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Foreman to speak at AARP event marking Age Discrimination in Employment Act’s 50th anniversary

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State Law professor Michael Foreman will speak on Dec. 14 at an event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), hosted by AARP, AARP Foundation, and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act at 50: The Overlooked Chapter of LBJ's Civil Rights Legacy” will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the University of Texas at Austin.

Foreman’s panel will examine how well the ADEA is addressing equal opportunity for older workers and what should be done to strengthen the law to meet future challenges. Victoria Lipnic, acting chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, will join Foreman on the panel.

Presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Johnson and the American Dream, will deliver the conference’s keynote address. LBJ School of Public Affairs dean Angela M. Evans, AARP Foundation president Lisa Marsh Ryerson, and AARP board member Libby Sartain are also scheduled to speak.

ADEA, which was signed into law by President Johnson in 1967, prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of age against people age 40 and older.

Foreman is a clinical professor of law at Penn State Law and serves as director of clinics and experiential learning and director of the Civil Rights Appellate Clinic. Prior to joining Penn State Law, he was deputy director of Legal Programs for the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.  He also served as acting deputy general counsel for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, where he was the lead attorney for the commission's investigation of the voting irregularities in the 2000 presidential election. 

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