Company: Private Practice
Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
Margaret Genevieve Dean, Esq., Lawyer at a Private Practice, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in employment rights and labor law.
In the early years of her professional development, Ms. Dean was a chemistry major in college and worked in the department of pediatric psychiatry where she conducted research on Down syndrome and DNA, which was in its infancy stage. When her husband was drafted into the Vietnam War, they moved to Alabama and later to Arizona. Ms. Dean struggled to find a permanent position in Arizona, as she applied for jobs at places known for rejecting female applicants. She later found out that some people wanted her to sue for sex discrimination. Upon their move to Connecticut, she decided to go to law school to make a difference, and today, she is an active feminist in the legal field. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Hunter College in 1967 and received a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Connecticut in 1980. Upon completion of her degree, she was admitted to practice law in the state of Connecticut in 1980 and in the state of North Carolina in 1994.
Ms. Dean commenced her career in 1965 as a research assistant for the Department of Pediatrics Psychiatry at the Brooklyn Jewish Medical Center, until 1966. She then took the same position with the Department of Internal Medicine at Yale University Medical School in 1974. In addition, she was on the Women’s Advisory Panel at Station-WTNH-TV from 1975 to 1978 and became a commentator with Station WELI from 1976 until 2014. Ms. Dean was also an associate in Hartford, Connecticut from 1978 to 1981 and took the position of employment rights and labor lawyer at a private practice in 1980, remaining until 2013. She was also an op-editorial column writer with the New Haven Register from 1983 to 1985. Looking back on her career, Ms. Dean recalls when she represented the clerical council and 13,000 women on a sex discrimination case as her career highlight. The case dealt with novel litigation no one had before, and it was during this case that Ms. Dean found out about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was not widely known yet. When Ms. Dean conducted research for the case, she witnessed sex discrimination and the genius of Ginsburg’s legal-oriented mind.
Ms. Dean believed it was important to give back to her community. Civically, she joined numerous organizations including, but not limited to, the National Insurance Task Force of the National Organization of Women from 1976 to 1977 and the Citizens’ Advisory Board of the Connecticut State Police and Sex Crimes Advisory Board from 1974 to 1975. Additionally, she was a consultant coordinator for the Employment Task Force with the National Organization of Women from 1973 to 1977 and was on the Public Education Committee for the Connecticut Division of the American Cancer Society from 1973 to 1974. As a testament to her success, Ms. Dean is an inducted member of the Connecticut Bar Association and North Carolina Association of Woman Attorneys, as well as a former member of the New Haven Bar Association and the North Carolina Bar Association. She has also been listed in the first edition of Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders, the 15th and 16th edition of Who’s Who of American Women and the 72nd edition of Who’s Who in America.
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