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April 25, 2013, was a big day for the 1996 Root-Tilden-Kern Scholarship class: Two members were confirmed by the US Senate, as general counsel of the US Department of the Treasury and as a member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (A third, Anthony Foxx ’96, would be nominated as transportation secretary a week later.)
Christopher Meade ’96 was appointed principal deputy general counsel of the Treasury in 2010 and has served as acting general counsel since last June. In a statement, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said that Meade’s “impressive grasp of a wide set of legal and policy matters ranging from the tax code to terrorism finance has been and will be vital as we move forward with initiatives of immense scope and complexity.”
Jenny Yang ’96 was a partner at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll. Specializing in civil rights class actions and wage and hour collective actions, she worked on cases such as Beck v. The Boeing Company, in which she successfully represented more than 28,000 female employees alleging sex discrimination, and also helped represent 1.5 million women in WalMart Stores Inc. v. Dukes, the biggest discrimination class action in history. Previously, Yang served as a senior trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.