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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

FOIL Letter to NYC DOE re. Single Sex Classrooms (November 2015) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Single Sex Classrooms

Letter to the Times Square Task Force to urge that special attention be paid to the implementation of the “Roadmap for a 21st Century Times Square” Report in a non-discriminatory manner (October 2015) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Discrimination

Written testimony for the New York Council Committees on Health, Education and Women’s Issues Hearing on Sex Education in NYC Schools (October 2015) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Sexuality Education

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)