November 13, 2015
LAF Plaintiff Aileen Rizo

Yovino v. Rizo

Rizo v. Fresno County Office of Education highlights a significant underlying factor that contributes to the wage gap: employers’ practice of relying on an employee’s prior salary history to set new salary levels. AAUW is proud to support the case through our Legal Advocacy Fund. Read more »

Resource   |   November 05, 2015

Ending Campus Sexual Assault Tool Kit

Use these resources to raise awareness about campus sexual assault so that everyone can help make campuses safe for all students. Read more »

Resource   |   September 10, 2015