Professor Sandra Jordan
is consulting with the Minority Business Enterprise Legal Defense and Education Fund (MBELDEF). MBELDEF, headquartered outside of Washington, D.C., is a national, non-profit, public interest law firm founded in 1980 by former member of the House of Representatives Parren J. Mitchell. MBELDEF's litigation activities are intended to achieve equity and fairness in the marketplace on behalf of minority business enterprises. MBELDEF has as its mission the goals of defending, advocating, and promoting domestic and international policies affecting equitable and full participation of minority enterprises in the local, regional, national, and global marketplace. Professor Jordan will be working with the firm to develop strategies to use the civil RICO statute as a tool in certain types of cases involving fraud and abuse in federal minority set-aside programs.Professor Jordan also was recently appointed to the Gender Equity Task Force of the Allegheny County Bar Association. The Task Force is charged with reacting to the results of a 2005 survey of ACBA membership that focused on gender issues. The Task Force will examine and publicize the results of the survey; investigate key gender issues affecting women in the legal profession; develop recommendations to address key gender bias issues regarding pay equity, retention of women in the legal profession, career advancement and professional satisfaction, and work/life balance; develop strategic alliances with law firms, legal departments and other legal organizations to ensure a level playing field; and create a body to implement the recommendations.