New Jersey Becomes the 14th Marriage Equality State; Hawaii Likely to Become the 15th
On September 27, Mercer County (NJ) Superior Court Judge Mary C. Jacobson ruled in Garden State Equality v. Dow, 2013 WL 5397372, that New Jersey civil unions fail to afford the state constitution’s equal protection guarantee to same-sex couples, because only those who are deemed married by the state are entitled to federal marriage rights and benefits. Jacobson subsequently refused to stay her order that same-sex couples be allowed to marry beginning on October 21. Governor Chris Christie, who had previously vetoed a marriage equality bill approved by the legislature in 2012, directed the Attorney General to seek a stay from the Appellate Division and immediate review on the merits from the New Jersey Supreme Court. The Supreme Court agreed to review the case directly, and also transferred the stay appeal to itself. On Friday, October 18, the Supreme Court unanimously affirmed Judge Jacobson’s ruling denying the stay, Garden State Equality v. Dow, 2013 WL 5687193, 2013 N.J. LEXIS 1091, stating that it would hold oral argument on the merits of the appeal the first week of January, 2014, and same-sex couples who had obtained marriage licenses on the 18th or over the weekend began marrying after midnight on Monday morning, October 21, 2013, making New Jersey the 14th U.S. marriage equality state (and 15th jurisdiction, counting the District of Columbia). Later that day Governor Christie announced that he was withdrawing his appeal to the Supreme Court, since that court had ruled on the 18th that it was neither probable nor likely that the state would prevail on the merits when the case was argued in January 2014.
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Are you interested in a summer job in public interest law and public service, but are concerned about finding funding?
NYU’s Public Interest Law Center is pleased to invite you to apply for the Charles H. Revson Law Student Public Interest (LSPIN) Fellowship Program for the 2013-2014 academic year. This program is designed to give qualified and committed law students the opportunity to explore careers in public interest law and public service.
The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, a non-partisan public policy and law institute that focuses on the fundamental issues of democracy and justice, is recruiting for Spring 2014 legal internships. The Brennan Center combines scholarship, legislative and legal advocacy, and communications to win meaningful, measurable change in the public sector. Their work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from racial justice in criminal law to presidential power in the fight against terrorism. More information about the internship and how to apply can be found here.
Thursday, November 7, 2013, 12:50pm-1:50pm, W300
Didn’t get a chance to read all of the 1,197 pages of the Senate Immigration Bill? That’s okay! Come join us for lunch and listen to a panel of experienced immigration reform activists explain key aspects of the bill.
The NYLS Chapter of the National Lawyer’s Guild and the NYLS Criminal Law Society are hosting an upcoming lunch, short film, and discussion on the effects of and alternatives to solitary confinement.
When: Tuesday, November 12, 12:30-2:00pm
The National Lawyers Guild NYC Chapter Labor & Employment Committee and the Labor and Employment Law Society at New York Law School are hosting an upcoming seminar aimed at developing closer relationships among works rights advocates in New York City.
When: Thursday, October 31, 6:30-9:00pm
The Anti-Trafficking Law Students Association is hosting a screening of The Day My God Died, a documentary that follows the lives of girls who have been trafficked in Nepal and India. Continue reading
Courtney Patterson (11) is the Political Field Director at Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey, and as a former JAC Graduate Fellow and Carbonell Fellow, wants to inform the NYLS community on how they can help support Planned Parenthood of New Jersey in the fight to protect women’s reproductive rights.
Courtney is working on an electoral program with Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey in an effort to protect women’s health services in New Jersey – and to make sure that the extreme laws currently in Texas and North Carolina do not make their way into the Garden State.
Here is what Courtney has listed for you to do to get involved and show your support of Planned Parenthood:
1) Sign up to stay informed about women’s health in New Jersey here: http://www.ppaction.org/site/Survey?ACTION_REQUIRED=URI_ACTION_USER_REQUESTS&SURVEY_ID=5586
2) Like Planned Parenthood on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ppactionnj.org, Follow them on Twitter: https://twitter.com/womenshealthnj
3) Join the New Jersey Women are Watching campaign: http://ppactionnj.org/elections-and-voting/volunteer-sign-up-form/. Help maintain a pro-women’s health majority in the state legislature. Patterson wants to remind you all that every vote counts, so even if you only have one hour between now and November 5, she hopes that you will spend it protecting women’s health.
Members of Legal Aid’s recruitment team, along with staff attorneys, including NYLS alumni, will be on hand to discuss careers at Legal Aid, as well as how and when to apply for summer and post-graduate opportunities.
On September 13th, New York Law School celebrated the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” Speech and the March on Washington. The symposium hosted a wide array of civil rights activists, among which was Mr. Clarence Jones. Mr. Jones served as one of the closest political and influential confidants of—as well as an advisor, lawyer, and draft speechwriter for—the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.