Institute for Corean-American Studies

Stuart J. Ishimaru

Commissioner, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Stuart J Ishimaru was sworn in on November 17, 2003, as a Commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to serve the remainder of a term expiring July 1, 2007. Stuart was nominated by President George W Bush on October 14 and confirmed by the full U S Senate on October 31, 2003. As a member of the Commission, he participates with the other Commissioners on all matters which come before it, including the development and approval of enforcement policies, authorization of litigation, issuance of Commissioner's charges of discrimination, and performance of such other functions as may be authorized by law, regulation, or order. Stuart previously served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the U S Department of Justice between 1999 and 2001, where he served as a principal advisor to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, advising on management, policy, and political issues involving the Civil Rights Division. He supervised more than 100 attorneys in high-profile litigation, including employment discrimination cases, fair housing and fair lending cases, criminal police misconduct, hate crime and slavery prosecutions, and enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Prior to this, as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division for five years, Stuart provided advice on a broad range of issues, including legislative affairs, politics and strategies. He maintained liaison between the office and Members of Congress, and supervised fair housing and fair lending, equal employment opportunity, education, and Voting Rights Act litigation. Stuart also testified before Congressional Committees on fair housing issues. In 1993, Stuart was appointed by President Clinton to be the Acting Staff Director of the U S Commission on Civil Rights, and from 1984-1993 served on the professional staffs of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights and two House Armed Services Subcommittees of the U S Congress. Stuart, a native of San Jose, Calif., received his A.B. in Political Science and in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and his law degree from the George Washington University. He is married to Agnieszka Fryszman, an attorney, and they have two sons, Matthew and Benjamin.

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Anti-Discrimination Laws and Their Relationship to Citizenship

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