Spotlight

  • An April 5 article on FeministCurrent.com, INTERVIEW: Marian Hatcher sets the record straight on the new U.S. anti-trafficking bill, SESTA-FOSTA, cites Legal Momentum’s research and provides an excellent explanation of why trafficking survivors and the organizations that represent them advocated for this new legislation.
  • Lynn Hecht Schafran, an expert in gender issues affecting courts, said in an interview that she expects defense lawyers to question potential jurors about their views on sexual abuse in light of the #MeToo movement.
  • Legal Momentum Advocates for Historic Anti-Trafficking LegislationOn Wednesday, March 21, the Senate voted overwhelmingly, 97-2, to pass FOSTA-SESTA, the anti-trafficking bill that modifies Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 (CDA). Legal Momentum was actively involved in advocating for this historic legislation that will enable survivors to take legal action against websites that knowingly facilitate commercial sex trafficking.
  • On Wednesday, March 21, the Senate voted overwhelmingly, 97-2, to pass FOSTA-SESTA, the anti-trafficking bill that modifies Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996. The bill will enable survivors of online commercial sex trafficking to sue the websites that facilitate this evil. It now goes to the President’s desk in the White House.
  • "I don't make history, I am history." — Joan Baez As we celebrate Women’s History Month, it makes sense to think about who makes history and how the present time will be viewed from the perspective of the future.
  • Legal Momentum was deeply saddened by the passing on March 16 of Lisa Quiroz, president of the Time Warner Foundation and senior vice president and chief diversity officer of Time Warner. Ms. Quiroz was a 2017 Aiming High awardee—honored by Legal Momentum last year because of her deep and longstanding personal and professional commitment to nurturing diverse talent and creating quality content for multicultural audiences.
  • NEW YORK, March 15, 2018—Sonja Hoel Perkins, a long-time venture capitalist who founded The Perkins Fund in 2016, will be honored with a 2018 Women of Achievement Award by Legal Momentum, the Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund, at its Women of Achievement Awards Dinner on March 21, 2018 in San Francisco. Legal Momentum leads action for the legal rights of women through education and advocacy.
  • If you don't feel like declaring yourself an RBG fan with themed clothing or accessories, a charitable donation makes an amazing birthday gift. Ginsburg founded the Women's Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union in 1972 and worked there until she was appointed to the federal bench in 1980.
  • Enough is Enough Summit & Briefing April 25, 2018; Washington, DCNEW YORK, NY - The Enough Is Enough campaign, launched in December by coalition partners National Organization for Women (NOW), Legal Momentum, Feminist Majority, National Congress of Black Women, UNITE HERE, and Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, is holding a one-day summit and congressional briefing on April 25, 2018 in Washington, D.C.
  • Karen Chesley of Boies Schiller Flexner, who is litigating a civil case against Backpage.com in Florida launched last year with the women’s advocacy group Legal Momentum, said fears about expansive new liability for tech companies are overblown. “It would be a tortured reading of the bill to say that accepting seemingly legitimate ads, without more, would create liability for knowingly facilitating sex trafficking,” she said.
  • NEW YORK, March 13, 2018— Michelle Leetham, Chief Legal Officer & Secretary at Rodan + Fields’, the #1 skincare brand in the U.S.[1] and one of the fastest-growing disruptors in beauty,will be honored with a 2018 Women of Achievement Award by Legal Momentum, the Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund, at its Women of Achievement Awards Dinner on March 21, 2018 in San Francisco. Legal Momentum leads action for the legal rights of women through education and advocacy. The award recognizes women who have achieved distinction in law, business, and public service.