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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Announcement: Planned Parenthood Federation of America Seeks Two Staff Attorneys

Planned Parenthood Federation of America:

STAFF ATTORNEY, PUBLIC POLICY LITIGATION AND LAW, PLANNED PARENTHOOD FEDERATION OF AMERICA

The Public Policy Litigation and Law Department (PPL&L) of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) seeks two Staff Attorneys to join our team. These positions can be located in either our New York City or Washington, DC office.

PPL&L provides legal advice both to the national organization and to Planned Parenthood affiliates across the country on public policy issues that affect the mission of the organization. PPL&L also conducts and participates in high visibility litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country to advance the Planned Parenthood mission.

We seek attorneys with outstanding credentials who have 2 to 7 years of litigation experience, ideally involving questions of constitutional law. The successful candidates’ responsibilities will be commensurate with his/her experience.

Competitive public interest salary that is based on experience, plus comprehensive benefits. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds.

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to litandlaw@ppfa.org. Please indicate whether you prefer the NYC office, DC office, or both. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

January 12, 2014 in Miscellaneous | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, September 23, 2013

This Wednesday: Participate in "Unite Tonight" with Center for Reproductive Rights

Via the Center for Reproductive Rights:

Unite Tonight with the Center for Reproductive Rights this Wednesday

The Center for Reproductive Rights is holding Unite Tonight events around the country on Wednesday, Sept. 25. Flagship events will be held in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, DC and Fort Worth.

If you’re interested in hosting your own event to rally friends in support of reproductive rights, sign up to be an Ambassador at DrawTheLine.org. The Center will host a live, interactive online presentation hosted by Michelle Maryk and will feature a conversation with the Center’s president and CEO, Nancy Northup and messages from celebrity supporters of the Center’s Draw the Line campaign.

September 23, 2013 in Miscellaneous | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Center for Reproductive Rights Job Announcement

The Center for Reproductive Rights:  The Center for Reproductive Rights Seeks Special Counsel and Director of Judicial Strategy:

Center Background
The Center for Reproductive Rights (the “Center”), a global human rights organization founded in 1992 with expertise in constitutional and international law, seeks a Special Counsel and Director of Judicial Strategy of the U.S. Legal Program to be based in its New York City headquarters. This new position will lead the Center’s aggressive campaign to restore robust constitutional and legal protection for reproductive rights throughout the U.S.

The Special Counsel and Director of Judicial Strategy will join the team of an innovative and cutting-edge organization committed to promoting the equality, reproductive health, and self-determination of women throughout the world. National-level courts, regional human rights courts, and United Nations bodies have increasingly recognized that a woman’s right to reproductive autonomy and reproductive healthcare are basic human rights that must be protected. The Center for Reproductive Rights has played a key role in these groundbreaking victories and works with attorneys and advocates in the U.S., Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe. The Center’s groundbreaking litigation and advocacy has transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies, and its undivided focus on reproductive rights has given it unparalleled expertise in the use of constitutional, international and comparative human rights law to hold governments accountable for failing to ensure women’s access to critical reproductive healthcare services.

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August 14, 2013 in Miscellaneous | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Martha Fineman on Masculinities Scholarship and Feminist Legal Theory

Martha Fineman (Emory Univ. School of Law) has posted Feminism, Masculinities, and Multiple Identities on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

Masculinities scholarship could be seen as distinct from and complementary to feminist theory — an independent and parallel companion theory, developed by men. In this regard, from a feminist’s perspective masculinities scholarship might be thought of as ethnography, helpfully providing insights into the operations and assumptions of a distinct masculine culture. This approach would seem to validate the notion that there are significant differences between men’s and women’s experiences and perspectives, and consideration of both is necessary to form a complete legal theory picture. Feminist legal theory and masculinities theory are thus seen as both contrasting and complementary in nature.

On the other hand, masculinities scholarship can be understood as providing the basis for a critique of feminist legal theory. This approach begins with the allegation that feminist legal theory generally and incorrectly treats men as a monolithic group when there is in fact a multiplicity of male identities. Masculinities scholarship, in this framing, could be categorized as the male-focused companion to critiques that have been made over the past thirty years that feminist legal theory is excluding and essentializing. It is this understanding of the significance of masculinities to feminist legal theory that prompted this Essay.

May 14, 2013 in Miscellaneous, Scholarship and Research | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, February 25, 2013

Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop Dies at 96

In the 1980s, President Reagan -- under pressure from anti-choice activists -- directed C. Everett Koop to review the research on abortion and report back about the health effects of the procedure.  Although personally opposed to abortion, Koop refused to issue the report, finding that there was no credible evidence that abortion caused women either physical or mental harm.  Unfortunately, anti-choice activists continue to perpetuate the myth that abortion causes lasting emotional trauma and to push for laws that require doctors to pass along this misinformation to women.

See: The Guttmacher Institute: Abortion and Mental Health: Myths and Realities

The New York Times: C. Everett Koop, Forceful U.S. Surgeon General, Dies at 96, by Holcomb B. Noble:

Dr. C. Everett Koop, who was widely regarded as the most influential surgeon general in American history and played a crucial role in changing public attitudes about smoking, died on Monday at his home in Hanover, N.H. He was 96. . . .

Dr. Koop was completing a successful career as a pioneer in pediatric surgery when he was nominated for surgeon general, having caught the attention of conservatives with a series of seminars, films and books in collaboration with the theologian Francis Schaeffer that expressed anti-abortion views. . . .

February 25, 2013 in Abortion, Current Affairs, Miscellaneous, President/Executive Branch | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Ronald Dworkin Dies at 81

The New York Times: Ronald Dworkin, Legal Philosopher, Dies at 81, by Adam Liptak:

Ronald Dworkin, a legal philosopher and public intellectual of bracingly liberal views who insisted that morality is the touchstone of constitutional interpretation, died Thursday in London. He was 81. . . .

Professor Dworkin’s most influential book was “Law’s Empire,” on the nature and role of adjudication. It was among the most-cited books on law of the last century. He also wrote “Life’s Dominion,” on abortion, euthanasia and the questions they raise . . . .

February 14, 2013 in Miscellaneous, Scholarship and Research | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Center for Reproductive Rights: Director of Government Relations Search

Center for Reproductive Rights:

Director of Government Relations, Washington, DC

11.28.12 - Job Title: Director of Government Relations

Department: Government Relations (based in Washington, DC)

Job Posted On: Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Click here for detailed job description.

November 29, 2012 in Miscellaneous | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Thanks To My Spring Research Assistants!

Phil Grommet
Olivia Carrano Beth Shyken
Thank you to my fabulous research assistants for their invaluable help with this blog during spring semester 2012:

Philip Grommet (3L), Beth Shyken (2L), and Olivia Carrano (2L)

June 19, 2012 in Law School, Miscellaneous | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

PPNYC Announces Fifth Annual "Roe on the Rocks" Benefit

Via Planned Parenthood of New York City:

PRESS CONTACT:  Mel Gagarin
(212) 274-7294/mel.gagarin@ppnyc.org
 
ASOBI SEKSU, NORTH HIGHLANDS, LITTLE,BIG, AND SARA BENINCASA PLAY FIFTH ANNUAL ROE ON THE ROCKS BENEFIT FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF NEW YORK CITY
 
Our Access to Basic Health Care Is Under Attack. We Have a Say.
Stand with Planned Parenthood and Fight Back.
 
New York, NY – This April 16th, 2012, at a time when our right to basic health care is under attack, New York dream pop band, Asobi Seksu, along with special guests North Highlands and Little,Big, will play the fifth annual Roe on the Rocks benefit concert at The Highline Ballroom. Award-winning comedian and writer, Sara Benincasa, will be the evening’s emcee.  All proceeds from the event will go to Planned Parenthood of New York City.
 
The Roe on the Rocks concert is held every year to recognize Roe v Wade, the historic Supreme Court Case which 39 years ago confirmed women’s right to privacy and thus access to abortion services.  The show couldn’t come at a more important time – amidst the worst attacks on not just reproductive rights but access to basic health care. Past acts have included Regina Spektor, Thao with The Get Down Stay Down, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and (others).
 
What:   5th Annual Roe on the Rocks Benefit Concert for Planned Parenthood of New York City
 
Who:    Asobi Seksu
            Sara Benincasa
            North Highlands
            Little,Big
            Planned Parenthood of New York City
 
Where:   Highline Ballroom, NYC
              431 W 16th St, between 9th and 10th Avenue
              New York, NY 10011
 
When:    April 16th, 2012
              Doors open at 7:00pm
 
Tickets:    General Admission: $25
                VIP: $75
              
For event information, please contact Stephanie Demmons stephanie.demmons@ppnyc.org

April 3, 2012 in Abortion, Miscellaneous, Music | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Research Shows That Women Pay More Than Men For Health Insurance

The New York Times: Gender Gap Persists in Cost of Health Insurance, by Robert Pear:

K3875347Women still pay more than men for the same health insurance coverage, according to new research and data from online brokers.

The new health care law will prohibit such “gender rating,” starting in 2014. But gaps persist in most states, with no evidence that insurers have taken steps to reduce them.

For a popular Blue Cross Blue Shield plan in Chicago, a 30-year-old woman pays $375 a month, which is 31 percent more than what a man of the same age pays for the same coverage, according to eHealthInsurance.com, a leading online source of health insurance. . . .

March 21, 2012 in Miscellaneous, Scholarship and Research, Women, General | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, December 30, 2011

Thanks to my research assistants!

Beth Shyken 

Phil Grommet

 

 

 

Many thanks to CUNY Law students Beth Shyken (2L) and Phillip Grommet (3L) for their excellent work researching for this blog in 2011!

December 30, 2011 in Law School, Miscellaneous | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Press Release: International Commission Rules U.S. Denied Justice to Domestic Violence Survivor

Landmark Human Rights Case Finds that Failure to Enforce a Restraining Order and Indifference to Domestic Violence Led to Daughters’ Deaths:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a landmark decision, an international tribunal has found the U.S. government responsible for human rights violations against a Colorado woman and her three deceased children who were victims of domestic violence.

Jessica Lenahan (Gonzales) v. United States is the first case brought by a domestic violence survivor against the U.S. before an international human rights body, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). The IACHR ruling also sets forth comprehensive recommendations for changes to U.S. law and policy pertaining to domestic violence.

The case concerns a tragic 1999 incident in which police in Castle Rock, Colorado failed to respond to Jessica Lenahan’s repeated calls for help after her estranged husband, Simon Gonzales, kidnapped their three young children in violation of a domestic violence restraining order. Ten hours after Lenahan’s first call to the police, her husband drove up to the Castle Rock Police Department and began firing his gun at the police station. The police returned fire, killing Gonzales. Inside the truck, the police found the bodies of the three girls – Rebecca, Katheryn, and Leslie – who had been shot dead. Local authorities failed to conduct a proper investigation into the children’s deaths, resulting in questions about the cause, time, and place of their deaths that remain to this day.

“I have waited 12 years for justice, knowing in my heart that police inaction led to the tragic and untimely deaths of my three young daughters,” said Lenahan. “Today’s decision tells the world that the government violated my human rights by failing to protect me and my children from domestic violence.”

Lenahan is represented by the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Miami School of Law, the Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic and the American Civil Liberties Union.

“The commission’s determination that the United States violated Ms. Lenahan’s and her children’s human rights by failing to ensure their protection from domestic violence has far-reaching implications,” said Professor Caroline Bettinger-Lopez, director of the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Miami School of Law. “As our country seeks to promote human rights of women and children around the world, we must also look at our own record here at home.”

The commission’s decision stands in stark contrast to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Town of Castle Rock v. Jessica Gonzales (2005), where the justices ruled that Lenahan (then Gonzales) had no constitutional right to police protection, and that the failure of the police to enforce Lenahan's order of protection was not unconstitutional. Lenahan then filed a petition against the U.S. before the IACHR, alleging violations of international human rights.

“Now that the commission has appropriately found the police and the United States responsible for their appalling lack of action, it is critical that they be held accountable,” said Lenora Lapidus, director of the ACLU Women’s Rights Project. “We can no longer accept police departments' failure to treat domestic violence seriously and to regard it as simply a private matter unworthy of serious police attention.”

Established in 1959, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights is charged with promoting the observance of and respect for human rights throughout the Americas. The commission is expressly authorized to examine allegations of human rights violations by all 35 member-states of the Organization of American States, which includes the United States, and to investigate specific allegations of violations of Inter-American human rights treaties, declarations and other legal instruments.

"We know that the issue of violence against women is one that the Obama Administration cares deeply about,” said Peter Rosenblum, director of the Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic. “We encourage the Administration to work with the appropriate state and local officials to address and adapt the Commission’s recommendations in a meaningful way."

More information on the case can be found at:

http://www.aclu.org/human-rights-womens-rights/jessica-gonzales-v-usa; http://www.law.miami.edu/hrc/hrc_gonzalez_usa.php;                      http://www.law.columbia.edu/human-rights-institute/initiatives/interamerican/gonzales

August 27, 2011 in International, Miscellaneous, Women, General | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

PPNYC Fundraiser: July 25th

Planned Parenthood of New York City announces Seventh Annual “Summer, Sex and Spirits” Benefit at Hudson Terrace Features Burlesque Performances, Open Bar, Entertainment by Mistress B, Silent Auction and more

She helped create some of New York City’s most infamous club nights over the past decade and a half, and now the legendary DJ Justine D, along with her longtime friend DJ Ayres, have joined forces with Planned Parenthood of New York City – spinning music at the organization’s seventh annual “Summer, Sex & Spirits” Fundraiser. . . .

July 13, 2011 in Miscellaneous | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Thanks To My Summer Research Assistants!

Jenn Feeley Amy Hager

Now that Labor Day has come and gone, it's time to say THANKS to my fabulous research assistants, CUNY Law students AMY HAGER ('11) and JENN FEELEY ('12), for their work this summer researching issues for this blog.



September 7, 2010 in Law School, Miscellaneous | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, August 16, 2010

In Memoriam: Mary Anne Warren

Via Leiter Reports: A Philosophy Blog:

In Memorian: Mary Anne Warren (1946-2010)

A feminist philosopher, Professor Warren taught for many years at San Francisco State University, and was especially well-known for widely anthologized and discussed work in bioethics, especially on abortion.

See also: What Sorts of People: David Lee Hull and Mary Anne Warren

August 16, 2010 in Abortion, Miscellaneous | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Gov. Paterson Signs No-Fault Divorce Bill for New York

NY Times: Paterson Signs No-Fault Divorce Bill:

Gov. David A. Paterson signed into law a package of bills on divorce on Sunday, including one making New York one of the last states to allow couples to dissolve marriages by mutual consent.

The no-fault divorce bill allows a couple to dissolve the marriage by mutual consent and without requiring one spouse to accuse the other of adultery, cruelty, imprisonment or abandonment. It also allows one spouse to divorce the other unilaterally.

Supporters said the bill would end an epidemic of institutionalized perjury in divorce courts, with some spouses said to falsely testify to wrongdoing to get a divorce. Opponents, including the Roman Catholic Church, said the no-fault measure would lead to higher divorce rates. . . .

August 16, 2010 in Miscellaneous, State and Local News, State Legislatures | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

New York on Brink of Becoming Last State to Adopt No-Fault Divorce

Wall St. Journal: Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, by Ilyon Woo:

False confessions, graphic testimony, framed spouses and 'unknown blondes': a history of the difficulty in getting divorced, and how it could now change

In 1961, as cheap, fast Mexican divorces became popular, Marilyn Monroe traveled to Ciudad Juarez to file for divorce from playwright Arthur Miller (above, in happier days).

Unhappy couples in New York have long gone to extremes to throw off the shackles of matrimony—in the worst cases, framing their spouses, producing graphic testimony about affairs, or even confessing to crimes they did not commit. All this will fade into the past if, as expected, Gov. David Paterson signs a bill making New York the last state in the country to adopt unilateral no-fault divorce. . . .

August 15, 2010 in Miscellaneous, State and Local News, State Legislatures | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Columnist Argues Mortgage Companies Should Discriminate, Even Against Those on Parental Leave, to Limit Risk

The Atlantic: Mortgage Companies Should Discriminate, by Daniel Indiviglio:

Home for sale Lately, there have been several news stories chastising mortgage companies for taking new measures to discriminate among borrowers. Fannie Mae was the target of a few of these criticisms, for doing things like forbidding to back new loans from a strategic defaulters for seven years and from homeowners that have second liens from solar panel loans. In the New York Times Tuesday, there was another article meant to spark outrage among readers: some mortgage companies are making it more difficult for pregnant women to get mortgages. Instead of dismay, however, my reaction was relief.

All measures underwriters use to discriminate among applicants aim at the same end -- to limit the risk for providing a loan. So let's take Times example to consider whether or not it's a fair practice, since it might appear particularly egregious. The news probably evoked rage among many readers because society reveres pregnant women -- as it should. But although their decision to have a child is a wonderful thing, their state must be considered in a risk context by a loan underwriter. . . . 

July 22, 2010 in Miscellaneous, Pregnancy & Childbirth | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, July 12, 2010

Note to Readers

Apologies for the unintended hiatus while I have been on vacation.  I lost internet access and was unable to update the blog over the past week.

-CEB

July 12, 2010 in Miscellaneous | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, June 14, 2010

Officials Warn that World Cup Puts Women at Risk of Violence

Salon.com: The World Cup of domestic abuse, by Tracy Clark-Flory:

Officials warn women that the games put them at risk for violence
Soccer Ball As the World Cup kicks off, and booze and emotions begin to flow freely, U.K. officials are worried that women are at serious risk. Make all the jokes you want about men and their sports, especially English men and their football, but the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has launched an awareness-raising campaign to prevent domestic violence during the games. 

In 2006, there was a 25 percent average increase in domestic violence reports when England had matches; and the day England was eliminated, that number rose to 30 percent, according to the U.K.'s Home Office. . . .

June 14, 2010 in Current Affairs, Miscellaneous, Women, General | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)