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  • Date: December 31, 2014 Featured In: Civil Rights Advocacy blog

    "Five days later, six women’s groups — Montana NOW, Pennsylvania NOW, Legal Voice, Sexual Violence Law Center, Women’ Law Project, and Legal Momentum — filed an amicus brief before the Montana Supreme Court. This brief documented the rape myths that Baugh used in determining and handing down the sentence he gave to former teacher and convicted rapist Stacey Rambold. We were supporting the Montana Attorney General’s call for overturning the original sentence and remanding the case back to Yellowstone County Court for re-sentencing. The amicus brief we filed focused on rape myths and their inappropriate impact in adjudicating and sentencing in sexual-assault cases. We asked the court to take the effect of these types of rape myths into account when making their decision in this case and, upon remand, to assign the case to a new judge for sentencing. Our amicus went further than the Attorney General’s appeal in that we did not want Baugh to do the resentencing and that we wanted the Supreme Court to order the county to reassign the case to another judge who would be less biased in handling sexual assault cases (December 13, 2013).

  • Date: December 17, 2014 Featured In: North Country Public Radio

    Attorney Christina Brandt-Young is with Legal Momentum, the Women’s Legal Defenseand Education Fund. She said, "If a person can be expelled from school for cheating on a test, or plagiarizing a paper, then they should be expelled for sexually assaulting another student."

  • Date: October 6, 2014 Featured In: Midtown Gazette

    "Christina Brandt-Young, a staff attorney at Legal Momentum, works to educate clients and employers about victims’ rights in the workplace. In New York, she says, it’s against the law for employers to penalize victims for missing work for court dates or other meetings associated with domestic violence. 'There are a couple of different ways that people can use the law to deal with discrimination against domestic violence victims and their needs,' she says. 'But most of the employers don’t know about it.' "

  • Date: May 27, 2014 Featured In: The Daily Beast

    In a statement to The Daily Beast, Sclove said, "I filed these two federal complaints in order to secure justice and hopefully to prevent another person from going through what I did. I trust that the U.S. Department of Education has the expertise, the investigative powers, and most importantly the independence to review my case and make sure this never happens to another person ever."

  • Date: April 29, 2014 Featured In: The Columbia Spectator

    “This complaint makes it part of a wave of complaints that are being filed on the administrative level with the department of education,” said Christina Brandt-Young, a senior staff attorney for Legal Momentum, a defense and education fund that focuses on women’s issues. “No one knows for sure how many have been filed related to college campuses and sexual assault because the Department of Education doesn’t like to publicize when complaints are under investigation.”

    “Schools can’t respond to assaults and wait for them to happen,” Brandt-Young said. “They’re also supposed to improve the campus climate around sexual harassment and provide a safe environment for students free of sexual harassment, sexual violence, that’s what Title IX is all about.”

  • Date: March 19, 2014 Featured In: Think Progress

    "In 2011, five times as many families with children got food stamps than got TANF, according to the Legal Momentum report. SNAP kept 5 million people out of poverty in 2012; public assistance did the same for just 641,000 people.

    Legal Momentum also notes that those who do receive TANF are getting very little from it."

  • Date: March 13, 2014 Featured In: Women's eNews

    Legal Momentum's Lisalyn Jacobs reports on how equal pay, a higher minimum wage, and paid sick and safe days will enable survivors of domestic violence to have real economic choices andl lead them and their families to more safety more quickly.

  • Date: March 7, 2014 Featured In: AFL-CIO Now

    A blog post by Mike Hall on the AFL-CIO website highlights Legal Momentum's launch of the "Tradeswomen's Tuesdays" visibility campaign by our Equality Works program.

  • Date: February 12, 2014 Featured In: The Village Voice

    "The group has backing from several legal-advocacy groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union and women's legal-aid society Legal Momentum. Michelle Caiola, a senior staff attorney at the latter, calls the FDNY's percentage of female firefighters "abysmal."

    'Women never make up the majority of firefighters, but if you look at other major cities, especially those that have made an effort, the numbers are much higher,' Caiola says. 'Our numbers are so low.'"

  • Date: January 7, 2014 Featured In: Institute for Public Accuracy

    Timothy Casey, Director of the Women & Poverty Program at Legal Momentum, just wrote the report Too Little Progress about the war on poverty after 50 years.

  • Date: July 26, 2013 Featured In: State Justice Institute

    This month, theNational Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) and Legal Momentum/National Judicial Education Program (NJEP) officially joined the Collaborative. NAWJ has made human trafficking a priority over the past 2 years, and with SJI support, has been able to offer educational programming to their membership on this critical issue. With a recent SJI grant (SJI-13-E-090), NJEP will add a module on human trafficking to it popular course, Intimate Partner Sexual Abuse: Adjudicating This Hidden Dimension of Domestic Violence Cases. This web course has proved to be highly successful, as over 13,000 learners have taken the course. It is available free of charge at

    SJI appreciates the commitment of NAWJ and Legal Momentum to supporting the state courts on this issue, and commends both organizations for joining the Human Trafficking and the State Courts Collaborative.

  • Date: March 17, 2013 Featured In: USA Today

    Michelle Caiola, senior counsel at Legal Momentum, a gender equity legal, education and advocacy group, said states began putting such rules in place close to a decade ago. Although most states have statutes providing protections for crime victims, laws specifically carving out protections for domestic violence victims are especially needed, Caiola says. "There remains a bias against victims of domestic violence," she says. "A stereotype. It's an issue people don't want to be involved with or take very seriously."