LM in Action Newsletters

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Subscribe NowOur LM in Action Series highlights the work of our organization. This national newsletter provides an interesting and challenging look at current legal and political issues critical to the advancement of women and girls. Stay up to date with the changes that lie ahead in the struggle for women's rights.

  • September 2022
    • Legal Momentum revisits Harriet Pilpel's “The Fetus as Person: Possible Legal Consequences of the Hogan-Helms Amendment” and examines how the questions she raised in 1974 are coming true today with the overruling of Roe v. Wade
    • We highlight a few of her questions, with links to articles that consider these issues at length. 
    • We also explain what Legal Momentum is doing now that these “potential legal consequences” of fetal personhood are coming to fruition.
  • August 2022
  • July 2022
  • July 2022
    • Wisconsin’s Supreme Court last week handed down a ruling interpreting an important law for criminalized sex trafficking survivors.
    • Chrystul Kizer is a child sex trafficking victim who killed her trafficker in self-defense at the age of 17.
    • Wisconsin’s open-ended affirmative defense statute, and its Supreme Court’s decision in Wisconsin v. Chyrstul Kizer, are important for Chrystul, for all Wisconsin trafficking survivors, and as a model for other states to emulate.
  • July 2022
    • Our 2021-2022 Rights Now! Peer Educators celebrated their graduation from the program at the end of June.
    • The Peer Educators spent months training in our workshop series, updating our content, and facilitating trainings across New York City. 
    • If you'd like to learn more about our Rights Now! program, please reach out to our Program Manager, Rachel LaPointe, at rlapointe@legalmomentum.org.
  • July 2022
    • Roe v. Wade Overturned
    • LGBTQI+ Equal Pay Awareness Day
    • 50 Years of Title IX
    • Legal Momentum's Role in Enforcing Title IX through our Project on Equal Education Rights (PEER)
    • Lynn Hecht Schafran's Letter to the Editor published in the NYT!
    • NYS Passes Pay Transparency bill in the Senate and Assembly!  
  • June 2022
    • Last week Congress passed--and over the weekend President Biden signed into law--the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act.
    • Congress included provisions that partially close the "boyfriend loophole" by not allowing abusers convicted of domestic violence to possess or receive firearms.
    •  Previously the domestic violence firearm prohibition only applied to adjudicated abusers who were currently/formerly married to, cohabitating with, or had a child in common with the victim.
    • The dating violence provisions included in the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act will save lives. Yet there still remain gaps, including that dating partners subject to final protective orders are not covered.
  • June 2022
    • Today, the Supreme Court of the United States overruled Roe v. Wade and eliminated the federal right to abortion. The Dobbs decision is harrowing, but it is not surprising. 
    • Women have long been tasked with caregiving without access to basic maternal care, pregnancy accommodations, paid family leave, paid time off, and affordable childcare.
    • Today, by overruling the federal right to abortion, the Court stripped women of their remaining autonomy to safeguard their own futures.
  • June 2022
    • June 23rd, 2022 is the 50th Anniversary of Title IX. While the legislation was enacted 50 years ago, it wasn't immediately enforced.
    • Legal Momentum established the Project on Equal Education Rights (PEER) to hold the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) accountable in enforcing Title IX's protections.
    • PEER had a three-pronged approach to carry out its mission
    • We invite you to follow along as we share materials from PEER's archives to show how much progress has been made and what work still needs to be done to finally end sex discrimination in schools at every level 
  • June 2022
    •  We are facing yet another critical time in our country and you can do something right now to help Legal Momentum meet this moment to help eradicate all forms of gender inequality and fulfill its mission to protect the economic and physical security of women and girls.  How?  By making a generous contribution today.  Your support will bring us one step closer to our goal. 
  • June 2022

    A brief highlight of what Legal Momentum did in May including:

    • Extensive coverage of defamation law specific to the Depp v Heard trial, and what that may mean for survivors of domestic violence
    • A statement from LM on the new definition of consent put forth by the ALI MPC that stands to bring the law of rape and sexual assault backward
    • Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAIP) Heritage Month and specifically AANHPI Equal Pay Day on May 3rd 
  • June 2022
    • June 23, 2022 is the 50th Anniversary of Title IX, the landmark legislation that prohibited sex discrimination in schools that receive public funding 
    • We co-authored Title IX at 50, a report celebrating the significant progress made in the last 50 years to end sex discrimination in schools while also highlighting the work that remains to be done.