Associate Professor of Clinical Instruction
University of Virgina, B.A.
Professor Lisa Stratton joins the clinical faculty for 2006-2007 with the experience of a nationwide practice representing plaintiffs in all types of employment discrimination and harassment cases. Professor Stratton received her B.A. degree in international relations from the University of Virginia and her J.D. degree from the University of Minnesota Law School, magna cum laude, in 1993. Professor Stratton was a MacArthur Scholar at the Law School, where she was awarded the Order of the Coif and the Steven M. Block Prize for Scholarship in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. During law school, Professor Stratton also received a Human Rights Center internship to work for Americas Watch in San Salvador, El Salvador, and a grant to study abroad in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Professor Stratton served as a law clerk to former Associate Justice Sandra Gardebring of the Minnesota Supreme Court for the 1993-1994 term. After working for the Minnesota Attorney General's Office as an Assistant Attorney General in civil law enforcement, she left her appointment to serve as a law clerk to Federal District Court Judge John R. Tunheim of the District of Minnesota when he was appointed to the bench.
Professor Stratton has particular expertise in sex discrimination cases involving hostility toward women in non-traditional workplaces and glass-ceiling issues. As a litigator at the class action law firm of Sprenger & Lang, Professor Stratton was one of the counsel for a nationwide class of female TV technicians who sued CBS television and obtained class certification in 2000 and an $8 million settlement for the class in 2001. She has represented individual employees in cases involving sex and race discrimination as well as immigrants from Asia, Mexico and Iran in national origin discrimination cases. Her clients have worked in diverse employment settings including high-tech assembly plants, paper and sugar mills, large corporations, hospitals and universities. Professor Stratton also counsels individuals negotiating employment contracts or separations from their employment.Professor Stratton has served as a board member and vice president of the Minnesota chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association and is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Section. She authors the case law report on Title VII for the section's quarterly publication. Minnesota Law and Politics magazine has named her a "Super Lawyer." Professor Stratton is admitted to practice in Minnesota and the District of Columbia.