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Yesterday at the Women Deliver global conference, Melinda Gates announced that the Gates Foundation will invest $1.5 billion over the next five years in programs promoting maternal and child health, family planning, and nutrition in developing countries.  Fantastic.  Yet, one of Women Deliver’s key goals – safe and legal abortions as one of the tools […]

In March, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli made headlines when out of nowhere he sent a letter to the Commenwealth’s public colleges and universities indicating that they had no legal authority to enact policies prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and that those that had done so must rescind their policies.  The AG […]

The Supreme Court issued three very important decisions today all of which, in different ways, engage issues of gender and/or sexuality law: – Graham v. Florida, holding that teenagers may not be locked up for life without chance of parole in non-capital cases; – U.S. v. Comstock allowing federal officials to indefinitely hold inmates considered […]

As was noted in yesterday’s post about the New York Court of Appeals’ decision in the Debra H. v. Janice R. case, the non-bio mom in a lesbian relationship won the right to a hearing on whether she should be awarded visitation or custody of the child she and her now-ex lover had raised for […]

New York’s highest court Tuesday unanimously granted parental rights to a woman whose former partner blocked her from spending time with the child the two women had raised together since birth. The Columbia Law School Sexuality & Gender Law Clinic had filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Court of Appeals in the case, Debra H. […]

Kathleen Cochrane is s 2008 graduate of Columbia Law School, and is now an associate at Sullivan and Cromwell, after having clerked for the Honorable Julia S. Gibbons, United States Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit.  Her firm served as co-counsel with the ACLU in a recent case in Arkansas, and she offers these thoughts on […]

Who doesn’t like a toy drive?  Only a Grinch I guess, but some toy drives are better than others.  There are two going on in the law school this month – one run out of the Dean’s office, the other by two student groups – the Columbia Military Society/California Society.   One of the drives is […]

The Supreme Court of Puerto Rico is currently considering whether Puerto Rico’s laws permit the adoption of a child by a non-biological parent who is the same-sex partner of the child’s legally recognized parent.  Such adoptions are typically referred to as “second-parent” adoptions because they occur in situations where the child already has a legally […]

The Department of Homeland Security announced this week that it was revamping its immigration detention policy by making it more human and treating people accused of immigration law violations less like criminals.   Speaking to the New York Times, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said: “The paradigm was wrong,” Ms. Napolitano said of the nation’s patchwork […]

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