TITLE: Elaine Kaplan Keynotes LGBT Pride Month
SPEAKER: Elaine Kaplan
EVENT DATE: 06/30/2009
RUNNING TIME: 50 minutes
The Library of Congress celebrated the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans with a keynote address by U.S. Office of Personnel Management General Counsel Elaine Kaplan.
Speaker Biography: A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Elaine Kaplan earned a J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University in 1979. She received a bachelor's degree in history from the State University of New York in Binghamton in 1976. She began her legal career in the Solicitor's office of the U.S. Department of Labor, first in the Employee Benefits Division, and later in the Division of Special Appellate and Supreme Court litigation. She served as senior deputy general counsel for the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), which represents the interests of more than 150,000 federal employees nationwide. In 1998, Kaplan was appointed by President Bill Clinton and unanimously confirmed by the Senate to serve as the head of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, an independent agency whose mission is to protect the merit-based civil service. In 2003, she joined Bernabei and Katz, a nationally recognized plaintiff's side employment law and civil rights firm. Kaplan re-joined NTEU in 2004 and began her tenure as an adjunct professor at American University's School of Public Administration. Prior to her appointment as OPM General Counsel in March 2009, she served on President Barack Obama's transition team as an agency review team leader in the Government Operations Group.