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Equal Rights Advocates Honors Leslie Levy

Equal Rights Advocates honored Leslie Levy for her work at its annual luncheon this summer, where the keynote speaker was equal pay crusader Lilly Ledbetter.  ERA is a national organization dedicated to protecting and expanding economic and educational access and opportunities for women and girls. ERA explained why it chose the Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams LLP partner – ERA honors Leslie Levy for her many contributions to the gender justice movement and the work  of ERA.  Most recently, Leslie served as ERA’s co-counsel in a case representing an immigrant woman restaurant worker who was sexually assaulted and denied overtime pay, despite repeated complaints.  Her compassion and expertise in this case was typical of her accomplished career promoting social justice.   Accepting the honor, Leslie described her long connection to ERA and its mission – Since I was a law student working at ERA 32 years ago, I have had an affinity for ERA and its mission.  While the word “feminism” has fallen out of favor with some, ERA has consistently refused to allow women’s issues to be diluted or marginalized, and has stood strong in support of women’s equality in employment and education . . . I look forward to continuing to stand with ERA in speaking feminist truths to power. At the event, Lilly Ledbetter addressed the continuing struggle for pay equity for women, even following the landmark equal pay law that bears her name.  As part of the movement for equal pay, ERA has launched Close the Gap, a social media campaign highlighting how women earn cents on the dollar compared to men.  As big supporters of this cause and ERA, Leslie and the rest of her firm added their pictures to the campaign.  Leslie, who has represented women firefighters in discrimination cases, featured the pay difference for women firefighters, who earn only 78 cents to every dollar earned by a man doing the same dangerous and demanding...

Blog Authors Make Super Lawyers List Again

For the third consecutive year, all four partners of Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams LLP have been selected to the 2013 Super Lawyers list.  Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this recognition.  Among those honored, Jean Hyams was named one of The Top 100 Super Lawyers in Northern California for 2013. Although only five percent of attorneys around the state make it on to the Super Lawyers list, the honor has been bestowed multiple times on the LVBH partners.  This is the seventh year Sharon Vinick has been named to the Super Lawyers list, the third year for Darci Burrell, and the ninth year for Leslie Levy and Jean Hyams. Super Lawyers rates outstanding lawyers from multiple practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice...

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