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  • 2015 Aiming High Awards

    (L to R: Emcee and Legal Momentum Board member Loria Yeadon, Honorees Eileen Simon, Linda Zecher, Suzanne Rich Folsom, Gina Proia, and Aiming High founder Karen Kaplowitz.)

  • The Senate’s failure to confirm Loretta Lynch as US Attorney General because of partisan disagreement over an important bill on human trafficking is a sad irony. Lynch has been a top leader in the fight against human trafficking during her tenure as US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

  • Legal Momentum's 10th annual Women of Achievements Awards Dinner took place at the InterContinental Hotel in San Francisco on March 5. The awards honored seven outstanding women who have reached the top of their professions in business, law, and public service. This year's honorees were Connie Collingsworth, General Counsel and Secretary, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Marie Oh Huber, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, RA/QA and Corporate Relations, Agilent Technologies; The Honorable Marilyn Hall Patel, Federal Judge (retired), U.S.

    • A woman needs time off from work because she is relocating to a domestic violence shelter to escape her husband’s violence.
    • An unknown person shows up at the office and demands to see his girlfriend, who is an employee there; he threatens that he won’t leave until she agrees to see him.
    • An employee repeatedly uses office phone lines and email to harass and threaten his ex-girlfriend.

    If you’re an employer, chances are that you have encountered one of the three scenarios listed above. If you haven’t, it’s just a matter of time before you do.

  • Legal Momentum has authored a letter to Senator Charles Grassley, Senate Judiciary Committee chair, and Senator Patrick Leahy, ranking member of the Committee supporting the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as the next U.S. Attorney General. Legal Momentum supports Ms. Lynch because in her illustrious career in law enforcement she has always made protecting the most vulnerable members of our society a hallmark of her tenure.

  • The White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault releases its model memorandum of understanding for colleges and law enforcement.

    Good news: Last week the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault issued its long-awaited model memorandum of understanding (“MOU”) on how universities and colleges should work together to handle campus sexual assault.

  • Last week in Washington, DC, the City Council began considering a bill that would ban suspensions of pre-schoolers. While the pre-school set can get up to a fair amount of rowdiness, we should wonder why pre-schoolers might ever be suspended and what kind of interventions could alter this reality.

  • On January 22nd, the House of Representatives marked the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that gave women the right to choose whether to carry a pregnancy to term, by passing a bill that permanently restricts federal funding for abortion. The only reason the bill was not even more draconian is that women GOP lawmakers revolted against the bill’s more severe provisions at the last minute. If there was ever any reason to doubt the importance of electing female legislators, the GOP congresswomen dispelled it with this action.

  • Kentucky Cantata, an intensely memorable play written by Paul David Young, is the story of an idealistic 18-year-old girl who leaves her rural Kentucky home to pursue an acting career in New York City, where she is raped almost immediately after landing at LaGuardia. The subject is horrific, but Mr. Young handles the matter with dignity and grace—adding a twist that catches each of us in our prejudices against immigrants. The playwright was formerly a partner in an international law firm with a J.D.

  • How many city officials does it take to figure out a reasonable accommodation for a pregnant police officer who is scheduled to take her promotional exam on the same day as her due date? In the case of Akema Thompson, who has been a police officer with the New York City Police Department for five years, the entire New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services ("DCAS") was apparently not enough.

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