Spotlight

  • Today is the second annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Across the nation, people are wearing orange to honor the millions of lives affected by gun violence and spur action to prevent gun violence nationwide. The Wear Orange campaign is spearheaded by Everytown for Gun Safety. It was inspired by a small group of teens at a South Side Chicago high school who wore orange—the color that hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves and others—to honor the life of a classmate killed by gun violence in 2013.
  • Legal Momentum applauds the appointment of Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura as the first woman secretary general of FIFA, the governing body of world soccer. FIFA President Gianni Infantino announced her appointment by the FIFA Council on May 13, 2016. Ms. Samoura, who is Senegalese, is the first woman and first African to hold this post.
  • Aiming High Awards Luncheon 2016 Announces Outstanding Honorees Tuesday, June 7 2016—Cipriani 42nd Street—New York City
  • Legal Momentum applauds and thanks Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeffrey Klein, and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie for including paid leave and fair minimum wage policies in the state budget. These policies will strengthen opportunity for working families because they are good for working people, good for New York State, and good for business. We are pleased to see New York in the vanguard on these issues nationally.
  • Legal Momentum is in the vanguard, spurring national change to end enterprises that facilitate exploitation of at-risk women and girls. On Thursday, Legal Momentum published an op-ed in the Seattle Times calling for the federal government to take strong action against Backpage.com and other websites that facilitate online exploitation of vulnerable girls and women.
  • In conjunction with Teen Dating Violence Month 2016, happening this February, Legal Momentum is pleased to announce the release of a new set of educational materials for judges, courts, court-related professionals, schools, parents, teens, and the community to learn about the dangers and consequences of Teen Dating Violence. The information and resources sheets were developed by the National Judicial Education Program (NJEP), Legal Momentum’s award-winning judicial education project, with funding from the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women.*
  • Justice Marie Garibaldi, the first woman appointed to the New Jersey Supreme Court, passed away on January 15 at age 81. Legal Momentum salutes this trailblazer for women’s equality.
  • Legal Momentum applauds and thanks President Obama for taking executive action to end the scourge of gun violence plaguing our country. Too often, domestic violence survivors and their families are endangered by gun violence and threats of gun violence.
  • Legal Momentum is relieved and encouraged by yesterday’s guilty verdict in the trial of Daniel Holtzclaw, the former Oklahoma City police officer who abused his authority to sexually coerce and assault 13 Black women, one of them only a teen.The fact that this serial abuse by a uniformed officer occurred demonstrates the urgent need to continue working with law enforcement on needed reforms. As one of the victims testified, “What kind of police do you call on the police?” 
  • Please join Legal Momentum's National Judicial Education Program for a free webinar: Raped or "Seduced"? How Language Helps Shape Our Response to Sexual Violence Date: Thursday, December 10, 2015Time: 3-4:30 PM EST  |  2-3:30 PM CST  |  1-2:30 PM MST  |  12-1:30 PM PSTClick here to register.
  • Fordham Magazine profiles Carol Robles-Román's lifelong commitment to gender justice for women and girls and highlights Legal Momentum's recent achievements. Carol is a Fordham alumna.