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In the Beginning, A Quick Look Back

Ellerin, Betty Weinberg, “Building a Justice System Committed to Fairness and Equality for Women: A Personal Account of New York’s Progress, 36 U. Toledo L. R. 889 (2005)

Executive Summary of the Report of the New York Task Force on Women in the Courts (1986)

Women in the Courts: A Work in Progress 15 Years After the Report of the New York Task Force on Women in the Courts (June 2000)


Economics, Family Law, and Vulnerable Mothers

Women and the Economy 2010:  25 Years of Progress but Challenges Remain, Report of the U. S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (2010)

Sherry Leiwant, Power Point on Women and the Economy, Trends and Status (2011)

Excerpts on Equitable Distribution and Child Support, in the Report of the New York Task Force on Women in the Courts, reprinted in 15 Fordham Urban L. J. 15, 64-100 (1986-87)

Excerpt on Matrimonial Litigants, in Equal Justice, Equal Treatment, Equal Opportunity: Appraising Change and Progress a Decade After the Report of the New York Task Force on Women in the Courts at 13-15 (1996)

Excerpt on Child Support, in Equal Justice, Equal Treatment, Equal Opportunity: Appraising Change and Progress a Decade After the Report of the New York Task Force on Women in the Courts at 20-21 (1996)

Interim Maintenance Awards, Matrimonial Legislation 2010, Legislative Memo and Text of Bill

Interim Counsel and Expert Fee Awards, Matrimonial Legislation 2010, Legislative Memo and Text of Bill

No Fault Divorce, Matrimonial Legislation 2010, Legislative Memo and Text of Bill

Scott M. v.  Ilona M.,  NYLJ, Feb. 1, 2011 (Sup. Ct. Kings Co. 2011) (deciding that an award for interim maintenance should deviate downward from the guideline amount).

Melissa L. Breger, Making Waves or Keeping Calm? Analyzing the  Institutional Culture of Family Courts Through the Lens of Social Psychology, 34 Law & Psychology Review 55 (2009).

Melissa L. Breger, Power Point Presentation


Violence Against Women: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Excerpt on Domestic Violence, in Report of the New York Task Force on Women in the Courts, reprinted in 15 Fordham Urban L. J. 15, 28-50 (1986-87)

Excerpt on Domestic Violence, in Equal Justice, Equal Treatment, Equal Opportunity: Appraising Change and Progress a Decade After the Report of the New York Task Force on Women in the Courts at 13-15 (1996)

Major Domestic Violence Legislation, 1995-2010

Julie Domonkos, The Evolution of the Justice’s Violence Response to Domestic Violence in New York in  The Lawyer’s Manual on Domestic Violence: Representing the Victim, Fifth Edition, eds. Jill Laurie Goodman and Dorchen Leidholdt (2006)

Excerpt on Rape, in he Report of the New York Task Force on Women in the Courts, reprinted in 15 Fordham Urban L. J. 15, 50-64 (1986-87)

Excerpt on Sexual Assault, in Equal Justice, Equal Treatment, Equal Opportunity: Appraising Change and Progress a Decade After the Report of the New York Task Force on Women in the Courts at 16-18. (1996)

Excerpt on Judges’ Views of Rape, in  Lynn Hecht Schafran, Educating the Judiciary About Gender Bias: The National Judicial Education Program to Promote Equality for Women and Men in the Courts and the New Jersey Supreme Court Task Force on Women in the Courts, 9 Women's Rights Law Reporter 109, 112 (l986)

Raquel Kennedy Bergen, Marital Rape: New Research and Directions, Applied Research Forum, National Online Resources Center on Violence Against Women (2006)

Lynn Hecht Schafran, Maiming the Soul: Judges, Sentencing and the Myth of the NonViolent Rapist, 20 Fordham Urban Law Journal, 439 (1993)

Lynn Hecht Schafran, Risk Assessment and Intimate Partner Sexual Abuse: The Hidden Dimension of Domestic Violence, 93 Judicature 161 (Jan.-Feb 2010)


Violence Against Women: Trafficking and Prostitution

New York State, Federal, and International Trafficking Statutes, in The Lawyer’s Manual on Human Trafficking: Pursuing Justice for Victims, eds. Jill Laurie Goodman and Dorchen Leidholdt (2011)

Hon. Fernando Camacho, Sexually Exploited Youth: A View from the Bench, in The Lawyer’s Manual on Human Trafficking: Pursuing Justice for Victims, eds. Jill Laurie Goodman and Dorchen Leidholdt (2011)

Pamela Chen and Monica Ryan, Federal Prosecution of Human Traffickers, in The Lawyer’s Manual on Human Trafficking: Pursuing Justice for Victims, eds. Jill Laurie Goodman and Dorchen Leidholdt (2011)

Courtney Bryan, Representing and Defending Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation in Criminal Court, in The Lawyer’s Manual on Human Trafficking: Pursuing Justice for Victims, eds. Jill Laurie Goodman and Dorchen Leidholdt (2011)

Katherine Mullen and Rachael Lloyd, The passage of the Safe Harbor Act and the Voices of Sexually Exploited Youth, in The Lawyer’s Manual on Human Trafficking: Pursuing Justice for Victims, eds. Jill Laurie Goodman and Dorchen Leidholdt (2011)

Jill Laurie Goodman, What We Know About Human Trafficking: Research and Resources, in The Lawyer’s Manual on Human Trafficking: Pursuing Justice for Victims, eds. Jill Laurie Goodman and Dorchen Leidholdt (2011)

Dorchen A. Leidholdt, Prostitution and Trafficking in Women,” An Intimate Relationship, in Prostitution, Trafficking and Traumatic Stress, ed. Melissa Farley (2003).


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