EEOC - Office of General Counsel

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Office of General Counsel

The Office of General Counsel, the litigation arm of the EEOC, is composed of four units, headquartered in Washington.

Attorneys in Appellate Services practice in the federal appellate courts, handling all appeals of cases brought by the EEOC in federal district court and filing briefs as amicus curiae in other appeals (brought by private parties) that raise important or novel legal issues relating to the laws the Commission enforces.

Attorneys in Defensive Litigation defend suits in the federal district courts brought against the Commission by Commission employees complaining about discrimination.

Attorneys in Litigation Advisory Services review and evaluate cases that the EEOC's 15 district offices are recommending the Commission should litigate.

Attorneys in Litigation Management Services oversee the district offices' litigation and assist those offices in finding experts, reviewing settlement offers and addressing procedural and substantive legal issues.

Over the past several years, our interns have researched and drafted memoranda on various legal issues for cases in active litigation, including cases pending before the United States Supreme Court; evaluated lower court cases for possible amicus participation; evaluated data pursuant to the investigation of alleged systemic discrimination; and participated in settlement conferences. Interns may also attend the moot court arguments that our appellate attorneys do in preparing for oral argument in the courts of appeals.