Discrimination Panel

Linda Hamilton Krieger, Professor of Law

University of Hawaiʻi William S. Richardson School of Law

Linda Hamilton Krieger grew up in Hawaiʻi and returned home to join the law faculty at the William S. Richardson School of Law as a Professor of Law and Director of the Ulu Lehua Scholars Program in 2007.  She came to Richardson from the law faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall).  In the Fall of 2011, Professor Krieger began a five-year term as Chair of the Hawaiʻi Civil Rights Commission.

After graduating from law school in 1978, Professor Krieger worked for 13 years as a civil rights lawyer in San Francisco, California. During that period, she litigated at the trial and appellate levels, a number of significant state and federal sex and race discrimination and other workers’ rights cases.  Many of these cases established important legal and practical precedents in the areas of pregnancy discrimination (Cal Fed v. Guerra), sexual harassment (Priest v. Rotary) and the rights of workers affected by mass layoffs (Carson v. Atari).  She also played a significant role in drafting state and federal legislation in these subject matter areas.  During these years, Professor Krieger was also a political activist in the San Francisco lesbian and gay community, and took an early leading role in community organizations, such as the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, the AIDS Legal Referral Panel, and the AIDS Interfaith Network, which emerged in response to the AIDS outbreak in the early 1980’s.

In 1991, Professor Krieger began teaching at the Stanford Law School, where, in 1995, she published a ground-breaking article on implicit bias and antidiscrimination law [The Content of Our Categories: A Cognitive Bias Approach to Discrimination and Equal Employment Opportunity, 47 Stan L. Rev. 1161 (1995)].  In 1996, she joined the law faculty at U.C. Berkeley, where she taught employment discrimination law, civil procedure, legal problem solving and decision making, antidiscrimination law and policy, and an undergraduate course on American social movements and their relationship to the development of civil rights law and policy in the U.S. Professor Krieger has published extensively in the areas of disability discrimination, affirmative action, law and social cognition theory, international comparative equality law and policy, judgment in legal decision making, and theories of law and social change.  Professor Krieger has held research fellowships and visiting professorships at the Harvard Law School (2006-2007), the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University (2005-2005), and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (2008).

Robin Wurtzel, Enforcement Attorney

Hawaiʻi Civil Rights Commission

Robin Wurtzel is an enforcement attorney at the Hawaiʻi Civil Rights Commission.  Previously, Ms. Wurtzel was Director of the Immigration Law Clinic at the William S. Richardson School of Law.  She has extensive experience in immigration law and was a Senior Staff Attorney at Hawaiʻi Immigrant Justice Center (formerly Nā Loio) for over a decade.  For many years, Ms. Wurtzel was the only attorney in Hawaiʻi representing victims of human trafficking in immigration matters.  She also had an extensive private practice specializing in immigration removal proceedings, and political asylum.

Ms. Wurtzel represents the Hawaiʻi Civil Rights Commission in Cervelli v. Aloha Bed & Breakfast, currently pending before the Hawaiʻi Intermediate Court of Appeals, in which the trial court granted summary judgment in favor of the Plaintiffs, holding that Aloha Bed & Breakfast violated Hawaiʻi’s public accommodations law by discriminating against same-sex couples.

James Hochberg, Attorney at Law

James Hochberg was admitted to the Hawaiʻi Bar in 1984, after graduating from the William S. Richardson School of Law.  Before law school, Mr. Hochberg received his Bachelor’s degrees in journalism and political science from the University of Hawaiʻi, and participated in a graduate fellowship at Bayerisches Julius Maximilians Universität Würzburg, West Germany.  Presently, Mr. Hochberg represents the defendant Aloha Bed & Breakfast in Cervelli v. Aloha Bed & Breakfast.

Mr. Hochberg is currently in private practice and handles cases in a variety of areas, including real estate litigation and education law.  In addition, Mr. Hochberg acts as pro bono counsel in cases involving the protection of religious liberties, in concert with the Alliance Defense Fund, the Christian Legal Society, and the Rutherford Institute.  He was the founding president of Hawaii Family Advocates, a 501(c)(4) educational organization affiliated with the Hawaii Family Forum.

Mr. Hochberg has been a lecturer for The Rutherford Institute Continuing Legal Education training annual from 1990 to 1995 on topics including Legal Ethics and First Amendment Issues including Free Speech, Workplace Discrimination, Parents’ Rights, Public School Religious Freedom, Church Rights, The Impact and Requirements of the Sexual Orientation Discrimination Law of 1991, and Same Sex Marriage.  He formerly served as an adjunct professor of business law at Hawaiʻi Pacific University.