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Sex and Law Committee

The Sex and Law Committee addresses issues pertaining to gender and the law in a variety of areas, such as violence against women, reproductive rights, gender discrimination, poverty, matrimonial and family law, employment law, and same-sex marriage.

Recent topics addressed by the Committee include the issues of paid family leave, reproductive rights in New York State, and civil rights for LGBT individuals. The committee also collaborates with the City Bar's Student Legal Education and Opportunity Program to provide presentations to public high school students on teen dating violence and sexual harassment in the workplace.

Recent Reports

Testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Transportation on Int. 1109-2016, which would provide the Department of Transportation authority over pedestrian plazas (March 2016) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Discrimination

Testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Women’s Issues on Int. 1063-2016, which would require lactation rooms in certain public spaces (March 2016) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Reproductive Health

Letter to State Leaders and Lawmakers Urging OTC Status for Oral Contraceptives (February 2016) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Reproductive Health

For the full list of committee reports click here

Legislative Activity

For more information on the legislative and policy work of the committee, including relevant reports, bill texts and additional advocacy materials, click here.


What Passage of the Marriage Equality Law Will Mean for Same-Sex Couples in New York: A Multidisciplinary Forum - 10/4/11 Event Materials

Of Interest

Huffington Post blog--Connecting Sexual Violence with the Need for Comprehensive Sex Education--by former Sex and Law Committee Chair Pamela Zimmerman and current Chair Katharine Bodde

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Policy Recommendations for New York City's Next Mayor

Vacating Prostitution-Related Convictions for Victims of Sex Trafficking, March 29, 2012 (Podcast) (Event Description)

New York City Bar Association Hosts Public Forum on LGBT Rights in Africa, April 2012 (Blog)