Kathleen A. Tarr

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KATHLEEN TARR is a UC Berkeley and Harvard Law graduate, Lecturer in Stanford's Program in Writing and Rhetoric, and former Skadden Fellow ("legal Peace Corps") who developed some of the U.S.'s first public interest outreach programs to female military veterans. Kathleen began representing disabled veterans in claims before the Department of Veterans Affairs prior to graduating from law school, during which time she also assisted in the authorship of Japan's first university-level sexual harassment policy. While a Skadden Fellow, Kathleen published a law review article on veterans disabled by military service cited by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and her most recent law review article Bias and the Business of Show: Employment Discrimination in the "Entertainment" Industry was touted by film director, screenwriter, and activist Maria Giese as "the MOST IMPORTANT DOCUMENT published on the issue of discriminatory hiring practices in Hollywood since The New York Times published the ACLU letter to the EEOC in May 2015." Kathleen's article was republished in Cultural Weekly and shared on social media by Racebending.com, Yeah I Said Feminist, and other activist organizations.

Bias and the Business of Show evolved from Kathleen's General Session presentation at the 2015 State Bar of California Annual Meeting with special guests Amy Pietz and Edward James Olmos and is companion to her annual Symposium on Equity in the Entertainment Industry and Awards at Stanford University. Named after her 2010 documentary on (un)equal employment opportunities in the entertainment industry (Getting Played: who's playing you?!), the symposium expanded to Getting PlayedX in 2017, the first event of its kind hosted/sponsored by Salesforce (San Francisco) and breaking ground on similar symposia throughout the globe. Kathleen's advanced course at Stanford, The Last Hopi On Earth: The Rhetoric of Entertainment Inequity, provides additional opportunities for students to be involved in these conversations.

Kathleen has spoken at Stanford Law School, Berkeley Law, Goldman School of Public Policy (University of California, Berkeley), San Francisco Public Library, Women In Film, Women's Media Summit, Writers Guild of America-West, Conversations with Exceptional Women, International Black Women's Film Festival, Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, Theatre Bay Area Annual Conference, and many other institutions and events about equal employment opportunity in the entertainment industry. Other presentations include at Foro de Gestión and Congreso Internacional de Diversidad en el Empleo Público at la Universidad de Los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia), Writing As Spaces at Oxford University, and ASTRONOMMO: Speculative Fiction on Film + Black Women at which her short sci-fi film Early Aliens was an Official Selection.

Overlapping her careers as lawyer and educator, Kathleen's acting credits encompass stage, film, commercials, television, and video games including House M.D., Sundance award winner Dopamine, Sim City, and a recent Firefox ad (VO). She is also an indoor rowing world record holder and former Women's American Football League draftee.

For more information including links to publications and presentations, please visit Chronicle Vitae.


"Race and Media" panel

The Killen Report

Chronicle Vitae

PWR 2 Course Video

PWR 1 Course Video

PWR 2 Course Video (archived)

PWR 194KT Course Video

Law and Policy with Writing Specialist Dr. Kathleen Tarr