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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

Letter to Mayor de Blasio outlining a number of recommendations on gender related issues affecting law and policy in New York City (February 2014) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Gender Related Issues

Report in support of the Military Justice Improvement Act of 2013 (S.1752), which would change the designation of key decision-making authority for courts martial (February 2014) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Military Affairs and Justice

Report on legislation which would positively impact the lives of women and girls in New York State (September 2013) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Women's Rights

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

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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)

Related Events

4/29: Ending Revenge Porn: Privacy Protections and Legal Remedies