G. Elaine Wood Elected Chair of Legal Momentum Board of Directors; Laura A. Wilkinson Elected First Vice Chair

New York, NY June 25, 2014--At its quarterly meeting in New York City on June 19, 2014, the Board of Directors of Legal Momentum, the oldest non-profit legal organization dedicated to advancing the rights of women and girls, elected board members G. Elaine Wood as its new Chair and Laura A. Wilkinson as its First Vice Chair, effective July 1st.

Brother’s Keeper’s Should Also Support Girls and Young Women of Color

While welcoming the Brother’s Keeper Initiative as a needed step in addressing unmet needs in at risk communities, Legal Momentum today sounded a cautionary note as well. “We’re concerned about the message it sends in not explicitly including girls and young women of color,” said Legal Momentum Government Affairs Vice-President, Lisalyn R. Jacobs. “The Initiative contemplates intervention in a number of key areas from impacting suspension rates to increasing the numbers of job- and apprenticeship-training programs.

5 Outstanding Women Executives to Be Honored at Aiming High Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

NEW YORK, NY - Legal Momentum, the Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund, will hold its 2014 Aiming High Awards on Wednesday, April 30th, recognizing remarkable women whose personal leadership has broken new ground for women in business. Now in its 44th year of advancing the rights of women and girls, Legal Momentum has hosted the Aiming High Awards for 14 years to highlight the accomplishments of women and the benefits of pro-diversity policies in the nation’s most successful companies.

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Provisions of Violence Against Women Act

On Wednesday, March 26, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered an important decision in the case of U.S. vs. Castleman, ruling that someone convicted of minor domestic violence offenses can be barred from possessing guns. Citing a brief in which Legal Momentum participated as co-counsel, the Supreme Court unanimously upheld the provisions of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that ban gun possession by those who have been convicted in state court of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence.

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