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Lawyers Network

The Lawyers Network brings together leaders in the legal community who uphold the rule of law and defend evidence-based decision making. By building knowledge about reproductive rights issues, engaging new allies, and empowering other reproductive rights advocates, our members work to realize the reproductive freedoms that lie at the heart of the promise of human dignity, self-determination, and equality embodied in the U.S. Constitution.


In the Spotlight

#OurBodiesOurVoices: In light of the recent nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court, our partners at the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia (WBA) have launched a campaign entitled #OurBodiesOurVoices to encourage women and men to share their personal stories about their decision to end a pregnancy. The stories are available on their Facebook page. If you are interested in sharing your story, you can upload it to their Facebook timeline or email it to OurBodiesOurVoices@wbadc.org. For more information please visit their website.


Upcoming Programs

September 5, 2018: The Lawyers Network will present “Religious Freedom v. Anti-Discrimination Laws: Can Rights Be Reconciled?” during the LGBT Summit at the 2018 Hispanic National Bar Association Annual Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 5, 2018. Aracely Muñoz, Special Counsel for the Lawyers Network will moderate. Register here


Resources

Podcast Available: With Justice Kennedy’s retirement, is Roe v. Wade done for? Featuring Scott Ruskay-Kidd, Senior Staff Attorney for Judicial Strategy, Center for Reproductive Rights. This podcast was released by Good Law Bad Law Podcast (July 13, 2018).

Article Available: Abortion, Free Speech And Justice Kennedy’s Last Word by Amy Myrick, Staff Attorney for Judicial Strategy, Center for Reproductive Rights. This article was published in Law360 (July 12, 2018).

Article Available: If The Court Can’t Force CPCs To Tell The Truth, It Can’t Force Abortion Providers To Lie by Julie Rikelman, Senior Director of Litigation, and Amy Myrick, Staff Attorney for Judicial Strategy for the Center for Reproductive Rights. This article was published by Huffpost (June 27, 2018).

Article Available: The Attack on Title X- Free to Do What? by Amy Myrick, Staff Attorney for Judicial Strategy, and Rachana Desai Martin, Senior Federal Policy Counsel, Center for Reproductive Rights. This article was published by the American Constitution Society Blog (May 31, 2018).

Video AvailableCommon Threads: Examining State Restrictions on 14thAmendment Rights featuring remarks from Robert M. Carlson, American Bar Association President-Elect, Lourdes Rivera, Senior Vice President, U.S. Programs, Center for Reproductive Rights and Martin Quintana, President, Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois. This event at the American Bar Association included speakers Steven Monroy, Legislative Staff Attorney, MALDEF, Claudia Valenzuela, Detention Project Director, National Immigrant Justice Center, Camilla Taylor, Acting Legal Director, Lambda Legal- Midwest Regional Office and Amy Myrick, Staff Attorney for Judicial Strategy, Center for Reproductive Rights. During a conversation moderated by Laura Beth Nielsen, Research Professor, American Bar Foundation our speakers reflected on recent Supreme Court decisions and the extent to which states can restrict the 14th amendment on four diverse areas of the law – immigration, LGBTQIA rights, reproductive rights and voting rights (March 7, 2018). 

Article Available: Justices Should Uphold State Reproductive FACT Act by Amy Myrick, Staff Attorney for Judicial Strategy, Center for Reproductive Rights. This article was published by The Daily Journal (December 15, 2017).

Article Available: Symposium: The First Amendment Cannot Justify Lying to Women  by Julie Rikelman, Senior Director of Litigation, Center for Reproductive Rights. This article was published by the SCOTUS blog (December 13, 2017).

Article Available: Masterpiece Cakeshop SCOTUS Case Could Also Doom Women’s Rights by Lourdes Rivera, Senior Vice President of U.S. Programs, Center for Reproductive Rights. This article was published by Salon (December 5, 2017).

Article AvailableAbortion, Immigration, and the Courts – Three Judicial Approaches by Amy Myrick, Staff Attorney for Judicial Strategy, Center for Reproductive Rights. This article was published by The American Constitution Society Blog (October 26, 2017)

Video Available (registration required): Federal Rulemaking on Contraception and Implications for Women’s Health featuring Mara Gandal-Powers, Director of Birth Control Access and Senior Counsel, National Women’s Law Center and Madeline Gomez, Legal Fellow, Center for Reproductive Rights as part of the American Bar Association’s Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice Rapid Response Webinar Series (October 24, 2017).

Amicus Brief Available: The Center for Reproductive Rights' Hillary Schneller and Pilar Herrero filed an amicus brief on behalf of the Black Mamas Matter Alliance (BMMA) in the case Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Family Planning and Preventative Health Services Inc, v. Smith (October 13, 2017). 

Video Available
: The Future of Reproductive Rights and the Importance of Bar Engagement featuring Center President & CEO Nancy Northup, Eric Schneiderman, Attorney General of New York State, and Melissa Murray, Alexander F. and May T. Morrison Professor of Law at Berkeley Law moderated by Slate Magazine Senior Editor Dahlia Lithwick. During a conversation at the New York City Bar Association, our speakers reflected on the 2016 Supreme Court decision in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt and the current state of reproductive rights law. Nancy Northup also introduced the Lawyers Network and spoke about the vital role lawyers can play in safeguarding constitutional protections for bodily autonomy and reproductive decision-making (October 4, 2017).

Video Available: Connecting the Dots: The Connection Between State Restrictions on Women’s Rights and Lack of Access to Programs Benefiting Low Income Women and Children featuring Center President and CEO Nancy Northup during the 2017 ABA Annual Meeting in New York, NY (August 2017).

Article Available: Do states with abortion restrictions protect women's health? Report finds an inverse relationship by Debra Cassens Weiss. This blog post, published by the American Bar Association, highlights Nancy Northup’s remarks during the ABA Annual Meeting on the panel, “Connecting the Dots: The Connection Between State Restrictions on Women’s Rights and Lack of Access to Programs Benefiting Low Income Women and Children.” For more information see “Evaluating Priorities: Measuring Women's and Children’s Health and Well-being against Abortion Restrictions in the States- Volume II” (August 2017).

Article Available: The Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice of Latinas: An Imperative for Latina Leadership by Lourdes Rivera, Senior Vice President of U.S. Programs, Center for Reproductive Rights. This article was published in the Hispanic National Bar Association’s E-Noticias Newsletter (June 15, 2017).

Article AvailableOral Arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt:  The Justices Break Their Long Silence on Abortion Rights by Amy Myrick, Staff Attorney for Judicial Strategy, Center for Reproductive Rights. This blog post was published by the American Bar Association’s Civil Rights and Social Justice Committee blog (March 24, 2016).