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Policy Recap

  • Supreme Court Justice Kennedy announces retirement
  • Supreme Court issues decisions on fake women’s health clinics, Muslim ban, and labor rights
  • Federal judge rules families separated by the border be reunited

Supreme Court Justice Kennedy announces retirement

On Wednesday afternoon, it was announced that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will be retiring at the end of July. Justice Kennedy, 81, though a moderate conservative, was the deciding vote in several landmark cases, such as Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which affirmed abortion access, and Obergefell v. Hodges, which essentially legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. His retirement opens the path for Trump to nominate an extreme and right-wing judge that will likely severely undermine abortion rights, LGBTQ rights, voting rights, and other key freedoms. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has declared his intention to confirm a nominee by the fall.

  • Read NAPAWF’s statement on Justice Kennedy’s retirement
  • Learn about the implications Justice Kennedy’s retirement has on abortion rights and the future of Roe v. Wade
  • Learn about the potential extreme nominees that Trump could pick

Supreme Court issues decisions on fake women’s health clinics, Muslim ban, and labor rights

Photo credit: #EndtheLies campaign

The Supreme Court recently released several disappointing decisions:

  • In NIFLA v. Becerra, the court struck down California’s Reproductive FACT Act, a law that required fake women’s health clinics (also known as “crisis pregnancy centers”) to disclose if they are not medically licensed facilities. This decision gives the green light to deceptive behaviors practiced by fake clinics that prey on pregnant poor women and women of color and intentionally coerce them out of having an abortion.
  • In Trump v. Hawaii, the court ruled in favor of Trump’s Muslim ban, which imposes travel restrictions on people from Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. The majority opinion stated that it is within the President’s authority to impose such a ban on particular countries. In her dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor drew parallels of the Muslim ban to Korematsu v. United States, which enabled the detention of Japanese Americans during World War II.

  • In Janus v. AFSCME, the court decided that public sector unions cannot charge “agency fees” to employees who also benefit from union negotiations. The decision deals a major blow to the labor rights movement and dramatically weakens the ability of unions to function and serve laborers. Read more here.


Federal judge orders families separated at the border be reunited

Photo credit: Houston Chronicle

After the crisis around the separation of immigrant children from their parents at the US border continued growing over the past few weeks, a federal judge in San Diego ruled that immigration authorities must reunite separated families with in 30 days and that children younger than the age of five must be reunited with their families within 14 days. Since Trump’s announcement of a “zero-tolerance policy,” which criminally prosecuting migrants who cross the border, immigration authorities have separated over 2,000 children from their families at the border. While he eventually announced an executive order to keep families together, the order still essentially enables immigration authorities to detain families together in inhumane facilities.

  • See a visual explainer of the family separation crisis at the border
  • Read more about the Flores settlement that states children cannot be detained


NAPAWF in the News

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Want to join a multi-city team working for reproductive justice for AAPI women, girls, trans, and gender nonconforming folks? Help us find our next NAPAWF organizers and coordinator! We are looking for:

More information is available here: https://www.napawf.org/jobs.html

Join us at the National Association of Women Lawyers’ 2018 Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon!

NAPAWF is pleased to be a Partnering Organization of the National Association of Women Lawyers’ 2018 Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon on Thursday, July 19 at the Grand Hyatt New York in New York City. We have arranged a special 10% discount for our members. To register, please go here and use the code “AMNAPAWF2018” to get the discount.

The Luncheon will draw over 900 attendees, including outside and in-house counsel, and attorneys from government, military, non-profits, and academia. The 2018 awards to be presented include:

  • NAWL President’s Award for the advancement and retention of women attorneys by an organization – to 3M Company;
  • Arabella Babb Mansfield Award in recognition of professional achievement, positive influence, and valuable contribution to women in the law and society – to Roberta Kaplan;
  • Lead by Example Award for a leading male attorney in a law firm, company, government unit or public interest entity who supports the advancement of women within his organization – to Ben Wilson, Chairman of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C; and
  • M. Ashley Dickerson Award in recognition of lawyers who promote diversity – Sandra Phillips Rogers, Group Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Legal Officer, and Corporate Secretary of Toyota Motor North America, Inc.

In addition to the Awards Luncheon celebrating leaders in our organization and profession, there will be comprehensive and rich programming relevant to women in all fields of legal practice.

Registration is open to NAWL members and non-members. Scholarships are available for attorneys who wish to attend but may not be able to do so due to cost considerations.

For additional information about NAWL and the 2018 Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon, visit www.nawl.org.


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