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Arlene Zarembka

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arlenezarembkalaw@sbcglobal.net
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T: 314.567.6355

Office 9378 Olive Blvd., #206
St. Louis, Missouri 63132
USA

Bio

I opened my  law firm in 1987, after six years as an attorney in Legal Services (first in Fairmont, West Virginia, and then in St. Louis) and six years in a private practice partnership. I have advocated for civil liberties and civil rights for all persons throughout my practice, and, indeed, since my earliest years.

I  graduated cum laude from St. Louis University Law School (1974), and from Swarthmore College with Honors (B.A., Economics, 1970).

I am a member of:
  • Estate and Probate Committee of the Missouri Bar
  • Public Policy Committee, Alzheimer's Association (St. Louis)
  • ACLU-Missouri Legal Committee
I am a cooperating attorney for:
  • ACLU of Missouri
  • National Center for Lesbian Rights
My awards include:
  • Ethics in Action Award (St. Louis Ethical Society - October, 2015)
  • Arabella Carter Award (Swarthmore College, June, 2015).
  • Dennis W. Hostetler SAGE Advocates of the Year (with my spouse, Zuleyma Tang-Martinez) (SAGE-St. Louis, 2014)
  • Diverse Business Leader (St. Louis Business Journal, 2012)
  • Civil Liberties Award (ACLU-Eastern Missouri, 2010)
  • Social Justice Hero (Metro Theater Company, 2009)
  • Extraordinary Volunteer Service (ACLU-Eastern Missouri, 2008)
  • Clarence Darrow Public Interest Advocate (Public Interest Law Group at St. Louis University Law School, 1998)
  • Humanitarian Award (Union-Sarah Community Corporation, 1980)
  • Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellowship, 1974-1977
  • Phi Beta Kappa (Swarthmore College, 1970)
I am the co-author, with Patricia C. McKissack, of To Establish Justice: Citizenship and the Constitution (Knopf, 2004).  The book, written for young adults, concerns the fight for equal rights from the beginning of the country through 2003, with a special emphasis on Supreme Court decisions. It illustrates how people's voices can be heard and how fighting for justice can result in change. Chapters include Native American removal, decisions concerning African Americans (from Dred Scott through 2003); Women's Rights, Japanese-American Internment, Disability Rights, Gay and Lesbian Rights, Student Rights, and Affirmative Action.
                      
I am the author of The Urban Housing Crisis: Social, Economic, and Legal Issues and Proposals (Greenwood Press, 1990), which was written after I worked in the Housing Unit of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri. The Urban Housing Crisis focuses on four aspects of urban housing: Financing and Affordability; Production, Preservation, and Allocation; Discrimination; and Displacement; and proposes a housing plan.

I have written over 90 published commentaries on civil rights, civil liberties, and social and economic justice.

I was one of the leaders and organizers of the Privacy Rights Education Project (PREP, later called PROMO), which was founded after the 1986 Supreme Court Hardwick v Bowers decision that upheld state laws that made sexual relations between consenting same-sex adults, even in the privacy of their own home, a crime.  (The Hardwick decision was overturned by the Supreme Court in the 2003 Lawrence v Texas decision.)  I was a member of PREP/PROMO's legislative committee from 1987 to 2005, and as a member of that committee, I helped to draft and testify in support of numerous bills involving privacy rights, lesbian and gay rights, reproductive rights, and hate crimes. 

After college, I lived in a rural area in Kenya for a year on my sister-in-law's 4-acre shamba (farm) and taught at the Mua Hills Harambee Secondary School.  I also have visited Venezuela (my spouse's home country) over 15 times, as well as Israel, Mexico, Canada, Japan, and Poland. 

For relaxation, I enjoy gardening, music, theater, movies, birding, hiking, mountains, Tai Chi, and being with my spouse, Zuleyma Tang-Martinez, and our dogs, Allie and Rufous.

Education

J.D., St. Louis University, 1974
Graduated cum laude, Order of the Woolsack

B.A.. , Swarthmore College, 1970
Graduated with Honors, Phi Beta Kappa, Major: Economics; Minor: Russian

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

Missouri, 1974

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Missouri Bar
Membership No. 25900 Member Since: 1974
Estate and Probate Committee

American Civil Liberties Union
Membership No. 52885829 Member Since: 1988
Cooperating Attorney since 1983 ACLU of Missouri Legal Committee since 2004 (formerly ACLU-Eastern Missouri)