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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

The National Association of Women Lawyers Amends Statement of Qualification of Supreme Court Nominee Hon. Brett Kavanaugh: On October 2, 2018, the National Association of Women Lawyers amended their statement of qualification of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to reflect their concerns regarding his "integrity, judicial temperament, and overall fitness" for the Supreme Court. Read the full statement here.

Thank ABA President Bob Carlson for his letter calling for the delay on the SCOTUS Vote: On September 27, 2018, ABA President Bob Carlson called on the Senate Judiciary Committee to delay the vote on SCOTUS nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh until the FBI investigates the allegations made by Prof. Christine Blasey Ford during her testimony. To show your support for the rule of law and due process under the law you can email President Carlson at ABAPresident@americanbar.org

The National Bar Association Opposes the Confirmation of Kavanaugh Due to Concerns Over His Judicial Demeanor and Lack of Impartiality Following His Sept. 27 Testimony: On October 3, 2018, the National Bar Association issued a statement strongly opposing the appointment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. Read the full statement here

New York State Bar Association Calls for a Delay on the Kavanaugh Vote Until FBI Investigates Assault Allegations: On September 28, 2018, The New York State Bar Association joined the ABA's call to halt the consideration of nominee Brett Kavanaugh until an FBI investigation is completed into sexual assault allegations. Read the full statement here.

New York County Lawyers Association Calls for a Delay on the Kavanaugh Vote Until FBI Investigates Assault Allegations: On September 28, 2018, The New York County Lawyers Association joined the ABA's call to halt the consideration of nominee Brett Kavanaugh until an FBI investigation is completed into sexual assault allegations. Read the full statement here.

The New York City Bar Association Urges Senate to Delay Kavanaugh Vote Until FBI Investigates Assault Allegations: On September 28, 2018, the New York City Bar Association urged the Senate to defer a confirmation vote on nominee Brett Kavanaugh until an FBI investigation is completed into sexual assault allegations. Read the full statement here.
  

The Hispanic National Bar Association Opposes Judge Brett Kavanaugh: On September 27, 2018, for the first time in the organization's history, the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) submitted a letter to the ranking members of the Senate Judiciary Committee opposing Supreme Court Nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Read the full letter here

The National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) Calls for Full Investigation of SCOTUS Nominee Brett Kavanaugh: On September 28, 2018, the NAWL joined with the American Bar Association's call for due process and full investigation of the sexual assault allegations raised against U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Read the full statement here

The American Bar Association (ABA) Calls for a Delay on the Kavanaugh Vote Until FBI Investigates Assault Allegations:  On September 27, 2018, the ABA called on the Senate Judiciary Committee to halt the consideration of nominee Brett Kavanaugh until an FBI investigation is completed into sexual assault allegations. Read the full letter here

National Bar Association (NBA) Calls for a Delay on the Kavanaugh Vote Until FBI Investigates Assault Allegations:  On September 28, 2018, the NBA called on the Senate Judiciary Committee to halt the consideration of nominee Brett Kavanaugh until an FBI investigation is completed into sexual assault allegations. Read the full letter here

The National Bar Association SCOTUS Nomination Process Letter: On August 31, 2018, President Joseph Drayton submitted a letter to Senator Charles E. Grassley (R-IA) to express the Association's concern over the nomination process for Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Read the full letter here.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh Nomination Opposition Letter by Women Attorneys: On September 4, 2018, Women Lawyers on Guard submitted a letter signed by over 170 prominent women attorneys opposing Judge Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court. Read the full letter here

Law Professor Supreme Court Nomination Letter: On August 29, 2018, 336 law professors from across the country issued a letter to Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) urging them to vote against Judge Brett kavanaugh when his nomination to the Supreme Court comes to the Senate Floor. Read the full letter here

The National Association of Women Lawyers Finds Judge Brett Kavanaugh "Not Qualified": The National Association of Women Lawyers' Committee for the Evaluation of Supreme Court Nominees found Brett Kavanaugh "not qualified" for nomination to the Supreme Court because he has "failed to demonstrate the requisite commitment to women's rights or issues that have a special impact on women." Read the full statement here

The Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Supreme Court Nomination Opposition Letter: On August 29, 2018, The Board of Directors of the Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under Law issued a letter to Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to express their opposition to the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Read the full letter here.

Toolkit for Op-Eds on Supreme Court Nomination: In advance of the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh, the Center for Reproductive Rights has created reference materials and a toolkit for lawyers interested in publishing an op-ed or letter to the editor in their state and/or local newspaper in Alaska, Maine, North Dakota, West Virginia, and Indiana. Additional states include Alabama, Florida, Montana, Tennessee, Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, and Nevada. 

The toolkit includes information about how to write and have your op-ed or letter to the editor published, an overview of the nomination process to-date, and a factsheet related to Kavanaugh's key decisions. If you are interested in the toolkit, please contact Aracely Muñoz, amunoz@reprorights.org.

 

Upcoming Programs

Please join our partners, the Women's Bar Association of DC for the program, "What's at Stake for Women in the Supreme Court Confirmation Process?" featuring Susan Inman, Chief Counsel for Federal Policy & Advocacy at the Center for Reproductive Rights. The program will take place on Tuesday October 16, 2018 at 6:00pm at Sidley Austin LLP, 1501 K Street, NW, Washington, DC United States, 20005. Register here

You're invited: Friday, October 19, 2018. Akerman LLP 777 South Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, FL 33401. Join us for the program, "Liberty Rights and the New Supreme Court" from 12:00pm-1:30pm. Register here! 


Resources

Article Available: Supreme Court Nominee Threat to Reproductive Rights by Jose Caldera. This article was published in the Courier Tribune (September 13, 2018). 

Article Available: Kavanaugh is a Threat to Constitutional Right to Abortion and Birth Control by Jose Caldera. This article was published in the St. Louis American (September 12, 2018).

Video Available: Mirah Curzer, Co-Chair of the Sex and Law Committee, testified to the New York City Council on behalf of the New York City Bar Association in favor of the Reproductive Health Act (September 20, 2018).

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).