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Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence

Mark Schickman

Liaison from the ABA Section on Civil Rights & Social Justice

Mark Schickman, a graduate of Columbia Law School, practices labor and employment law and civil litigation in San Francisco, California. He was President of the Bar Association of San Francisco, and served on the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of California. He was a member to the ABA's Executive Committee while Chairing the ABA's Program and Planning Committee, and chaired the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice. For over 20 years, he has served on the American Arbitration Association's blue ribbon panel of employment arbitrators, and has edited the California Employment Law Letter.

Mark's professional activity includes training employers to prevent workplace sexual harassment, and he helped draft the ABA Model Workplace Policy on Domestic and Sexual Violence, and obtain its approval by the ABA House of Delegates. Mark has carried several domestic violence resolutions through the House, including the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, the provision of housing rights for domestic violence victims and the effort to afford greater protection to sexual assault victims on college campuses, in the military and on Native American lands. For these efforts, Mark received a 20/20 Vision Award on the 20th anniversary of the ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence.

Throughout his career, Mark has been involved in the promotion of pro bono. He was a founding Director of San Francisco's Legal Assistance to the Elderly program, President of the Volunteer Legal Services Program and Chair of the ABA's Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service. He has testified before the Legal Services Corporation regarding the need for pro bono, and has lobbied congress for greater pro bono funding, including the need for pro bono representation in domestic violence protective order and custody matters. He created and was the first Chair of the National Pro Bono Celebration, and was President of the Northern California Holocaust Center, representing another of our most vulnerable populations.