Director of Women & Leadership


Jamie Dolkas is the Center for WorkLife Law’s Director of Women’s Leadership and an Adjunct Law Professor at UC Hastings College of the Law. Jamie is an attorney specializing in employment and civil rights law, with a focus on sex discrimination in employment and education.

Jamie leads all aspects of WorkLife Law’s programs and strategy relating to elimination of bias, improving diversity outcomes, and advancing women in the workplace. Her projects include:

  • Bias Interrupters, WorkLife Law’s recently-launched initiative which takes a data-driven approach to addressing workplace diversity issues; selected from 50 competing progressive initiatives as a “Big Bet” inspirational idea increasing women’s representation and empowerment in STEM;
  • Hastings Leadership Academy for Women, an executive training program for law firm partners and in-house corporate counsel; and
  • Women’s Leadership Edge, a membership program providing research, tools, and training to help organizations advance women and promote diversity.

Jamie teaches a Leadership for Lawyers course at UC Hastings, a professional skills course that gives law students tools for career success.

Prior to joining WorkLife Law, Jamie was a Staff Attorney at Equal Rights Advocates, a national civil rights organization dedicated to advancing gender equity in education and employment. Her practice focused on sex discrimination litigation, best practices training, and legislative advocacy.

Jamie has written several publications, including Expecting A Baby, Not A Lay-Off: Why Federal Law Should Require the Reasonable Accommodation of Pregnant Workers (2012), and a chapter in the anthology, The Opt Out Revolution Revisited (2012), co-authored with Professor Joan Williams.

Jamie graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, and cum laude from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She is a graduate of the Women’s Policy Institute, a year-long legislative advocacy training program for women leaders.