Shari Manasseh Ohri, is a lawyer at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Washington, DC. She has been practicing labor and employment law for three years and joined the Section earlier this year. Shari joined as she knew her membership would provide an enrichment of substantive knowledge while enhancing her professional network. With the USDA, Shari reviews voluminous records of investigation to determine whether federal employees have actionable Title VII claims against the Agency. Upon her determination, she then drafts Final Agency Decisions where she’ll analyze the facts in relation to federal statutes and case precedents, EEOC law, Title VII, ADEA, and other administrative legal precedents. Shari also served as a member of the Civil Rights Appellate Clinic at Penn State Law where she was a Brief Writer on behalf of the plaintiff employee for the United States Supreme Court case of Coleman v. Maryland Court of Appeals. As a member of the clinic, Shari worked on issues relating to whether Congress constitutionally abrogated the state of Maryland’s Eleventh Amendment immunity when it passed the self-care provision of the Family and Medical Leave Act. Shari credits her work with the clinic as a contributing factor to her interest in labor and employment law. Shari became a lawyer because she enjoys the art of strategy while effectively representing her clients. This self-described “dynamic” lawyer is a great member to get to know.
Favorite Book: Who Moved My Cheese? By Spencer Johnson
Favorite Movie: “Slumdog Millionaire”
Dream Vacation: India
Hidden Talent: Cooking
Midnight Snack: Crackers with a tomato and cilantro salsa
Favorite Class in Law School: International Commercial Arbitration