An attorney by trade and an adventurer at heart, Robert Dohrmann ’56 died Dec. 26, 2023. During his college years, Bob spent his summers working in Yosemite National Park, making friends with fellow mountaineers and rock climbers. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany. Bob then returned to California and enrolled in law school at the University of Southern California. He specialized in the representation of unions, individual workers, and employee benefits. In what became a textbook labor law case, Bob and his firm successfully argued Manhart vs. Department of Water & Power before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1978, where the justices agreed that under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 women had the right to be paid and receive benefits exactly the same as their male co-workers. This precedent-setting case is often cited in labor and employment law filings to this day.

28 Feb 2024