Barnard Lawyers' Committee, some topics to be discussed, 1971

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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
 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.
 Catharine R. Stimpson
 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
 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.