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USD professor to serve 2nd term on civil rights commission

University of San Diego School of Law Professor Gail Heriot recently was confirmed to serve a second six-year term on the U.S. Civil Rights Commission.

Heriot was appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate upon the recommendation of Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Heriot has served on the commission since 2005, appointed to fill out the unexpired portion of the previous member's term and then re-appointed to a full six-year term. Her second six-year term begins on Dec. 13.

The commission meets regularly in Washington, D.C., with occasional meeting location changes.

Most of Heriot’s work is completed in San Diego, where she writes her individual "commissioner statements" that comprise a significant portion of official commission reports.

Heriot was instrumental in the recently released commission report on sexual assault in the military.

Heriot said the Civil Rights Commission is currently working to issue a report on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's new policy on criminal background checks as a form of race and national origin discrimination.

Next May, the Commission will conduct a hearing on the Department of Justice and the Department of Education's enforcement policy on sexual harassment in education. Other issues on the commission’s agenda include the racial aspects of "Stand Your Ground" self-defense policies and "patient dumping" as a form of discrimination against the disabled.

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