Valorie K. Vojdik
Valorie Vojdik has been the lead counsel to Shannon Faulkner and Nancy Mellette in the lawsuit that successfully challenged the males-only admission policy at The Citadel, a public, military-style college in South Carolina. Since graduating from New York University School of Law in 1986, Ms. Vojdik has fought to redress violations of constitutional rights, particularly those of women, and to use the law to help advance gender equity. She is particularly interested in the integration of women into traditionally male institutions, including the military and the law, and the elimination of social and cultural barriers to gender equity.
She began to challenge The Citadel's discriminatory policy in 1992 when she represented three female Navy veterans whom The Citadel excluded from admission to its undergraduate program for male veterans. After The Citadel closed the program rather than face a court order admitting women to its classrooms, Ms. Vojdik filed suit on behalf of Shannon Faulkner seeking admission to its all-male Corps of Cadets program. In 1993, she was named Pro Bono Attorney of the year by the South Carolina American Civil Liberties Union in recognition of her efforts to win admission for women to The Citadel. She continues to help oversee The Citadel's implementation of the court's order to admit women.
Currently Ms. Vojdik is on the faculty of the New York University School of Law where she has supervised students who volunteer to staff a sexual harassment law clinic. She has researched, written, and spoken on issues of sexual discrimination and civil rights litigation.
After receiving her law degree from NYU in 1986, Ms. Vojdik joined the litigation department at the international firm of Shearman & Sterling in New York City from 1986 to 1988 and 1990 to 1994. In addition to representing clients in complex commercial cases, she administered the pro bono practice of their litigation department. She litigated cases seeking redress for denial of equal protection and for employment discrimination. She successfully represented handicapped Postal Service employees in a handicap discrimination case, and she represented Roman Catholic nuns who challenged the constitutionality of a zoning ordinance which prohibited them from establishing a group home for homeless single women and their children.