Allred currently serves as president of the Womens Equal Rights Legal Defense and Education Fund, and Time magazine called her one of the nations most effective advocates of family rights and feminist causes. In 1986 President Reagan awarded her the Presidents Volunteer Action Award for her development of a child support amnesty program in California. Allred is the author of Fight Back and Win My Thirty-Year Fight Against Injustice and How You Can Win Your Own Battles (2006), where she shares lessons from her extensive experience fighting for victims.
Allred has gained prominent national attention for her involvement in high profile cases. She represented the family of OJ Simpsons slain wife; Mel Brown (Scary Spice) in a paternity suite against Eddie Murphy; and women harassed by Tiger Woods, Anthony Wiener, and Herman Cain, among many others. Allred also took on the case of a Miss Universe contestant who was ousted after it was discovered she was born male, Meg Whitmans undocumented housekeeper after it was suspected she was fired for political reasons, and victims of sexual assault at Occidental College.
Ms. Allreds Athenaeum talk is jointly sponsored by the Athenaeum, ASCMC, the Kravis Leadership Institute, the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children, and the Center for Writing and Public Discourse.