Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary
Before coming to Oberlin in July 2008, Ms. Subramanian served as chief attorney at the U.S. Department of Education’s Cleveland Office for Civil Rights, where she oversaw a staff of 14 attorneys and helped to lead the office’s efforts to enforce federal laws barring educational entities from engaging in discrimination on the bases of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, and age. Previously, Ms. Subramanian was a special litigation counsel in the Special Litigation Section of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division in Washington, D.C.
At the Justice Department, she played a primary role in investigating and resolving allegations of patterns and practices of police misconduct, as well as allegations of unconstitutional conditions of confinement in a broad spectrum of correctional, mental health, developmental disability, and nursing home facilities. She also helped to enforce the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, which protects patients and health care providers against threats of force and physical obstruction of reproductive health facilities, and served on the attorney general’s National Task Force on Violence Against Health Care Providers.
Ms. Subramanian also worked as a policy counsel at the National Partnership for Women & Families from 1998 to 2000, where she coordinated a nationwide initiative to make family and medical leave more affordable and conducted outreach on gender discrimination issues. She also coauthored an amicus curiae brief successfully arguing that the U.S. Supreme Court should recognize a cause of action for peer sexual harassment under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Before working at the National Partnership, Ms. Subramanian served as a clerk for Judge Sidney R. Thomas of the U.S. Court Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Billings, MT.
Ms. Subramanian graduated from Yale College with a BS, summa cum laude, in chemistry and women’s studies in 1993. She earned her JD in 1996 at Yale School of Law, where she served as an articles editor on the staff of the Yale Law Journal. She also coauthored an article, Mrs. Dred Scott that was subsequently published in the Journal in 1997.