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Hon. Peter N. Kirsanow

Commissioner, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Peter Kirsanow is a partner with Benesch's Labor & Employment Practice Group. He returned to Benesch in January 2008 after serving on the President-appointed National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Washington D.C. for two years. While serving on the NLRB, he was involved with significant decisions including Oakwood Healthcare, Inc., Dana/Metaldyne and Oil Capital Sheet Metal, Inc. In addition, Peter testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the nominations of John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. He also continues to testify before and advise members of the U.S. Congress on employment law matters.

Peter was recently reappointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives to his third consecutive six-year term on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. This is a part-time position which will expire in December 2019.

The opinions expressed are his alone and not those of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.


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Publications and Multimedia
Religious Liberty vs. Nondiscrimination: Reconcilable or Intractable? - Podcast
Civil Rights Practice Group Podcast
October 14, 2016
Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing - Podcast
Civil Rights Practice Group Podcast
April 21, 2016
Disparate Impact Analysis - Event Audio/Video
Second Annual Executive Branch Review Conference
May 14, 2014
Supreme Court Update: Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin - Podcast
Civil Rights Practice Group Podcast
July 16, 2013
Fisher v. University of Texas - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 6-25-13 featuring Gail Heriot and Peter Kirsanow
June 25, 2013
Affirmative Action in the Obama Era - Event Audio/Video
2009 National Lawyers Convention
November 12, 2009