Barnard Lawyers' Committee, some topics to be discussed, 1971, page 2
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.