U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Meeting of July 18, 2012 – Public Input into the Development of EEOC's Strategic Enforcement Plan
Kathleen Mulligan is an Administrative Judge with the Los Angeles District Office of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). She is a member of the Executive Committee of the ABA’s Judicial Division, National Conference of the Administrative Law Judiciary (NCALJ) for 2010-2012. She has been president of the EEOC Administrative Judges Association since 2010, and Chair of the Administrative Judges Committee of the National Association of Women Judges since October of 2010. She is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, to which she was elected by management, union and individual employee representatives, based on “expertise, leadership and over twenty years of practice in accordance with the highest ethical and professional standards”. Her Martindale. Hubbell rating from 1996 to the present has been AV, “Highest in Legal Ability and Ethics”.
From 1989-1999, Ms. Mulligan was special counsel and then an equity partner with the firm of Gardner, Carton and Douglas, one of the ten (10) largest firms in Chicago, now merged with Drinker, Biddle. Prior to joining that firm, she had been a trial attorney and supervisory trial attorney for the EEOC’s Chicago District Office, where she won the Chairman’s Organizational Performance Award and every case she tried for nine (9) years.
Judge Mulligan has completed the Los Angeles County Bar Association [LACBA] course on Mediation Principles and Practice [30 hours], Pepperdine University’s Los Angeles Superior Court Mediation Course [40 hours], and the Alliance for Dispute Resolution [ADR] course on Mediation of Employment Cases [40 hours], where she also served as a faculty member for substantive and procedural law.
Judge Mulligan is the author of numerous publications, including “EEOC Hearing Procedures”, Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine [June 2012], and the initial chapter on “Violence in the Workplace” in Employment Termination: Rights and Remedies, BNA and American Bar Association (2004 edition). She has served as a faculty member for trial advocacy courses on sexual harassment presented by the ABA’s National Institute on Sexual Harassment in Washington, D.C. and the Chicago Bar Association.
Judge Mulligan graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin (Madison) Law School and is a member of the Illinois and California Bars.