Ellen Eardley returned to Mehri & Skalet in October 2017 after spending two and a half years as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Civil Rights & Title IX at the University of Missouri, where she became the university’s first Title IX administrator. At M&S, she practices civil rights and employment discrimination law while serving in a management capacity for the firm.
Ms. Eardley also founded the University’s first institutional equity office, creating a central place to address all forms of discrimination and sexual violence. During her tenure, Kevin McDonald, vice chancellor for inclusion, diversity and equity, credited her with “building a team of highly qualified equity professionals, increasing transparency through annual reports of allegations of discrimination and sexual violence, improving key equity-related university policies, and co-chairing the MU Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence Task Force.”
Last week, students at the University of Missouri’s It’s On Us Mizzou released this statement lamenting Ms. Eardley’s departure, noting “Ellen’s dedication, and MU’s commitment to the value of her office, made our university a better place.”
Before taking on her role at MU, Ms. Eardley practiced law at M&S for eight years, where she was a Partner. She also taught Sex Discrimination Law at American University’s Washington College of Law during this time.
“Serving as a senior leader in Missouri as the University dealt with long-standing institutional racism and a sexual violence epidemic transformed the way I think about civil rights enforcement,” said Ms. Eardley. “I am delighted to return to M&S with a renewed commitment to advocacy.”
Ms. Eardley plans to build a Title IX practice at M&S, using her Title IX expertise to collaborate with non-profits working to end sexual violence in the nation’s schools and universities.