Barnard Lawyers' Committee, some topics to be discussed, 1971
The Women's Center Barnard College 606 West 120th Street New York 10027 Catharine R. Stimpson Acting Director Executive Committee Annette K. Baxter Eleanor T. Elliott Jane S. Gould Patricia Albjerg Graham Barbara V. Hertz Catharine R. Stimpson Martha Peterson, ex officio On October 6, four Barnard alumnae who are lawyers met with representatives of the Barnard Women's Center. (A brochure about the Center is enclosed for your information.) The alumnae were Mary Vincent Bernson '27, Helene Kaplan '53, Paula Ryan '58, and Margrit Bernstein '66. We discussed the feasibility of a Barnard Lawyers‘ Committee, a group of Barnard alumnae who were lawyers, who might work pro bono publico on legal projects in association with the Center. We decided that we should meet again on Tuesday, November 16, at 4:30 p.m. in the Columbia University Club, 4 West 43rd Street, New York. We wanted to ask Barnard alumnae in the region who were lawyers, Barnard alumnae in the region who were in law school, women students at Columbia Law School, and other interested people to join us. We very much hope that you will be able to do so. Enclosed is a list of some of the subjects we hope to discuss. The meeting will be on the second floor, in the Van Am Room of the Columbia Club, which will be open at 4:00, if you wish to come early, Again, we hope you will be able to join us in what we think might be a uniquely valuable project. Sincerely, Catharine R. Stimpson
SOME TOPICS TO BE DISCUSSED NOVEMBER 16th, 1971 The constituency of a Women's Center Lawyers‘ Committee: should it be members of the Barnard community, women in the neighbor- hood, or any woman? Possible projects of a Lawyers‘ Committee: A lecture series by experts in various fields on women's rights under the law, to be held at Barnard/Columbia, but open to the public. A compilation of handbooks on women's legal rights in fields of particular use to members of the Barnard community. Topics might include employment discrimination, faily planning, contraception, abortion, consumer rights, landlord—tenant law, rights of unemancir pated minors, family law. The handbooks could be based on the lecture series, expanded for publication. A legal counseling progra, staffed one or two days a week for several hours a day by volunteer lawyers or law students. Preparation of model bills (legislative drafting) on subjects of concern to women, and lobbying, where appropriate, to achieve their passage. Incoe tax revision to provide childcare deduc- tions for working women; government-financed daycare facilities for women of all income levels; revision of evidentiary require- ment for proof of identity in rape cases are examples of problems which need work. Availability of a file of interested volunteer lawyers to work on whatever relevant test case might arise. Organization of pressure groups to initiate change in selected areas, but mostly in the administrative sphere. Though lawyers could help in organizing these pressure groups, non~1awyers could be a part of them as well. Any other issues which you feel need attention.