Sharon Terman

Sharon Terman is Director of the Work and Family Program and Senior Staff Attorney at Legal Aid at Work, a non-profit organization that promotes the workplace rights and wellbeing of low-wage workers and their families. Sharon provides free legal advice to workers in low-wage jobs, represents employees facing family medical crises, advocates for policy and institutional change to promote family-supportive workplaces, and engages in community outreach. She is an expert on family and medical leave policies and has helped craft several landmark laws, including expansions of Paid Family Leave to cover caregiving for siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, and parents-in-law, and increasing the benefit amount; a law mandating continued health insurance benefits during pregnancy leave; a law requiring job-protected time off to visit or enroll children in school or childcare or to address a child care emergency; and a local ordinance strengthening lactation accommodations in the workplace. Sharon received her B.A. with highest distinction from the University of California, Berkeley, and her J.D. with distinction from Stanford Law School. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Richard A. Paez of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals before joining Legal Aid at Work as a Skadden Fellow. She is the 2011 recipient of the Stanford Law School Miles L. Rubin Public Interest Award. Sharon is the proud mom of a two-year-old girl.