Rebecca L. Salawdeh, President
Rebecca L. Salawdeh, the Institute’s President, has devoted her legal career to the representation of individuals in employment litigation. She opened Salawdeh Law Office (Wauwatosa, WI) in 2007, where she successfully represents employees in federal court, federal employees before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and complainants in state administrative hearings.
Ms. Salawdeh has been a member of the Executive Board of the National Employment Lawyers Association since 2005 and currently is Co-Chair of NELA’s Low Wage Workers Practice Group. She is a member of the Wisconsin Employment Lawyers Association (WELA) and a former WELA Co-Chair. In 2000, Ms. Salawdeh, in conjunction with other WELA members, helped to form the Unemployment Compensation Appeals Clinic. She serves as a volunteer attorney for Wisconsin’s ACLU and the Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP Legal Redress Committee.
Ms. Salawdeh received her law degree and her master’s degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 1996.
Patricia A. Barasch, Immediate Past President
Patricia A. Barasch, a partner in the law firm of Schall & Barasch, LLC (Moorestown, NJ), served as President of the Institute and from 2010 to 2013, served as President of the National Employment Lawyers Association and was a member of its Executive Board from 2004 to 2015.
Throughout her nearly 25-year career, Ms. Barasch has represented employees in cases involving all types of unfair and illegal employment practices, including claims relating to race, sex, age, and disability discrimination, reasonable accommodation, the Family Medical Leave Act, wrongful termination, breach of contract, retaliation, and non-compete agreements. She has won a number of trial victories against some of the largest corporations in New Jersey, including PSEG, Raytheon, and Harrah’s Casino Hotel.
Ms. Barasch’s accomplishments as an employment lawyer have been recognized repeatedly. In every year since 2005, Ms. Barasch has been named by her peers to the list of “Super Lawyers” in New Jersey in the field of employment litigation-plaintiff. In 2006, South Jersey Magazine chose Ms. Barasch as one of the region’s “Top Women in Business” for her personification of “diligence, success, diversity of talent, and philanthropic spirit that characterizes an outstanding business leader.” In 2002, she was selected as one of New Jersey’s “Top 40 Lawyers Under 40” by the New Jersey Law Journal. Ms. Barasch graduated from Cornell Law School in 1993 and Wesleyan University in 1987. Prior to law school, she worked as a Research Assistant at Harvard Law School where she actively participated in the successful union organizing drive of approximately 3,500 clerical and technical workers across Harvard University.
Diane S. King, Treasurer
A partner in King & Greisen, LLP (Denver, CO), Ms. King concentrates her law practice in the areas of civil rights, employment, and anti-discrimination litigation, primarily in the federal courts. She has successfully tried, arbitrated, and mediated hundreds of employment cases on behalf of employees.
Throughout her career, Ms. King has been committed to community service and has performed substantial pro bono work as well as served on numerous nonprofit boards. In addition to being the Institute’s Treasurer since 2008, she is the Vice President of Public Policy of the National Employment Lawyers Association.
Ms. King received her undergraduate degree from Colorado State University in 1983 and her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 1987.
Alicia K. Haynes, Secretary
Alicia Haynes practices exclusively in the area of plaintiffs’ employment law in Birmingham, AL. She also serves on the executive boards of NELA-Alabama and the Labor and Employment Section of the Alabama State Bar.
A tenacious trial lawyer for almost 30 years, Ms. Haynes has successfully represented workers from every walk of life in cases involving sexual harassment, hostile work environments, and age, gender, race, and family status discrimination. Ms. Haynes has had two cases heard before the United States Supreme Court, which resulted in favorable outcomes for her clients. One of them, Ash v. Tyson Foods, Inc., in which she represented two African American men who were discriminated against because of their race, significantly changed the standard in employment discrimination cases involving promotion decisions. She is a frequent speaker on trial practice strategy and development.
Linda M. Correia
Linda M. Correia is president of the National Employment Lawyers Association. She is a civil rights attorney who has represented employees in employment discrimination, retaliation, and whistleblower cases for 29 years. A founding member of Correia & Puth, PLLC, Ms. Correia has focused her practice on cases involving sex discrimination, sexual harassment, race discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, disability discrimination, and retaliation, and Title IX, under state and federal civil rights statutes. She also counsels employees on executive compensation agreements and in severance negotiations.
Ms. Correia is a nationally recognized Title IX lawyer who has extensive experience advocating for coaches and other employees who have lost their jobs in retaliation for their advocacy for gender equity for their student athletes and other students. She also has represented students and employees who have faced sex discrimination or sexual harassment or retaliation at school, and helped her clients hold educational institutions accountable for their failure to ensure that discrimination did not interfere with their right to equal educational opportunity.
Bruce A. Fredrickson
Bruce A. Frederickson served as President of the Institute from 2008 to 2014 and is a partner in the Washington, DC law firm Webster & Fredrickson PLLC. The firm is perhaps most noted for its 25-year sex discrimination class action, Hartman v. Powell, which settled for a record-breaking $508,000,000 plus more than $25 million for 48 claims tried and decided.
A 1973 Summa Cum Laude graduate of Dartmouth College, Mr. Frederickson obtained his law degree from the National Law Center, George Washington University, in 1976 with high honors.
Mr. Fredrickson is a Past President of the National Employment Lawyers Association and the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association. He is a member of the American Association for Justice, and the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington DC. Since 1986, he has taught trial practice as an adjunct professor of law at the Washington College of Law of the American University.
Maria Price is currently a Principal at The Raben Group. She has rich experience spanning all three branches of government, where she has developed a keen insight and clear understanding of the inner workings of Washington and the various interests that drive institutional decision-making. She’s known for her extensive relationships among private, public, and nonprofit stakeholders, and for leveraging that network toward advancing shared legislative and public policy agendas.
Prior to joining Raben, Maria served as legislative counsel for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), focusing on issues in the purview of the Senate Judiciary Committee; Homeland Security Committee; Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee; and Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee. She was responsible for developing the legislative strategy for a number of Senator Gillibrand’s signature pieces of legislation and helped lead some of the office’s landmark policy work, including the senator’s trailblazing efforts on sexual harassment, sexual assault forced arbitration, gun trafficking, and voting rights. Maria also managed nominations, contributing to the successful confirmation of a number of presidential appointments.
Earlier in her career, Maria held roles with the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Originally from Dallas, Texas, Maria is a proud graduate of Howard University School of Law and Spelman College, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.