Through its litigation initiatives, Legal Momentum has made historic and enduring contributions to the rights and opportunities available to women. This is often accomplished through participation in cases as amicus curiae ("friend of the court"). Amici are groups or individuals who are not parties to the case but have particular expertise in the issues at its heart. They bring their expertise to the court in the form of an amicus brief to inform the court’s deliberations. Each year Legal Momentum writes and joins numerous amicus briefs in cases dealing with issues central to our mission.
Fairness in the Courts | Violence Against Women and GirlsJoined Amicus Brief: Concerning the NYC Police Department’s practice of refusing to arrest men who beat their wives and family court clerks refusing to allow battered women to seek Orders of Protection against their husbands.
Equal Educational OpportunitiesJoined Amicus Brief: Whether Congress intended for Title IX, the law prohibiting sex discrimination in schools that receive federal funds, to be a private right of action.
Workplace Equality and Economic EmpowermentPublic Benefits and PovertyJoined Amicus Brief: Determined whether an employer who refuses to accept applications from women with pre-school age children violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.