The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights recently appointed Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson & Ashmore attorney Sara Frankenstein to a four-year term on the South Dakota Advisory Committee, which reports to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. She will begin her term on August 13, 2019.
The Civil Rights Act of 1957 created the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Since then, Congress has reauthorized or extended the legislation creating the Commission several times. The last reauthorization was in 1994 by the Civil Rights Commission Amendments Act of 1994.
Established as an independent and bipartisan fact-finding federal agency, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights’ mission is to inform the development of national civil rights policy and enhance enforcement of federal civil rights laws. It pursues this mission by studying alleged deprivations of voting rights as well as alleged discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, or national origin. The Commission further studies discrimination in the administration of justice. It plays a vital role in advancing civil rights through objective and comprehensive investigation, research, and analysis on issues of fundamental concern to the federal government and the public.
Sara Frankenstein is a partner of Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson & Ashmore, LLP. She practices in the areas of Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, Employment Law, Election Law and Voting Rights, Municipal Law, Construction Law, Personal Injury, and Insurance Defense. Sara earned her B.A. and J.D. from the University of South Dakota. She served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Richard H. Battey, U.S. District Court, South Dakota in 2001 and 2002.