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Hyatt Student Activities Fund

The Hyatt Fund board is made up of representatives from many different student organizations and the Vanderbilt Bar Association. These students work with the Associate Dean for Research and the Director of Student Affairs to put on two high profile events each year addressing current legal issues of interest to the student body. The fund was endowed by Wayne S. Hyatt '68 (BA'65) and his late wife, Amanda M. Hyatt (BA'67, MA'74), to support student-initiated programs that enrich the intellectual content of student activities at Vanderbilt University Law School.

2016 - 2017 Events

Monday, January 23, 2017

Panel on Wage Discrimination with reception to follow 3:30pm - 5pm Flynn Auditorium

Event description coming soon!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Equal Pay for Equal Work: The Fight for Gender Equality in the Workplace
12pm - 1pm Flynn Auditorium

Lilly Ledbetter will speak on the gender wage gap in the United States and her fight for equal pay that culminated in the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. 

After 19 years at Goodyear, Lilly learned that she made thousands of dollars less than her male counterparts. Lilly filed a sex discrimination suit against Goodyear that made it to the Supreme Court. In a 5-4 decision, SCOTUS found that Lilly could not bring her claim because she filed it more than 180 days after receiving her first discriminatory paycheck despite her having no knowledge of the discrimination.

Encouraged by many, including Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Lilly did not give up the fight. She continued to be an advocate for equal pay. Lilly even campaigned for Senator Barack Obama and spoke at the Democratic National Convention on gender equality in 2008. Then, on January 29, 2009 President Obama signed into law the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. The Act amended the 180-day statute of limitations so that it resets every time a discriminatory paycheck is issued. Despite the fact that Lilly will never receive restitution from Goodyear, she is happy that she could make a difference in the battle for gender equality.

Lilly shared her story in her 2012 book, Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond. Now, Lilly is coming to Vanderbilt Law School to discuss her fight for equality. 

Lunch will be served. Sponsored by the Hyatt Student Activities Fund and the Vanderbilt Law and Economics Program.

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About Fund Sponsors Wayne S. Hyatt and Amanda G. Hyatt

A leading lawyer who specialized in representing master-planned communities and their developers, Wayne S. Hyatt (retired) is co-founder of Hyatt & Stubblefield, an Atlanta-based law firm. He is the author of 12 leading books on legal issues relating to planned communities, condominium association law and community associations throughout his career. His practice extended beyond property law into the field of local government through private neighborhood associations, addressing issues such as representative government, rights and responsibilities of neighbors, freedom of expression, and the environment. Hyatt has taught as an adjunct faculty member at the Vanderbilt, Emory and University of Georgia law schools. He was named a distinguished alumnus of Vanderbilt Law School in 2003 and received the Law School's distinguished service award in 1996.

Before her death in 2001, Amanda G. Hyatt — who earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics at Vanderbilt — spent 25 years in public service, serving as chair of the Governor's Welfare Reform Task Force for the state of Georgia, the Council for Competitive Georgia and the Georgia Council on Vocational Education. She was a founder of the Regional Leadership Institute, represented Douglas County, Ga., on the Atlanta Regional Commission, and helped to develop the Douglas County campus of the Carroll Technical Institute.