Laura Redman (Pupil)

Year of Call: 2021

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PRACTICE AREAS

Discrimination & Equality | Employment | Human Rights | Professional Discipline | Public & Administrative Law

OVERVIEW

Laura commenced pupillage in November 2021, in order to complete qualification in the UK as a US-qualified lawyer with twenty years of experience advocating for equality and human rights in the US and UK.

Laura is interested in accepting instructions in many areas of chamber's work, including employment, discrimination, public law, professional disciplinary proceedings and human rights.

Before undertaking pupillage, Laura was the Acting Head of the Justice Together Initiative in London, which supports access to justice in the UK immigration system.

Prior, she was the Director of the Health Justice Program at the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest in New York, NY where she brought an immigrant and racial justice focus to health justice advocacy campaigns. In this role, Laura was lead counsel on cutting edge strategic constitutional litigation through to the Court of Appeals and supervised individual civil rights claims.

For over a decade, Laura served on the Freelance Research Panel for Matrix Chambers where she performed legal research and analysis on a variety of topics, including, employment law and discrimination, rights of incarcerated workers, police duty to protect, international law and general equality law.

Before joining NYLPI, Laura worked at the National Center for Law and Economic Justice in New York, NY as a Senior Attorney litigating strategic federal and state class action cases seeking systemic reform in the public benefits system in courts across the United States. She performed the role similar to both a solicitor and barrister in these cases, representing thousands of individuals, including drafting relevant litigation documents; oral advocacy in court; negotiating settlements where applicable; and pursuing alternative strategies. She began at NCLEJ as an Equal Justice Works fellow, which is a nationally competitive selective fellowship program.

Prior, from 2005-2006, Laura was a Senior Legal Officer at the Commission for Racial Equality in the United Kingdom where she enforced the Race Relations Act 1976 and proactive Race Equality Duty through statutory compliance powers and litigation.

After completing her Juris Doctor, Laura was a judicial law clerk (judicial assistant) for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Staff Attorneys' Office in New York, NY, where she drafted opinions and bench memoranda on a variety of topics, including employment discrimination.

During her legal education, Laura completed full-time internships at Cloisters Chambers where she focused on employment discrimination and performed the role of a pupil (2003) and Liberty where she performed research and analysis for strategic litigation under the Human Rights Act (2001).

Prior to law school, Laura worked as a legal assistant at the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs in the Equal Employment Opportunity department.

QUALIFICATIONS

Bar Transfer Test, BPP University (2020)

Juris Doctor, Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts, USA (2003)

M.Sc., Gender, Society, and Culture, Birkbeck College, University of London (2000)

Bachelors, Justice, American University, Washington, D.C., USA (1997)

Admitted to practice in:

Bar of New York State

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York

AWARDS

Harvard Law School Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow (2019) “The Program recognizes exemplary lawyers who have distinguished themselves in public interest work and who can assist students who are considering similar career paths.”

New York City Bar, Legal Services Award (2017) “In recognition of extraordinary dedication and outstanding work providing civil legal assistance to the poor in New York City and important contributions to equal access to justice.”

Public Interest Law Hero, Equal Justice Works Fellowship Program (2007)

MEMBERSHIPS AND APPOINTMENTS

Employment Lawyers Association, Member

Industrial Law Society, Member

PUBLICATIONS AND TRAINING

Trainings and presentations on community and movement lawyering, strategic litigation and building power for social change for Law Centres Network annual conference, Law and Social Justice Workshop at Newcastle University, Public Law Project Access to Justice in the Southwest conference and for the Justice Together Initiative (2021).

National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Certified Trainer (2015).

Redman, Laura F., Championing the Rights of People with Serious Medical Needs in Immigration Detention, Practising Law Institute Journal, February 2020.

Redman, Laura F. Detained and in Danger: Immigrants' Health Suffers Behind Bars, Op Ed. New York Daily News 2/22/17.

Redman, Laura F., Affordable Care Act: The Data Collection is Essential, Op Ed. New York Amsterdam News, 1/17/16.

Redman, Laura F., Perspectives From Europe: Balancing Same-Sex and Religious Rights [A Review of Two European Court of Human Rights Cases], The New York Law Journal, September 8, 2014.

Redman, Laura F., Outing the Invisible Poor: Why Economic Justice and Access to Health Care is an LGBT Issue [Including ACA Health Care Reform Update], The New Queer Agenda: The Feminist and Scholar Online (June 2012).

Redman, Laura F., Outing the Invisible Poor: Why Economic Justice and Access to Health Care is an LGBT Issue, 17 Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy 451 (Summer 2010).

Booth QC, Cherie, Bush, Marc & Scott, Ruth, Complex Needs, Divergent Frameworks: Challenges disabled children face in accessing appropriate support services and inclusive educational opportunities (working title), Published by SCOPE, 2010 [Credited Research & Drafting assistance by Laura Redman].


HIGHLIGHT CASES

Charles and Small v. Orange County Detention Centre, et. al., 925 F.3d 73 (U.S. Court of Appeals 2d Cir. 2019) (42 U.S.C. §1983 civil rights claim under 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution asserting deliberate indifference to a serious medical need) Established constitutional right to mental health discharge planning in immigration detention in the Second Circuit.

Charles v. United States, 2019 WL 1409280 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 28, 2019) (Federal Tort Claims Act claim that U.S. could not delegate its duty under the U.S. Constitution) Established United States' responsibility for people in immigration detention with mental health diagnoses.

Greigo v. New Mexico Workers Compensation Cmsn., Case No. 09-002775, Court of Appeals for the State of New Mexico (2013). Established farmworker exception to workers' compensation law violated New Mexico state constitution.

Torres v. Blass, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 163780 (E.D.N.Y. 2013) Established 14th Amendment due process rights apply to childcare benefit program in New York; decision on attorneys' fees motion in favour of Claimant.

Thompson v. Donald, Case No. 4-C-09-002775, Maryland State Court, Baltimore County (2009). Successful judgment after full trial in Maryland state court regarding timely processing of applications for benefits. Successful appeal of challenge to attorneys' fees and costs award.

Julia M., et al. v. Scott, et al., 498 F.Supp. 2d 1245, (D. Mo. 2007); 243 F.R.D. 365 (2007) Established 14th Amendment due process rights apply to Children's Health Insurance Program in Missouri, including successful class certification.