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Legal Issues Affecting Women and the Jewish Community: How Hadassah Member Attorneys Impact Court Cases

The Hadassah Amicus Brief Program joins other Jewish, women's and civil rights organizations in filing Amicus Curiae (friend of the court) briefs to address domestic issues important to the American Jewish community. In the last few months, Hadassah's National Center for Attorneys' Councils has signed on to three amicus briefs cases: supporting the right of American citizens born in Jerusalem to have Israel listed as their place of birth on their U.S. passports; challenging the constitutionality of part of the Defense of Marriage Act; challenging the constitutionality of a Ten Commandments monument on the steps of a Florida courthouse. Groups or individuals that have expertise and an interest regarding the issues before a court file Amicus briefs. Since 1998, Hadassah has supported Amicus briefs in issues including reproductive choice, separation of church and state, religious freedom, Family and Medical Leave Act, hate crimes, and sexual discrimination and harassment. Hadassah takes positions based on policy statements adopted by Hadassah's National Board, and Hadassah member attorneys participating in the program provide input regarding whether to sign on to Amicus briefs, and have the opportunity to make a difference regarding meaningful issues. The program meaningfully engages all its participants and is always open to new participants. For more information, contact attorneyscouncils@hadassah.org.
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